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History of Perry County

COYLE, PATRICK, Shawnee, Ohio. Was born Januaru 28, 1844, in Bearfield Township, this county, son of Cornelius and Annie (Fealty) Coyle. Mr. Coyle was raised a farmer to the age of sixteen years, when he went to coal mining at Tunnel Hill, this county, where he remained about three or four years, and he has been engaged in mining in Pennsylvania six months; Iowa four or five months; Missouri, Hocking Valley and Shawnee until 1874. Was marshal in this place three years, when he resigned his position, and drove delivery wagon for Hamiltonís store for about five years, and then went into business for himself. Mr. Coyle was married April 5, 1869, to Mary A., daughter of Charles and Annie (Fealty) Noon. They are the parents of three children, viz.: Willie, Albert and Annie.

History of Perry County

CRAWFORD, WM. JNO., collier, Shawnee, Ohio. Was born August 5, 1855, in Perry County, Ohio, son of William and Eliza (Neil) Crawford. Mr. Crawford was raised a farmer, and lived on a farm until he was nineteen years of age, when he engaged in business for himself, and was employed by the Central Coal Mining Company, of New Straitsville, Ohio, for about one year, at which time he came to Shawnee, Ohio, where he has remained up to this time, and with the exception of three years he worked at the furnace, has been engaged in mining. Was married November 22, 1877, to Mary, daughter of Daniel and Mary (Hazelton) Harbaugh. They are the parents of one child, viz.: Charley. Mr. Crawfordís parents were born, raised, and married in Ireland, but emigrated to America in after years.

History of Perry County

CRIST, JOHN, Thorn township, Perry county, Ohio, was born February 2, 1826. His father was Jacob Crist, and his motherís maiden name was Katharine Concle, both natives of Pennsylvania, and came to Thorn township as early as 1808. Father Crist died at the age of seventy-three, and mother Crist in her seventy-sixth year, in Thorn township. The borthers of John Crist were, George (deceased), Daniel and Frederick (deceased). His sister was Elizabeth, deceased wife of Absalom Winegardner. John Crist was married October 24, 1846, in his twenty-first year, to Miss Marry, daughter of John Miller. They have eight living and three deceased children. Those living are Katharine, wife of William Poulton; Leonard, husband of Lucy Spoon; Andrew, husband of a Miss Ortman; Isabel, wife of Frank Diltz; Jesse, husband of Miss Myers; Alice, wife of W.H. Shrider; Miss Ida and John C. Crist, at home. John Crist began life as a renter. He was a strong, healthy and industrious, and his success in farming may be judged by the fact that within a few years after his marriage he sold eight hundred bushels of wheat to one James Culbertson, and his fortitude may also be judged by the fact that he never got his pay for one bushel of it, and yet rallied like a brave man to new effort, not only as a farmer, but in a few years later as a shipper of stock to foreign markets. Judge, then, of his success by the following facts: He has 155 acres where he lives, 85 acres in another tract, 110 acres in a third farm, 154 acres in a fourth and 70 acres in a fifth farm.

History of Perry County

DICKSON, ALEXANDER, born March 23, 1826, farmer and carpenter, post office, Rushville, O., son of David Dickson, and grandson of Martin Dickson, who was a native of county Kent, Ireland, and came to America late in the eighteenth century, after which his marriage to a German wife gave to their descendants an Irish-German parentage. David, the father of Alexander Dickson, and his wife Mary Ann Cover, cousin of John and Lawrence Cover, came with their family to Ohio in 1830 from Fayette county, Pennsylvania. Beside David and his wife, there came with them their sons, Alexander, Samuel A., James H., and David Dickson, and their daughters, Margaret and Mary Ann, wife of Levi Downhour, all now residents of Reading township, post office, Avelon. Alexander was married in 1852 to Miss Ann Elizabeth Bryson, a sister to Dr. Bryson, of Millersport. The Dicksons all belong to the Brethren church except Margaret, who is a Presbyterian, and David, who is a Methodist. One brother, Martin, remained in Pennsylvania, and one, Searight, moved to Holt county, Missouri. On the death of father Dixon, his large farm was divided among his children by partition, and this arrangement gave pleasant but not extensive farm to the heirs, and is believed to be far better for them than a sale and subsequent investment in cash at that time.

History of Perry County

DILTZ, MILTON, was born January 10, 1830, in Fairfield county, Ohio, post office Thornville; is by occupation a farmer, but being generally ingenious he works with the anvil, the plane, at edge tools, and other mechanical pursuits. His son Charles seems to have inherited these mechanical gifts and has produced some useful and very beautiful articles of furniture for use at home, and an elder son, Frank, now married, also manifested the same genius in wood working. These sons were reared (as all boys, should be), to the use of tolls, and inherit the skill and adaptability of their maternal grandfather, Benjamin Foster, and also of their father, Mr. Diltz. George Foster, uncle of Mrs. Diltz, also was distinguished for his mechanical skill. On the Diltz side also this same natural adaptation to mechanics not only exists, but there is added thereto a disposition to read, investigate, criticise, and find truths in art, science, mechanics and philosophy in general. "Let us inquire," is the motto. Nothing is taken for truth that will not stand the test of reason and of criticism. Miltonís father was Cornelius, and his grandfather was George Diltz and is of Scotch, German, French and English extraction. His grandmotherís maiden name was Sarah Crell, whose brother, George Crell, then a lawyer, was one of the thirteen pallbearers at the funeral of the great George Washington, the father of his country. The pall bearers were all of the name of George, and their number corresponded to the thirteen colonies. His motherís maiden name was Jaques (Jakes), whose father was John Milton Jaques, who lost his life by accidental drowning while going to or coming from a school he was teaching. His mother died at the age of twenty-nine, when Milton, her son, was only nine years of age, and she was buried in Salem. Milton was married February 1856 to Miss Eliza A., daughter of the late venerable Benjamin Foster, who was the last surviving child of Rev. William Foster, of Perry county, and who died in 1815. Except a residence of six years in Whitley county, Indiana, they have lived in Thorn township, section 28, where they have ever since resided. Their children are Frank, married to a daughter of John Christ; Charles, and Miss Lizzie at home. He has land in Tama county, Iowa; has built him a beautiful new house, from which a steeple two and a half miles distant from Thornville can be seen, and northward the high lands of Licking bound the horizon. His head is twenty-three inches in circumference; his weight, one hundred and sixty pounds; height, five feet nine inches; his hair is auburn; his speech slow and deliberate, and in hospitality, intelligence, and solid virtues of good citizenship he has no superior and few equals. On section 27, Thorn, upon the great ridge dividing the waters of Rush creek, Walnut creek and Honey creek, a well was sunk thirty-two feet in depth, when a cedar or pine trunk of a sapling was found. It is in possession of Milton Diltz, section 28; is three and one-half inches in diameter, retains the bark, shows the heart, and the knots running into it plainly. The well was farther sunk to the depth of fifty-six feet without finding any more fossils, and was again filled up for lack of water found in it. Mr. Diltz witnessed a falling of meteors, November 14, 1868, an account of which he read before a society, and which is reproduced in this volume.


James migrated from near Glasgow, Scotland to America about 1750 with his brother, William. Surname was DONALDSON. The brothers settled in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Back then, when a crime was committed and the result was a hanging, it was a public affair. About a month before James and William Donaldson arrived in Pennsylvania, someone was hanged by the name of Donaldson. The townfolk were always asking how James was related to the hanged man. He was so irritated by this that he changed his last name to Dollison.

History of Pickaway County and Representative Citizens (c 1906)

SAMUEL H. HOLLIDAY, one o Muhlenberg township's successful agriculturists, who operates a farm of 204 acres in one of the best portions of the township, was born in Jackson township, Pickaway County, Ohio, July 11, 1855, and is a son of George P. and Alice (Hudson) Holliday.

George P. Holliday was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, and came to Pickaway County in 1849, accompanied by his wife and three children. This was his second trip here as he had made a prospecting one at an earlier date, covering the whole distance on foot with the exception of a short distance when he rode on a canal boat. After working as a farm hand for one year, he went back for his family and returned, this time in a comfortable wagon. The remainder of his life was passed here, his death taking place on October 17, 1891, at the age of 78 years. He married Alice Hudson, who was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, January 6, 1816, and died in Pickaway County, Ohio, October 25, 1896. They had these children: William and Louis, both deceased; Betsey, residing with our subject; Joseph, of Indiana; George, of Circleville; Richard, of Ashville; Nancy (Dornsife), of Circleville; Mathew, deceased; Samuel H., of this sketch; and two babes that died in infancy.

Samuel H. Holliday remained with his parents until his marriage and they spent their last years with him. Mr. Holliday has devoted his whole life to farming and enjoys the reputation of being a thorough-going, practical and successful agriculturist. He rents the 204-acre farm of Stephen Miller, paying the rent in grain and stocking the land himself. Every evidence in sight goes to show that the land is carefully cultivated and made to produce to the limit of its capacity.

On June 17, 1879, Mr. Holliday was married to Ada Bethard, who was born at Darbyville, Pickaway County, Ohio, November 30, 1861, and is a daughter of Joseph and Caroline (Plumber) Bethard, the former of whom was born at Darbyville and the latter at Yellowbud, Ohio (Ross County). Mr. and Mrs.
Holliday have had seven children, as follows: Alice Edna, Della Caroline, William Hadley, Elizabeth Leona, Arthur Stephen (who died aged 10 years and 10 months), Thomas Miesse and Noah Ned.

In politics, Mr. Holliday has been a life-long Democrat but he does not seek office, his preference being the cultivation of the soil, the raising of stock, the education of his children and the careful promotion of their best welfare. He votes as becomes a good citizen, but leaves the cares of office to others.

History of Hocking Valley

"Others pushed southward, followin Scott's Creek to its source where one of their number, Henry Iles, a descendant of a Hessian soldier, laid out the village of Ilesborough, which is located in the center of the township."

This from FAMILY story:
Henry Iles, was born and reared in England, and in the Revelutionary War was compelled to fight in favor of the British Government. He was taken prisoner of war in New York. Not being in sympathy with the British in opposing the liberty of the American people, and through his kindness to the guards of the prison, he obtained their good will. He was thereby enabled to make his escape and went on foot to Rockingham County, Virginia. About 1802 Henry and Mary moved to Licking County, Ohio. Henry was also a tailor.


Elizabeth Saunders moved with her parents to Hocking County and John Iles moved to Licking County with his parents, among the first settlers. John and Elizabeth settled on a portion of uncultivated timber land along the Hocking Valley, three miles west of Logan; consequently, they toiled hard in clearing off the land and endured the hardships and privations of pioneer life and became acquainted with the ways and doings of the red man; they were both favored with more than ordinary strength and ability to undergo these difficulties. They became members of the church at an early day, when services were held in cabin houses, and remained members till death. As a fruit of their marriage there were born unto them twelve children, nine sons and three daughters.

When Jeremiah's parents passed on, he at the age of twenty-two years, began farming for himself, having inherited a portion of his father's farm. At the age of twenty-three years, he joined the United Brethren church at Pleasant Hill chapel, and soon thereafter was licensed to preach, and in the year 1857 was appointed by the United Brethren Conference to Pickaway Circuit of Pickaway County, and the following year was appointed to and traveled the Gibsonville Circuit. He then traveled six months for his health through portions of New York, Canada, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri, and through the then unsurveyed portions of Kansas on foot. After his return home, he was engaged in local ministerial work and farming until 1863. He was then appointed to the Portland Circuit in Meigs County, and preached eight months. His health having failed, he returned to his farm and has been engaged in local ministerial work, farming and wool-growing to the present time (1880s).

History of Pickaway County and Representative Citizens (c 1906)

HENRY GUSTAV JOCH, the owner of a fine farm of 153 acres in Salt Creek township, for many years was a leading business man at Tarlton, where he conducted a tannery. He was born March 28, 1836, in a small German principality bordering on the Kingdom of Saxony, Germany, and was a son of Frederick William and Christiana (Neumeister) Joch.

The father of Mr. Joch was an educated man and followed the profession of teacher in his native land. Although Henry Gustav Joch was afforded a good, public school education, he did not adopt his fatherís calling, his inclinations leading him to learn the excellent trade of tanner and currier, at which he served three and a half years as an apprentice under the instruction of his maternal uncle, Ernest Neumeister. He then traveled as a journeyman for some years through his own country, Austria and Russia, until 1867, when he emigrated to America. He took passage on a steampship at Bremerhaven and within two weeks was landed at the port of New York. He proceeded immediately to Zanesville, Ohio, and found work there at his trade and subsequently married in that city. In 1872 he came to Tarlton, where he operated a tannery for some years and then took charge of his excellent farm in Salt Creek township. He still resides, however, in the village of Tarlton, where he has a handsome home.

At Zanesville, Ohio, on November 7, 1870, Mr. Joch was united in marriage with Johanna Ditmar, who was born in Germany, May 16, 1838. They have four daughters, namely: Anna J., wife of H.E. Defenbaugh; Mary E. of Zanesville; and Sophia P. and Edith F., living at home.

Mr. Joch is one of the leading members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Tarlton, in which he is a class leader. His estimable wife is also an active worker in this church. They are well known and enjoy the esteem of many friends and the regard of all who know them. Mr. Joch is a very intelligent man, having traveled extensively in his youth, and has taken an active interest in public affairs and local concerns ever since becoming a respected resident of Pickaway County.

Family Story

Casper Moll and Caroline Litterest met on a cattle boat on their passage to America and fell in love. When they reached America they were married.

Article found in Vermillion County, Indiana:

ALEXANDER MOREHEAD, came to Vermillion County from Ohio in 1819. He was the first settler in Vermillion Township. He staked out the land he wanted, had it surveyed, and built a log cabin north of what would later be the location of Newport. Travel in that area in those days was by flatboat since it was too much of a wilderness for travel by land. So, in 1822, when Alexander felt that the homestead was ready for his family, he returned to Ohio by flatboat and brought his family back with him. In the same year he entered his land in Sections 23 and 25 on the First Land Owners' Map.
Alexander was an active figure in the organization of the county and served at one time (1833) as Associate Judge which was an office in the early days.
His son Samuel left the homeplace and is shown on the 1872 map in the Map Section as owning a quarter section in Section 28, just southwest of the covered bridge. Until 1885 when the covered bridge was built there was a ford there called the Morehead Ford and the bridge was known as the Morehead Bridge. There probably was a house there at one time but there is no indication now. When Samual dided in 1896 he was living in Danville, IL.
Alexander's son Joseph's home was well-known as it was torn down only a few years ago and the chimney is still there. It was about a half mile north of the Main Street bridge on old State Road 63 and across the road from Alexander's original log cabin. The owner at that time was the Dwiggins family, grandchildren of Margaret Morehead Harshaw.
Besides the marriages shown in the family diagram, there is one of Margaret Morehead to Nathaniel Washburn in 1831 that seems very likely to belong somewhere in this family although nothing is known in this regard. However, they are both buried in the Johnson Cemetery northeast of Newport where most of the Moreheads are buried and which originally was Morehead land.
Alexander Morehead ______-1844 and Elizabeth ______-1849:
Mary, _____-_____, md. 1833 to Robert Hopkins
Ferguson, no information except married 1831 to Sarah Benefiel
Jacob, 1818-1848 m. (1) Anna Taylor 1838, m. (2) Mrs. Isabel Tincher Glasco 1844
Samuel, 1819-1896. m. (1) Rebecca Saxton 1848 (child: Samuel A. 1849, Duanna); m. (2) Mrs. Sarah Highfill 1857 (b. 1828-1872) (child: Aquilla 1858-1885, William 1861, Leota 1862, Joseph A. 1872)
Joseph A. 1826-1903, md. (1) 1848 to Sarah Jane Eggleston, 1824-1896. m. (2) 1896 to Anna M. Dunlap, 1848-1917.

History of Pickaway County and Representative Citizens (c 1906)

DILDINE SYNDER, son of one of the early pioneers of Pickaway County and himself a resident of it for three-quarters of a century, is the owner of a fine homestead of about 350 acres in a compact body, situated in section 23, Walnut township. He was born in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, April 7, 1828, and is a son of Daniel and Catherine (Solt) Snyder. In 1831, when he was three years of age, his parents with their family removed to Pickaway County, coming from Pennsylvania in covered wagons, and for years after their settlement experiencing all the hardships of pioneer life with the brave spirit which was general in those days, and enjoying also to the utmost its rugged and healthful pleasures.

Mr. Snyder has therefore been reared from infancy in this county. He was educated in its log schoolhouses, passed through all the primitive stages of agricultural development, and emerged a thorough, intelligent farmer. He was married in 1855 to Syrena Walters, daughter of Daniel Walters, and became the father of nine children, six of whom are living. A brief record of the family follows: Sarah, the eldest, who married Daniel Stein, and died when her daughter, Myrtle, was quite young, the latter being adopted by her grandfather (our subject) with whom she still resides; Mary, who became the wife of William May, and is the mother of one son--Roy; Jane, who married Lyman Reigel and has two children--Clarence and Ruth; Emma, who married John May and is the mother of four sons--Ralph, Walter, Alva and Virgil; Clara, who married William Hall and has three children--Ruth, Esther and John; Edson Jerome, the only son of the family, who married Sallie Courtright, and died in 1899; Ada, who married David Belong and has one daughter--Alice; and Ella, who lives at home with her father. The mother of the family died March 21, 1904, and with her passed away one of the noble, pioneer women of the county. Her religious faith was that of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Of the members of Dildine Snyderís immediate family, three are still lving--two brothers-William H. and Wilson--and a sister--Mrs. Delilah Brown. It may be added that he is a member of the Lutheran Church, and has always been a Democrat. In public affairs he has taken the legitimate interest of a faithful, intelligent citizen and at various times, has served as township trustee.