Meigs County News For The Year 1882

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Meigs County Telegraph February 24, 1882
Child of Daniel Terrell of Second Ward died suddenly last Thursday and was buried Friday at Locust Grove Cem. Owing to the extreme high water the funeral procession had to take to the hills. [Transcribed by Kay Williams]

Meigs County Telegraph April 19, 1882
DIED WINTERS- April 11, 1882, at Cutler, Ohio, Edna May, youngest child of Wm. A. and Hattie M. Winters, aged 2 years, 11 months and 11 days. MARRIED FOSTER-LANHAM- Wednesday evening April 12, at the residence of the bride's parents, in this city, by Rev. T. G. Dickerson, Mr. J. R. Foster, of Clifton, West Va., and Miss Lulu O. Lanham, of Pomeroy. JACOBS-LOWERY- April 15, 1882, at the residence of the bride's father, Mr. Elias Lowery, on Thomas Fork, by Isaac Bradfield, J. P., Mr. James H. Jacobs to Miss Christena Lowey. AUMILLER-DeWOLF- At Racine, Ohio, April 11, 1882, by Rev. J. C. Arbuckle, Mr. Hiram S. Aumiller to Miss Nannie J. DeWolf. McKIM-PULLINS- April 9, 1882, at the residence of Mr. Charles McKim s, Bashan, Ohio, by Rev. J. C. Arbuckle, Mr. E. D. McKim to Miss Lydia A. Pullins. FULWIDER-MICHAELS- April 13, 1882, at the residence of the bride's parents, by Rev. W. S. Bush, Mr. W. H. Fulwider to Miss Caroline Michaels, all of Meigs County. Samuel H. Davis, of Salem, Meigs County, met a Perry County gentleman here last Saturday, to whom he sold his noted big mule team for $400. They are seven years old, and weigh 2,400 pounds- Albany Echo. RACINE Thomas Wolf and Serena Pickens took a notion to get married, and with some romantic notion of surprising friends and neighbors, went to Pomeroy and were married by Squire Bradfield, The news came to Racine almost as soon as the bride and groom. You did wrong, Tommy, in going away to have the ceremony performed. Business is dull in Racine and our officials should be encouraged. Dr. Stone is acquiring a large practice in Pt. Pleasant. Cowdery & Haning are doing a good business. It is reported that Mr. H. L. Sibley will be a candidate for nomination at the judicial convention next summer. Most of the fruit has been destroyed by the late frosts. The question now is, How many saloons will there be in Racine after the 1st of May? CHESTER Willie Eiselstein died of small pox Sunday night about 11 o clock. His life, though short, was characterized by those virtues which endeared him to all, and his death is greatly lamented. His friends have the sympathy of the entire community. As yet, there are no new cases of small pox. Dr. Copeland, the attending physician, has used every precaution to prevent the spread. Rev. B. F. McElfresh will take charge of the Chester Circuit during Rev. Ricketts absence. The dinner given at the Hoyt House, by the ladies on election day, was quite a success, the proceeds of which were $17.60. Miss Lettie Curtis was visiting at Dr. Curt's last week. Wesley Johnson has returned home from Lebanon, where he has been attending school the past winter. Mrs. Dr. Copeland, with some of her family, are visiting friends in Athens, Co. The members of the Presbyterian society propose to repair their church this summer. They have already raised $61.00 for that purpose. Mrs. Dr. Curtis left Monday to visit friends at Hockingport. The funeral services of Mrs. T. M. Ricketts were held in the M. E. Church at Williamsport, Thursday morning, April 13. Rev. Weir, of Cleveland, preached from the words, Her sun has gone down while it was yet day. The Rev. B. F. McElfresh, who accompanied the friends, assisted. T. A. Johnson, who has been absent for some months, returned home last week. Transcribed by Homer Thiel

Meigs County Telegraph May 10, 1882
HARRISONVILLE J. G. Berry spent a couple of days last week with his friends in our village. Albert Sapp, of Bedford, who was reported to have the small-pox, was afflicted with the chicken-pox, from the effects of which he has entirely recovered. Millard Combs and Nancy Johnson were married at the residence of Robert Simpson, last Thursday afternoon. The Rev. How, of Albany, performed the ceremony. He also delivered a lecture for the benefit of the Masons, at their hall in Harrisonville the same evening. Saturday evening, at he residence of the bride's parents, Mr. Thomas Riggs was married to Miss Zella Bradfield. The Rev. Marshal officiated. An excellent wedding dinner was given Sunday by the Hon. E. P. Brooks, an uncle of Riggs' of which many partook. Rev. Marshal held services at the M. E. Church Sunday. Mr. E. E. Stansbury moved to his farm in Rutland township, last week. We are informed that Harrison Wells has sweet potatoe plants sufficient to supply the neighborhood. Monday, May 1st, Did Chase killed two very large copperhead snakes, one 3 1/2 feet long and 5 1/2 inches in girt; the other nearly 3 feet in length and it was not a very good day for snakes, either. Hi. Bailey last week took the contract for building the abutments for two bridges in Scipio, one near John Dye's and the other near Robert Combs'. He gets $1.25 per perch. [Transcribed by Connie Schumaker]

Meigs County Telegraph July 19, 1882
RACINE Thomas Pickens, an old and respected citizen, died suddenly at his home near Racine July 13, and was buried in Weldon's graveyard July 14. He was followed to the graveyard by a large procession of relatives and friends. Rev. Arbuckle preached the funeral sermon at the house and officiated at the grave. The wife of Mr. Ben Weaver died after a long sickness July 13, 1882. Mrs. Wilk. Merral, who has been very low with consumption for some time, died yesterday about 2 o'clock p.m. John T. Mayes, formerly of this place, now of Floodwood, Athens County, was here to attend the funeral of his grandfather, Thomas Pickens. Miss Van Petty and her brother Obe have been here for a few days visiting. Mrs. Mary Amos was here to attend her father's funeral and will stay some time. C. Vincent, of Pomeroy, spend Sunday afternoon with G.W. Wolf. A long needed change in the Racine and Pomeroy road was made recently by Wm. Chittenden, Mr. Nease and I.D. Haning, viewers, and Robert Ashworth, surveyor. By this change the bottomless pit on Dal Jones' lower line is avoiced, and also that long stretch of dangerous road on the lower front of the Donaldson farm. Should the Commissioners approve the change and establish the road as located they will have the approval of this entire community. Dr. Stone, now of Point Pleasant, was in town the first part of the week preparing for the removal of his family to that place. Very few from this place attended the Democratic Convention last Saturday. No primary was held. The leaders of the party in this precinct, Dr. Stone and John Green, have left. There have been a few wheat crops threshed in this vicinity. The yield so far as we have learned is much better than last year. The telephone, contrary to the expectation of many, is doing a very good business at the Racine office. About ten telegrams per day have been sent and received since the office was opened, besides messages within the county. Business men will soon begin to wonder how they ever got along without it. At the meeting of Racine Lodge No. 2, A.O.U.W., the following officers were installed: Edwin Bell, P.M.W.; C. L. Bell, M.W.; Dan. Lalley, G.F.; Dan. Clark, O.; Dr. J. R. Philson, G.; J. C. Hayman, Receiver; L.W. Philson, Financier; G. W. Wolf, Recorder; Waid Cross, I.W.; A.M. Carson, O.W. The officers of Racine Lodge No. 580, I.O.O.F., for the next term are: N.G., Elias Smith; V.G., Dal Richards; Secretary, Riley Harpold; Treas. J.L.W. Bell; C., John Stobert; I.G., Ben Wolf; O.G., Louis Wolf. The Sunday School Institute was opened Monday evening, July 18, by Rev. T.G. Dickinson, who preached an effective sermon to an appreciative audience. The Institute met Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock. Rev. T.G. Dickinson, Conductor, delivered an address of welcome and took charge of the meeting. Rev. G.A. Marshall was elected Secretary. The regular programme was then taken up, L.H. Bridgeman being absent, Rev. J.C. Arbuckle read a very interesting paper entitled "The Successful Sunday School." This paper was discussed at some length, after which Mrs. A. Fisher presented an essay on "The Teachers' Department and Work." After the reading of this essay, there was a very spirited discussion in which all the members took part. Present from abroad: Revs. Dickinson, Carpenter, Brooks, Schimmalpfennig, Marshall, and Peters. Transcribed by Susan Kuhl.

Meigs County Telegraph December 6, 1882
Some Pioneer Sketches The Grant and Knight Families By G. W. Chase, of Rutland By the return of December 1st, I am reminded of the fact that on that day 65 years ago, (1817) the families of John Knight, Samuel and John Grant, Jr., accompanied by the aged parents of the latter two, John Grant, Sr., and Sarah Boltwood, landed at the mouth of Silver Run. John Pierce, a lad who, for some years past, had been making his home with John Grant, Sr., accompanied them in their long journey from Maine, which was made in wagons as far as Wellsburg, on the Upper Ohio, where a flat boat was constructed, and from there floated down to their destination - Silver Run. In after years he married Ruth Braley, sister of the Ruel barley, and resided for many years in the vicinity of the Parkinson Schoolhouse, Rutland Township. Landress Grant, a bachelor brother of Samuel and John, also emigrated, and in after years married the widow of Eleazor Barker and was the father of one son, Calvin, who married a Miss Foose and now residees near Pickwick, Winona Co., Minnesota. John, Sr., dying in June, 1820, and his wife Sarah, in March, 1824, quite aged, were laid side by side in the McQuigg burying ground. At the time these emigrants arrived, John Knight, who had married Agnes Grant, a daughter of John, sr., and Sarah Grant, had six children, viz: Benjamin, who married Dolly Newell, and was for many years identified with the history of Chester; Daniel, who died at 18 years of age - injured in his father s coal bank; Calvin, for many years a resident of Chester, and who married, 1st, Jane Barton, 2d, Euritta Stow; Sarah B., widow of Samuel Torrence, now residing in Rutland village; Samuel, who married Elizabeth Mitchell, living in Chautauqua Co., Kansas - minister of Christian denomination; Louise, the widow of the late Francis Chase, who, up to the time of his death, in 1871, with one or two short intervals, resided in the northern part of Rutland. After their settlement in Meigs County, there were born Lydia, of Long Bottom, widow of John Whiteside; Agnes, married Alvin Rife, of Cheshire, long since deceased; Rhoda, single; John, died in Missouri; Eunice, Mrs. Osborn, died many years ago in Davenport, Iowa; Olive, long since deceased; Almira, Mrs. Newell of Chester, widow of Oscar Newell. Upon his arrival, John Knight occupied for one year the Joel Smith farm, immediately below the present Bosworth farm, south of Middleport, then , for one year thereafter, the farm known as the Ben Smith farm, when he moved onto land belonging to Samuel Pomeroy, above Naylor s Run, where, after a residence of several years he purchased 33 acres below Sugar Run, the present site of the Pomeroy salt furnace and vicinity, where he continued to reside for several years, when he sold to V. B. Horton, and a fifth move was made this time to Rutland Township - he having purchased what is now the Wm. Parker farm, west of Leading Creek. This was in 1833. Here he remained until the spring of 1838, when he made his sixth and final move to Chester, then the county seat of Meigs County, where he ever after resided until his death in 1875, in the 93d year of his age. His wife preceded him to the grave a little over a year, at the age of nearly 87 years. While living in Pomeroy, John Knight opened a coal bank up Naylor's Run, near where A-m [?] McKnight formerly lived, said to be the first one opened in what is now the great Ohio River Coal Vein. At this period coal was little used as an article of fuel, wood then being abundant and cheap. Going back to the family of Samuel Grant, who married in Maine, Hannah Davis, we find him landing with a family of eight children: Oliver, who married Mary Jones, daughter of Phillip Jones of Middleport, now residing in Eddyville, Iowa; Royal C., the inventor and machinist of Middleport, who married Lovina Fuller, deceased, 33 years ago; Ebenezer Tuttle, who married Sarah Jones, a sister of his brother Oliver's wife, and who resides in Southern Iowa, a minister of the Christian denomination; Lydia, wife of Phineas Robinson, formerly living near Chester, but who has been dead many years; John, the well known miller of Middleport, who married Mary Roup, a few years since deceased; Eliza, Mrs. Wm. Wright, for many years residing at Brooklyn, Ky., near Cincinnati; Sarah, long since deceased, the wife of Alfred Austin, in the vicinity of Rock Spring; Cyrus, familiarly known as Colonel Grant, many years identified with the business progress of Pomeroy. He married Charlotte Debard [?], of Athens County, and is still engaged in business in Pomeroy, especially as general agent of the Union Central Life Insurance Co., of Cincinnati. Subsequent to their settlement in Meigs Co. the following three children were added: William, of Middleport, one of the firm of Grant & Co., the extensive millers- he married Esther Hobart; Samuel, who died single; and Belinda, who died quite young. Samuel Grant, who had the above family, shortly after his arrival here, assumed charge of the Higley mill on Leading Creek, continuing but one or two years when he moved to Chester, taking charge of the Steadman mill, which stood on the present site of the Smith mill. We next find him located a short distance below Kerr's Run, where he had purchased a tract of land; and again, on what is now known as the Bosworth farm, below Middleport, which he had purchased. He remained in this vicinity the remainder of his life, dying sometime about 1866-7, in the 93 year of his age. His widow followed in a few years well up in the nineties. John Grant, the younger brother, married Mehittable Mayhew, in Maine, arriving here with two children. Thompson, living at Pickwick, Winona County, Minnesota, he marrying Cynthia McNaughton; Franklin, who when a small boy drowned in Leading Creek a short distance above the line of J. M. Cook s farm, his father then and for many years afterward owning the farm now owned and occupied by V. C. Smith. Of the children born after their settlement here, we find: Andrew, who like his older brother Franklin, met with a violent death, he being choked to death by a grain of corn lodging in his throat; Mary, wife of Elias Hutton, living in Kansas; John, Jr., married Lucinda Lellan, residing at Ottumwa, Iowa; Sarah, who married 1st. _____Simpson, 2d, _____ Seward, residing at Greeley, Iowa; Lydia, single, residing at Greeley, Iowa, with her father; Henry C., married Clarissa Merrill, residing at Ironton, O. About the year 1852, John Grant moved to Greeley, Iowa, where he still resides, aged upwards of 93 years. His wife died about 1864. Of this remarkably long lived family who, as the name indicates, were Scotch, very little is known back of John, Sr. His father being Peter Grant, who probably emigrated from Scotland in the Colonial days and settled in Maine. Errors may have occurred in the above, no very particular attempt having been made to secure dates, that being next to impossible, widely separated as many of the families are. The aim being only to prepare a sort of genealogy, minus dates of births, marriages and deaths, which could be of no interest to the general reader. Transcribed by Homer Thiel

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