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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* WADE, T. L.
* WAHLSTROM, George E.
* WAID, T. M.
* WARD, W. C.
* WARREN, Riley G.
* WARREN, William
* WATSON, F. L., Dr.
* WEIDLING, George
* WEISS, W. S., Dr.
* WELCH, Isaac H.
* WELLMAN, Edward
* WENNER, William E.
* WHEELER, William A.
* WHITNEY, Edward Orson, Capt.
* WILEY, Elmer C.
* WILKINSON, William K.
* WILLIAMS, Edward
* WILLIAMS, Edwin R.
* WILLIAMS, Floyd C.
* WILLIAMS, Harold E.
* WILLIAMS, Robert
* WILSON, Harold, Dr.
* WINNEY, John
* WOODMAN, Charles W.
* WRIGHT, Marshall C.
T. L. WADE, deceased, was a leading farmer and prominent citizen of Ashtabula County for many years.  He was born in Massachusetts and in 1840 came to Ashtabula County with his parents and located on the present Wade farm in Andover Township.
     T. L. Wade was married at Andover to Miss Augusta Betts, also a native of Massachusetts, and to this union the following children were born:  Marcia A., lives on the home place; Mrs. Ellen M. Schuyler, Cofax, deceased; and S. M., deceased.
     Miss Marcia A. Wade was born on the farm where she now lives, Oct. 4, 1840.  During her life she has engaged extensively in dairy farming and has met with unusual success.  Miss Wade now lives retired on her farm.
     Miss Wade is among the interesting pioneers of Ashtabula County.
(See Note 2 below for Source)

C. B. WATERS, of Pierpont, ranks among the enterprising and successful business men of Ashtabula County.  He was born in Crawford County, Pa., Aug. 27, 1880, and is a son of Hiram and Mary J. (Ballard) Waters.
     Hiram Waters
was born in Erie County, Pa., and in 1881 came to Ashtabula County and located at Pierpont, where he worked at his trade that of a carpenter.  He was among the pioneer business men of that section and was widely known throughout Ashtabula County as a funeral director.  He died May 22, 1906. and his wife now resides with her daughter, Mrs. Williams.  By his first marriage to Miss Elizabeth Broughton, who died Oct. 11, 1875, Mr. Waters had three children; Joel, lives  retired in Wisconsin; William and Martha, both deceased.  To Hiram and Mary J. (Ballard) Waters three children were born: Mary, died in infancy; C. B., the subject of this sketch; and Iva, married Edward Williams, lives in Pierpont Township.
     C. B. Waters was reared and educated at Pierpont, and at the age of 14 years began an apprenticeship with his father.  Since his father's death in 1906, Mr. Waters has conducted the business alone.
     On Oct. 25, 1902, Mr. Waters was married to Miss Blanch Downing, who was born at Pierpont, May 19, 1874, the daughter of David W. and Betsey (Louden) Downing.  Mr. Downing was an early settler of Pierpont Township and one of its most successful farmers.  He died March 29, 1900, and his wife died Nov. 23, 1913.  They were the parents of five children:  Phoebe, deceased, was the wife of Thomas Collier; Lorinda, deceased, was the wife of  L. E. Stevens; Addie, the widow of E. W. Wright, lives at West Springfield, Pa.; Mrs. Waters; and Chester, lives at Conneaut.  Mr. and Mrs. Waters have no children.
     Mr. Waters is a Republican and he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.  They are widely known and highly esteemed citizens of their community.
(See Note 2 below for Source)

ISAAC H. WELCH, deceased, was for many years identified with Ashtabula County as a prominent citizen.  He was born at Alliance, Ohio, Oct. 13, 1845.
     On Oct. 17, 1873, Mr. Welch was united in marriage with Miss Mary S. Williams, a native of Jefferson, and a member of one of Ashtabula County's oldest families.  She was born Oct. 17, 1853, and is the daughter of Joseph and Amanda (Hathaway) Williams.
     Joseph Williams
came to Ashtabula County with his parents in 1819, making the trip from New York by oxen teams.  He was the son of Silas Williams, who was killed by a falling tree in March, 1836, Joseph Williams became a prosperous farmer of Ashtabula County and died Jan. 1, 1923.  He was died Jan. 25, 1895.  She was also a member of an old Ohio family that settled there in 1836.  To Isaac H. and Mary S. (Williams) Welch, three children were born:  Silas N., born Feb. 20, 1875, died Oct. 18, 1899; Joseph F., born July 22, 1882, a civil engineer, lives at Buffalo, N. Y.; and Walter H., born July 30, 1892, and expert accountant, lives at Atlanta, Ga.  There are four grandchildren:  Richard Joseph, Henry Walter, George Newell and Jean Effie.
     Isaac H. Welch
was a harness maker aby trade and owned and operated a shop at Jefferson for many years.  HE died June 23, 1916.  Mrs. Welch owns 200 acres of good farm land in Ashtabula County, as well as her home and other property in Jefferson.
     Mr. Welch was a Republican and a charter member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  The Welch family is widely known in Ashtabula county.
(See Note 2 below for Source)

EDWARD L. WELLMAN is a well known business man and substantial citizen of Conneaut.  He was born there June 24, 1885, and is the son of Forest and Lavinia (Wright) Wellman.
     Forest Wellman
was born at Madison, Ohio, and for many years has been a prominent farmer of Conneaut Township.  He is now associated with the American Can Company of Cleveland and lives in Cleveland.  Mrs. Wellman is deceased.  To Mr. and Mrs. Wellman three children were born: Monta, died at the age of 18 years; Edward L., the subject of this sketch, and Ralph, lives in Cleveland.
     After receiving his preliminary education in Conneaut, Edward L. Wellman attended a Cleveland business college and remained in that city four years.  Since 1910 he has been associated in business with the Conneaut Leather Company and is now secretary of the firm.
     In 1907, Mr. Wellman was united in marriage with Miss Julia Chapman, a native of Conneaut Township, and the daughter of John and Lorain (Smith) Chapman, natives of Pennsylvania and early settlers of Ashtabula County.  Mr. Chapman died in 1908 and his wife died in 1896.  They were the parents of the following children:  Belle, deceased, was the wife of Charles Hedder, lives at Conneaut; J. D., deceased; George, engaged in the real estate business at Conneaut; Sylvia, married P. C. Gates, lives in Beaver Center, Pa.; Warren, lives at Beaver Center, Pa.; Grace, married F. E. Bernd, lives in Cleveland; and Joe and Julia, twins.  To Mr. and Mrs. Wellman have been born two children, John and Richard, students.
     In politics, Mr. Wellman is identified with the Republican party.  He is a member of the Methodist Church and belongs to the Masonic lodge.  Mr. Wellman is a reliable citizen, industrious and enterprising.
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E. E. WELTON, a substantial and well known farmer of Saybrook Township, is a member of one of Ashtabula County's oldest families.  He was born at Harpersfield, Ohio, Nov. 22, 1849, and is the son of Nathan and Chrinthia (Griffin) Welton.
     Truman N. Welton
, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was a native of Connecticut, and among the earliest settlers of Austinburg.  He was a teacher for many years and later purchased a farm of 100 acres in Saybrook Township, where he engaged in dairy farming.  His son, Nathan, was born in Ashtabula and became one of the farmers and stockmen of the county.  He died at the age of 65 years and his wife died at the age of 57 years.  They were the parents of five children, two of whom are now living:  E. E., the subject of this sketch; and Arthur, who lives in Ashtabula.
     E. E. Welton grew up on his father's farm and attended the schools of Austinburg.  When a young man he entered the employ of the New York Central Railroad as a switch tender, where he remained until 1908, at which time he purchased his present farm.  At one time Mr. Welton owned 112 acres, 40 of which were later sold to his son-in-law, Harry Bolte.
     Mr. Welton
was married first to Miss Fannie Starkweather, deceased.  She met her death while preparing breakfast for her family, when her clothing was ignited and she died from burns.  Mr. and Mrs. Welton were the parents of five children:  Edward, who died in 1917; Ernest, lives at Akron, Ohio; Robert, Ashtabula; George, lives at Saybrook; and Mrs. Pearl Parker, lives at Kenmore, Ohio.  On March 24, 1886, Mr. Welton was married to Miss Catherine Frambaugh, a native of Liverpool, Ohio, and the daughter of Leobold and Margaret (Mott) Frambaugh, both deceased.  To Mr. and Mrs. Frombaugh the following children were born: Margaret Offenburg, lives at Lenox, Ohio; Lena Neff, Helen Walton,  and Jacob, all deceased; Henry, lives at Akron, Ohio; Anna Hill, Mary Walton, Theodore, George, and Charles, all decease; and Mrs. Welton.  To E. E. and Catherine (Frombaugh) Welton, ten children were born, as follows:  Frederick, born Jan. 16, 1886, lives at Ashtabula;  Willard, born Nov. 16, 1888, lives at Ashtabula; Lewelllyn, born May 2, 1890, lives at East Ashtabula; Harry, born Sept. 4, 1892, died at the age of 18 years; Cora, born July 23, 1894, wife of C. J. Lockwood, Madison, Ohio; Harvey, born July 26, 1896, a veteran of the World War, lives at home; Elsie, born Aug. 12, 1898, wife of Harry Bolte, Ashtabula; Bernice, born Oct. 10, 1902, wife of Willis Mosier, Garrettsville, Ohio; Earl born May 11, 1907, and Lillian, born Jan. 4, 1909, both at home.
     Mr. Welton is one of the highly esteemed men of his community.
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WILLIAM E. WENNER, educator, lecturer and legislator, is one of the widely known men of Ashtabula County and Northern Ohio.  He was born in Pennsylvania, Aug. 27, 1872, the eldest of 12 children, 11 of whom are living.  His father was of Pennsylvania, and afterward attended the Westminster Preparatory School, Clarion State Normal and Westminster College, receiving from the last named institution, his Bachelor of Arts Degree.  He was dependent upon his own efforts for the means of defraying his expenses while a student in these institutions.
     For four years Mr. Wenner taught in rural and high schools.  For eight years he was superintendent of schools at Fredricksburg, Ohio.  Following this, he was, for two years, head of the English Department of Slippery Rock State Normal School at Slippery Rock, Pa.  He resigned this position to become assistant principal of Wooster University Preparatory School at Wooster, Ohio, being associated in this relationship with Prof. J. H. Dickason, head of the Wooster University Summer School for Teachers.  This widely popular school was in session upwards of 20 summers, during 14 of which Mr. Wenner was a member of the faculty teaching Latin and Literature.  For 15 years, Mr. Wenner has been superintendent of the Harbor Special School District at Ashtabula, and during that time, these schools have maintained a high standard too well known to the people of this community to need repetition here.
     Mr. Wenner is now serving his third term in the Ohio State Legislature, being a member of the Senate in the 85th Session.  Mr. Wenner has advanced in a political way, not as a result of efforts on his own behalf during campaigns, but because the voters realize his unusual ability, his fairness and fearlessness, his integrity and dependability.  His only boss is his own conscience - his sense of right and justice toward all whom he represents.  He is particularly well equipped to fill a position in which direct first-hand knowledge of the requirements and interests of men in different relations to society is essential.  He knows what it means to work up by his own efforts.  He spent the first 18 years of his life on a Pennsylvania farm with comparatively limited opportunities, but he struggled and studied until he acquired a good education through the exercise of an eager and retentive mind.  Today he is known as a student of many of the big questions of local, state and national interests.
     While in the Legislature, Mr. Wenner has been particularly interested in legislation affecting public education, Americanization and labor.  In the 83rd Session, he was chairman of the Committee on Building Loan and other savings institutions, was a member of the Committee on Universities and Colleges, States and Economic Betterment, Cities, Common Schools, Federal Relations and Labor.  In the 84th Session he was a member of the Committees on Cities, Labor, Taxation and Common Schools.  During his first term he introduced among other measures, a bill for the revision of the school code which is now part of the statutes of Ohio.  While serving his next term he presented a bill providing for compulsory physical education, and a bill for the Extension of the Benefits of the Workmen's Compensation Act, commonly known as the Occupational Disease Bill.  Mr. Wenner is especially interested in revision of the methods of legislation; changes in the methods of levying taxes; education, with special emphasis on physical training, and practical Americanization; and questions affecting labor.
     For ten summers, Mr. Wenner has been on the Redpath Chautauqua Circuit, lecturing on civic, social and educational themes.  During this time he has delivered over 1500 addresses in over a thousand cities in about thirty-five states.
     On Jan. 8, 1902, Mr. Wenner was married to Miss Margie L. Rugh of Salem, Pa.  They have two sons, Thomas and Leland.
     Mr. Wenner
is a member of the Masonic Lodge, holding membership in Garfield Lodge, A. F. & A. M. No. 528, Shreve, Ohio; the Council at Conneaut, Ohio; the Chapter and Commandery at Ashtabula, and the Consistory at Cleveland.  He is a member of the District, State and National Education Associations.  He is President of the Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce and of the Community Fund Committee, and is a member of the Congregational Church and the National Council of the Young Men's Christian Association.
(See Note 2 below for Source)

G. D. WHEELER, who ranks among the leading and successful farmers of Ashtabula County, was born on the farm where he now lives in Morgan Township, Feb. 22, 1867, and is a son of J. H. and Marian (Case) Wheeler.
     J. H. Wheeler
was a native of Saybrook Township and the son of Isaac Taylor, who was among the first settlers of Ashtabula County.  The former engaged in the mercantile business at East Trumbull, Ohio, during his early life, and in 1859 purchased the present Wheeler farm in Morgan Township, where he died Apr. 6, 1886.  His wife was a native of Hartsgrove, Ohio, born Aug. 13, 1838.  She died May 29, 1921.  To this union three children were born:  Clara Bond, born July 16, 1857, died June 1, 1918; M. P., born May 19, 1862, lives at Casper, Wyo.; and G. D.,  the subject of this sketch.
     After the death of her husband, Mrs. Wheeler was later married to H. W. Horton, of Hartsgrove, Ohio.
     G. D. Wheeler attended the district school and has spent his entire life on the same farm.  He specializes in dairy farming and is successful.
     On Jan. 5, 1888, Mr. Wheeler was married to Miss Mabel Gallup, who was born in Morgan Township, June 6, 1870, the daughter of William and R. A. (Bailey) Gallup.  She died in 1891.  On June 18, 1893, Mr. Wheeler was married to Miss Ada Bower, a native of Trumbull, Ohio, born Feb. 22, 1867, and the daughter of Simon and Eliza (Wright) Bower, who were the parents of the following children: Anna Ferris, lives at Pontiac, Mich.; Mrs. Wheeler and Ralph Bower, lives at Geneva.  To G. D. and Ada (Bower) Wheeler two children were born:  Marian Moore, born June 7, 1894, lives in Ashtabula, and has one son, Robert G. Moore, born May 29, 1919; and Helen, born July 10, 1904, lives at home.
     Politically Mr. Wheeler is a Democrat.  He is a member of the Christian Church, and a reliable citizen of Morgan Township.
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S. C. WHETSON,  a successful farmer and stockman of Colebrook Township, and the owner of 100 acres of well improved land, was born at Bloomfield, in Trumbull County, Ohio, in October, 1873, and is a son of T. B. and Mary (Copper) Whetson.  Mr. and Mrs. Whetson were born in Pennsylvania.  They were the parents of the following children:  Angeline, lives at Warren, Ohio; Elgie, lives at Painesville, Ohio; S. C., the subject of this sketch; Dora, lives at Kenilworth, Ohio; Elgin, lives on the old home place; and John, lives at Greensburg, Ohio.
     S. C. Whetson received his education in the public schools and spent his boyhood on his father's farm in Bloomfield.  HE has lived in Colebrook Township since 1913, where he is engaged in dairy farming.
     On Nov. 18, 1902, Mr. Whetson was united in marriage with Miss Mabel P. Knight, a native of Trumbull County, born in 1880, and a daughter of Richard and Martha Knight, both deceased.  To Mr. and Mrs. Whetson five children have been born, as follows:  Martha Mullett, lives at Hartford, Ohio; M. R., a farmer, lives in Colebrook Township; Dora Martig of Minnesota; Nina, and Wilma, at home.
     Mr. Whetson is an independent voter and in 1824 was appointed township trustee.  He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has served on the school board four years.  Mr. Whetson is a practical and ambitious farmer, and a man highly esteemed in his neighborhood.
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*CAPTAIN EDWARD ORSON WHITNEY, superintendent of the Ashtabula & Buffalo Docks, is a citizen who holds the high regard of the entire community.  He was born at Henderson, N. Y., Dec. 27, 1872, and is the son of Myron J. and Florence J. (White) Whitney.
     Myron J. Whitney
, a native of Henderson, N. Y., was born Jan. 27, 1843, the son of Truman Orson and Martha (Wood) Whitney.  Truman Orson Whitney was a farmer and spent his entire life at Henderson, N. Y.  On March 12, 1840, he was married to Miss Martha Wood.  From 1863 until 1867 he held the office of revenue assessor and from 1863 until 1872 was supervisor of the town.  Mr. Whitney was accidentally shot in the foot and his foot was amputated by Dr. Grafton of Watertown, N. Y.  He died March 3, 1876.  Mr. Whitney was a prosperous farmer and owned a farm of 450 acres near Henderson, N. Y.  His son, Myron J., also farmed during his life and died at Henderson, N. Y., in 1905.  His wife, who was born Dec. 28, 1853, still lives in that city.  She is the daughter of Edward White, a native of Henderson, N. Y., who was a pioneer sea captain.  To Myron J. and Florence J. (White) Whitney three children were born, as follows:  Edward Orson, the subject of this sketch; Lee, born, in 1876, married Matilda McHugh, lives at Henderson, N. Y.; and Ethel D., the widow of Capt. Ralph Gleason, who died in July, 1911.
     Captain Edward Orson Whitney was reared at Henderson, N. Y., and received his education in the public schools there and at Watertown, N. Y.  He began his career as a deckhand on the steamer "Missoula" when he was 17 years of age.  He was promoted to porter and watchman during the second season and served on the steamer "Spokane" as wheelsman in 1891.  In 1892 he served on the steamers "Northern King" and "Pioneer", and in 1894 was second mate on the latter steamer.  The following year he was mate and in 1896 was mate on the steamer "Hiawatha" and the following year mate on the steamer "Horan A. Tuttle".  In 1898 he was mate on the steamer "Joseph L. Colby" and the following year on the same vessel.  In 1900 Captain Whitney was mate on the steamer "Thomas Wilson" and the following year on the "Queen City", and later master on the barge "Martha" and the barge "Madsira".  In 1902 he was master on the steamer "Bartlett" and the following years on the steamers "Henry Cort", "William H. Gilbert", "John Erickson" and the "F. B. Morse".  In 1909 Captain Whitney was promoted to his present position as superintendent of the Ashtabula & Buffalo Docks and removed to Ashtabula from Henderson, N. Y.  He lives at 95 Walnut Street.  Captain Whitney succeeded Capt. E. S. Henry, deceased.  In 1912 the name of the company was changed from the Ashtabula Dock Company to the Ashtabula & Buffalo Dry Docks.
     On Jan. 21, 1896, Captain Whitney was united in marriage with Miss Clarence and Clara (Vorce) Howard.  Mr. Howard was born in Henderson, N. Y., in April, 1853, and died May 1, 1912.  His wife died at the age of 57 years.  They were the parents of the followed children: Mrs. Whitney; Alma, deceased; Iva, married Phillip Lane; Ina; and Earl, married Edith Peters.  To Mr. and Mrs. Whitney four children have been born, as follows:  Zelma H., born Sept. 14, 1897, married Ralph Duff, lives in Ashtabula; Howard, born Oct. 25, 1900; Zaida E., born Nov. 19, 1905; and Henry Payne, born April 28, 1915.
     Politically, Mr. Whitney is a Republican and he and his family are embers of the Episcopal Church.  He belongs to the Masonic lodge and Shrine of Cleveland and the Elks, and is a director of the Chamber of Commerce, president of the Ashtabula County Health League, and chief of the American Protective League of Northeastern Ohio.  In January, 1924, he was elected a member of the city council.  Captain Whitney is one of Ashtabula's representative citizens and the Whitney family stands high in the community.
(See Note 2 below for Source)

F. M. WILDER is a pioneer business man of Andover and a member of one of Ashtabula County's prominent families.  He was born in Andover Township, Ashtabula County, April 8, 1855, and is the son of Henry and Matilda (Remington) Wilder.
     Henry Wilder was born in Connecticut, July 3, 1824, the son of Joseph and Ann (Gillett) Wilder, who settled in Ashtabula County with their family in 1832.  Joseph Wilder was a shoemaker, music teacher and farmer, and became a leading citizen of his day.  His son, Henry, also became a successful farmer.  His first wife, Matilda Remington, died at the age of 27 years, leaving a son, F. M., the subject of this sketch.  Later, Mr. Wilder was married to Mrs. Emily (Slater) Snow, and to this union a daughter was born, Anna G. Lyman, who lives in Cleveland.
     F. M. Wilder received his education in the district schools of Andover Township and bean life as a farmer on the home place.  He engaged in the undertaking and furniture business at West Andover in 1876, and conducted the two together successfully until 1919, when he discontinued the furniture business.
     On Feb. 6, 1879, Mr. Wilder was united in marriage with Miss Clara L. Perry, a native of West Andover, born Aug. 26, 1854, and the daughter of Benjamin F. and Nora A. (Lyman) Perry.   Mr. and Mrs. Perry were the parents of five children:  Mrs. Wilder; Furman, deceased; Judge B. F., lives at Jefferson, Ohio; Mary E. Ives, lives at Geneva, Ohio; and Marshie L. Hill, lives in Cleveland.  To Mr. and Mrs. Wilder have been born three children, as follows: Marjorie N., born Dec. 29, 1879, at home with her parents; H. R., born Aug. 10, 1883, died Nov. 15, 1916, and Laura M. Powell, born May 13, 1886, lives at Conneaut and has a daughter Marjorie Powell, born June 17, 1913. 
     Mr. Wilder
is a Republican and has served as school director and township trustee.  He is well and favorably known throughout Ashtabula County, where he has spent his entire life.
(See Note 2 below for Source)

EDGAR WILLIAMS, who is the owner of one of Ohio's largest apiaries, is well and favorably known throughout Ashtabula County as a substantial citizen.  He was born at Pierpont, Dec. 4, 1883, and is the son of Edgar and Kate (Schramling) Williams/
     Edgar Williams
, deceased, was a prosperous farmer of Pierpont Township for many years.  He died in 1914, and his widow now lives in Pierpont.  They were the parents of four children: Corydon, died in infancy; Allie, married Amy Lewis, deceased; Edgar, the subject of this sketch; and Edna, a twin sister of Edgar, married Charles Stewart, lives in Trumbull County, Ohio.
     Edgar Williams has always live in Pierpont.  He has one of the largest apiaries in the state and handles about 30 tons of honey annually.
     On July 6, 1911, Mr. Williams was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Smith, a native of Wayne Township, Ashtabula County, born July 24, 1884, and the daughter of Charles and Emily (Jones) Smith, both natives of Wayne Township.  Mr. Smith, who was a leading farmer of his native township, died Dec. 21, 1905.  His widow lives at Andover.  They were the parents of the following children:  Walter A.; Fred, deceased; Frank L., lives in Wayne Township; Fannie, married Harry Lane, lives in Wayne Township; Mrs. Williams; Mary, married J. B. Barber lives in Wayne Township; Ralph, lives in Wayne Township; and Ella Elizabeth, died in infancy.  To Mr. and Mrs. Williams three children have been born, as follows:  Robert, born Feb. 24, 1914; Edgar P., born Aug. 17, 1918; and one child died in infancy6.  Before her marriage, Mrs. Williams was a teacher.  She is a graduate of Wayne High School and taught in the schools of Ashtabula County for six years before her marriage.
     Mr. Williams is a Republican, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and belongs to the Grange.  He has held several township offices and has been a member of the board of education for eight years.  Mr. Williams is a man who is highly esteemed for his industry and initiative.
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EDWARD WILLIAMS, an enterprising and well known farmer and stockman of Pierpont Township, was born at Pierpont, Ohio, April 22, 1881, and is the son of Hiram and Helen (Caine) Williams.
     Hiram Williams
, deceased, was a native of Ashtabula County, and a leading farmer and stockman of Pierpont Township for many years.  The Williams family originally came to Ohio from New York in 1813.  Mr. Williams was one of the largest sheep raisers in Ohio and operated 500 acres of land.  He was a Republican and a member of the Congregational Church, in which he was an active worker.  He was also a charter member of the Pierpont Grange No. 1314 and the National Grange.  He died Jan. 18, 1901, and his wife, who was born at Warrensville, Ohio, died Sept. 28, 1914.  They were the parents of the following children:  Alice and Fred, deceased; Frank, a farmer, lives at Pierpont, Ohio; Margaret, married John Walsh, lives in Pennsylvania; Edward, the subject of this sketch; Louise, deceased; and one child died in infancy.
     Edward Williams received his education in the Pierpont schools and engaged in farming on the home place for several years.  He now owns 70 acres of well improved land and has Holstein cattle. 
     On June 20, 1907, Mr. Williams was united in marriage with Miss Iva Waters, who was born at Pierpont, Ohio, July 2, 1883, and the daughter of Hiram and Mary (Bollard) Waters.  Mr. Waters who was born in Crawford County, Pa., came to Ashtabula County in 1881.  He died May22, 1906, and his wife now lives at Pierpont with the Williams family.  Mr. and Mrs. Waters had three children:  Carey, lives in Pierpont; Mary deceased; and Mrs. Williams.  Mr. and Mrs. Williams have one child, Josephine, born Oct. 28, 1916.
     In politics Mr. Williams is identified with the Republican party.  He was a member of the school board and is now serving as township clerk.  He and his family hold membership in the Presbyterian church.  Mr. Williams is a member of the Pierpont Grange, No. 1314.
Source #2 - page 753

EDWIN R. WILLIAMS—Few men in Ashtabula county, Ohio, more fully enjoy the confidence and esteem of their fellow citizens than the subject of this
sketch, whose birth and long residence here afford them ample opportunity to judge of his worth.
     Of hardy New England ancestry, he is well calculated to emulate the example of that progressive race. His father, Jacob Williams, was born in Connecticut about 1773. He was a farmer and millwright by occupation, excelling in wood chopping and stone cutting, some of his millstones, which were cut by him seventy-five years ago, being still in existence in Ashtabula. He was a teamster in the battle of Plattsburg in the war of 1812, his mother keeping at that time an inn at Lowville, New York. He had a brother, John, who was a twin of his. In 1814, being incited by the opportunities afforded in the West for a man of energy and perseverance, he joined the tide of emigration and came to Ashtabula county, Ohio, where by hard work and careful management he secured a competence for himself and family and died greatly lamented by all who knew him. His wife, nee Lydia Wright, came of a prominent family which settled in America in an early day. They were originally from Essex county, England, the first representative of the family in this country being Samuel, who formed one of Governor Winthrop's colonists, settling in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1630. In 1656, he removed to North Hampton, that State, where many succeeding generations were born. Solomon Wright, grandson of this early ancestor, was born in the latter city in 1706, where he was married in 1727 to Hannah Loomis, and reared a number of children. One of these was Solomon, whose birth occurred in 1747. He was twice married, first to a Miss Dewey, who had two children, Preserved and Lydia. His second wife was Ruth (Williams) McCall, widow of James McCall, and they had seven children: Solomon, Diocletian, Ralph, Sherman, Betsy, George and Maria. Of all these children, Preserved was the only one who did not come to Ohio and settle near Conneaut. Many members of this historic family have gained national prominence as statesmen, lawyers, doctors, and in various other callings. Among them may be mentioned Governor Silas Wright, the best of the early Governors of New York State, who was a cousin of the mother of the subject of this sketch; also, Dr. Wright, of Rochester, the same State, a famous physician, who was a near relative. Jacob Williams was the father of eleven children: Marshall, born 1798; Diocletian, born in 1800, died in 1889; Ralph, born in 1802, died in 1868; he was a mechanic and millwright; one died in infancy; Lydia, born in 1806, married Alfred Crittendon; Douglas, born in 1808, died in Oregon in 1891; Elvira was born in 1811, was first married to Mr. Clark and afterward to a Mr. Phillips, and died in 1887, aged seventy-seven years; Harvey, born in 1818, died in 1847; Louisa, born in 1815, died in 1871; Mary Ann, born in 1818, married J. W. Haskell; and Edwin R., the subject of this sketch.
     Mr. Williams, of this biography, was born February 7,1821, in Ashtabula county, Ohio, where he was reared, receiving his preliminary education in that vicinity, but afterward attending a private institution in Buffalo, New York, for four years. He then entered the employ of a merchandising establishment in Conneaut as clerk, in which capacity he served two years. He then, on April 13, 1842, embarked in business at Conneaut, with his brother-in-law, Mr. Haskell. In 1846, at Steamburg, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, he erected a steam mill for sawing lumber, and it is a noteworthy fact that this was the first mill of the sort ever built in this country. The firm removed in 1846 to Conneautville, Pennsylvania, and dually, in 1856, began business in Ashtabula.  This they discontinued at the time of the conduction of the Pittsburgh Youngstown and Ashtabula railroad, to take a contract for the building of a large portion of that road, on the completion of which they again engaged in mercantile business, from which Mr. Williams withdrew in 1874, and has since remained retired from active pursuits.
At the time of "the late unpleasantness," Mr. Williams was offered a Colonelcy of a regiment in the Federal army, but was prevented from accepting by the ill health of his wife. In the beginning of 1861, he was ap­pointed by the Federal authorities to a responsible position in Ashtabula county, which he filled with efficiency and honor.
     He was married on August 6,1848, to Miss Olive F. Haskell, a highly estimable lady, born June 12,1823, daughter of Aretas Haskell, a native of New Hampshire.  Her mother, Annie Folsom, came of the same family as did the father of Mrs. Grover Cleveland. The wedding tour of Mr. Williams and wife was made to Buffalo, where they visited the convention of the Free Soil party which nominated Martin Van Buren for the Presidency. They had three children: Esther, who died aged three weeks; Glendora Adaline, born December 22, 1850; Fred Aretas, born February 11, 1853, was educated at Hillsdale College, Michigan, where he graduated in 1875. He then clerked two years, after which he entered the insurance business in partnership with Mr. Green, which relation continued until the latter's death, since which time he has been associated with Mr. Jaques. November 9, 1887, Mr. Fred A. Williams was married to Miss Elizabeth Giddings, a lady of domestic tastes and social accomplishments, daughter of J. A. Giddings and granddaughter of Joshua Giddings, an old and prominent settler of this county. They have no children.
     Politically, Mr. E. R. Williams is a Republican, and, fraternally, affiliates with the Masons, of which order he has been a worthy member for forty years. As a business man and citizen he is widely and favorably known for his uprightness, enterprise and public spirit.
(See Note 1 Below)

FLOYD C. WILLIAMS, principal of the Ashtabula Business College, is among the prominent and influential citizens of Ashtabula County.  He was born in Jasper County, Ind., June 29, 1887, and is the son of Joseph and Mahala (Adair) Williams.    
Joseph Williams
was a native of Indiana, and his wife was also born in that state.  He followed farming and stock raising during his life in Jasper County, Ind., and met with success.  Mr. Williams is deceased and his widow now resides on the home place near Rensselaer, Ind.  They were the parents of the following children:  Laura, deceased, was the wife of Orville Garriott; William O., lives at Valparaiso, Ind.; Bertha, married George Barker, lives on the home place.  Floy, twin sister of Floyd, married Russell Kunce, and they live at Cromwell, Ind.; Floyd, the subject of this sketch; and Lillie, married Halley Alter, lives at Rossville, N. N.; and Ray, lives near the home place.
     Floyd C. Williams was educated in the public schools and after completing a post-graduate course at the Marion Normal College, receiving degree of Bachelor of Accounts in 1909, he was principal of the Commercial Department of the Westfield College (United Brethren College), Westfield, Ill., for one year.  He was instructor one year in the Bookkeeping Department of the Chicago Business College, Chicago, Ill., and two years instructor of Shorthand in Metropolitan Business College, Chicago, Ill., after which he was appointed manager of the Huntington Business University, Huntington, Ind.  In 1913 Mr. Williams came to Ashtabula and purchased the Ashtabula Business College, which was organized in 1895 by A. E. Reynolds and located on the northwest corner of Center and Main Streets.  It was purchased by Mr. Williams and T. F. Juergens, but the following year Mr. Juergen’s interest was purchased by Mr. Williams and it has since been conducted by him and his wife, and associate teachers.  The Ashtabula Business College was later located in the Flickinger Building and in April, 1920, the college was completely destroyed by fire and in September of the same year was re-established in the Eastman Block, 206 Main Street.
     The Ashtabula Business College courses of instruction are designated to give to the future business man and woman, in the shortest possible time, the instruction he needs if his work is to be of the right quality and quantity and to be rendered in such a manner as to build business that is profitable and permanent.  The school is fully accredited by the National Association of Accredited Commercial Schools.  This is the only authoritative accrediting agency among private commercial schools.  It is made up of nearly 300 leading business training schools of the country that have pledged themselves to establish and maintain the highest possible ideals and standards in business education.
     Before a school can be accredited by this association it pledges itself to the maintenance of a set of standards of practice covering its relations with the student and with the public.  A school cannot remain a member of this association unless it measures up to these standards.  There are a number of excellent reasons why a student should attend a school accredited by the N. A. A. C. S., among them being these:
     1. Grades made in one accredited school are good in every other accredited school and will be transferred when the student finds it necessary to move from one community to another.
     2.  Every graduate is entitled to the free service of the employment departments of all accredited schools throughout the United States and Canada, should he at any time desire help in securing a position.
     3. Students in an accredited school have the opportunity to earn the degree, Honor Graduate in Business, which is conferred by the association in co-operation with the individual school.
     4. The excellence of accredited schools is so generally recognized that the graduate enjoys an exceptionally favorable introduction to the business public when he leaves his school.
     5. There are certain awards of merit for scholarship that can be earned only in accredited schools.
     While there are many good schools not accredited by this Association the fact that a school is so accredited is one of the very best evidences of its excellence.
     The courses of study consist of the following:  Complete Business Course, Shorthand Course, Bookkeeping Course, Secretarial Course, Civil Service, Course, Public Accounting and Auditing.
     Mr. Williams is a public accounting and holds membership in the National Association of Cost Accountants and the National Association of Public Accountants.  He is a Republican, a member o the Presbyterian Church, of which he is a deacon, and he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Chamber of Commerce, the Y. M. C. A. and Secretary of the Ashtabula County Sunday School Association.  He is known throughout Ashtabula County as an upright and reliable citizen.
     In 1913 Mr. Williams was married to Miss Bessie Sheats, a native of Wood County, Ohio, and the daughter of Frank L. and Nettie (Strayer) Sheats, natives of Ohio and residents of Grand Rapids, Ohio, where he is engaged in fruit growing.  Mr. and Mrs. Sheats have five children, as follows: Agnes, married Hiram Stocker, lives at McClure, Ohio; Mrs. Williams; Ruth, married LeRoy McWilliams, and she is postmistress at Grand Rapids, Ohio; Pauline, married Guy A. Nevison, automobile salesman at Ashtabula, and Florence, married Sidney Mawer, lives at Weston, Ohio.  Mr. and Mrs. Williams have no children.
     Mrs. F. C. Williams is a graduate of the Grand Rapids, Ohio, High School.  She then received her teachers’ training at the Marion Normal College, Marion, Ind.  She taught in the public school at Grand Rapids for three years and two years at Bloomdale, Ohio.  Since coming to Ashtabula in 1913, Mrs. Williams has been associated with Mr. Williams in the Ashtabula Business College.  She is a member of the First Presbyterian Church and a teacher in the Junior Department of the Sunday School, and Business Women’s Club of the Y. W. C. A.
     Some of the teachers associated with Mr. and Mrs. Williams are:  Mrs. Fern Carter and Miss Hazel Lewis.
     Mrs. Carter
is a graduate of the Geneva High School and of the Ashtabula Business College in 1819 and now a bookkeeper in the Machine Department of the American Fork & Hoe, Ashtabula, Ohio.  She is an assistant in the Night School.
     Miss Hazel Lewis a graduate of the Ashtabula High School and of the Ashtabula Business College.  She was an honor student, receiving a diploma which is granted by the Accredited Schools for superior work.  She received her teachers’ normal training at the Oberlin Business University, Oberlin, Ohio.  Miss Lewis has charge of the Stenographic Department.
     Mrs. Nevison, a former graduate of the school, was a teacher for three years in Ashtabula Business College and then entered Civil Service work, being a Stenotypist at the Toledo State Hospital for three years.
     Miss Lelia Holcomb, of Geneva, Ohio, and a graduate of the school, was a successful teacher in the Stenographic Department for four years in the Ashtabula Business College and then two years in the Commercial Department of the Erie Business College.  She is now Secretary in the Lutheran Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio. ~
 History of Ashtabula County, Ohio by Moina W. Large - Vol. I – 1924 – Page 1100
ROBERT WILLIAMS, deceased, was among the leading farmers and stockmen of Ashtabula County for many years.  He was born at Devonshire, England, Aug. 13, 1824, and came to this country when a young man.  He located on the present Williams farm in Orwell township in 1863, and became a successful farmer.  He died Dec. 27, 1889, and i buried at Orwell.
     On Oct. 25, 1863, Mr. Williams was united in marriage with Miss Ann Combs, also a native of England, born Oct. 26, 1841.  She was the daughter of Henry and Deborah (Hayes) Combs, who came to this country in 1852 and located at Mesopotamia, Ohio.  Her father was a farmer during his life.  To Mr. and Mrs. Combs 12 children were born:  Mrs. Williams, John, Samuel, Emma, Eliza, Elizabeth, Hattie, Martha, Edna, Sarah, James and Minnie.  To Robert and Ann (Combs) Williams six children were born, as follows: Edward E., born Aug. 18, 1864, lives in Ashtabula County; Fred M., born Feb. 19, 1867, lives with his mother; Minnie M., born April 15, 1869, deceased; John H., born April 8, 1871, deceased; Emma E., born June 29, 1883, deceased; John H., born April 8, 1871, deceased; Emma E., born June 29, 1883, deceased; and Homer George, born Oct. 15, 1885, deceased.
     Mr. Williams was a member of the Disciple Church and a highly respected citizen of his community.
     Newell Elton Williams, only grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. Williams, was born on the old homestead in Orwell Township, June 12, 1909.  Fred M. Williams was married Nov. 8, 1906, to Miss Cora Davis, a native of Orwell, and the daughter of Frank and Salinda (Benton) Davis, both of whom are deceased.  There were four children in the Davis family: Grace Gibalow, lives in Burton, Ohio; Mrs. Williams; Georgia Baker, lives at Orwell; and Frances Goddard, deceased.
Source:  History of Ashtabula County, Ohio by Moina W. Large - Vol. I – 1924 - page 950
DR. HAROLD WILSON, a well known and successful physician of Conneaut, and veteran of the World War, was born in New York City, Jan. 20, 1874, and is a son of Herman B. and Mary Ann (White) Wilson.
     Herman B. Wilson
was a native of New Rochelle, N. Y., and when a young man moved to New York City, where he later became a street railway magnate.  He died Jan. 16, 1890, and his wife died in June, 1883.  She was a native of England.  To Mr. and Mrs. Wilson the following children were born:  Charles, deceased; Albert, lives retired in New York City; Henrietta, deceased; Herman B., lives retired, New York City; Imogene, Dresden, Mary Francis and Alexander, all deceased; and Dr. Harold, the subject of this sketch.
     Dr. Harold Wilson spent his boyhood in New York City and was graduated from the Medical School at Dartmouth College at 1896.  He then began practising medicine at Steubenville, Ohio, where he remained two years, then coming to Conneaut.  Dr. Wilson has built up a large practice and is a thoroughly competent physician.
     During the World War Dr. Wilson enlisted his services and was commissioned captain in the medical corps.  He served for 21 months, a year of which time was spent in France.  Dr. Wilson was discharged April 26, 1919. 
     Dr. Wilson was married to Miss Mary M. Kerr, a native of Greenfield, Ohio, and the daughter of David and Hattie (Anderson) Kerr.  To Dr. and Mrs. Wilson one son has been born, Harold David, who was born in 1920.
     Dr. Wilson is a Republican and is identified with the Masonic and Elks lodges and the American Legion.  He and his family are members of the Congregational Church.  Dr. Wilson is a substantial and representative citizen of Ashtabula County.
 ~ Page 676

G. T. WOODWORTH, of Dodgeville, is a successful and well-known young business man of Ashtabula county.  He was born on a farm in Wayne township, July 23, 1890, and is a son of H. O. and Sarah (Patrick) Woodworth
    H. O. Woodworth was born in Wayne township, Sept. 18, 1866, and ranks among the successful farmers of Ashtabula county.  In 1887 he was married to Miss Sarah Patrick, who was born in Ashtabula county, Nov. 1, 1867.  To this union four children were born:  G. T., the subject of this sketch; Emily McGovney, born Oct. 25, 1893, lives at Seaman, Ohio; Hattie, born April 8, 1900, at home; and Raymond, June 14, 1909.
     G. T. Woodworth spent his boyhood on his father's farm and attended the public schools at Wayne.  After his marriage in 1912 he engaged in farming until 1916, at which time he purchased the business of S. C. Barber, of Dodgeville.  Mr. Woodworth carries a complete line of general hardware, furnaces, sheet metal, etc.
     On December 23, 1912, Mr. Woodworth was married to Miss Velma May Rose, a native of Denmark township, Ashtabula county, born May 4, 1890, and the daughter of A. J. and Luella Rose, residents of Linesville, Pa., and the parents of the following children:  Mrs. Woodworth;  Carl A. lives at Linesville, Pa., and F. J. lives at Williamsfield, Ohio.  To G. P. and Velmay May (Rose) Woodworth four children have been born:  Pauline E., born Jan. 2, 1914; Vivian R., born Feb. 4, 1918; Doris L., born Oct. 30, 1923.
     Mr. Woodworth is a republican, a member of the Congregational church and his wife belongs to the Disciples church, at Rockwell.  He is an enterprising young man whose success in life is already assured.
(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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