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birthplace being Barnesvillc, and the date of his
birth April 9,1845. 'He is a son of William B.
and Julia Ann Mott (Fletcher) Hunt, natives of
Virginia, but of English origin. William B. Hunt
was a tailor by trade, and a minister of the Chui\h
of Christ (Disciples). He resides in Ilopedale,
Harrison County. p]migrating from Virginia to
Ohio in 1840, he settled in Barnesville, where the
present generation was born.

Our subject received a common-school education
in his native county, and afterward attended for
four years the McNeely Normal, at Hopedale,
Ohio. On completing his education he served a
three-years apprenticeship at the carpenter's trade,
at which he worked until 1862, when he responded
to his country's call and e»ilisted in Company B,
Thirtieth Ohio Infantry. After serving for twen-
ty-tliree months he was honorably discharged, on
accountof disability. During his service he partic.
ipated in five hard-fought battles, of which Antie-
tam was one, and also in many skirmishes.

On returning home from the war, Mr. Hunt
again took up his trade, at. which he worked until



1872, when he came to Uluichsville, and was em-
plo3C(] as foreman in the planing-mills of Georj^e W.
Dawson, which were afterward owned by Everett
& Johnson. His residence in Uhrichsvillc has
been a success in a business t)oint of view, and he
is esteemed by all on account of his sterling worth.

In 1865 was celebrated the nuirriagc of Mr. Hunt
and Amelia, daughter of John and Catlicrine
(Deems) Hunt. The lady is of English descent
and a native of Ohio. To this union have been
born the following children: Cora L., Dallas IJ.,
Julia Lena, Orville, Frank W., Anna and William.
Mrs. Hunt is a member of the Christian Church.

Politically Mr. Hunt is a stalwart and stanch
Republican. He is a iiromlnent member of the
Knights of Pythias, and has been through all the
chairs. This year (1894) he is Commander of the
Grand Army of the Republic post at Uhrichsvillc.


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DANIEL W. BENDER, whose home has
been for years in Lawrence Township, is a
descendant of a pioneer family who assist-
ed in laying the foundations of the prosperity and
wealth which Tuscarawas County now enjoys.
The farm which he owns and operates is a valu-
able one, situated only two miles southwest of Bol-
ivar, on the Strasburg road. There arc few citi-
zens of tliis vicinity who arc more sincerely re-
spected and well thought of by friends and neigh-
hoi's than our subject. His earnest aim in life has
always been to advance the public good and to
promote all measures beneficial to the locality in
which he dwells.

Mr. Bender's paternal grandfather was born in
Franklin County, Pa., before the close of the last
century. There he grew to manhood, and death
called him from his labors when he was about six-
ty-seven years of age. The maternal grandfather,
Jacob Mack, was a native of Ireland, who settled in

York, Pa., prior to the AVar of the Revolution, and
served faithfully on the side of the Colonists dur-
ing that struggle. He was wounded in the hand,
and suffered duiing the remainder of his life from
tlic effects of this injuiy. His son, John Mack,
was born in Little Yoik, Pa., tlicrc mnrricd Kliz:i-
beth 8mitii, and became tlic father of six ciiildicn.
They removed to Ohio and located two miles and
a-half southwest of Bolivar in 1817,' be'uig the
ninth family to permanently settle in Lawrence
Township. A brother, George Mack, had preceded
them and built a house in the virgin forest, which
was afterwards cleared for farming. This place
has been for years the home of J. C. Zutcrwaus.
Subsequently the family of John Mack removed to
Kosciusko County, lud.. where his death occurred.
He had ten children, of whom our subject's moth-
er, born December 18, 1820, was the ninth in or-
der of birth, and most of them settled in Indiana.
The eldest of the family, Nancy, born June 2, 1806,
the widow of John Tomer, is still living in Bol-
ivar and is now in her eighty-ninth year.

The neighbors of John Black at the time of his
early settlement here were his brother George,
who located in 1815; John Engel, his brother-in-
law; John Streb}-, Mr. Himes, William Hill, Abra-
ham Mosser and John and William Fashbaugh.
The primitive log cabin of the Mack famil}-, which
in after years was weather-boarded and painted, is
still standing, and is occupied by John O. Lash.
Mrs. Sarah Bender well remembers the tim"e when
this county was nearly covered with heavy timber,
the only exception to this being the land lying
along the river bottom, which was kept clear by
the Indians, who annually burned off the brush.
Deer and turkeys were plentiful, and venison
formed part of the diet of every familj'. On one
occasion John Mack traded a horse for twenty
sheep, one half of which were soon afterwards
killed by the wolves. John Engel killed a large
bear, the last one ever seen in these parts. On ac-
count of the superior healthfulness of land upon
the hills, and owing to the presence of fine springs
and the absence of brush, settlers chose to occupy
the higher ground in preference to that known as
the plains, wliich was covered with undergrowth
and difficult to clear. In addition to this obstacle,


malaria was very picvalentaloiigtlic bottom lands.
Before the construction of the Ohio Canal, there
being no market for grain, it was sold at ten cents
per bushel.

Henry, father of 1). W. Bender, came to this
townsiiip when a youlli of seventeen years, and
learned the carpenter's trade with his uncle, Dan-
iel Bender. He worked for five or six years at
that vocation and then gave himself mainly to ag-
ricultural pursuits. However, lie took contracts
and erected a number of houses and buildings in
Bolivar and tlic adjoining country, among these
.being the German I'.aptisl Cliurch in Pike Town-
ship, Stark County, wiiich was put up in 18Gi),
and in company witli Mr. I^anib, he built llie Ger-
man Lutheran Churcli of liolivar.

Just before he liad arrived at his m.ijoiity, Hen-
ry Bender married Sarah Black, and the young
couple settled on a i)lace comprising twenty-five
acres two miles southwest of Bolivar, on the Stras-
burg road. They continued to liiere reside for
three years, at the end of wtiicli lime tliey re-
moved to Kosciusko Count}', Ind., where they
spent a year. Tlien returning to Lawrence Town-
ship, Mr. Bender bought eiglity acres of land, now
the property of George Grove, and later bought
one hundred and sixty acres of land from his fa-
ther. This place, ujwn which liis uncle Daniel iiad
settled on first coming to this locality, is sit-
uated a mile north of Wiimor. About 185G lie
located upon what is known as the Eberly Farm,
and there he lived until his dcatli, wliicli occurred
October 30, 1877. His wife is still living ujion the
farm which was purchased by Mr. Bender soon aft-
er her marriage.

To Henry and Sarah (Mack) Bender were born
three children, who grew to maturity: ALary E.,
who is the wife of John Licbold, of Sandy Town-
ship; Nancy Charlotte, the wife of Franklin
Liebold, of Lawrence Township; and our sub-
ject. In politics Henry Bender was a Republican
and held several township ollices. He joined the
Baptist Church when about forty years of age and
was for many j'cars a minister in that denomina-
tion. He was an upright man, a good citizen, a
kind neighbor, and popular with a large circle of

Daniel W. Bender received his elementary edu-
cation in the common schools near tiic old home-
stead. As his advantages were necessarily limited,
he has sii|)i)lcmcuted tliem with a well selected
course of reading and by general observation, thus
becoming well informed on matters of the day.
He made his home under tlic parental roof until
18()0, when lie married Miss Mary E., daughter of
Conrad and Elizabctli Kaliler, of Stark County,
the former a native of Germany, and the latter of

Tlic home of Mr. and Mrs. Bender has been
blessed with four children, to whom they have giv-
en good educational advantages and a fair start
in life. William L., the eldest, is now in the general
ollices of the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad.
Wftli his worthy wife, formerly Miss Flora Kokcn-
our, he resides at Ncrwalk, Ohio. James E., who
is still living at the old home, married Miss Delia
Belknap. Delia M. is the wife of Silas W. Swank,
of Barbcrton, this state. Conrad C, the young-
est of the family, is now attending school.

Soon after his marriage Mr. Bender began man-
aging his father's farm on shares, and continued
tills work until 1872. At that time he removed
to the farm which he now owns and cultivates.
It IS a i)lacc of one hundred and forty-eight acreS,
and has been greatly improved since it came
into our subject's possession. Good buildings and
fences are to be found on the homestead, which is
kept up in an able and thrifty manner. For fifteen
years Mr. Bender has been a member of the Ger-
man Baptist Church and is active in advancing its
interests. In political questions he uses his right
of franchise in favor of the Republican i)arty.


JOHN DAVIS, the subject of this sketch, is
an expert sheet-iron roller, and is one of the
most ellicient employes of the Cambridge
Sheet Iron and Steel Company in Cambridge.
His father before him was eng.aged in that business
during the active yearsof his life, and John was



trained to a thorough understanding of this in-

The parents of our subject, John and Sarah
(Davis) Davis, were natives of Wales, and became
tiie parents of a large family of children. The
eldest, Benjamin I., born in Wales, came with his
p.ircnts to the United States in 1863. David,
Hannah and John died when young and were
buried in Wales. Our subject, John, was born
in Cleveland. Margaret, George, David, Frances
and William are living in this state. When the
family landed in America they made their way
immediately to South Cleveland, where the father
obtained work in the rolling-mills. He worked
for the Cleveland Company for twenty years, and
is now living retired from the active duties of life
in a pleasant home in Bridgeport, where he has
the respect and good wishes of a wide circle of

The original of this sketch was born in South
Cleveland, Ohio, December 15, 1865, and when old
enough entered the rolling-mills in that city, where
he obtained a thorough knowledge of the business
in all its details. He had been previously given a
fair education, and is to-day a well informed and
intelligent citizen of Cambridge. Mr. Davis was
married, April 6, 1886, to Alice Davidson, a native
of Martin's Ferry. The lady survived her mar-
riage three years, when she p.assed away, leaving a
daughter, FAiza, born May 6, 1889. May 9, 1892,
our subject was married to his second wife, who
prior to this occasion was known as Cora Snell.
Their union has resulted in the birth of a son, John

Mr. Davis made his advent in this place in
March, 1890, and immediately obtained employ-
ment in the rolling-mills with which he is still con-
nected. He is eminently fitted for this business,
both by nature and training, and is well respected
by his brother workmen. Mr. Davis is a member
of the Order of Foresters,' and belongs to the
Amalgamated Association and the Good Templars.
He has clung to the faith of liis ancestors and is a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In
political sentiment he is a Republican and was
captain of the club at Marlinslmrg during his res-
idence .' that place. He is a man of sterling

worth and integrit}' and has the confidence of all
who know him. Mrs. Cora Davis was born at
Westwood, near Cincinnati, and, her parents dy-
ing when she was young, was taken into the home
of Dr. McPherson, where slic was reared to woman-


JOSEPH PENIX, a well-to-do and enterpris-
ing farmer of Franklin Township, has owned
his well improved homestead on section 3 for
the past thirteen years. Tiiis farm, known as
the Jonas Bair place, contains ninety-one acres of
land well adapted for general agricultural pur-
poses. The name which our subject bears is vari-
ously spelled by other members of the family, the
usual form being Pennick, and the founder of the
branch in America was a native of Ireland.

The earliest ancestor of whom our subject has
authentic knowledge is his grandfather, James I
Penix, and his wife Mailta. Their son William
was born in 1827, in Navarre, Stark Count}', this
state. In his early days he drove a team, and later
learned the carpenter's trade. Soon after reach-
ing his majority he turned his attention to farm-
ing, in which he has made distinct success. At
the age of twenty-three years he married Sophia,
daughter of Michael King, who was one of tlie
early settlers in tiie vicinity of Beach Cit}'. Soon
after his marriage William Penix leased a farm
south of Sugar Creek Falls, on the Strasburg Road.
There he lived for five years, and then for eleven
years near Winesburg. For some time he was a
resident of AVayne Township, but finally removed
to Franklin Township, settling on lot 16, range 3,
and here he spent the remainder of his life. He
owned one hundred and twentj'-nine acres in his
home place and sixt3'-eight acres in Wayne Town-
ship. At his demise, which occurred February 4,
1892, he was nearly sixty-live years of age. His
son Harvey now owns tiie old homestead. The
house was built in 1840, and was re-built by its late

William and Soi)liia Penix were the parents of
ten children, all but three o^ whom are still living.



Franklin died at the age of twenty-two years; Lii-
cinda and Mary Frances arc residents of Win field,
Dover Townslnp; Alfred lives with his brother
Harvey; Jose])h is next in order of birtli; Wesley
is living in Clinton County, Mich., and is married
to Lovina Stephens; and Delia is now the wife of
William Ilurst, of New ^niiladclphia, and has a
daiigliter, Grace. The other children of the union
were Sarah and Watson, wlio died in infancy.
Harvey, who married OUic, daughter of Elijah and
Susan (Sliutt) Gurber, has a daugliter, Gertrude.
William Penix was a Republican in politics, but
not interested as an office-holder. Religiously he
was a member of the United Brethren Church, and
bore an enviable reputation for honesty and up-
rightness of character.

Joseph Penix was born October 14, 1856, in
Franklin Township, Tuscarawas County. In his
boyhood he received common-school advantages,
and during the same period became intimately ac-

quainted witli agricultural pursuits. After reach-
ing his majority he continued for some years to
live with his fatlier. In 1882 he purchased his
present farm and has made many substantial im-
provements thereon. In 1890 his barn was de-
stroyed by lightning, and in its place the owner has
erected a luindsome and well arranged structure on
modern plans. It is 38x68 feel in dimensions and
supplied with all conveniences. In politics Mr.
Penix is an ally of the Republican party and to
the best of his ability endeavors to discharge the
duties of citizenship.

November 20, 1881, Joseph Penix was married
to Mary E. Smith, who was born November 18,
1863. Her parents, John P. and Catherine (Shroy)
Smith, were residents of Wayne Township. Mr,
and Mrs. Penix have one sou, Charles William.
The parents are members of the United Brethren
Church, and are active in all benevolent enter-





/^ UKUNSKY COL'NTY was formed by act of
\^ the LogislaUu-e, Session of 1809-10, from
portions of Belmont and Muskingum
Counties. The act was consummnted March 10,
1810. The name came from the Island of Guern-
scj', many of whose natives were residents williin
llie limits of the proposed county. April 23, 1810,
a meeting was held at the home cif (Icoi-ge Bcymer,
at Cambridge, at wliich the first County Commis-
sioners were sworn in. The first board was com-
posed of James Dillon, William Dement and
Abraham Martin. Kiijali Beall was appointed
Clerk, and Joiin Beattj' Treasurer. Elijah l^yson
was apiKiinied to make out a list of all residents
of the county liable to taxation. The first SherilT
was Thomas Knowls, first Surveyor (ieorgo Melcalf,
and first Coroner .losepli Smith.

It was ory order of the Board of Commissioners tavern
licenses were graded from >^i to ^!'y.

At the meeting held the following .Tune 10, it was
ordered that a township to be called Buffalo be or-

A contract was let to build a county gaol, at this
meeting, Andrew jNIarshall receiving the award.

Richland Township was organized July 28, 1810,
and Madison the same day. Meetings for organi-

zation were held at the house of Samuel Leatli, in
Richland, and at Absalom Martin's, in Madison.

September 15, 1810, Wheeling Township was
organized. The meeting was held at the house of
William Gibson.

On Christmas Day, 1810, Robert Johnson bc-
became Clei-k. The Steubenville Road was com-
pleted from Cadiz to Cambridge in 1811. .

In June, 1811, Lloyd Talbot was appointed su-
lierintendent of the erection of a court-house
building, and Z. A. Beatty and Jacob Gomber were
chosen contractors to construct the same. The gaol finished September 3, 1811.

Valley Township was organized at the house of
William Thompson, ]\Iarch 25, 1815.

Jefferson, Londonderry, Beaver and Ohio Town-
shiiis were organized Janu.ary 3, 181G.

IVIonroe Townshi|) was organized at the house of
Lawrence 'letrick in April, 1818.

Knox Township was formed in March, 1819;
Spencer in 1819, Liberty in 1820, Centre in 1822,
Washington in 1828, Jackson m 1821 and Adams
in 1827.

In 1851 Buffalo, Beaver, Ohio and Seneca Town-
ships were detached from Guernsey County and be-
came a i)art of Noble.

Rivalry existed for many years between Wash-
ington and Cambridge for the honors of the coun-
ty seat. Messrs. r>eatty and Gomber, public-spirited
men, gave the ground and proposed the erection
of suitable buildings, said buildings to be ready


for the roof if tliey wore located at Caiiibrulgc. .1
pio^JObitioii accepted. Foi- many ycar.s theieaftci-
tlic'coiinty-scat (piestioii w.a.s at intervals renewed.
Indeed, it was not until after the .ndvent of the
railroad tliat ^^'as!linl.'ton .2;avc iii' the controversy.

rill', NATION U. l;OAT).

The inacadaniized road which runs tlirouijii tiie
entire length of Guernsey Counly is a siilcndid
roadwa}', self-draining aiui easily kept in repair.
This road is the only one worthy the name in the
county, and is part of the great National Koad,
sometimes called "Clay's Pike," because Henry
Clay was largely instrumental in having the Gen-
eral Government undertake the work. The (i uern-
sey County section was made in 1827, and at once
became a great thoroughfare for traveling. It
greatly enhanced the valuation of [iropcrty in the

The Court House ornamenting the public square
in Cambridge is one of die most elegant and best
furnished buildings of iti kind in Ohio, reriiaps,
considering its cost, it stands without n rival
liiroughout the United .Stales. Tlie superstructure
is of siiiall greenish colored, rock-faced stone from
Cumberland, trimmed witli white sandstone from

The arrival of the first train from Columbus
over tiie then new track of what is now the r>aiti-
inore \'. Ohio ]?ailroad was celebrated April 27,
Ibot. The train consisted of six coaches. Citizens
quite generally took part in the welcome. The
niaicli from the station house to the public square
was under the marshalship of Col. Gordon Lolland.
The address of welcome was delivered by Hon.
Kathan Evans. Appioi)riate replies were made by
George James, of Zanesviile. and Samuel Urush, of
Columbus. Military com|)ar;ies from Columbus
and Zanesviile iiarticipated m the exercises.

It seems iiardly credible that Wills Creek was
ever n.avigated by a steam craft, but such is the
fact, and so lirmly were the })ioneers of the oi)inion
tliat it sliould l»- improved, lliat a bill was ])assed
bv the l.egislaliin' in I.SIJ.'), and on the ITuh of

March, 183(i, was celebrated its passage. Cajit.
Sam Hancs built the '-Tickle Pitcher," wiiicli made
several trips to Zanesviile and return. The return
trips were attended by many dillieulties — to get
through shallow waters poling had to be resorte

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 70 of 83)