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and hardworking, the success which has crowned
his labors is only what he is entitled to as a reward
for his perseverance.


T~^ NOS S. SOUERS, Mayor of New Phila-
r^ O dclphia, is one of her most distinguished
citizens. He has freijuently served in an
otiicial cajwcity, and at all times has been true to
the best interests of the communit}' which has thus
honored him. He is a leader in the Republican
party in local politics, has been a member of tlie
County Committee for seven years, and has been
chairman of that organization since 1890. On sev-
eral occasions he has been sent as a delegate to con-
ventions, and attended the one which nominated
Governor McKinle}' in 18!)1, and served in a like
capacity in the Judicial District Convention at
which Judge Douthitt was put in nomination.
For a number of years he has been established in
this city in the ))racticc of law, and has succeeded
in acquiring a large clientage.

The birth of oiu' subject occurred in Pennsylva-
nia, .January 9, 1852. His father, Levi Souers, w-as
born in Lancaster County, and Ihe grandfather,
John Souers, was likewise a native of that locality,
and of Prussian ancestry. Levi Souers was born
October 10, 1813, and isstill living, his home being

at Mineral Point, Tuscarawas County. During his
active life he followed the cooper's and carpenter's
trade. His wife, formerly Elizabeth Schlauch, is
a native of Lancaster County, as were also her par-
ents, who were of German descent. Fourteen chil-
dren were born to Levi and Elizabeth Souers, and
six of the number still survive, namely: Obed;
Enos; David; Emma, wife of Frank Harter, of Min-
eral Point; Ida, Mrs. J. P. Diliow, also a resident
of the same city; and Lizzie J., who lives at home.
In politics the elder Mr. Souers is an old-line Whig,
who joined the Republican parly at its birth. Re-
ligiously he holds membership with the Presby-
terian Church.

The early life of Enos S. Souers was spent in
the Keystone State, after which, with his parents,
he removed to Wayne County, and took up his
abode near Dalton. His education was obtained
in the common schools of Pennsylvania, and in the
village school at Dalton. Later he attended the
Smith ville High School, and after graduating there-
from he began teaching. For ten years he followed
this vocation, and during this period found time
to study law under the instruction of Judge Hance.
He was admitted to the Bar in 188-3, before the
Supreme Court at Columbus, Ohio.

In beginning the practice of his profession, Mr.
Souers located first atShreve, where he continued
for one year, and then removed to Mineral Point.
After four years passed in the last-named city, he
removed to this place to make a permanent settle-
ment. While living in Mineral Point he was
chosen City Clerk, was a member of the Board of
Education, and was also City Solicitor. In addi-
tion to tilling his other olliccs he was at one time
Justice of the Peace of Sandy Township, and soon
after taking up his abode in New Philadelphia he
was chosen to fill a similar oflice in Goshen Town-
ship. In 1892 he wts brought out by the Repub-
lican party for Mayor, and the results of the elec-
tion were most gratifying. His majority was quite
large, when the fact is considered that he was elect-
ed over a candidate who was in oflice at the time.
In the spring of 1894 he was again nominated, and
ran against the same opponent, receiving a major-
ity of one hundred and sixty-four votes. The i-e-
sults of these two elections very clearly demon-



strates his popularity and the high esteem in which
he is lield by all. During his administration, over
seven miles of sewers have been laid, and many
other improvements in the city have been inaug-

Septembers, 1878, Mr. Souers was united in mar-
riage in this cit3' to Celestia M., daughter of F. R.
and Angeline Black, natives of Ohio. Of the four
children born to this union, all but one are living.
In order of birth they are as follows: Edna M,
Loren E. and Franklin Earl. Enos W. is deceas-
ed. Mr. and Mrs. Souers are members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, and take an active
interest in its various departments of work and
usefulness. Fraternally our subject belongs to
Black Diamond Lodge No. 267, K. of P., and to
Goshen Tent No. 36, K. O. T. M.


JOHN STOCKSDALE is one of the honored
inhabitants of Dover Township, within the
limits of which he has passed his entire life.
He is now engaged in carrying on the old
homestead, which comprises one hundred and three
acres. The place is under good cultivation, and is
well improved with substantial fences, barns and
a pleasant residence.

The parents of the gentleraau whose name heads
this article were William C. and Anna (Munna)
Stocksdale. The father, who is now deceased, was
born in Baltimore County, Md., and was a son of
Elisha and Rebecca (Cook) Stocksdale. William
C. emigrated to Tuscarawas County in 1836, and
purchased the farm which is now carried on by his
third son. He and his wife, both now deceased,
were worthy and industrious pioneers, doing all in
their power to advance the best interests of the
community in which they dwelt, as well as to rear
tlu'ir children to lives of usefulness and thrift. Of
the eight children born to them, three were sons
and five daughters. In the order of their birth
they were named as follows: Martin, Justic, Su-
san, John, Mary, Rebecca, Florence and Jane.
John Stocksdale spent his boyhood days attend-

ing the district schools adjacent to his home and
acquiring by practical experience familiarity with
the proper methods of conducting a farm. He has
always followed agricultural pursuits, and has met
with success in his chosen work. He is the owner
of his father's old farm, which he carries on in a
most progressive manner.

JOHN M. HAMMOND, one of the oldest in-
habitants of Guernsey County, has had his
abode for many j'ears on his farm, which is
located on section 12, Adams Township. He
is a'native of Washington County, Pa., where his
birth occurred September 16, 1805. His parents
were William and Mary (Weir) Hammond, the
former a native of Ireland, and the latter of Scot-
land. William Hammond, with his brothers, John
Robert and David, came to the United States be-
fore the Revolutionary War. John volunteered
his services in the Continental army and partici-
pated in the battles of Brandywine and Bunker
Hill, being wounded in the latter engagement.
The brothers settled on the Susquehanna River,
wiiere they all look up claims, but the Indians
were so hostile in that locality that they removed
to Hickory, Washington County, Pa. William Ham-
mond came to Guernsey County in 1819.

John M. Hammond is one of eight childfen.
His brother Jaines was a merchant at Pittsburg,
and later removed to Kentucky, where he studied
medicine. He married a Kentucky lady, who died
a few j'cars later, and after that sad event the
Doctor wrote home that he was going to leave
there and would let them know of his future lo-
cation, but lie was never again heard from. David
came to tliis county and died in Cambridge. Mary
became the wife of William Blair, and both passed
to their final rest wiiile residents of this county.
Sarah became the wife of Thomas Ford, and both
are deceased. Jane, who married Samuel Atchi-
son, now deceased, makes her home at Bloomfield,
Ohio. Annie became the wife of David Dew, of
this county; and William married Matilda Parks,



who survives him and is a resident of New Concord.
John M. Hammond was educated in the common
schools of his native state. November 28, 1827,
he married Elizabeth Scott, daughter of Francis
and Betsey (Hunter) Scott. Mrs. Hammond died
June 26, 1883. Her brother, aged ninety-four, is
still living in this county. After his marriage our
subject purchased the farm where he still resides.
After buying a tract of eighty acres, on which
were some improvements, he settled in the woods,
in 1833. To himself and wife were born eleven
children. James, who graduated from Muskingum
College, and his brotiier Francis, who had like ad-
vantages, tauglit school for some time, and in 1851
went to California by the overland route. James
married Margaret Maliaffey. Francis returned
a year sooner than his brother, and clerked in
the Auditor's ottice until 1860, when he was elected
Auditor, and served for three terms. In 1873 he
went to Washington, and was appointed, under
Grant, in the auditing department of the Treas-
urer's office. He married ISIargaret Tingle, and
died in the Capitol City in October, 1886. James
engaged in teaching school and in farming for
a number of years, and in 1876 became inter-
ested in the real-estate and pension business in
Olathe, Kan. During the war he was Adjutant of
a company of the One Hundred and Seventy-
second Infantry. William, the third son, learned
the wagon-maker's trade, and is still working at the
same in Bloomfield, Muskingum County, lie en-
listed for one hundred days in the One Hundred
and Sixtieth Ohio Regiment, and served in Vir-
ginia. He married Margaret Little, who died, and
he afterward married Esther IMcConnaha. Eliza-
beth, wife of William McClelland, died in 1889.
John, born in 1835, learned his brother William's
trade and is still following that vocation in Otsego,
Muskingum County, this state. He married Mar-
tha Guthrie. He was with his brother in the one
hundred days' service in Virginia, in the One Hun-
dred and Sixtieth Regiment. David, born in 1839,
was a memberof the Ninety-seventh Ohio Infantry,
and served in Kentucky. Owing to sickness, he
became almost blind, but later recovered and joined
the Ohio National Guards. He married Cassandra
Britton, since deceased. After his marriage he re-

moved to Iowa, where he is still engaged in farm-
ing. Robert, born in 1838, who is a Justice of the
Peace and a leading citizen of Cambridge, mar-
ried j;ila Simons. Johnson, born m 1840, served
for four years and four months in the Fifteenth
Ohio Regiment, and was wounded at the battle of
Stone River, a ball passing under his heart and
one bullet through his thigh. He went on the
Atlanta campaign and was present at the battle of
Mission Ridge. He received an honorable dis-
charge on the 31st of December, 1865. He married
Susannah Rankin. His death occurred February
18, 1888. Charles, born in 1842, enlisted in the
Fifteenth Ohio Infantiy in 1864, and served
through the Atlanta campaign and in the battle
of Nashville. He is now a farmer of Adams Town-
ship, Guernsey County. He married Isabel Mc-
Clelland. Mary J. is the wife of David Mackey,
of Adams Township. Alexander, born in 1846,
has always worked on the old homestead. He
married Anna M. Johnston, and by their marriage
eight children were born, five now living. In all
John Hammond has sevent^'-two grandchildren.
John M. Hammond in his early life was a Jack-
son Democrat and later was a Free Soiler. He
was one of the first to espouse the cause of the
Republican party in his state. For many years he
has been a Justice of the Peace, and has also held
the offices of Township Trustee, Township Treas-
urer and Clerk. For about forty years he was an
Elder in the United Presbyterian Church, m which
he has also served as Deacon. He has many in-
teresting reminiscences of pioneer life and the
days when hardships and privations were a mat-
ter of course.


HIRAM WARNE, father of J. C. AVarne, of
Cambridge, and one of the prosperous
and representative agriculturists of Wash-
ington County, Pa., is descended from one of the
influential families of the state, originally residents
of eastern Pennsylvania, but afterward pioneers
of the western part. Maj. James Warne, his fa-
ther, was born in Allegiieny Count3-,butin youth



removed to Wasliiiigton County, where liemai'i'ied
Mary, daughter of Joseph and Margaret Parkinsou.
He was a ship-builder and glass-blower, and was
also for a time engaged in the general mercan-
tile business, in all of which enterprises he was

The subject of this sketch was born in Monon-
gahela, Pa., and was a small boy when the family
removed into the country. His education was
limiled, consisting only of such advantages as the
neighboring common schools afforded. On the
2d of December, 1856, he married Miss Elizabeth,
daugiiter of James and Rebecca (Devore) Nichols.
After his marriage he settled upon a farm in Som-
erset Township, but later removed from there to
Nottingham Township, and finally located upon
the place where he has since resided. He and his
wife are the parents of five sons and two daugh-
ters, named as follows: James C, Florence, William
W., Allen C, Boyd E., Howard F. and Mary E. M.

e expiration of tliat
time lie was quite ready to return liome, and again
taking cliarge of the farm, superintended its oper-
ation until the fall of 1876, when he married and
established a home of h\s own.

The lady whom Mr. Schweitzer chose as his life
companion was Miss Margaret Keast, and to them
have been born six children, four girls and two
boys, viz.: Pearlc, Zella, Charley, Nettie, Jesse
and Mary, all of whom are living. Mrs. Schweit-
zer, whose birth occurred in Coshocton County,
on the 3d of August, 1854, was the daughter
of Jolin and Elizabeth (Thretewie) Keast. Her
father was born in Truro, England, July 5, 1816,
and died in 1888, when seventy-two years old.
He was the son of Edward and Mary Keast, also
natives of the British Isles, where the mother died.
The father came to America in 1870, and made his
home here until his decease. Elizabeth Keast was
born in England to John and Mary Thretewie,
and died in 1862, at the age of thirty-six years.
Her parents spent the latter years of their life in
Australia, where they became very wealthy.

The parents of Mrs. Schweitzer were married in
England, and reared a family of eight daughters
and two sons, of whom Mary J. became the wife
of Daniel Dussenberry, a farmer of Wheeling
Township, this county; Martha married William
Van Sickle, also a farmer of this township; Julia
is now Mrs. Peter Hamersley, engaged in farming
in Coshocton County; Edward is deceased; Sarali
is the wife of John Little; Hester married Jasper
Umstott, whose sketch the reader will find on an-
other page in this work; Harriet is the wife of
Samuel Mercer, Secretary of the Building and Loan
Association of Indianapolis, Ind.; Susan is now
Mrs. Thomas Schweitzer, and makes her home in
this township; and John, Jr., is a telegraph oper-
ator in Flushing, Ohio.

The father of our subject was an honored mem-
ber of the Methodist Episcopal Church, to which
denomination he contributed liberally. He was a
Republican after the formation of the party, and
the incorruptible integrity of his character, and

his many fine qualities of head and heart, placed
him high in the regard of his fellow-citizens.

When beginning life as a benedict, our subject
rented land one year m Coshocton County, after
which he purchased a farm in the same county,
and resided on it for a period of eleven years. At
the end of that time we find him living on his
present estate, which comprises a quarter-section
of fertile farming land, through which runs a
stream of living water. He erected a large and
comfortable residence in 1893, and is prepared to
spend the rest of his life in ease and comfort. Id
politics he is independent, always casting his vote
for the best man, regardless of party principles.

OSCAR E. HUNT, a well known contractor
and builder of Uhrichsville, Ohio, is a na-
tive of Belmont County, this state, his

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 69 of 83)