History of
Ashtabula Co., Ohio

SOURCE: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio
Large, Moina W.  Topeka :: Historical Pub. Co.,, 1924, 1132 pgs.

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* CALAWAY, Wallis F.
* CALDERNE, Joseph
* CALDWELL, John Anson
* CAMP, Charles D.
* CAREY, W. H.
* CARR,  C. Vern
* CARTER, William Albert
* CASE, Charles H.
* CASE, Clarence V.
* CASTIGLIA, Benedetto
* CHAPMAN, Horace J.
* CHEKURAS, Peter and Louis
* CHILDS, Clifford A.
* CLARK, A. M.
* CLARK, J. R.
* CLARK, James O.
* CLARK, Stanley
* CLINE, S. A., Capt.
* CLOSE, George E.
* CLOSE, Joseph E.
* COE, T. W.
* COLBY, F. C.
* COLLANDER, Paul J., Dr.
* COLLINGE, George
* CONGDON, Floyd
* CONGDON, Fred J.
* CONGOS, Frank H.
* COOK, A. H.
* COOK, A. P.
* COOK, Frank R.
* COOK, Joseph E.
* COOK, Joseph R.
* COON, M. M.
* CORNELL, George W.
* COSSITT, Duran S., Dr.
* COTTON, Wilbur W.
* CROCKETT, Ernest, Dr.
* CROZIER, Austin
* CUMMINS, Robert E.
* CURPHEY, Edward M.
JOHN ANSON CALDWELL, one of the prominent business men and worthy citizens of Conneaut, Ohio, was born in Erie county, Pennsylvania, November 3, 1838.
     The Caldwells trace their ancestry to Tyrone and Donegal counties, Ireland, and are of Scotch-Irish extraction. They were Prot­estants; were people of wealth, belonging to the landed nobility, and had a coat of arms.
     John A. Caldwell's parents, Robert and Maria (Lowry) Caldwell, were both natives of Pennsylvania. Robert Caldwell was born December 14, 1798, and died in Erie county, Pennsylvania, in 1842. He was a farmer by occupation, was keenly alive to the best in­terests of the farm, and was well known as an honest, industrious and worthy citizen. From boyhood he was a devout member of the United Presbyterian Church. He had decided views on political matters, and was an ardent Whig. His wife, Maria, was born July 17, 1801, and died November 15, 1838. She, too, was a worthy member of the United Presbyterian Church, and was a woman of many estimable qualities, loved by all who knew her. Mr. and Mrs. Caldwell were married February 1, 1821, and had a family of children as follows: Nancy, wife of Lewis Speer, was born January 16, 1822, and died in 1858; Mary, born March 3, 1824, became the wife of Richard Bran, his death occurring February 11, 1892, and hers February 19, 1892; Elizabeth L., born March 22, 1827, married William Catlin, her death occurring in 1891, and his in January, 1893; Emeline, wife of Elisha Stone, resides in Batavia, Illinois; Almira, wife of R. S. Whitney, is a resident of Westfield, Wisconsin; and John and Anson, the youngest of the family. By a second marriage Robert Caldwell had one child, Alfred Augustus, born May 7, 1841 This son, Alfred Augustus, enlisted in the Union army in 1861. He was taken prisoner on the battlefield and was sent to the Andersonville prison pen, where, after months of suffering from exposure and starvation death came to his relief. He sleeps his last sleep in the National Cemetery at Andersonville.
     The subject of our sketch was deprived of a mother's loving care in infancy, and, his father having died a few years later, he remembers little of him. He lived at the old farm home until he was fifteen years of age. Then he worked two years at the tinner's trade, and after that went to school two years. In 1859, at the age of twenty, being of a restless disposition and having a desire for travel, he set out for California, via the Isthmus route, taking passage on the celebrated Star of the "West. It will be remembered that this same vessel, while on the way to Fort Sumter with provisions and ammunition for General Robert Anderson in 1861, was fired upon by the rebels.
     Mr. Caldwell spent two years in California in mining operations, and several years more in mining and prospecting through the territories of Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana. He returned east as far as Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1866, and the following year made a visit to the home of his childhood. In 1868 he went to Omaha, Nebraska, and for several years worked at his trade there. January 6, 1872, be removed to Conneaut, Ohio, and engaged in the grocery business, under the firm name of Bosworth & Caldwell. Two years later the firm became Poole & Caldwell, and since 1882, having bought out his partner's interest at that time, he has continued the business under the name of J. A. Caldwell. He carries a full line of groceries, provisions, crockery, queensware, notions, etc., and has a large trade, numbering among his customers the best people of the city and surrounding country.
     Mr. Caldwell was married in Council Bluffs, Iowa, April 29, 1869, to a daughter of Calvin and Harriet Poole. It was his father-in-law with whom he was engaged in business, under the name of Poole & Caldwell. Mr. and Mrs. Caldwell have two chil­dren, viz.: Jessie A., wife of C. B. Stoke, of Conneaut; and Harriet Almira, a pupil in the Conneaut public school. Mrs. Caldwell is a member of the Episcopal Church.
     In social as well as business circles Mr. Caldwell ranks with the leading citizens of Conneaut. He is a member of the Blue Lodge, Chapter, Council and Cache Commandery, in all of which bodies he holds the office of Treasurer. He is also Treasurer of the, Knights of Honor, National Union and the Elks of Conneaut. He is a charter member of the Knight of Pythias Lodge, at Conneaut; was the first Past Grand Chancellor of said lodge, and has also served five years as District Deputy of the same—Maple Lodge, No. 217. He is also a member of the Mystic Shrine. Aside from his activity in secret organizations, he has always shown a public spirit worthy of commendation and has been deeply interested in the public enterprises of the city. He holds decided views on political matters of county, State and Nation, and affiliates with the Democratic party.
(For Source, see Note 1 below)

JOHN CARLSON, who now lives in Kingsville Township, is a leading farmer of Ashtabula County.  He was born in Sweden, Feb. 15, 1859, the son of Carl and Elizabeth Isaacson.
     Carl Isaacson
was born in Sweden, where he died in 1924.  He came to this country, but after five years returned to his native land.  His wife died in 1904.  Mr. and Mrs. Isaacson were parents of the following children: John, the subject of this sketch; Ed. lives in Sweden; Theodore, Ashtabula; Louie, Ashtabula Township; Anna, Sweden; and Hilda, married Abbie Dickerson, lives in Cleveland.
     John Carlson spent his boyhood in Sweden and was educated there.  Thirty-six years ago he came to the United States and located at Altoona, Pa., where he was employed in the mines four years.  He then came to Ashtabula Harbor and worked at the docks for 15 years.  In 1902 Mr. Carlson purchased his first farm of 50 acres, which he sold in 1920.  The Carlson farm is located on the south ridge east of Ashtabula and is among the fine dairy farms of the community.  Mr. Carlson resided in Ashtabula for a few years at 32 Fargo Avenue.  In 1924 he moved to his present farm of 80 acres.  He has owned several farms in the county.
     On Jan. 29, 1892, Mr. Carlson was united in marriage with Miss Tilda Jepson, a native of Sweden, who came to this country with her parents when a child.  Elsie Jepson, the mother, lives in Ashtabula.  Her husband died in 1921.  On April 23, 1923, Mrs. Carlson died very suddenly, leaving 12 children, as follows:  Carrie, lives at home; Mabel, cashier of the Ward Baking Company, Cleveland; Agnes, teaches school in Ashtabula; Lillie, died in 1902; Edith, teaches school; Mildred, an instructor in penmanship in the Saybrook Township School; Martha H., at home; Elizabeth, died at the age of 17 years; Alice, at home; Della, Arlene and Jane, all at home.
     Mr. Carlson is a Republican and a member of the Lutheran church.  He is a substantial citizen and deservedly stands high in the estimation of his friends and acquaintances.

G. W. CHAFFEE, retired, is a member of one of Ashtabula County's oldest and most prominent pioneer families.  He was born at Jefferson, where he now resides, Jan. 1, 1850, and is a son of N. L. and Mary E. (St. John) Chaffee.

N. L. CHAFFEE, now deceased, was during his lifetime an important factor in the development of Ashtabula county.  He was born at Tully, Onandaga County, N. Y., Oct. 31, 1813.  He came to Ashtabula County in September, 1831, without a relative in the state.  He taught school during the winters and the rest of the year chopped and logged wood, until 1837, at which time he entered the law office of Hon. Joshua R. Giddings at Jefferson.  After being admitted to the bar in 1839, a partnership was formed with Mr. Giddings which continued for six years,  In 1831 Mr. Chaffee was elected prosecuting attorney and re-elected four years later.  He was elected to the Ohio Legislature in 1848 and became a judge of the Common Pleas Court in this district in 1861 and re-elected in 1866.  After ten years' services on the bench he resumed the practice of law in which he was actively engaged until the time of his death in 1887.  At one time  Mr. Chaffee owned 1200 acres of land in Ashtabula County, as well as large tracts in Kansas.  He was a Republican, a member of the Methodist Church and a charter member of the Masonic Lodge at Jefferson.  N. L. Chaffee took an active interest in the underground railroad during slavery times. He secreted George Harris, the husband of Eliza Harris,  of Uncle Tom's Cabin.
     His wife, who was born at Rock Creek, Ohio, died in 1859.  She was the daughter of Col. G. W. and Cybelia (Hawley) St. John.  Col. G. W. St. John was a native of Connecticut, having come PAGE 672

H. CONNELL, assistant shipping clerk in the employ of the Nickel Plate Railroad, Conneaut, Ohio, is a native of Crawford county, Pennsylvania, born November 24, 1845, son of Jonah and Eliza (Zielie) Connell.
     Jonah Connell was born in Schoharie county, New York, oldest in the family of seven children—five sons and two daughters —born to Isaac and Eva (Fink) Connell, both natives of Scholarie county. Isaac Connell moved West, and died in Illinois. Following are the names of their children: Jonah, Cornelia, Peter, John, Christopher, Margaret, and Martha, the last two being the only ones now living. Margaret is the widow of Aaron Colly, and Martha is the wife of Omri Goodwell. Jonah Connell was married April 3, 1845, to Miss Eliza Zielie, daughter of David and Sallie (Stokes) Zielie, her father a native of New York and her mother of Connecticut. Mr. and Mrs. Zielie had four children, viz.: Catherine, who married Charles Fink, both being deceased; Margaret, widow of Daniel McLaughlin, has one child, Matilda; Mrs. Connell; and Peter who married Susan Brown, both being deceased, and leaving two child­ren—Caroline, wife of John McGee, and Sarah, wife of Martin Rawley. Mrs. Connell is nearing her seventy-eighth mile post, the date of her birth being October 14, 1815. Her worthy companion passed away October 11,1887, aged seventy-four years, two months and six days. He was a consistent Christian from his boyhood days, and filled most acceptably in his Church all the offices accorded to laymen. His many estimable traits of character and his pure Christian life endeared him to a large circle of friends. For more than sixty years Mrs. Connell has been a member of the church. In their family of five children, G. H., whose name heads this sketch, is the oldest; Jane, born August 9, 1848, died April 15, 1853; Sallie, born February 17, 1850, died April 18, 1853; James, born March 7, 1852, died April 20, 1853; and Mary, born July 15, 1854, died May 27, 1858.
G. H. Connell was educated in Erie, Pennsylvania, finishing his studies with a commercial course. After leaving school he was engaged in farming until 1883. In the mean time, in 1865, his father's family had moved to Conneaut. In 1883 he began working for the Nickel Plate Railroad Company, first, in the shops, and subsequently as foreman in the yard, continuing in the latter capacity nine years. He was promoted to his present position October 20, 1892, and has since been rendering efficient service here.
Mr. Connell was married April 23, 1869, to Miss Amelia Cathcart. Their only child, James, is engaged in agricultural pursuits, having charge of his father's farm.
     Mr. Connell is a member of Maple Lodge, No. 217, K. of P.; the Uniform Rank, K. of P.; and the State Police, of which he is a Special Officer. For six years he was School Director in Conneaut township, and one term was Clerk of the Board. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
     Of Mrs. Connell's family we make record as follows: Hugh Cathcart, her father, was born September 10, 1803, was a pattern maker by trade; died February 14, 1869. Her mother, Caroline (Giddings) Cathcart, was born April 30, 1820, and died February 1, 1855. Both were old school Presbyterians for many years. They had six children, namely: Earl, who died at the age of six months; Emma, wife of Eugene Maxfield, born August 3, 1842, died December 29, 1878; Holmes, born January 3, 1845, died July 26, 1845; Amelia; born December 12, 1849; Hubert, born July 24, 1852, died October 10, 1852; and Addison, born January 8, 1855, died May 4, 1855. By a former marriage to Olive Youngs, Mr. Cathcart had three children— Solomon H., of Elyria, Ohio; Elizabeth, born September 13, 1835, died in April, 1849; and Augusta, wife of M. Z. Andrews, Centralia, Kansas.
(For Source, see Note 1 below)

W. W. COSNER, a prosperous farmer and stockman of Kingsville Township, and the owner of 88 acres of good farm land, was born in West Virginia, Jan. 6, 1856, and is the son of Henry and Nancy (Roby) Cosner.
     Henry Cosner
was a native of Grant County, W. Va., and a farmer during his entire life.  He died in 1886 and his wife died in 1920.  They were parents of ten children, five of whom are now living, as follows:  Thomas, a farmer, lives in West Virginia; Otto, also a farmer, lives in West Virginia; Heather, married Elihu Sanders, lives in West Virginia; Aldina, married George Bennett, lives in West Virginia; and W. W., the subject of this sketch.
     W. W. Cosner spent his boyhood on his father's farm and attended the district schools.  He owned 123 acres of land in his native state and in 1906 sold his interests and came to Ashtabula County and located on his present farm in Kingsville Township.  The place is well improved.
     Mr. Cosner was married to Miss Rebecca Keith, deceased.  To this union three children were born:  Rosa Bell, wife of George Parks, New York state; Chareles W., lives in Pennsylvania; and Martha Ann, the wife of Earl GardnerMr. Cosner was married the second time to Miss Sefrona C. Johnson, and to this union two children were born, as follows:  Clareta, married Ed Bisby, a linesman, lives in Kingsville; Hettie, lives at home.
     In politics Mr. Cosner is identified with the Democratic party.  He is an industrious farmer, highly esteemed in his neighborhood.
(See Note 2 below for Source)

DR. DURAN S. COSSITT, a popular young physician of Conneaut, Ohio, is just starting out in a career of usefulness and is already winning his way to the front ranks of his chosen profession. As one of the representative young men of the town, it is fitting that some personal mention of him be made in this work.
     Dr. Duran S. Cossitt was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, March 6, 1866, son of Dr. Henry De La Cossitt and Elizabeth (McClimans) Cossitt, the former a native of Connecticut and the latter of Pennsylvania. Dr. Henry De La Cossitt was a practicing physician of Greenville, Pennsylvania, for over fifty years, having settled there when he was twenty-six. He had two brothers, Epaphroditus and James, who were also eminent physicians, the latter having practiced at Newcastle, Pennsylvania. Our subject's father practiced medicine not only throughout Mercer county but also in the adjoining counties, and wherever he was known he was highly respected, both as a skillful physician and as an upright Christian man. He was a member of the Greenville Methodist Episcopal Church. He was a Democrat in politics, and when the war came on he was in favor of its vigorous prosecution. During those dark days he assisted in the organizing and drilling of recruits. He died March 1, 1877, aged seventy-six years. His widow, born March 1, 1831, is still living, an honored resident of Greenville. She is a member of the United Presbyterian Church. Following are the names of their six children: Dr. Henry De La Cossitt, a graduate of the Western Reserve Medical College, Cleveland, Ohio, class of 1893; Sarah Elizabeth, wife of Dr. J. A. Doyle, who is located at Homestead, Pennsylvania, and who graduated at the medical college in the same class with Drs. Henry DeLa and Fred S. Cossitt, his only child being Joseph; William E., who resides at the home place with his mother and has charge of the estate; Dr. Duran S., the fourth born; Dr. Fred S., a graduate of the Western Reserve; and Carrie J., attending the public school.
     Drs. Henry De La and Fred S. are practicing at Greenville, Pennsylvania.
The subject of this sketch received his literary education at Thiel College, at which institution he graduated in 1887. Sarah Elizabeth, William E. and Dr. Fred S. Cossitt, are graduates of the same school, Dr. Henry De La having passed to the junior year. Our subject began the study of medicine in 1889, spent one year in the University of Pennsylvania and two years in Cleveland at the Western Reserve. In April, 1892, he established himself in the practice of his profession in Conneaut, where he has since remained, meeting with good success.
     He is Examiner for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen. Recently he has been appointed, for the period of one year, as one of the Board of Examiners of the teachers of the public schools, which board is composed of three members.
     He was married June 29, 1892, to Miss Maud G. Hamblin, daughter of Samuel Hamblin, a member of the firm of Hamblin & Sons, of Greenville, Pennsylvania.  Both the doctor and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mrs. Cossitt is one of a family of four children, of whom we make the following record: John H. Hamblin, a machinist, and a resident of Conneaut, Ohio, married Miss Emma Reichard of New Hamburg, Pennsylvania, and has two children; Mary C., a member of the home circle; Mrs. Cossitt; and Ralph, who is attending the public school.
(For Source, see Note 1 below)

W. R. CROSBY, a substantial and well known farmer and stockman of Rome Township, is a member of one of Ashtabula County's oldest families.  He was born there, Sept. 14, 1869, and is the son of Elliott and Betsy (Crowell) Crosby.
     Elliott Crosby
was born Feb. 28, 1839, and died Jan. 5, 1876.  He was the son of Elijah Crosby, who came to Ashtabula County in 1806.  Elliott Cosby was married to Betsey Crowell, who was born Aug. 22, 1841, and died April 9, 1922.  To this union the following children were born:  Howard Crowell, born Oct. 16, 1866, lives at Geneva, where he is engaged in the grocery business; W. R., the subject of this sketch; Mary Elizabeth, born Dec. 28, 1870, lives at Rock Creek, Ohio; and Lillie Esther Hart, born Jan. 25, 1872, died Dec. 29, 1898.
     W. R. Crosby has always lived on a farm.  He attended the district schools and New Lyme Institute, after which he engaged in general farming and stock raising.  He now owns a well improved farm of 182 acres of Rome Township and raises good stock.
     On Oct. 20, 1898, Mr. Crosby was married to Miss Sarah Crosby, and they have three children, Esther, Florence and Alice.
     Mr. Crosby
and his family are members of the Presbyterian Church and are favorably known throughout the community.

G. N. CROWTHER, an enterprising and successful young mercant of North Kingsville, and postermaster of that place, was born in that village, March 6, 1896, and is the son of C. E. and Elizabeth (Lyon) Crowther.
     C. E. Crowther
was a native of Kingsville, born in 1856.  He was a prominent fruit farmer of Ashtabula County for many years and retired in 1920.  Mr. Crowther died Aug. 4, 1924, and his wife died Nov. 16, 1924, both are buried in East Lake Cemetery.  Mr. and Mrs. Crowther were the parents of the following children:  Herman E., lives at Jefferson, Ohio, married Ida Powers, and they have a daughter, Harriet; Catherine, married C. D. Force, lives at North Kingsville, Ohio, and they have five children, Robert, Elizabeth, Charles, Glenn and Homer; C. V., lives in Cleveland, married Miss Sylva Mullen of Alliance, Ohio; and  G. N., the subject of this sketch.
     G. N. Crowther has spent his entire life in Ashtabula County.  After attending the public schools of North Kingsville, he was graduated from Ashtabula High School in 1915.  He then engaged in the general merchandise business at North Kingsville, just across the street from his present location.  In 1918 he has sold his business and enlisted in the merchant marines, and served in that branch of the service for eight months.  Upon his return to North Kingsville, Mr. Crowther opened his present place of business.  He handles a fine line of groceries and general merchandise, and also has the postoffice in connection.
     On July 16, 1918, Mr. Crowther was united in marriage with Miss Gretchen Hollister, residents of North Kingsville.  The Hollister family ranks among the leading pioneer families of Ashtabula County.  Mr. and Mrs. Crowther have no children.
     In politics Mr. Crowther is identified with the Republican party and he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  He and his wife are members of the Presbayterian church and are widely and favorably known throughout the county.
(See burial record in East Lake Cemetery)
(See Note 2 below for Source)


ROBERT E. CUMMINS, a member of one of Ashtabula County's prominent pioneer families, is a successful young business man of Conneaut.  He was born in that city, Feb. 28, 1891, and is the son of John and Mary (Risdon) Cummins.  A complete sketch of John Cummins and his family appears elsewhere in this volume.
     Robert E. Cummins received his education in the public schools of Conneaut and attended the Culver Military Academy.  After completing his education, he was appointed manager of the Cummins Estate by his grandfather, David Cummins.  Mr. Cummins served as vice president of the Conneaut Telephone Company for eight years and is now president of that company.  He is also director of the Conneaut Mutual Loan & Trust Company.  He lives at 909 Main Street.
     On May 26, 1917, Mr. Cummins was married to Miss Dorothy Sweet,  a native of Conneaut, and a daughter of Ralph E. and Myrtle (McMillan) Sweet, natives of Ohio, and residents of Conneaut.  Mr. Sweet  is employed by the Nickel Plate Railroad as freight conductor.  Mrs. Cummins  is the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Sweet.   To Robert E. and Dorothy (Sweet) Cummins one child has been born, Robert E., Jr., born April 13, 1918.
     Mr. Cummins is a Republican and belongs to the Elk's lodge.  He has an extensive acquaintance in Ashtabula County and is highly esteemed.
(See Note 2 below for Source)


Note 1:  
Source 1 - Biographical History of Northeastern, Ohio Embracing the Counties of Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake.
Containing Portraits of all the Presidents of the United States with a Biography of each, together with Portraits and Biographies of Joshua R. Giddings, Benjamin F. Wade and a large number of Early Settlers and Representative Families of today.
Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company - 1893.
Note 2:
Source 2 - History of Ashtabula County, Ohio by Mrs. Moina W. Large - 1924
NOTE:  There will be an asterisk (*) next to the biographies that have a portrait.

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