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to Fayette County-, and lived on a farm there un-
til their daugiiter Mary was twenty-six years of
age. In 1836 we find them en route for Ohio,
where they located near New Concord.

James M. Patterson, a brother of Mrs. Armstrong,
was bor^ August 3, 1816, and was married to Jane
McCreary. Tiiey have a family of six children,
and live on tlie old Patterson homestead in West-
laud Township, Guernsey County. Their children
are Jeremiah, Mary Agnes, Alexander, John A.,
Albert and Alice H. John Patterson, another
brother of Mrs. Armstrong, was born July 5, 1819,
and married Eliza Glenn, in September, 1842.
Soon after tiie late war they moved to Salem,
Ore., and the only member of their family now
living is a son, J. Morrow, Cashier of the bank at
The Dalles, Ore. Angelina Patterson was born about
the year 1852, and was married to Thomas King, of
Salem, Ore. She departed this life in 1891, leav-
ing a family of five sons. Elizabeth, born in 1858,
became the wife of George Brown, and departed
this life in Spokane Falls, Wash.,, in 1891. She
left a son, who makes his home with his father in
Portland, Ore.

The Armstrongs were among the earliest settlers
of this section, and liad for their neighbors in that
early day a family b3' the name of Allen, and an-
other known as Lynn. Our subject is now one of
the oldest living residents of Guernsey County,
and notwithstanding her age has a bright memory,

and can give accounts of events and experiences
which have escaped those much younger. She is
still in the possession of all her faculties and en-
jo^'s life, taking an interest in the welfare of those
around her as if she were but beginning life, in-
stead of having climbed almost to the summit. So
universally esteemed is she, and so well known,
that these few lines will find many interested

Mrs. Armstrong is the mother of two sons, with
one of whom, J. P., she makes lier home. Jere-
miah, born February 28, 1850, married Agnes
McConnell, who died, leaving one child. He was
married, in 1884, to Miss Auice Allender, and to
them have been born four children. A sketch of
J. P. will appear elsewhere in this book.

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THOMAS OSBORN. It is a pleasure to the
biographer to head this sketch with the
name of the man who is Mayor of Mineral
Point, and who is in every sense worthy of the
distinction afforded him by honorable mention
among the distinguished citizens of the countj'.
He is a native of England, having been born in
Cornwall, March 2, 1846, to William and Susan
(Smale) Osborn.

Grandfather Thomas Osborn was also a native
of England, and was born in Cornwall. He was a
miner by occupation, and passed his entire life in
his native isle, dying when in the seventy-sixth
year of his age. His wife bore him sixteen'chil-
dren, three sons and thirteen daughters, all of
whom lived to mature years and became heads of
families. Richard, who was the only member of
the household to come to the United States, was
killed in a mine in California in 1863. He left a
wife and six children in England.

William Osborn followed the occupation in
which his father was engaged, and in 1867, when
sixty-two years of age, departed this life. He was
twice married. His first wife bore him a son and
daughter, and his second union, which was celebra-
ted with Susan Smale, resulted in the birth of three



children: Richard, Thomas and Eliza J. The eld-
er son came to the United Stales in 1869, and
died in March, 1890. lie became the father of
five children by two marriages. Eliza J. died in
England. Mrs. Osborn crossed the Atlantic for
the New World in 1872. She was a daughter of
Thomas Smale, a farmer by occupation in England,
and departed this life in February, 1888, in Min-
eral Point.

He wliose name heads this sketch received but
limited opportunity for gaining an education, for
when a lad of ten years he was compelled to make
his own living, and began working in the copper
mines. He was very industrious and economical,
and when nineteen years of age had his time given
him, and added to his savings the money earned
by working in the mines. In November, 1865, de-
sirous of seeing something of America, and think-
ing it tlie place to better his financial condition,
young Osborn embarked on r. vessel which landed
him in New York Harbor thirteen days later. He
made his way from the metropolis to Northumber-
land County, Pa., where he obtained work, and tlie
following spring worked his way West. In the
winter of 1866-67 he located in Canton, this state,
where he followed mining for about two years,
wlien he sent a pass for his brother Richard to
come to America. His next move bronght liim to
Sandyvillo, where he married, and whence he went
to New Philadelphia. Remaining in that city only
a short time, we find him in April, 1870, living in
Mineral Point, which has been his abiding-place
since, during which time he has been engaged in
mining, in the employ of Charles Edwards Hold-
en, with the exception of twenty months, when
he was engaged in the hotel business in Mineral
Point. In the year 1872 he sent for his mother
and niece, wlio two 3 cars old, and adopted her.
In 1876 he sold his home and went to California,
but came back in eight weeks "broke," and started
atiuw. In 1885 he again left home, this time go-
ing to Missouri to embark in a coal speculation,
which also failed.

Always active in all measures for the good of
the community, Mr. Osborn has rendered his fel-
low-citizens great assistance in municipal affairs.
For thirteen years he has been Superintendent and

mine boss for C. E. Holden, and for two terms
was Councilman. In April, 1893, he was brought
prominently forward as a candidate for the posi-
tion of Mayor, and was elected by a handsome
majority. The same year he was chosen Justice
of the Peace, tlie duties of which office he dis-
charges with characteristic fidelity, and to the sat-
isfaction of all. Formerly a Democrat, he is now
identified with the People's party. His principles
are those of a true American, and he believes that
every man should vote according to his own con-
victions, lie is a man of genial and kindly dis-
position, one whose friendship is sought, and with
whom an acquaintance always develops into a kind-
lier feeling. Socially he is a prominent Odd Fel-
low, and belongs to tlie Knights of Pythias.

Mr. Osborn was married, September 29, 1869, to
Miss Lucinda Stoody, a native of this county,
and the daughter of George and Mary (Walters)
Stoody, natives, respectively, of Pennsylvania and
Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Osborn have had no chil-
dren of their own, bat have reared an adopted
daughter of Mr. Osborn 's sister, and four of his
brother Richard's children, since his death, have
made their home with them. His wife is a mem-
ber in excellent standing in the Lutheran Church,
lie landed in this country with but, fifty cents in
his pocket, and the position which he has attained
among his fellows is worthy of emulation, and we
therefore are pleased to present to our readers this
record of his well spent life.


JAMES TAYLOR. An excellent example of
sturdy enterprise, thrifty habits and persist-
ent industry characteristic of so many of
the pioneer farmers may be found in the life of
Mr. Taylor, who is now, at the advanced age of
ninety-two years, living in Washington Township.
The original of this sketch was born in Hamp-
shire County, Pa., March 9, 1802, and is the son
of Thomas Taylor of Revolutionary fame. The
latter was a native of London, England, and was
born in 1743. The maiden name of our subject's
mother was Magdalena JSupple. She, too, was a



native of the Keystone State, and was born in
Philadelphia. Sbe was ninety-five years of age
when she departed this life.

Thomas iiad received a fair education in his na-
tive land, and after espousing tlie cause of the
Colonists continued to make his home in America
until his decease.

The venerable gentleman whose name heads this
sketch received only a limited education in the
schools of long ago, but being ambitious to become
thoroughly informed on all subjects of impor-
tance, choose good books to read, and by observ-
ing closelj- what was passing around him gained
much useful knowledge. He was trained to farm
pursuits in a systematic manner, and wlien readj'
to establish a home of his own was capable of
managing a farm to good advantage.


WESLEY EMERSON is one of the worthy
citizens and enterprising agriculturists
of Dover Township, but has not been
actively engaged in farming for the past six years,
his son having assumed the management of tiie
homestead at that time. Our subject was elected
County Commissioner in 1888, and acceptably dis-
charged the duties pertaining to that office during
two terms, being re-elected in 1891. For a lit-
tle more than sixty-four years he has been a resi-
dent of Tuscarawas County, and lias watched its
growth and development almost from its infancy.
A native of Paterson, N. J., Mr. Emerson was
born November 12, 1829, being one of nine chil-
dren comprised in the household of John and
Isabel (Thornton) Emerson. The latter were na-
tives of County Down, Ireland, in the northern
part of that island. The father sprang from the
same stock as did Ralpli Waldo Emerson. He
followed the occupation of farming, and emigrated
to America in 1818. His first settlement was in
the East, where he remained for some years, and
afterward, with his wife and family, became a resi-

dent of this county, about 1830. He purchased
one hundred and twenty-five acres of land in
Dover Township, tlie place which is now in the
possession of our subject. At the time of its pur-
chase the land was covered with timber and Iirush,
and had no improvements upon it. With energy
tlie proprietor set to work to clear and get the
land into a state of cultivation. He did not live
long after achieving this result, for his death oc-
curred in 1837. His wife, who survived him for
over four decades, died in 1884. Their children
were as follows: William R., a farmer near Butler,
DeKalb County, Ind.; .John M., deceased; .Jane,
wlio was the widow of J. Rosenberiy, of Rosemond,
111., and died in November, 1894; Isabel, a milliner
at Canal Dover; Henry, who died in infancy; James
H., of Hamilton, 111.; Wesley, the next-born ; Nettie
E., widow of James Gimlin, of Rosemond, 111.; and
Margaret L., wife of H. Eichelbergcr, of Graham,
Tex., who owns a cattle ranch in that vieinitj'.

The educational advantages of Wesley Emerson
and his brothers and sisters were of the most
primitive order, for the rude and unsystematic
teaching of that day was also of a very intermit-
tent character. The boy worked on farms during
the summer, and for a few months in the winter
attended school. His father died when he was
only eight years old, and the farm was willed to
James H. and Wesley. The latter, however, could
not come into possession of his share until he had
reached his majority; but in his twenty-first year
he bought out his brother James' interest, and
took care of his mother until her death.

April 24, 1855, Mr. Emerson was married to
Miss Harriet, daughter of James DeLaney. She
was born in Chambersburg, Franklin Country, Pa.,
April 12, 1833. The union of our subject and
wife has been blessed with three children, two sons
and a daughter. John W., who operates the old
homestead, is married and has had three children,
Ralph W., Harriet (deceased), and Wesley J. AVill-
iam E., the elder son, died in 1859; and Nina B.
is the wife of William Martin, of Homestead, Pa.
Her husband is assistant to the Chief Shipping
Clerk in Carnegie's works. Mr. and Mrs. Martin
have five children: Wesley Emerson, Harriet Ethel,
Verna, Martha Irene and Roy Kernohan. Polili-



cally Mr. Emerson affiliates with the Democratic
party. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, and takes much interest in its various de-
partments of work and usefulness.


KIRKWOOD ARNOLD. Among tlic influ-
ential citizens and well-to-do agricultur-
ists of Tuscarawas Count}' is this gentle-
man, who owns a fine homestead near New Phila-
delphia, in Goshen Township. He has always
donated freely of his means, and in other potent
ways, toward the upbuilding of schools, churches
and various enterprises benefiting the county.

The parents of our subject were George and
Nancy (Neel) Arnold, both natives of Jefferson
County. Ohio. George Arnold was born in 1818,
and his wife, Nancy, iu June, 1822. They were
united in marriage March 17, 1838, in Jefferson
County, and soon thereafter went to Indiana. In
that state Mr. Arnold conducted a farm for two
years, and then came to lliis county. For two or
three years subsequently he operated a farm in
Union Township, and then bought a place of fifty
acres in Goshen Township. As years passed he
added to liis home farm, until there were two hun-
dred and thirteen acres within its boundaries.
The father continued to make his abode on this
hf)niestead until he was summoned by the Death
Angel, July 24, 1.S88. Ills wife died December
31, 1892. They were the parents of three sons and
four daughters, as follows: Martha J., deceased;
John, of New Philadelphia; Jasper C, deceased;
Adeline, Mrs. O. C. Junkins, of New Philadelphia;
Kirkwood, our subject; Caroline, wife of George
Craig, whose home is in New Philadelphia; and
Elzire, who is unmarried and lives at home.
George Arnold served acceptably for many years
as Township Trustee, and was also School Director
for many years. In politics lie was a supporter of
the Democratic party.

Kirkwood Arnold was born January 14, 1852,
and his boyhood passed uneventfully under the
parental roof. He continued to live on the old

homestead until twenty-six years of age, when he
moved to the Valentine Wills Farm of two hun-
dred and eighty-five acres, which place he rented
for five years. At the end of that time it seemed
best that he should return to the old homestead
and assist in its management. He then assumed
the control and care of the place during the re-
mainder of his father's lifetime. His present farm
comprises two hundred and thirteen acres, and in
addition to this his wife has a half-interest in a
tr.act of one hundred and thirty-five acres, situated
near Canal Dover, in this township. Both of these
farms are highly cultivated, and if placed on the
market would readily command advanced prices.

In 1876 Mr. Arnold married Miss Mary C. Wills,
who was born in Tuscarawas County, June 28,
1-850, being one of the seven children of Valentine
and Jeiusha (Everett) Wills. Two sons and three
daughters have blessed their union, as follows:
Daisy F.; Carrie, who died in infancy; Valentine
A., George E. and Nellie Maj'. It has been the am-
bition of our subject to give his children superior
educational advantages, and as they were all nat-
urally very intelligent and apt students, they have
all won honors in that direction. The father
has been .School Director for the past eight years.

Mr. Arnold has always preferred to devote him-
self strictly to his own business affairs, and baa,
therefore, never been desirous of accepting any
public office. He is, however, prompt in the dis-
charge of the duties devolving upon him as a citi-
zen, and in his political faith is a Democrat.

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JACOB UIIRICH, formerly a prominent citi-
zen of Rush Township, Tuscarawas Coun-
ty, was a native of Uhrichsville, and was born
October 8, 1820, and died in Rush Township
in March, 1895. He was the son of Jacob and
Anna Maria (DeMuth) Uhnch, also natives of the
Buckeye State. The father made his advent into
this county in the year 1804, and, with his father



and brothers, entered about fifteen thousand acres
of Government land, a portion of whicli is now
occupied by the beautiful little village of Uhrichs-

Grandfather Michael Uhrich emigrated to Amer-
ica in 1802, making his way immediately to Tus-
carawas County. The state of Ohio was at that
time a wild, unbroken territory, and this early pio-
neer went to work with a will, soon clearing a
number of acres and erecting a good substantial
log cabin, in which he spent many happy years
with his good wife. It was here that Michael Uh-
rich and bis sturdy sons cleared the forests, tilled
the primeval soil, and earned an honest living
by the sweat of their brow. Later, when the coun-
try became more thickly settled, he, with his son
Jacob, erected the first gristmill in this part of the
state. He continued to operate the mill in con-
nection with his farm until his decease.

To the parents of our subject were born nine
children, viz.: George, who died in his youth;
Rosanna, also deceased; Benjamin, now a resident
of Maryville, Mo.; Mary, deceased; Jacol), of this
sketch ; Susan, deceased ; Nancy, the wife of Joseph
Waller, a farmer of Mill Township; and Joseph
and Caroline, both deceased. The educational ad-
vantages afforded the sons of pioneers were very
meager, but the children of this family were per-
mitted to attend the subscription school taught in
their district, where they became thoroughly famil-
iar with reading, writing, spelling and the "rule
of three" in arithmetic. Jacob Uhrich, Sr., was
widely known and highly respected in Tuscara-
was County, and his death, which occurred in
1847, when in his sixty-seventh year, was a loss
felt not alone by his family, but by the entire

Our subject was reared on a farm, and assisted
his father in the various duties of that vocation,
and at the same time learned the miller's trade.
He was what may be termed a self-educated man.
Of course he attended the district school in his
boyhood, but after performing his duties as farmer
and miller found very little time left to devote to
his studies. Being apt and desirous of being well
informed, however, he made good use of the books
in his possession, and was as well posted as the ma-

jority of men in his locality. After the death of
his fatlier he came into possession of the Mill
Township farm, which he operated until 1851,
when he took charge of the mill, managing it suc-
cessfully for three years. At the end of that time
he moved to his late place of residence, which is
one of the most comfortable in this section of the

On tlie 19th of March, 1845, Mr. Uhrich and
Miss Rosanna Knouse were united in marriage.
She was born February 12, 1826. Four children
were born to them. Joseph, who married Marcella
Berkshire, resides with our subject; Mary L., now
the wife of John E. Dickerson, makes her home in
Urbana, Kan.; Emma is deceased; and Alice is
engaged in teaching in the public schools.

Mr. Uhrich was a Republican in politics, and
cast his first Presidential vote, many years prior to
the formation of that body, for William Henry
Harrison. In his religious connections he was an
ardent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Online LibraryHenry James LeePortrait and biographical record of Guernsey County, Ohio, containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with biographies and portraits of all the p → online text (page 60 of 83)