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always took a great interest in educational affairs.
He is an ardent advocate of the Republican paity,
and never fails to cast a vote in favor of its can-
didates. The Lutheran Church finds himself and
family among its most consistent and liberal mem-


JOSEPH HARTLINE. Among the men who
are cultivating a portion of the soil of
Franklin Township to good advantage may
be mentioned our subject, whose pleasant
home is located on section 19. His dwelling is
above the average in point of architecture, and
the accompanying outbuildings are also well de-
signed for their respective purposes and are sub-

Mr. Hartline is the eldest son of Peter and
Christina (Palmer) Hartline, and was born on the
old home farm in Lawrence Township, this county,
January- 5, 1818. The father was born in Ger-
many about the year 1786, and it is believed emi-
grated to America when eighteen years of age. On
landing lie at once made his way to Ohio, and tak-
ing up a tract of land from the Government was
thereafter engaged in farming until his decease.
He served asasoldier during the War of 1812, and
was present at Detroit at the time of Hull's sur-

Soon after the establishment of peace, Peter
Hartline was married and made settlement on his
tract of land, which was located between the old
Sandj'and Beaver Canals and the Tuscarawas and

Sandy Rivers. His possessions included one hun-
dred and fifty acres, and on this the parents lived
until 1835, when the construction of the Sandy and
Beaver Canals led to the belief that the site would
soon be occupied by mills and factories. Thinking
it a good time to sell, Peter Hartline did so, receiv-
ing for his farm 133 per acre. He then bought a
tract of three hundred and twenty acies, paying $15
per acre. This same area is now included in the
farms of our subject and his half-brother, Ereder-
ick, in Franklin Township. It is a very valuable
place, conveniently located about one mile from
Strasburg. The father died in March, 1837, when
in the forty-ninth year of his age. He was twice
married, his first union being with Miss Christina,
daughter of George Palmer, of Lawrence Town-
ship. To them were born our subject, and Clarissa,
who married Fred C. Pfersich, living in the vicin-
ity of Sandyville.

The second marriage of Peter Hartline was with
Miss Regina Pfersich, a native of Wurtemberg,
Germany. She made the journey across the At-
lantic in 1825, being seventy days on the voyage.
She landed in Philadelphia, whence she came, a
short time thereafter, to Tuscarawas County on
horseback. Her marriage with Peter Hartline re-
sulted in the birth of three children: Frederick,
whose sketch appears on another page in this work;
Caroline, who was the wife of George Gnagy, of
Franklin Township, and died in 1861; and Mar-
garet, who died at the age of five years. Petef
Hartline brought the first salt from the head of the
Tuscarawas River, near Cleveland. He brought it
in barrels, in a canoe, to Zoar Station in 1814 or
1815. Salt was then $16 per barrel.

After the death of his father our subject man-
aged the home farm for a time, and when it was
divided received as his portion the southern half,
which he pl.iced under the best methods of im-
provement. When ready to establish a home of
his own he was married, January 14, 1849, to Miss
Christina, daugliter of Abraham and Susan (Seese)
Gnagy, early settlers of this township. Their
union has resulted in the birth of twelve children,
of whom ten are living. Franklin, the eldest, mar-
ried Lucinda Garber, and to them was born a son,
Calvin, but the mother is now deceased. The son



married for his second companion Alafine Chat-
line, and became the father of seven children,
Stanley, Clinton, Frank, Effie, Nellie, Chatline
and Leslie. Eiiiiua, tlie next in order of birth
in our subject's household, married Jacob Shutt,
and their four children are Cora Jane, Minnie
Prudence, Emma Luella and Daisy Viola. Their
son Benjamin IL died in. infancy. John Hart-
line married Lizzie Zellraau, and resides in Ne-
braska; their children are Gleen, Ora and Ralph.
Joseph married Lizzie Feucht, of this township,
and their son and daughters are Lloyd, Verna
and Alti. Minerva became the wife of Jacob
Border, and tliey have two children, Ervin and
Chauncey. George Hartline, who is single, makes
his home in Washington County, Kan. Jerry
and Lydia are twins; the latter is now the wife
of Joseph Fox, and their children are Ray and
Grace. Isaac Hartline is single; and Orpjiie is at
home with her father. The wife and mother de-
parted this life Marcl) 8, 1880, beloved by all who
knew her. She was a member of the United Breth-
ren Church.

The subject of this sketch, besides the farm al-
ready mentioned, has a one-half interest in an
eighty-acre tract occupied by his son Frank, and
forty-five acres on which Joseph lives. He is one
of the most substantial and intelligent agricultur-
ists of the county, and the success with which he is
meeting in his labors is well earned. In religious
affairs lie holds membership with the English Lu-
thcrtin Church, in which body he has been a Dea-
con for many years. He never fails to cast a vote
for Republican candidates, and during his earlier
years held many of tlie township offices.

HON. WESLEY M. TRACY was elected to
represent Tuscarawas County in the Leg-
islature in the fall of 1893. He is a stanch
Republican and is the second member of his partj'
elected to fill this honored position in thirty years.
Mr. Tracy, prior to entering public life, was one of
the large mercliants of Mineral Point, where he

resides with his family in one of tlie most beauti-
ful residences of the city.

Our subject was born in Sandy Township, Sep-
tember 10, 1841, to Nelson and Lucinda (Welch)
Tracy. Grandfather Thomas Tracy was born of
Irish parents, acioss the Atlantic, and about 1808,
on leaving the Emerald Isle, journeyed to Amer-
ica, whence he located near Uhrichsville, Ohio. In
this vicinity he entered land and engaged there-
after in farm life. He was a Whig in politics and
died about 1844. He reared a family of two sons
and two daughters: Nelson, James, Susan and Nan-
cy, all of whom married and had. families of their

Nelson Tracy was born near Uhrichsville in
1810. He acquired his education in the schools
taught in the district, and in 1832 left home and
came to Sandj' Township, where he rented proper-
ty for a time. Later he purchased two hundred
acres in the southern portion of the above town-
ship, for which he was afterward offered a good
price and sold. The money thus obtained he in-
vested in other lands, but about 1858 disposed of
all his farm interests and engaged in the mercan-
tile business. In 1867 we find him a resident of
Sandy viUe, operating a ^tore. The following year,
however, he changed his location to Livingston
County, Mo., where he made his home for two
years, and then returned to this section and en-
gaged in merchandising, following this business
uninterruptedly until the death of his wife, in
1871. He then made his home in Mineral Point
with a brother until, in 1881, he moved to this
city with his son, at whose home his death occurred
in March, 1884. He was a Republican in politics,
and in religious affairs was an active member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church. He contributed
liberally of his means toward the extension of this
denomination in his neighborhood and aided in
the organization of the first society in Sandy

The mother of our subject was born in Carroll
County, this state, in 1812, and was the daughter
of John Welch, also a native of Ireland, as was the
father of Mr. Tracy. On coming to America, this
gentleman chose the above county for his future
home, there entering and improving a tract of



two hundred acres in Rose Townsbip. He died
about 1851, firm in the faith of the Methodist
Episcopal Church. In politics he always cast a
vote in favor of Democratic candidates.

The original of this sketch was given a fair edu-
cation, and prior to the war taught in his neigh-
borhood. When nineteen years old he clerked in
his father's store, but in October, 1861, enlisted as
a private in Company K, Fifty-first Ohio Infantry,
and with his regiment was sent to the front. He
was present at the battle of Perryville, after which
the forces marched to Nashville and later to Louis-
ville. He was taken sick with a fever while in the
service, and on account of this was honorably dis-
charged in February, 1863. He fought bravely
during his experience as a soldier and soon after
entering the service was promoted to be Corporal
of his company.

On his return home from the army our subject
clerked for a year in Mineral Point and was vari-
ously employed until 1866, when he established in
the mercantile business in company with Messrs.
Davis and Black. This connection existed for one
year, when our subject moved upon a farm. His
sta}' there was of short duration also, for a twelve-
month later he was stationed in Saudyville, taking
charge of his father's business at that point. In
the spring of 1875 he moved his stock to Mineral
Point, and a year later disposed of his interests in
this line.

In the fall of 1868 Mr. Tracy was elected Jus-
tice of the Peace, and so well did he fulfill the du-
ties of the office that he was retained for a period
of twenty-four years. For twenty-three years he
was Township Clerk, has been Assessor for one
term, has also served as Mayor of the village,
and for fifteen years was Clerk of the Village Board,
and at another time was Treasurer. For one year
he was Trustee of tlie Children's Home. As stated
in our opening paragraph, he was elected to the
Legislature in the fall of 1893 and is discharging
his duties as Representative in a manner highly,
satisfactory to his constituents.

Socially Hon. Wesley M. Tracy is a Knight of
Pythias and a Grand Army man, being a charter
member of both bodies. Although he gives his
entire time and attention to his official duties, he

owns a one-half interest iu the general store con-
ducted by Isaiah Crist, besides being the possessor
of three farms, which aggregate six hundred and
twenty-four acres.

Mr. Tracy was married. May 4, 1864, to Miss
Sarah A. Crist, a native of this township, and the
daughter of John and Mary Ann (Black') Crist.
Of the three children born to them, AVilliam E. is
deceased, as is also Ada May, who married Charles
A. Diebold. Minnie A. is now the wife of this
gentleman. Mr. and Mrs. Tracy are members of
the Methodist Church, with which the former has
been connected for thirty years and is at present
Recording Secretary.


ST^ LFRED WEEDON, who served very ef-
j — \ ficiently for six years and a-half as Clerk
of Guernsey County, is a well known and
respected inhabitant of Cambridge. In politics he
is an ardent supporter of the Republican part}-,
and cast his first vole for State Representative in
Illinois, the candidate being pledged to uphold
Lincoln for United States Senator. Fraternally
Mr. Weedon is a member of the Grand Army of
the Republic, belonging to Post No. 483, of Cam-

John H. and Sarah (Sehuyhart) Weedon, the
parents of our subject, were natives of IVIaryland
and Ohio, respectively. The Weedons were orig-
inally from England, but settled in Colonial days
in Maryland and Virginia. An ancestor of the
gentleman whose name heads this sketch, one
George Weedon, commanded a Virginia brigade
during the Revolutionary War, and was a hero of
Valley Forge. Thomas, one of his sons, was also
an officer in that war. The son of the latter, Alfred
Penn Weedon, took part in the War of 1812, and
a year later came to Ohio, settling in Belmont
County, where he reared his large fainih'. One of
his children, John II., became the father of our
subject. He was reared to maturity in Belmont



County, and was there married. His wife .ilso
came from an old family in the history of the
United States, as some of ils members figured in
the Revolutionary War and also that of 1812.

To John H. and Sarah Weedon were born four
children. Susan became the wife of Jonathan
Jones, and died about 1854. Joseph T. died in
Anderson County, Kan. Alfred is the next in or-
der of birth. Elizabeth E., the youngest, died in
infancy. In 1837 John H. Weedon brought his
family to this county and engaged in the manu-
facture of hats in Kimbolton. In 1840 he entered
the regular army, served iu the Florida War, and
continued in the service until the war with Mex-
ico came on. He was discharged just before tlie
first battle of Resaca de la Palma, and re-enlisted for
the campaign. He served under General Taylor
until General Scott took charge at Monterey. He
was wounded at the battle of Molino del Rey, City
of Mexico. His injuries made him unable to write,
and after his discharge he was lost track of by his
relatives, and whether he died on the route home
or not is unknown. A pension certificate issued in
his behalf was sent to Zancsville, Ohio, where it
lay unclaimed until returned to Washington, D. C.
In 1850 his widow was married to Enocli Jones,
who is now deceased. Mrs. Jones, however, al-
though born in 1813, is still living.

All red Weedon was born in Morristown, Bel-
mont County, Ohio, November 15, 1836, and passed
his early years on a farm in this and Guernsey
Counties. Before rtaching his majority he went to
Bureau County, 111., where he remained five years,
his time being given up to attending school at
Princeton, to teaching, and to various kinds of
work. In the spring of 1861 he returned to this
county and engnged to teach for a term of school,
but before the lime had expired enlisted in Com-
pany F, Twenty-sixth Ohio Infantry, as a pri-
vate, the date of the event being June 17, 1861.
His first engagement was at the battle of Shiloh,
prior to which he was for some months in West
Virginia, where he had numerous skirmishes. He
was in the battle of Stone River, and the day be-
fore it was fought charged through La Vergne. In
this hazardous and daring charge the regiment lost
a number of men in a very short time. They also

suffered heavily at the battle of Cliickamauga,
there being over two hundred killed and wounded,
besides those who were made prisoners, and one
company, Company H,came out witii but one man.
Later Mr. Weedon fought at Mission Ridge, and
though he suffered with rheumatism at this time
severely, he was not long absent from his post, but
assisted to guard a wagon-train on a long, tiresome
march. While thus employed he was in a fight at
Charleston with Wheeler, in which his regiment did
not take part. He then went on the Atlanta cam-
paign, and took part in all the battles of tlie cam-
paign, until June 27, 1864, when he was wound-
ed at Kenesaw Mountain in a charge upon the
works. For the next six months ho was disquali-
fied for arm3' service, and in the meantime, in Feb-
ruai-y, 1865, was made Sergeant-lMajor, continuing
to serve as sucli until discharged. Tiic regiment
was sent to Texas, but Mr. Weedon was stricken
with fever at New Orleans, und was sent to Jeffer-
son Barracks. His final discharge was dated No-
vember 17, 1865, at Columbus, Oiiio.

Obtaining a veteran's furlough in 1864, Mr.
Weedon leturned home and remained about two
months on recruiting service, and in this period
was married. The lady who became his wife Feb-
ruary 13, 1864, was formerly Eliza J. Dull. After
the war the young couple lived on a farm in this
county until 1868, Mr. Weedon also teaching
school to some extent. He then went to Adair
County, Iowa, and followed his former occupations
for the next three years. In 1871 he .went to
Crawford County, Kan. While tiiere his wife died,
in August, 1871, leaving three little children,
whom their father took to his brother's home in
Anderson County, Kan., to pass the following win-
ter. The eldest, Ella N., is now the' wife of J. H.
Marling; Susan M., the second child, is now Mrs.
A. M. Mathews; and David T. is a printer in Seat-
tle, Wash.

In the spring of 1872 Alfred Weedon returned
to his old home at Kimbolton, Ohio, taking with
him his children. On New Year's Day, 1873,
he married Mrs. Emma Little, and a few weeks
later he returned to Kansas. During the summer
members of his family were sick, and as the climate
did not seem to agree with them, once more Mr.



Weedon turned bis face in the direction of the
Buckeye State. His land was afterward seized bj-
the railroad, as was that of many other farmers.
For a year or so afterward our subject taught school
at Birmingham, Ohio. He built the first house at
Guernsey Station after the railroad was completed
to that point, and kept the store and station for a
year and a-lialf. He then taught school until 1887,
when he was elected County Clerk.

Mrs. Emily Weedon was called to her final rest
in March, 1879. She left two children, .John F.
and Olive M.,both residing at home. The present
wife of our subject was formerly Sarah Hill. Their
marriage was celebrated October 13, 1880, and one
child. Homer H., has come to gladden their hearts.
Mrs. Weedon was before her marriage a resident of
Senecaville. Both she and our subject are mem-
bers of the Methodist Protestant Church.


ROBERT S. FORBES. The following is a
brief sketch of the career of Mr. Forbes,
whose present substantial position has been
reached entirely through his own perseverance,
and whose life shows what can be accomplished by
a person with enlightened views and courage.
During his childhood he experienced many disad-
vantages, and for years had to struggle against a
seemingly adverse fate. Notwithstanding discour-
agement, he pushed ahead, and the result proves the
wisdom of his course. He is at present living on
a fine estate in Cla}- Township, this county, where
he and his interesting companion are very popu-

Our subject was born in Uhrichsville, and is the
son of Andrew and Louisa E. (Seaman) Forbes.
The former was born in Carroll County, this state,
and died in August, 1874, when in the prime of
life. He, in turn, was the son of James and Eliza-
beth Forbes, natives, respectively, of Ireland and'
Pennsylvania. The grandfather emigrated to
the United States when a young man, and here

met and married his wife. They afterward re-
moved to this state, and died at a good old age in
New Philadelphia, where James Forbes was a
wealthy speculator.

Louisa E. Forbes was born in Cl.iy Township,
this county, and departed this life in 1883,
in the fifty-third year of her age. She was the
daughter of Robert and Martha (Evans) Seaman,
natives of Ohio County, Va. On making this
state their home they located on a fine tract of
land, which, by good management and industr}',
Robert Seaman increased to fourteen hundred
acres. He was one of the most extensive farmers
and stock-raisers in the county, and contributed
largely toward making this section what it is to-
day — a rich farming community.

Andrew and Louisa Forbes were married in this
county, and became the parents of the follow-
ing four sons and two daughters: Robert S.,
of this sketch; James C, a farmer of Clay Town-
ship; Austin E., also engaged in agricultural pur-
suits in this township; Andrew, deceased; Zoe, the
wife of C. S. Johnson, a banker of Dennison, this
state; and Stella E.,the wife of E. N. Bailey, un at-
torney in New Philadelphia. The husband and
father was a merchant for many years in Uhrichs-
ville prior to locating on his farm in 1866, on
which he continued to reside the rest of his life.

The original of this sketch was given a good
education in the schools of the neighborhood, and
remained under the parental roof, caring for his
parents and assuming the management of the farm
until their decease. He then fell heir to one hun-
dred and fifty-eight acres of land, on which he is
at present residing. A portion of this was found
to be fine coal land, and for a number of years
past Mr. Forbes has been engaged in mining.

Robert S. Forbes and Miss Hcttie Stocker were
united in marriage in the year 1883. The lady was
born in this township, in September, 1856, and was
the daughter of Joel and Malinda (Price) Stocker,
who were also natives of Tuscarawas County.
The father died in September, 1894, while his
good wife, who is still living, makes her home on
the old farm. Slic is now seventy-three years old.
The paternal grandparents of Mrs. Forbes were
Andrew and Barbara Stocker, natives of Pennsyl-


vania, whence they emigrated to this county at an
early day, and were classed among its raost worthy
and respected pioneers. Her parents were married
in this county in 1848, and to tliem was born a
family of seventeen children, twelve of whom are
deceased. Those living are: Adam C, who makes
his home in Port Washington, this state; Elizabeth,
the wife of Thomas Kuhn, of Columbus, Ohio;
Mary F., now the wife oif Samuel Dancy, of Den-
nison, this stnte; Daniel F., a resident of Uhrichs-
ville; and Mrs. Forbes. The deceased members of
the family were Anna, Rosa, Clara. Frank. Sarah,
Louisa, Julia, William, Edward, Magdalene, Jeffer-
son and Joel W.

To our subject and his estimable wife there has
been horn one child, Mamie, who is attending
school, and it is their intention to give her the
best educational advantages. The coal mines of
our sul)jcct are managed in such a manner as to
bring him a handsome income. His farm is oper-
ated on shares, and, although retired from the
active business of life, he still looks after his af-
fairs, and is thus kei)t busy. He is a stanch Dem-
ocrat in politics, and his influence is used to
advance the interests of his party. Mr. and Mrs.
Forbes are in all respects sincere-minded and
straightforward people, and stand well in the com-
munity, numbering among their friends the best
residents of the county.


EBENEZER WILLIAMS. To his skill in
) handicraft, his thorough knowledge of the
materials and modes of usage best adapted
for various kinds of buildings, Mr. Williams adds
the personal qualities which win the respect and
friendship of those with whom he associates. He
is now living in Bridgeville, Guernsey County,
and was born in Washington Township, March 23,

William and Rachel (McGrue) Williams, the
parents of our subject, were born respectively

in the slate of Virginia and Monroe Township,
this county. The father died in the year 1884,
at the advanced age of eighty-three years. He
was the son of Charles and Sarah Williams, also
natives of the Old Dominion, who, after living
there for many years, decided to try their fortunes
in this then terri.tory. The journey hither was
made in the year 1806, and on locating in their
new home they passed the balance of their lives
in cultivating the soil. Mrs. Williams was forty-
five years of age at the time of her decease, in
1837. Her parents were James and Rachel McGrue,
natives of New York State, whence they came
overland to Ohio in 1812. Her father, who all
his life followed the business of a miller in his
native state, erected a mill in this section, and
during the remainder of his life carried on a pay-
ing trade.

William and Rachel Williams were married in
this count}', and to them were born four daugh-
ters and four sons. The eldest of tlie family,
James, is deceased. Mary Ann is the wife of
James McDonald, and lives in McDonough County,
111. Joseph is a resident of Iowa. Ebenezer is
the subject of this sketch. Sarah married Isaiah
McGee, a business man of Peoria, HI. Rachel is
the widow of John Saunders, a resident of Good
Hope, 111. William, Jr., is deceased. The fa-
ther of this family was a carpenter by trade, and,
coming as he did into an unsettled portion of the
county, had all the work he could do iu erecting
houses for the new-comers who later located here.

Ebenezer Williams began to make his own way
in the world when a lad of fifteen years, his first
work being as an apprentice to a carpenter. As
the years passed he became thoroughly informed
in all details of the trade, and has continued to
make it his calling in life. He has also an honor-
able record as one of the vast number who devoted
several years-of their lives to the preservation of
the Union and the upholding of those institutions
dear to all true patriots. He enlisted, in 1861, in

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