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to various positions in the church and gives liber-
ally of his means tow.ard its support.

In social matters, Dr. Fiilkerson is an Odd Fel-
low and a member of the Eclectic Medical Associa-
tion of Ohio. In addition to the practice of liis
profession, he superintends the operations of five
farms wliich comprise nearly five liundred acres
and of which he is the proprietor. He is at pres-
ent residing in a substantial and comfortable brick
residence which also contains bis office and where
is to be found every convenience for the prosecu-
tion of his studies.



Il.LlAM P. WILKINS. Of thatsturdy and

M independent class, the farmers of Ohio,
^ ^ none are possessed of more genuine merit
or stronger character than William P. Wilkins,
who has attained to a success which is justly- de-
served by his systematic and careful, tliorougli
manner of work.

Tlie grandparents of our subject, James Riley
and ilaiv Wilkins, were natives of Maryland, and
the grandfather was the firet of his family to
move to the boundless West. In 1«1!). he emi-
grated to the Buckeye State and located on a farm
on Carter Creek, south of St. Clary's. Au^daize
County, whose inhabitants at that time were Ind-
ians and uihl animals. The father was at Ft. Wayne
when the Indians were beaten in their last battle
and driven from Auglaize County, and he saw
them as they pas^ed the fort on horseback after

the battle. He bought a pony, saddle and bridle
of an Indian for io. but these were afterward
stolen by the redskins. However, a friendly In<l-
ian agreed to return them for ^.5 and a bottle of
whiskey, and thus Mr. Wilkins recovered his prop-
erty. On several occasions during the absence of
her husband, Mrs. Wilkins, with her children, lav
concealed under the puncheon floor of their cabin
during ransacking visits made by the Indians, who
[lillaged and destroyed to their hearts' content.

To Jlr. and Mrs. Wilkins were born five chil-
dren, two now living. Both grandparents were
members of the United Brethren Church, and the
grandfather was a Democrat in his political attil-
iations. The father of our subject, .Tames Wilkins,
was born in Maryland in 1813, and emigrated to
Blooinfield, Pickaw.ay County, Ohio, with his par-
ents in 1818. He grew to manhood in this SUite
and was here married to Mr^. M.ay Hudson, of
^Maryland. Afterward, he removed to a farm in
the wilds of Auglaize Count3% and when he desired
to go to mill w.as obliged to take his grist to Pick-
away, thirty miles. In this unsettled community
and amid scenes of pioneer life were reared five
children, only one, Lewis, besides our subject now

Mr. and Mre. Wilkins were members of the
I'nited Brethren Church, and the latter w;is a Class-
leader in the same for thirty-seven yeai's. Like his
father, he was a strong advocate of Democratic
principles. He assisted in constructing the canal
and reservoir west of St. JIary's. Mr. and JIis.
Wilkins were economical .and industrious, and .ac-
cumulated a comfortable competence by their in-
dustry and good management, being enabled to
p.ass their last days in peace and plenty. She re-
ceived her final summons in 18tji>,and he followed
her to the grave in 1874.

The subject of this memoir was born in .Auglaize
County in 1844, received a good practical educa-
tion in the common schools, and after growinu: uji
selected the occupation U> which he had been
reared, farming, as his pursuit in life. He was
married, in 18G'J, to Jliss Lydia Needles, a daugh
tcr of James and .Sarah Needles, of Franklin
C(^unty. and shortly after marriage settled on a
farm in Auglaize Countv. The same year, he re-


rOHTliAir AM) BUH'.KAn!l(.Al. KIX'OKP.

niovod from lliero to Krniikliii County luid thence to
Auglaize County in 1ST7. He li:is sini-e cleared
fifty of the one hinulreil :intl tifty-fimr acres he
now owns. Of the thrtv chiMi-en Ihou to his mar-
riage, only two are now living: .Tames 1,. and ."Nirah
Ellen. Our subject and his wife are members of
the I'nited Brethren Clmirli. and ho is a Cl.ass-
leader in the same. In politics, he follows in the
f»>titste[v< of his ancestors and is a Democrat, lie
has held the ortice of .lust ice of the I'eace. He is
a very prominent farinei- ami a man well liked by



OllN 11. BAILKY. who h.is a beautiful and
well-equipped farm in ."^alem Township, oc-
cupies an imporUinl pl.ace in the agricul-
tural community of Auglaize County as a
sagacious, progressive farmer, who is using his in-
fluence to raise the st.andard of stock bred within
its borders. Our subject was born in Highland
County .June 26, 1840, and is of the old pioneer
stock of the State, and can also trace his ancestry
Kack to the Pilgrims of the "Maytlowcr."

John Riiley. the father of our subject, was a na-
tive of Virginia, and was a son of Thomas Bailey,
also a N'irginian by birth. In 1808, the grand-
father of our subject left his early home in the
()\<^ Dominion, and journeying across the moun-
tains and over a wild, scarcely habitable country,
made his w.ay to Highland Couuly, Ohio, and lo-
cated on land about five miles from the county
seat, being one of the original settlers of tliat re
gion. Ho devoted the busy years that followed to
clearing and improving his land, and also engaged
U> some extent in his trade as a bl.acksmith. He
was of the (Quaker faith, and a very line old man.
whose generous, kindly nature gained for him a
warm place in the hearts of his fellow-pioneers, by
whom he was greatly mourned when he passed
from the scenes of earth. November 27, I8.")8. at
the venerable age of eighty-four years.

.John Bailey became a good practical farmer in
Hishland County, where he died .July 10, 1884, in

his scvoiily-nintli year. U;i\ iiig behind him a high
reputation ;vs .h man of strict morality, and of un-
swerving honesty in all things. He wi\s reared in
the IJuaker faith, hut later in life joined the
Dunkard ( liunli. lie was twice married and was
the father ipf eight childiiMi. who lived to mature
years, of whom two were liy his lirst marriage.
His second wife, tlie mother of our subject, was
Sarah Kinzei, a native of Highland County, while
her people were from Pennsylvania originally, and
were among the early pioneers of that countv.
She died in 1888 at a ripe old age.

The subject of this biographical review is the
third child and eldest son of his father's second
marriage. His education was such as could be ob-
tained in the pioneer schools of his day, the one
that he attended in his childhood being taught in
a small log house, the dimensions of which were
10x18 feet, and tlie scats were made of slabs. He
was reared to the life of a farmer, and was well
grounded in all that pertains to agricultuie, on
his father's farm. ,\t the age of twent\-one, he
left the (laternal home to shoulder life's burdens
elsewliere, and settled in -Mien County, where he
took up tlu' tiade of a I'arpenter in I8G2. I-"or
thirteen years, he was activel}- engaged in contract-
ing and building in that county and in this. At
the end of that time, he resumed his early calling,
locating on land on sections 31 and .')2, .'^a-
lera Townshij), a part of which his father had
owned for some years. By skillful and perse-
vering toil, he h.is cleared his land, has it well
drained by tiles, and has its one hundred and sev-
enty acres under the best of tillage, while neat and
roomy huihliiigs for every needed purp(jse have
been erected. ()ri another [lagc, a view of this
pleasant rural abode is shown. .Mr. Bailey is
greatly interested in stock, and has a valuable
llock of .Shropshire sheep, and has been engaged
ill breeding Galloway cattle for the past three
years, being a pioneer in the introduction of that
celebrated breed, and already has a fine herd,
which is the onl_v one of that blood in the west-
ern part of the county.

In 187.5, Mr. Bailey was wedded t(j Mi.^s l.avina
.J. Ix^vett, a native of Fairfield County. Her father
died when she was quite young, while her mother

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is still living, and is a beloved inmate of her home.
She was well educated in her girlhood, and taught
school several terms. Mr. and Mrs. Bailey are
(Quakers in their religious faith, and are araong the
leading members of the Church of Friends, in
which he is an Elder and she is a well-known min-
ister and also Superintendent of the Quarterly
Meetings, her religious work, to which she is do-
voted heart and soul, oceup3ing much of her time.
She IS a woman of a sweet, refined, earnest nature,
and of a pleasant personality, possessing much
strength of character withal, and her spiritual gifts
are many. She has a cultured mind, and h.is been
quite a student of the Bible, and is' considered a
power for great good in her church. Mr. and
Mrs. Bailey's marriage has been hallowed to them
by the birth of five children. Amy L., Mortimer,
Alvin A. and Minnie (twins), and Harvey. Mr.
Bailey is a true gentleman in every sense of the
word, courteous, frank, and warm-hearted, and all
charitable objects meet with generous encourage-
ment from him. He has never been an aspirant
for political honors, but is a good worker in the
interests of the Republican party. His father was
an old-line Whis.


AMEL B. LIXDEMUTH. In studying the
genealogy of the Lindemuth family in
Araeiica, we find that our subject's great-
grandfather, Ludwick Liudemuth. a native of
Wurtemberg. Germany, was the first to settle upon
American soil. There is a tradition in the fam-
ily to the effect that one of the ancestors of this
family w.as. at about the beginning of the six-
teenth century, the chief officer in the veterinary
department of the King of Austria. Ludwick
Lindemuth, together with several of his sons, fust
came to America in 1730, preceding the mother
and remaining children a few months, in order
to search for a suitable location. A settlement
was made at a place called Steitzer, now Leb-
anon, in Pennsylvania, and here the farailv re-

sided until 1748, when they located in Lancas-
ter County, Pa., purchasing, second-handed, a
part of the original Penn estate. (Our subject
now has the deed signed by William, Thomas, and
Richard Penn, conveying the land to the gentleman
from whom his great-grandfather subsequentlv
purchiised it.) Although comparatively little is
known of Ludwick Lindemuth, there is sufficient
evidence to convince one that lie was a man of
education and unusual business capacity. He died
in Lancaster County, Pa., when quite an aged
man. He reared a large family of sons, and two
of them, Jacob and George, were soldiers in the
Revolutionary War. The former, though a com-
mon farmer, w.as promoted to a high office and
l)iesented witli a silver-plated sword in considera-
tion of his distinguished services.

■lohn P. Lindemuth, the grandfather of our
subject, w.as born in mid-ocean while his mother
and a part of the family were en route to Amer-
ica to join the father. After reaching man's
estate, Mr. Lindemuth selected agricultural pur-
suits as his chosen occupation, and became a verv
thrifty and successful fanner, owning two hundred
and twelve .acres, and purch.asing four other farms
for liis children. He w.as a member of the Luth-
er.an Church, was active in all religious work, and
used to go twelve miles to Lancaster to church.
He was first a Jacksonian Democrat, but later ho
transferred his allegiance to the AVhig party, with
which he remained until his death, which occurred
when he w.as seventy-nine years of atre. He reared
ten children, five sons and five daughters, as fol-
lows: .Jacob, Peter, Louis, George, .Tohn, Mrs.
Gormer. Mi-s. Zeigler. Mrs. Yetter, Mi-s. Long, and
Mrs. Kuntz.

.lohn Lindemuth, f,ather of our subject, w.is born
in Lancaster County, Pa., in the year 1799, and
w.as early trained to the duties of farm life, which
occupation he carried on in his native county un-
til his death, which occurred when he was but
thirty-eight years of age. He married Miss Eliz.a-
bet!i Balmer, a native of Lancaster County, Pa.,
born in 1800, and three children were born of this
union: Daniel B.. Barbara (deceased), and Solo-
mon P., who resides in York County, Pa. The
father was a member of the Lutheran Church, and


:i Wbiir ill liis iHililicnl \ iows. l.iko lii- fallur. lie
\y.n\ follitwed tlio CKVii|vntu>ii ot fanniii';. and .it
the tiino of lii* lionlli »:u< tlio owner of one liun-
ilroti and forly-tivo :UTe# in his native Stale. Aftei-
his death, tlic mother nianiod IXivid Tanirer. by
whom she had two children, David 15. ami S:»rah
A. The mother reitivod her final summons when
eiilhtv-six years of ace. She was a member of the
Krf.nmed C'hiirrli.

Daniel 1!. I.indennith also ilainis IVnnsy Ivania
as his native State, and was born in I.;\ncastor
County on the 18lh of Mareh. ISlM. When six-
teen yeai-s of aire, he came lo Clarke County. Ohio.
making the journey by mil lo Chainberslnirgli. I'a..
and by st.agx; to /.anesville. Ohio, whore they refused
to aivept his shinplaster money. Oponini; his
trunk, he t«x>k out three bundles of clotliinsr. and
wiih the^e on his back he st,irU>il on foot for Clarke
lounty. The first day he made thirty-seven miles,
and one hundred niile< in the next three-days. He
sold a vest pattern in Columbus to a negro for
sixty-two cents, and with this he bought crackers,
on which he lived until he reached his grand-
father lialmer's pl,ace in Clark County. Hero ho
worked by the month for seven months, and then
learned the milling business at Adam Raker's mill,
.and worked at this for three yeai-s. lie subse-
ipiently returned to Pennsylvania, worked at the
milling business in that State for a few months,
and on the I'.Hh of December, 1«43, he waj< mar-
ried to Miss Ann C. Snyder. a native of Lanc:isler
County. I'a.. Ixuii August S. 1822. Eight children
have lieen bom of this marriage: Olivia C... born
Noveml>er 10, 1814; Alice C.. September 20. InKJ:
Kmma M.. March 8. 184'.t; .John F.. November 3,
18.')1; Simon R. S.. April 28. l.H.-jl: Mary K., .Tune
22. 18.57: Mark C.. M.iy 10. l.**!;!; and Oladie A.,
March 6. l.-^O.j.

Mr. I.indemuth was the owner of about soventy-
ihree acres in lii.s native Slate, but sold this in
April. 18.54, and then moved to Logan County.
Ohio, where he Ijought his [jresent farm. \l that
time, a sm.all portion of it had been cleared, a loir
"•abin had been erected, and on this unilevelopod
piece of land our subject and his family loo:ited.
.Manv and vx't have been the changes made in this
farm since then, and all through the industry and

good maM:iL;onu'iit of our ^ubjo^•l :uid his ostiuia-
ble wife, who h:is boon a holpmato indood. 'I'hey
now own two hundred and thirty acres in a body
here, and in connection with farming, .Mr. l.indo-
niuth is actively engaged in slook-r:iisiiig. niid has
.-onie extra lino Short-horn o:illlo. llo orootod a
fine brick rcsidonco in IST.'i. a hiigo fraino liaru in
18.'*2, and has other goo(i iniprovoinonl, - on his
lilaoo. llo is ouo of [he proMiinont old soMlors,
:\nd a popular and wimUIiv faiiiior of Mio county.
In him, tliecomniuuity has a faithful and unswerv-
ing friend, ever alert to serve its best inlorest.s,and
^onerous in his contributions toward every inove-
niont lending to the general advancement. A Ke-
piiblican in jwlitios. Mr. l.iudomulh has held the
ollice of Land Appr:ii^or of the township, and
other local ]io>itioiis. Tlio grandfather of Mrs.
Lindoniulh. .loliii Kioli, oanio lo Amorii'a in 177:!.
landing in ri:illimoro, whoro ho was sold lo a
(Quaker for four years for the amount of his pa.ss-
age money, which was X22, 4s. (id. After serving
his time, in 1781 ho w.as married in York, Pa., to
.Susanna Maria I'.utsingorin, who w.as born in 17.')0,
in llos^o-l)arm>lalll, Oorniany. Tier father sick- -
oikmI :uid died on the v<iy:igo :uid was buried at
sea. The daughters wore sold for their pass.age on
landing on American soil. I\Irs. Rich died Octo-
ber ,T. 178 1, and hor husband was a second time mar-
ried. On .Tuly 7. 1780, he married Anna Marga-
ret I.ul/.. who was the grandmother of Mr. I.inde-
muth. .lohn Rich died in 1807, and was buried at
t^uickel's Church, seven miles west of York, Pa.

,/^Ji> AMTKI, \. r.lCllANAX, one of Iho prom-
inent cilizoMs of liollefontaino, is a native
of this Stale, having been born in Lancas-
ter, l-'airlield County, September 7.1 HID.

IIo is tl-.e son of the Rev. .lames II. and .Maiy S.

(Carpenter) Kuchanan. natives of Fail liold Counly.

this Slate, and of Scotch and German origin, ro-

spectively. .Samuel Carpenter, Sr., the grandf.alhor



of our subject, was a native of Lancaster Count}-,
Pa., and as a surveyor and civil engineer w.as em-
ployed by llie Government from 182i» to 18:5iJ in
milking surveys of land.

The father of our subject was a minister in the
United Presbyterian Church, his first charge being
at Birmingham, Pa., to which he w:is appointed in
;°X7^and his hist pastorate was at Sunny Hill,
Henry Couni,> ,Iii. On his dece.ise, which occurred
in 18S;5, he left four children. Samuel A., Robert
v.. Mary L. and Charles H. He was a very prom-
inent man in his SLate and for thirteen years was
Principal and owner of the Oxford Female Insti-
tute, now tlie Oxford College, of this State.

The gentleman whose name heads this sketch
received an excellent education, having attended
the Miami I'niversity at Oxford and the ()liio State
University at Columbus, tliis State. On account
of limited means, due to reverses and heavy losses,
his fatlier was muible to give liim any assisUince
while at college, and in order to defr.ay his ex-
[lenses, he worked everv available hour outside of
recitations, thus earning enough monej' to ynxy his
w.ay through college, the course including civil
engineering, which profession he had determined
to follow. Having learned the trade of house-
painting in an early day, young Buchanan earned
quite a sum of money while in school by following
tliis occu])ation during his vacations.

After completing his studies, Mr. Buchanan of
this .sketch began work as a civil engineer in Lo-
gan County, and for twelve years was in charge of
county bridges, during which time he planned and
superintended the construction of all the impor-
tant bridges in the county, inelnding the large
two-span iron bridge over the Miami River at
Ouincy. wliich was the firet bridge built under his
iliiertion. Subsequently, he built two iron bridges
over the same river at Logansville, the stone piers
and abutments being constructed under his per-
sonal supervision. All tliesc bridges, and many
others equally as substantial, are still standing as
an evidence of liis skill and judgment in his pro-

Mr. Buchanan served two terms as County Sur-
veyor, from 1882 to 1888, and during that time,
in company with D. W. Pampel. Associate Sur-

veyor of Shelby County, located the line which
determined the boundary between Shelby and Lo-
gan Counties. During his incumbency of that
ollice, he also, in connection with the County Sur-
veyor of Hardin County, 3Ir. N. H. Col well, estab-
lished the old county line, which w.as run in 1820
between Hardin and Logan Counties, and also
planted all the monuments which still stand t(^
perpetuate the line .as by him located. Mr. 15u-
clianan later, with .Samuel Craig. Survevoi- of Au-
glaize County, retiticed and established the old
line between that county apd Logan, but bv vote
of the two counties this was then changed from
the old line, which cut diagonally at an acute an-
gle acro.ss the section .and land lines to its present
place, so as to follow, instead of intercepting, sec-
tional lines.

It was discovered by our subject that local at-
traction so influenced the m.agnetic needle that the
north line of Logan County, from the northeast
corner running west to a point north of Belle
Centre, was a gradual curve to the south, making in
this distance a deflection amounting to a little
more than one-fourth of a mile. The old line was
run by a surveyor's comp.ass and was supposed to
be perfectl\- straight until the transit line run by
Mr. Buchanan proved it otherwise.

October 2, 1878, Miss Livy Lusk was united in
marri.age with our subject, the ceremony being per-
formed in the Presb3-terian Church in Oxford,
Ohio. The young couple came immediately to this
cit\' and began housekeeping in a small house,
whicli tifey occupied, however, only six months
when they took up their abode in a brick and
frame dwelling on .Sandusky Street. Mr. Buchanan
says. '•! moved my household goods from my first
home to this second one in a wliecl-barrow. and
did not have many loads at that." In that place
his first child. Sutton Richey, w.as born, Ma\' 12,
1880, and in .September, 188-1, he purcluased the
comfortable home which he now occupies on Gar-
field Avenue.

In 1890. our subject organized the Buchanan
Bridge Company with a capital stock of SlO.OOO,

I which w.as increased the following year to ?^25.00().

i The corapanv h.as since its ors.anization been verv
prosperous and is one for which all the citizens of

rOlMKAir AN!1 KIOi;K.\rniCAL kixdrd.

Ix-llofonUinr feci a kindly iiitoresl. The ofllco
Mid shop, which is Kx-ntod on Garfield Avenue,
al>out a s«iuare west of Mr. Hiiohanan's re.<ideni-e.
iHvupies three-fourths of an .tore of arround. l>ur
s«l>je<.-t is President of the eotnpanv and one of the
prineiivnl stockholders. With his wife, he is a con-
sistent, active nieml»er of the Kinst I'l-esbyterian
Chuivli. and numbers hosts of friends throughout
this (H^rtion of the St.ite.

IIAKI.KS t. CooKSTllN.fariiU'r niul stock-
raiser, residing three miles and a-half from
West LilH.Tt\-. Ohio, is justly conoeiled a
pl.ace among the enterprising, intluential men of
worth in this conirounily. Not only is he es-
teemed :vs one of the pioneers of the county, but .as
one of ils progressive and substantial citizens. He
tirst saw the light of day in Franklin County.
Pa., nenr C'hainbcrsburgb. March 16. l.s-.>-.', and
his father, Thomas Cookston. w.as a native of the
same county and State, and w.ts there reared. The
grandfather, Charles Cookston, was an Knglish-
inan. and came to America when a young man.

Thomas Cookston, the father of our f ubject,
married Miss Mary K. Staley, a native of Franklin
County. Pa., and the daughter of .lacob .'^taley.
who was Ivorn in tiermany. and who came to the
United .States and settled in Pennsylvania when a
young man. Mr. and Mi's. Cookston were married
in Franklin County. P.a.. and there resided until
1-1.30. the father following the shoemaker's trade.
At that date they came to Ohio, located in .Musk-
ingum County, and there followed farming for
five years. From there they moved to Logan
County. Ohio, in 183.i. settled in a log house in
I'nion Township, and began clearing an unim-
pr'jved tract of land. >[rs. Cookston died m 1841.
and Mr. Cookston afterward moved to Jlonroe
Tijwnihip. Logan County, and settled on the farm
now owned by our subject. Mere his death
•xx-urred in \>*'\. His first Presidential vote was cx<t
for.Iackson, after which he vrAed the Kepublican

ticket. He was Laiui Appraiser in IMIO. :iiul in re-
ligion w.as » strong Methodist, and an oxhorter in
the Methodist Church. He was a good man, well
known .as a worker in the cliinch. and a Class-leader
ne.irly his entiii' life. Il<' wns mvcr without
ottkv in the church.

Of the eight children bom to this iiuuli-e.-lfonied
couple, our subject w.as the el(U>t. and two_^ -^,..,'
and two danghtei-s are now living. When eight
years of age, Charles C. came to Ohio with his
parents, and his first scholastic training w.as
received in tlie schools of Muskingum County,
Ohio. Wlii'ii eighteen ycai-s of age, he began
learning the carpenter's trade at West Liberty, but
as he did not like the business, .soon gave it up. On
the 18th of March, 181."), he w.as married in Logan
County, Ohio, to Jliss Margaret Strayer, daughter
of Nicholas and Rebecca (White.aah) Str.ayer, and
a native of Berkeley County, Vn., of which .State
her parents were also native.-, .^he w:is liorn on
the 20th of February. 1821. and came to Ohio

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