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Company H, Sixteenth Ohio Infantry', and going
with his regiment to the front, remained for three
months, or until his term of service had expired.
Returning home, he again offered his services in
defense of his country's flag, this time becoming a



member of Company H, Fortieth Ohio Infantry,
with which lie remained until the establishment
of peace. During that period he suffered all the
hardships and privations of a soldier's life, and
took part in many of the important battles of the

Mr. Williams was married, in 1842, to Miss
Catherine, daughter of James and Ruth (Johnson)
Fuller. She was born in this county, March 1,
1830, and received a fair education in its district
schools. Her father was boin in Maryland, and
died in 1885, aged seventy-two years. His parents
were Thomas and Lydia Fuller, who came to this
county from Maryland about the year 1820. Ruth
Johnson was born in Belmont County, this state,
and her demise occurred in 1845, when sev-
enty-two years old. Her parents were Ephraim
and Catherine Johnson, also natives of Maryland,
whence they came to Guernsey County in 1820.
The parents of Mrs. Williams reared the follow-
ing-named children: Ann, who is residing in
Coshocton County, this state; Thomas and Maria,
deceased; Jane, the widow of William Douglas, liv-
ing in Iowa; Rucham, who murried Abraham Mar-
latt and makes her home in Guernsey County;
Catherine, now the wife of our subject; and Mar-
garet, who lives in Iowa. James Fuller was a
well-to-do farmer, and at the time of his dece.ise
left a valuable estate of one hundred and twenty
well improved acres.

The ten children who have come to bless the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Williams are: William, de-
ceased; Isaiah, living in Oklahoma; Preston, a
resident of this county; Harriet, the wife of James
Sickman, a farmer of Nebraska; Daniel, who makes
his home in Kansas; Elmer E., who is a resident
of this state; Sherman, living in California; Sheri-
dan, engaged in business at Bridgeville, this state;
Grant, a carpenter of the last-named place, which
is also the home of Ebenezer, Jr.

On his return from the war, Mr. Williams again
took up the work of carpentering, and was among
the first to purchase property in this place, which
he later lost on an election bet. He now has in
his possession sixteen lots, besides his comfortable
residence, which is one of the best in the village.
He is now living practically retired, as he has

accumulated a sufficiency of this world's goods to
enable him to pass the remaining years of his life
in the ease which he so well deserves. In politics
he is a Republican, and cast his first Presidential
vote for James K. Polk. He is not identified with
any religious organization, but gives liberally of
his means toward the support of all denomina-


JOSEPH SCHALIFI is one of the sterling old
pioneers of Tuscarawas County. For over
half a century he has lived in Goshen Town-
ship, and now after a busy and active life he
is, in a measure, retired from .agricultural labors,
and is enjoying a well earned rest. He is a native
of Switzerland, having been born in that country
July 18, 1814.

The parents of our subject were John J. and
Annie (Baibrec) Schalifi. They were also born
and passed their entire lives in Switzerland. The
father, whose birth occurred in 1775, died in 1815;
and his wife. Annie, born in the same year, lived
until 1829.

Joseph Schalifi passed his boyhood and early
manhood in his native land, but in 1839 set sail
for America. On arriving in New York City, he
remained there for a short time, thence coming to
this county. For six months he worked on a farm
near Stone Creek, and in 1840 came to this town-
ship. The same year was celebrated his marriage
with Barbara Switzer, who, like her husband, was a
native of Switzerland. She was born in 1820, and
with her parents became an inhabitant of Tuscara-
was County in 1833.

Soon after the young couple's marriage they
came to the homestead owned by the father of
Mrs. Schalifi. For the next four years our subject
engaged in farming on that place, after which he
purchased a tract of one hundred and forty acres,
which he has since cultivated, and thereon made
his home. The land was little improved, and much
had not yet been cleared at the time of his pur



chase, but is now in good condition and considered
a valuable piece of property. It lies along the
coal belt, and this useful mineral having been dis-
covered in paying quantities on the place, our
subject recently sold a part of his farm, receiving
therefor $11,000.

Nine children were born to Joseph and Barbara
Schalifi. Morris lives' in Canton, Stark County,
Ohio; John and Simon are residents of Wayne
County, this state; Joseph lives in this county;
Andrew is at home; Frank has his abode in Stark
County; Sarah is the wife of Jacob Shoemaker, of
Goshen Township; Rose is Mrs. Rudolph Scherril,
of this township; and Amanda is the wife of B.
Murray, whose home is also in Goshen Township.
The mother of these children died January 9,

The home farm owned by Mr. Schalifi is now
operated by his son Andrew, an enterprising
young agriculturist. In politics our subject af-
filiates with the Democratic party, and in his re-
ligious belief he is connected with the Moravian


(Tpr LEXANDER F. OLIVER, Mayor and Po-
/— \ lice Magistrate of Barnhill, Goshen Town-
ship, is also a general merchant of this
place. He is one of the old pioneers who helped
years ago to lay the foundations of this county's
usefulness and prosperity, and has always been a
man of public spirit. He has held various respon-
sible positions, and at all times acquitted himself
with fidelity and a high sense of the trust reposed
in him. For six years he served as Postmaster,
having been appointed by President Cleveland.
He has been for a like period of time Township
Supervisor, and has been Mayor and Magistrate of
Barnhill for four years. For a period covering
two years he was Township Clerk, and officiated
as Constable for four years.

ISfr. Oliver was born April 22, 1822. His par-
ents were William and Jane (Oliver) Oliver. The

former was born in New York City, while his wife
was a native of County Down, Ireland. In lier
girlhood she emigrated to America and became a
resident of Jefferson County, Ohio. She was a
scholarly woman, and before her marriage was a
school teacher in this county. William Oliver went
to Jefferson County in 1812, and there met his fu-
ture wife, to whom he was married in 1820. They
became the parents of three sons and a daughter,
namely: Alexander F.; Henry, now deceased; Mar-
garet J., deceased; and William, a farmer of this
township. William Oliver was a distiller and
farmer b}' occupation, and in a financial way was
on the road to success when he died, in the year

Alexander Oliver was only six years of age
when death deprived him of his father's guidance
and protection. The boy continued to make his
home with his mother until he was in his twenty-
fifth year. In 1835 the latter become the owner
of a farm of eighty acres in Union Township,
Tuscarawas County, and there she continued to
dwell until her death, which occurred September
16, 1848, being then a little over fifty-eight years
of age. By those who knew her she was much
beloved for her sterling qualities and her brave
struggle to provide for her children. Our subject
attended the district schools of his day, but is
mainly self-educated. His boyhood was familiar
with a school room supplied with slab seats, punch-
eon Boor, and other rude accessories.

In 1846 Mr. Oliver left his mother's roof to em-
bark in the business of life for himself. He was
married September 24 of that year to Mary Keip,
and soon after the young couple settled in Union
Township. To them were born the following chil-
dren : Jane, Mrs. James Heins, of Rush Township;
Ann, now deceased; William, a farmer near Barn-
hill; Maggie, wife of Samuel Waddiugton,a farmer
in Cusier County, Neb. Mrs. Oliver died Sep-
tember 29, 1858. October 5, 1861, our subject
married Marinda Buckins. Four children graced
this union, namely: George B. and Henry S., who
are engaged in mining at Barnhill; Edward T.,
who was born at this place Februarj' 14, 1872;
andMarinda A., bornFebruarj' 16, 1867, and whose
death occurred July 14 of the same year. The



present wife of our subject, formerly Rctta J. Mc-
Cue, was married to him July 6, 1892.

For many years Mr. Oliver has held membership
in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is one of
the most earnest workers in the congregation to
which he belongs. He has frequently been num-
bered among the hoard of officers of the church,
and has been a liberal contributor to its support.

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AMUEL McMILLEN. The Keystone State
has given to Ohio many estimable citizens,
but she has contributed none more worthy
of notice, or more highly esteemed, than the sub-
ject of this sketch, who is one of the prominent
farmers and stock-raisers of the state. He is at
present residing in Wheeling Township, Guernsej'
County, of which community he is one of the hon-
ored pioneers.

Mr. McMillen was born in Washington County,
Pa., November 3, 1817, and is the son of John
and Mary (Marshall) McMillen. The father, who
was born in Ireland, emigrated to tins countr3',
and lived until the advanced age of ninety-four
3'ears, dying in Guernsey County in the year 1875.
His parents, Jolin and Margaret (McGill) McMil-
len, were born in the Emerald Isle, whence they
crossed the Atlantic many years ago, and at once
settled m Pennsylvania, thereafter living in Wash-
ington County. Mrs. Mary McMillen was also
born in the same county in Pennsylvania, and died
in July, 1874, at the age of eighty -six years. Her
parents were natives of Ireland, but lived in Vir-
ginia after coining to America.

The parents of our subject were united in mar-
riage in their native county, and to them were
born four sons and four daughters, as follows:
John, William and David, deceased; Samuel, of
this sketch; Maiy, Margaret, Eliza and Susanna, all
of whom are deceased. The father of this fam-
ily came to Guernsey County in the 3'cnr 1837.
He was a well educated man, and for a number of

years after locating here taught the district school,
and at the same time carried on the operations of
his farm with fair success. His son Samuel lived
at home, giving his attention to the home farm
until reaching his thirtieth year, when he was mar-
ried and established a home of his own. In the
mean time he was well educated under the instruc-
tion of his honored father, and trained in the de-
tails of farm work, so that when he came into pos-
session of an estate of his own he was thoroughly
competent to manage it.

Samuel McMillen and Nancy Rawlstein, also a
native of Washington County, Pa , were united in
marriage in 1849. The lady became the mother of
three children, and departed this life in 1868.
Her family comprised Mary, the widow of Robert
Aiken, living in Muskingum Count}', this state;
James W., engaged in farm pursuits in Kansas;
and Adeline, who makes her home with her brother
James in Kansas, and 's unmarried.

In 1859 Mr. McMillen was a second time mar-
ried, the lady on this occasion being Eliza A. Aiken,
who was born in Columbiana County, this state,
May 18, 1828. She is the daughter of George and.
Martha (Patten) Aiken, the father a native of Ire-
land, and the mother a native of Pennsylvania.
They died in that state after following agricult-
ural pursuits there for many years. George Aiken
was the son of John and Jane (Thompson) Aiken,
natives of the Emerald Isle, who, on emigrating to
this country, made their future home in the Key-
stone State, where the father of Mrs. McMillen
died in 1863, aged eighty years. Mrs. Martha
Aiken was the daughter of Hugh and Eliza (Han-
nah) P.nttcn, the former born in Ireland, and the
latter in Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Aiken were
married in the year 1816, and had ten children. Of
these, Jane, the eldest, is deceased; Hugh P. is a
farmer of Muskingum County, where John also
lives; William is deceased; George is farming in
Logan County, Ohio; Eiiza A.,now Mrs. McMillen,
is the twin sister of Mary, the widow of James
Neal, of this county; Martha is deceased; James is
cultivating land near Birmingham, this state; and
i\Iargarct, the widow of John Smith, makes her
home in Logan County, this state. The father of
this family served in the War of 1812, being Lieu-



tenant of his company under the command of
General Harrison. His business in life was that of
a farmer, in which he was more than ordinarily
successful, being thoroughlj' informed in all de-
partments of farm work.

To our subject and his estimable wife there have
been born five children, as follows: Mattie, the
wife of D. F. Kennedy, a farmer of Monroe Town-
ship, Guernsey County; .John P., engaged in the
mercantile business in Colorado; Millie, the wife
of Robert Grimes, a farmer of tliis townsiiip; and
Annie and George, still under the parental roof.

Soon after his marriage Mr. McMillen took up
his present homestead, whicii now comprises one
hundred and thirty-seven broad and well culti-
vated acres, on which he lias made his home ever
since. As might be expected, he is widely known
throughout this portion of the county, and num-
bers as his friends its best people. He is honest
and upright in all his transactions, and, although
never aspiring to office-holding, has benefited his
community by upholding all moral and social re-
forms which have been set on foot. He is a con-
sistent and worthy member of the United Presby-
terian Church, and is interested in all religious
enterprises. In politics he is a Republican, and
cast his first vote for Martin Van Buren as Pres-
ident. Those who know Mr. McMillen esteem
him for his sterling worth, and, with liis good wife,
lie is universally liked by the entire community.


JAMES CASEBEER. Among the enterprising
and successful young farmers of York Town-
ship is the subject of this sketch. Since
1892 he has been engaged in running the
homestead which he owns on section 14, and which
contains one hundred and twenty-one acres.

The parents of James Casebeer, George and Lu-
cinda (Atkins) Casebeer, were natives of I'ennsyl-
vania and P^ngland, respectively. The latter's
parents were Joseph and Lucinda Atkins, wiio

lived in England during their early married life,
but later emigrated to America, becoming resi-
dents of Tuscarawas County, this state. The mar-
riage of Mr. and Mrs. George Casebeer was cele-
brated in New Philadelphia, and some time later
they emigrated to Missouri, where the husband
worked as a carpenter and also carried on a farm.
They died in 1860, at the same hour, as the result
of being poisoned. Thej' were very prominent
people in Missouri, well thought of by all who
knew them, and their unfortunate death was a blow
to the whole community. They left five children to
mourn their loss. David, the eldest, is a carpenter
in New Philadelphia; William F. is the second of
the family; George is engaged in farming in Can-
ada; Alice is the wife of William Clark, a merchant
of Virginia; and James is the youngest.

The birth of our subject occurred in Missouri
March 4, 1860, and on his parents' untimely de-
mise he was adopted into the family of George and
Rosanna Smith, of York Township, this county.
Tliese worthy people became very much attached
to the lad, and were as kind and loving toward
him as if he was their own child. Young Casebeer
continued to live on the Smith homestead until
the death of liis kind friends, who left the prop-
erty to him by will. For twelve years he worked
in a sawmill, but since 1892 has devoted his atten-
tion to farming. The homestead comprises one
hundred and twenty-one acres, all of which is
kept under good cultivation. Though liis experi-
ence as a farmer has been somewhat limited, our
subject is a man of practical mind and industrious
characteristics, which qualities lead to success.

May 14, 1891, James Casebeer was married to
Miss Flora Metzger, who was born at Lockport,
Ohio, June 31, 1871. Mrs. Casebeer is a daughter
of Isaac and Susan (Metzger) Metzger, who were
cousins. They were the parents of the following
children: Flora, Cora, Ellen, Lorenzo and Mary.
Isaac Metzger is a prominent farmer and highly
esteemed in Warwick Township, where he resides.

To our subject and his wife have been born
two daughters: Grace, July 1, 1893; and Carrie,
October 6, 1894. Mrs. Casebeer is a lady of good
education and culture, well received in social cir-
cles, and both she anr" her husband have many



friends, trho often partake of their genial and
kindly hospitality.

In his political belief Mr. Cascbeer is liberal, and
usually uses his right of franchise by voting for
the candidates of the People's party.

/'^ P:0RGE LECHNER, deceased, was one of
^T[ the founders of Mineral Point, which, in
company with Alfred Davis, he surveyed
and platted. He served as Trustee of Sandy Town-
ship for about twenty years, and improved several
farms in the vicinity. A man of public spirit and
a power for good in tiic vicinity in which he dwelt,
his loss was deeply felt by all who had the pleas-
ure of his acquaintance, and his memory is cher-
ished by a host of life-long friends.

The Lechner family is of German origin, but
tlie members of it settled at a very early day in
Pennsylvania. The paternal grandfather of our
subject was a tanner by trade, and his son, John
Michael, the father of George Lechner, followed
milling. In 1827 the latter removed to Stark
County, Oliio, where he resided until his death,
which occurred in 1833. He was forty years of
age when he married Miss Elizabeth Rider, who
was born in Baltimore, and who by her first
marriage had three children: George, Jeremiah,
and Joseijh, who is in Elkhart County, Ind. After
the death of her fust husband Mrs. Lechner be-
came the wife of Joseph Young. She died in In-
diana, in December, 1880, and was buried in the
cemetery at Miueral Point. Michael Lechner was
reared in the doctrines of the Reformed Church,
but subsequently became identified with the Dis-
ciples, and the same thing was the case with his
wife, Elizabeth.

George Lechner was born November 30, 1820,
in Manheim Township, York County, Pa., and was
brought up to farm life. After the death of his
father, which occurred when he was but thirteen
j'ears of age, his mother's support fell on his young

shoulders. March 21, 1844, he married Matilda
Firestone, of Waynesburg. Stark County, Ohio.
For a time thereafter he operated a rented farm,
but in the spring of 1847 he removed to this
county and settled on the place where his widow
j is now living, near Mineral Point. He first rented
one hundred and sixty acres, but in 1855 had ac-
cumulated a sufficient sum of money to become
the owner of the place. As the years passed he
invested in additional land, and owned a farm of
one hundred and sixty acres, which he sold just
before his demise. Through his own exertions and
good business al:iility, he not only made a good
livelihood for his family, but accumulated a sub-
stantial fortune. In politics he was during his
early life a Whig, and after the formation of the
Republican party espoused its principles. - He
was a member of the Baptist Church in his youth,
and was a man of high morals, integrity and ster-
ling character. He was called to the home beyond
June 3, 1889.

Mrs. Lechner was the daughter of Mathias and
Catherine (Worley) Firestone, natives of Colum-
biana and Stark County, Ohio, respective I3'. The
former was a millwright, and also conducted a farm
near Waynesburg, Ohio. He died May 3, 1875,
when in his seventy-eighth year. He was twice
married, having ten children by his first union..
Nine of the number lived to maturity, namely:
Mary,Mrs.Nesbit, of Indiana; Hannah, Airs. Hutch-
inson, of ¥t. Dodge, Iowa; Matilda; George; Har-
rie, who married Peter Snider, of Middleport, Ohio;
Daniel; John, now in Nebraska; James, of Ada,
Ohio; and Catherine. Daniel and George were in
the service during the late War of the Rebellion.
The mother of these children died in Januaiy,
1847, at the age of fifty years. The second wife '
of Mathias Firestone was Mrs. Ann, widow of
Isaac Wilson. She had five children, namely:
Louisa, Corvin,Lillie, William and Haddon. Mr.
Firestone was a Whig in politics, and afterward a
Republican, and served as Township Trustee on
one occasion. He was a member of the Masonic
fraternity and belonged to the Methodist Episcopal

The paternal grandfather of Mrs. George Lech
ner was John Firestone, a native of the Keystone



State, and one of the pioneers of Stark County.
He was a farmer, anrl passed his last jears in Col-
umbiana County, Oiiio. He reared a family of
twelve children, namely: John, Jacob, Solomon,
George, Joseph, Mathias, Daniel, Catherine, Han-
nah, Margaret, Betsc3' and Mary. On the maternal
side Mrs. Lechner's grandfather John Worle}',
who came from tlie old Pennsylvania state. To
himself and wife, whose maiden name was Mary
Springer, were born twelve children, who grew to
mature years, namely: Polly, Rebecca, Catherine,
Nancy, Daniel, ]Michael, Thomas, Ake, Joseph,
John, George and Jacob. With the exception of
John and George, these children all married and
had families. John died after enlisting in the War
of 1812, but before reaching the field of battle.

The union of George and Matilda Lechner was
blessed with the following children: Catherine E.,
who became tlie wife of Phili|) C. Furney, of this
township; Charity, deceased, formerly tlie wife of
Sanmel Cunningham, by whom she had two daugh-
ters; Osee, the wife of Emanuel Sweanej-; Joseph
M.; Oliver P.. whose sketch appears elsewhere in
this volume; and Matilda J.


/^ ARRETT B. SMITH, one of the popular
^T[ business men and prominent citizens of
New Comerstown, who is at present en-
gaged in mercantile pursuits in that city, is a na-
tive of Columbus, Ohio, and was born January 31,
1828. He is a son of Anson and Triphena (Smitli)
Smitli, also natives of Columbus. Anson Smitii
was a carpenter and contractor by occupation, and
carried on his trade in his native city until his
de.ath, which occurred in 1840. To the union of
this couple six children were born, as follows: Ann
Eliza, Sarah, William, Frank, Annie and Garrett 15.
The subjectof this sketch received his education
in the public schools of Columbus, where he spent
his time much the same as other br)ys of his age.
At the age of twelve years he was thrown on his

own resources. His father dying at that time left
the family with limited means, and Garrett was
compelled to start out to make a living for himself.
He occupied his time in various ways until he was
about sixteen years old, when he began his mer-
cantile career. Going to Roscoe, he engaged as
clerk in a dry-goods store, where he remained three
years. During this time he conducted himself in
an honest, straightforward manner, and by his
industrious habits, and the interest he took in
the firm, he soon won the respect and confidence
of his employer. lie became very popular in the
community, his courteous manners and pleasant
ways winning for him many warm and true friends.
While eng!iged as clerk in Roscoe, Colonel Nugen,
"of New Comerstown, was so attracted to him by his
cheerful manner, the interest he took and the skill
he showed in the management of the business, that
he induced him to come to New Comerstown and
take charge of his store at that place. Here he was
as successful as in the former place, and in a short
time became a partner in the firm.

In 1854 Mr. Smitli was united in marriage with
Miss Elmira, the eldest daughter of Col. R. H. Nu-
gen, and to them have been born eight children,
namely: Virginia, JVIarcia M., Robert H., Sarah H.,
Christina, Howard, Jessie K. and Elmira. Mr.
Smith has given his children all good educations,
fitting them to fill any position in life wherever
their lot may be cast.

Mr. Smith given the entire supervision of
the construction of the Pan Handle Railroad in that
section, which was built in 1863, 1864 and 1865,

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