Hocking County Pioneers
 


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Hocking County Pioneers

Main Street Logan 1891
Main Street Logan, Ohio 1888



 Abel Carpenter

   Abel Carpenter, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in Falls Township, Hocking County, July 22, 1836, and is the son of Sampson and Catherine   Carpenter, who were among the early pioneers of the County. Our subject was reared on the farm where he now resides and received his early education  in the common schools. He was married Dec. 5, 1861 to Miss Phoebe Ridenour, daughter of William and Rachel Ridenour. They have seven children-  Simeon, Eliza, Christina, Eilliam, Edward and Emma. Mr. Carpenter has a fine farm containing 166 acres of improved land on which he has erected a very  pleasant residence of modern style. He has held several offices of trust in both township and county. He has been Township treasurer and Trustee for  several years and is at present time County Commissioner, this being his second term.  

Source: History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883.  Pages 1144-11

Abel Carpenter


Jeremiah Carpenter

   Jeremiah Carpenter, farmer, second son of Samson and Catherine (Walters) Carpenter, was born in Falls Township, Hocking County, July 27, 1825.  Soon after his birth his parents removed to Good Hope Township, where he lived with them until manhood. His first work for himself was shingle-making,  which he followed for a few months. He then rented a farm six years, and in 1852 purchased the farm first entered by Rickey and Davis. He also owns and  runs a saw-mill by water-power. He has worked at the cooper's and wagon-maker's trades, but has been principally engaged in farming, where he resides,   in Marion Township since 1852. June 26, 1847, he married Phoebe, daughter of John and Christina,(Kline) Engle. They have four children, Elizabeth, wife  of Lewis McGill, of Columbus, Ohio; Daniel, of Hocking County; Sarah, wife of John Hufford, of Hocking County; and Catharine, wife of David Dupler, of  Hocking County. His wife died April 13, 1854, aged twenty-seven years. She was a member of the Evangelist church. June 7, 1855, Mr. Carpenter married  Mrs. Magdaline, widow of Henry Heyd and daughter of Daniel and Susan (Friesner) Swartz, of Fairfield County, Ohio. They have six children,  
Susan, wife of William Elick, of Hocking County; Noah, Rachel, William, Wesley and Amos, at home. Lewis died in infancy; Frakie died in his second year. .   Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mrs. Carpenter had two children by her first husband, both deceased, Lydia,   born Sept. 23, 1851, died March 2, 1876; Daniel, born July 25,1853, died Dec. 24, 1878.  

Source: History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883. US/CAN 977.1 H2hi (Salt Lake LDS Library) Page 1151

Jeremiah Carpenter

Jeremiah Carpenter Stone
Burial in Centenary Cemetery, Marion Township, Hocking County, Ohio.

Picture and Biography Donated by Rob Schrader


David Goss

  David Goss, cabinet-maker and undertaker, fourth son of Martin and Margaret (Strong) Goss, was born near Lancaster, Pa., March 27, 1813. When he   was two years of age, his parents came to Hocking County, Ohio, and settled near Millville, where he lived until manhood, working on a farm and   attending the common school. He began working at the cabinet trade when a boy, and when twenty-one years old opened a shop near Millville, where he   worked three years, In 1837 he purchased the farm where he now resides, and worked at his trade until 1882. He has preserved measures of 2,500 coffins  made by him during the time He has been engaged in the business.  April 8, 1846, he married Magdalena,
daughter of Frederick and Leah (Fought) Friesner, of Hocking County. They had ten children, five living - Martin, of Hocking County; Ellen, wife of John  Evans; Effie, Ida, and Edward at home. Israel died in infancy; Simeon at eight years of age; Mary at four years of age. Frederick was drowned in the  Hocking river June 4, 1865, aged thirteen years; and Emma, June 3, 1878 in her twentieth year. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Mrs. Goss was born March 18, 1827, and died July 22,1871. She was a member of the Albright Church. He and his daughters are members of the   Methodist Episcopal Church.

Source: History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883.  Pages; 952-953



Simeon Friesner

   Simeon Friesner, deceased, farmer,son of Frederick and Leah (Fought) Friesner, was born in Perry County, Ohio, Oct. 4, 1823, and lived with his   parents until manhood. He taught school a number of terms before he was twenty-one years of age. At the age of twenty-one years he purchased the farm   near Enterprise, where his family resides and where he lived until his death. Sept. 16,1847, he married Elizabeth A., daughter of Jacob and Catharine   (Goss) Zeller. They had eight children, only three now living-Henry F., of Van Wert County, Ohio; Mary E., wife of Joseph Klinger, of Paulding County,   Ohio; William E. at home. Lydia C., wife of William Knight, of Hocking County, died Feb. 13, 1873, age twenty-five years; Jacob F., July 4,1880, aged    thirty years; Almeda J., Oct. 9, 1864:, aged six years; Simeon E., Sept. 17,1861, aged one year; John W., Oct. 8, 1882, aged eighteen years. Mrs. Friesner   died Feb. 5, 1865, aged thirty-seven years. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, May 8, 1865, Mr. Friesner married Sarah, daughter of   Jacob and Catharine (Goss) Zeller. They had one son-Simeon L. Mr. Friesner died March 22, 1861. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.   His widow and family now reside on the farm. :Mrs. Friesner is a member of the Methodist Episcopal
church.  

Source: History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883. US/CAN 977.1 H2hi page; 950

 


William E. Freisner                             

   William E. Friesner, school-teacher, third son of Simeon and Elizabeth A. (Zeller) Friesner, was born in Falls Township, Hocking County, Aug. 19, 1860, and lived with his parents until manhood, working on the farm. He received a common-school education and attended select school three terms. Since the age of nineteen years he has been teaching school. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Source: History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883. US/CAN 977.1 H2hi page; 950


Martin Goss

   Martin Goss,farmer, cabinet-maker and undertaker, son of David and Magdalena (Friemer) Goss, was born in Falls Township, Hocking County, Jan. 5,   1847, and lived with his parents until a manhood. During his boyhood he worked for wages, and received a common-school education. At the age of   seventeen years his father put him to work in his cabinet shop, where he remained until twenty. two years of age. In February, 1869, he purchased the   farm where he resides, and has carried on farming in connection with his cabinet and undertaking business. He has preserved memoranda of his work,   and has made 200 coffins. He has the most beautiful location and residence in the county. Oct. 8, 1868, he married Lucinda A., daughter of George and   Annamary (Pontius) Hansel, who was born Dec. 10,1847. They had one daughter Mary Magdalena, who died in infancy. They have an adopted   daughter-Emma J. Goss. He and wife are members of the United Brethren church. He is Class-leader, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and   Superintendent of the Sabbath-school.

Source: History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883.  Page; 953


Samuel Riggs                 

  SAMUEL RIGGS, son of Noah and Nancy (Shepler) Riggs, was born in Washington County, PA, May 22, 1828. When an infant his parents removed to   West Virginia, and lived near Wheeling till he was seventeen years of age. In 1845 they located in Guerney County, Ohio where they lived nine years,   when they moved to Hocking County, where they resided till their death. Our subject was married on Dec. 25, 1856 to Sarah Ann, daughter of Samuel   Johnston, one of the first settlers of Hocking County. They have ten children -- William J., married to Lura Wright, and residing on a part of the farm;   Charles W., Elizabeth, Mary J., Orlando A., Louisa B., George W., Samuel G., Noah F. and Ethel M. After marriage Mr. Riggs moved to his farm in   Washington Township, where he resided for twenty years. In 1876 he purchased his present residence adjoining his farm. In his business career he has   been very successful, having begun life without anything, but by his industry and careful management he has at present an excellent farm of 567 acres.   He has been connected with the Methodist church for twenty-two years, being at present a member of Mount Pleasant church. Politically he is a   Republican, having always been a strong supporter of that party. Mr. Noah Riggs is a native of Washington County. He died in 1871, his wife Nancy   (Shepler) Riggs, a native of Westmoreland County, PA died in 1862. They reared a family of eight children, two sons and six daughters, our subject being   the fourth child.

History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883. US/CAN 977.1 H2hi (Salt Lake LDS Library) page 1084-84

Riggs Stone

Samuel Riggs and his wife Sarah Ann Johnston
Mt. Pleasent Methodist Cemetery, Mt. Pleasent, Swan Township,
Vinton County, Ohio


Donated by: Rob Schrader, Great-Great Grandson of Samuel Riggs


Andrew W. Voris

  ANDREW W. VORIS, farmer, eldest son of Isaiah and Nancy (Hughes) Voris, was born near Bremen, Fairfield Co., Ohio, June 20, 1838. In 1849 his   parents removed to Logan and lived two years. In 1852 his father purchased a farm three miles east of Logan. He was reared on a farm and educated at   the common schools. At the age of twenty-one years he rented a farm near Gore. A year later he purchased a farm in Marion Township. Feb 14, 1865 he   enlisted in Company H, Eighteenth Ohio Infantry, at Athens, Ohio, as a private for one years and was on garrison duty at Chattanooga, Tenn., until the last  of May 1865. They were then transferred to Augusta, GA., where he was detailed on special duty in the commissary department. Nov. 9, 1865, he   was mustered out near Augusta, GA., and returned to Columbus, Ohio, where he received his discharge, and returned home. Some time after returning   from the Army he sold his farm and rented a farm one year. He then purchased the farm he had sold and in 1872 purchased the farm where he resides.   Aug 7, 1860, he married Charlotte, daughter of Robert and Anna (McGee) Sanderson, of Hocking County. They have six children - Emma, wife of Noah   Carpenter, of Hocking County; Charles J., Lucy, Iona A., Francis A. and Shady V. at home. William I., died aged three years; Benjamin J., in infancy;   George, aged four years; Asa aged three years, and Augustus in infancy. His wife died June 22, 1881, aged forty-seven years. She was a member of the   Methodist Episcopal church. He also was member of the some church and Superintendent of Sabbath-school.  

History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883. US/CAN 977.1 H2hi (Salt Lake LDS Library)

Donated By: Rob Schrader, Great-Great Grandson of Andrew

Andrew Voris

Andrew W. and Viola Voris, July 17, 1927

Pictures Donated by Rob Schrader

Voris

 Old Home Place for Barbara Weiland and Caroline Weiland Voris and her sons John Walter Voris
and Paul Voris. In Marion Twp, Hocking County, Ohio. The Voris boys are the Grandsons of
Andrew W. Voris.

From left to right... Paul Voris, Caroline "Carrie" Weiland Voris, John Walter Voris and
in the window Barbara Weiland

Adrew Voris Stone

 

Andrew W. Voris and his first wife, Rachel C. and his second wife, Viola.
Centenary Cemetery, Marion Township, Hocking County, Ohio

Thank you Rob for all your donations to the site!


Charles Wells


Charles WELLS, carriage-maker, was born in Berkeley county, Va.,
Sept. 4, 1830.  When a small child his parents, Nicholas and Elizabeth
WELLS, emigrated to Hocking county, Ohio, in 1831, took up Government
land and made a farm, where he resided until his death, which occurred
in 1869.  The subject of this sketch apprenticed to a man y the name of
Michael MOORE, and remained four years.  He then worked as a "jour."
and traveled over the Western States.  In 1849 he crossed the plains to
California, but his health failing, h e returned to Ohio.  In the spring
of 1851 he came to Ann Arbor and followed his trade a short time.  In
1861 he enlisted in the 16th Ohio Vol. Cav., Co. K, and served three
years, was in all the engagements of the regiment up to the battle of
Gettysburg, where he was injured by a cannon ball coming so close to his
head that it knocked him down, and it was supposed a horse ran over him.
  After the war he came back to Ann Arbor and remained there until
  1878, then came to Jackson and has remained since.  He married Miss
Elizabeth SHAIBLE, a native of Germany; she was born in 1847.  They have
1 child--Lada.  In polities Mr. W. is a Republican."

Source: "History and Biography of Jackson County Michigan, Pub. in Chicago:
Inter-State Pub. Co., 1881 Pages 748 and 751

Donated by: Peggy Riggs Kopp










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