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1863, his cousin, John Snyder. She d. Jan. 10, 1873; they lived at Hoytsville, O.; farmers. Snyder children:
586. i. Minerva U., b. Oct. 10, 1857; m. Aug. 10, 1872, O. H.
Hammon; she d. in Nov. of the same year.
587. ii. Mary E., b. May 1, 1864; m. Apr. 21, 1881, James
Hilliard; live at Randolph, O.; he is in the oil business.
588. iii. Oliver, b. Apr. 17, 1866; m. Sep. 25, 1887, Dillie Boozer;
lives at Cygnet, O.; a butcher.
589. iv. Sarah Ann, b. Sep. 18, 1869; d. Aug. 26, 1872.
583. IV. BYRON V.B. m. Aug. 5, 1874, Zilpha Sheets, b. Aug.
5, 1855, in Stark Co. It is said that Byron in his youth was a famous dancer,— in fact that good dancing has characterized most of the Van Benschotens in Ohio. He is a farmer, lives near Jerry City, Wood Co., Ohio. Children:
590. I. Dorcas J. b. July 26, 1875.
591. II. Leonora S. b. Apr. 13, 1877.
592. III. Thomas B. b. Aug. 26, 1880.
593. IV. Joseph L. b. Oct. 5, 1882.
594. V. Edwin D. b. Oct. 8, 1884.
595. VI. Ida, b. Oct. 1, 1886.
596. VII. Frank, b. Jan. 5, 1889.
597. VIII. Victor D. b. Mar. 31, 1891.
598. IX. Hazel D. b. Dec. 24, 1893.
599. X. Douglas, b. July 19, 1895.
590. I. DORCAS J. V.B. m. Apr. 26,1893, Rolland Taft; live near Jerry City; farmers.
600. i. Byron R., b. in 1893.
601. ii. Ruby L., b. Sep. 7, 1895.
602. iii. Eugene I., b. May 13, 1898.
603. iv. Nora C, b. Aug. 24, 1901.
604. v. Neil R., b. in May 1905.
592. III. THOMAS B. V.B. m. Oct. 28, 1906, Mrs. Mary Tompkins; lives in Jerry City; in the oil business.
584. V. QUIROS D. V.B. m. Mar. 28, 1871, Anna Snyder, b.
Oct. 2, 1840, dau. of Samuel and Elizabeth Snyder. He is a farmer near Jerry City. Children:
605. I. Harriet B. b. May 26. 1872.
606. II. Lewis, b. June 7, 1878.
607. III. Lucian, b. Oct. 10, 1881.
608. IV. Florence, b. Apr. 12, 1884.
606. II. LEWIS V.B. m. Vernie M., dau. of Wilson and Jennie (Wymer) Snyder; lives near Jerry City; is a farmer and oil-worker.
609. I. Ralph B., b. Apr. 20, 1902.
585. VI. DORR K. V.B. m. Oct. 8, 1889, Elizabeth Snyder, b. in Dec. 1858, a sister to Anna Snyder. He is also a farmer near Jerry City. Children:
610. I. Eva M. b. May 6, 1891; d. May 16, 1891.
611. II. Lucy J. b. Dec. 20, 1895.
573. II. MILO V.B. m. Sarah Hollister; she d. Mar. 20, 1839, and he in May of the same year. Milo and his wife dying thus early little survives regarding them. Milo's farm adjoined that of his brother Curtis; and the latter as guardian of the children bargained with Theophilus Church to take this farm as compensation for the board and care of Burgess and Hubbard and in addition to pay to Oliver Peake fifty dollars per annum for caring for the youngest child, Oliver. Milo and Sarah died where they had lived in Berlin township. Where they were buried is now a cultivated field; no stones mark the spot and moralize on life. Children:
612. I. Ralph, d. young.
613. II. Dwight, d. young.
614. III. Hubbard Hollister, b. Dec. 27, 1833.
615. IV. Burgess, b. Jan. 11, 1836.
616. V. Oliver, b. Mar. 15, 1839. He was adopted by his great
aunt Mary Peake and was always known by the name of Peake. He was in the Civil War, a member of Co. G, 101st Reg. O.V. Inf. and died Dec. 27, 1862, in hospital at Nashville, Tenn. He was buried in the Peake burying-ground.
614. III. HUBBARD HOLLISTER V.B. His recollections of his parents are but faint. He speaks of Theophilus Church as one of the kindest of men, and of the whole Church family as exceptionally fine people. He and Burgess lived with them a number of years. Then one day his grandfather came and took him down to Plymouth to his uncle Ensign's purposing to make a physician of him. But this plan did not work out well as the wise doctor, owing to Hubbard's youth, sent him to school and outside of school hours kept him busy with caring for his horses and wagons. The fact was the boy was too young to study medicine and so got no start at all. After eight or ten months Hubbard ran away going to his uncle Curtis, his guardian. Hubbard had a deep affection for his aunt Ann who always showed tender feeling and care for him. When barely twenty, on Oct. 19, 1853, he married Olive Louisa Napier, b. in Apr. 1839, dau. of Benjamin Napier and Erepta Landon. Benjamin Napier was in the Put-in-Bay fight and figures in the crew of the boat that is leaving with Perry from his sinking flag-ship in the big painting on a stairway of the Capitol at Washington. Napier owned at one time what is now Kelley's Island off Sandusky.
In the summer of 1862 Hubbard assisted in raising company G in the 100th Ohio Vol. Inf. and went out as Second Lieut. After a short time he was taken sick, had trouble in his back and traveled around in ambulance wagons for a while hoping for recovery, but it did not come and he finally resigned and returned home. After getting off the ground and having a home rest he recovered and enlisted anew late in the same year, going as Sergeant in Co. I in the 180th Ohio Vol. Inf. He served in Kentucky, Virginia, North and South Carolina and Tennessee and was mustered out at the close of the War.
He lives at Lakeside, Ohio; is a stationary engineer. His children, the first three born at Port Clinton, the last one at Marblehead, O.:
617. I. Ella, b. June 24, 1856.
618. II. George O., b. Oct. 20, 1858; d. Mar. 28, 1876.
619. III. Mollie, b. Mar. 3, 1861.
620. IV. Ray H., b. Nov. 14, 1878; lives at home; an engineer.
617. I. ELLA V.B. m. Apr. 11, 1877, William R. Hannan of Sandusky, b. Sep. 27, 1853; live at West Toledo, O. He is a building contractor. Hannan children:
621. i. Rowena Landon, b. Apr. 13, 1880, at Lakeside.
622. ii. Adda Louise, b. June 18, 1883, at Lakeside.
623. iii. Henrietta Louis, b. Apr. 21, 1891, at Toledo.
619. III. MOLLIE V.B. m. Dec. 27, 1888, Edgar H. Brennan, b.
June 15, 1852, at Louisville, Ky.; live at Kingman, Ariz. He is a mining engineer. Brennan children:
624. i. Robert O., b. Dec. 2, 1891, at Port Clinton.
625. ii. Pauline, b. May 15, 1894, at Toledo.
615. IV. BURGESS V.B. m. near Pawnee City, Neb., Sep. 28, 1862, Pamela Frances Craig, b. Mar. 9, 1846, dau. of John Toliver and Adelia (Barger) Craig. He spent his boyhood in Ohio; after marriage he moved to Kansas, and in the spring of 1867 to Missouri and settled on a farm near Diamond where he has prospered and where he still lives. Children:
626. I. Laura A., b. Nov. 9, 1863.
627. II. George L., b. Oct. 19, 1865.
628. III. Francis M., b. Nov. 16, 1867.
629. IV. Alva V., b. July 21, 1869. 630. V. Mattie E., b. June 17, 1871.
631. VI. Anna A., b. Dec. 15, 1872.
632. VII. Hubbard C, b. Sep. 6, 1876; d. Aug. 27, 1878.
633. VIII. Levivian T., b. June 3, 1881; d. Aug. 13, 1881.
634. IX. Edward D., b. Dec. 22, 1884; d. Nov. 11, 1886.
626. I. LAURA A. V.B. m. Jan. 25, 1882, Beverly W. Lett, b.
Jan. 26, 1861, d. Nov. 30, 1897. He was an engineer; lived at Joplin, Mo., where his widow still resides.
635. i. Edna V., b. Mar. 10, 1883.
636. ii. Ivan E., b. Nov. 25, 1884; d. June 27, 1891.
637. iii. Belva L., b. July 11, 1888.
638. iv. Donovan W., b. Oct. 24, 1897; d. Mar. 4, 1898.
627. II. GEORGE L. m. Oct. 19,1885, Nellie Hazelwood, b. Apr.
12, 1866, dau. of Flavius and Jane (Onstott) Hazelwood. He is a prosperous farmer near Carthage, Mo. Children:
639. I. Carl A. b. Oct. 5, 1886.
640. II. Earl L. b. Oct. 5, 1892.
641. III. Roy B. b. Feb. 6, 1897.
642. IV. John Leland, b. Jan. 19, 1905.
628. III. FRANCIS M. V.B. m. Jan. 8, 1896, Maud F. Whit
comb, his cousin, b. July 9, 1869, dau. of Olney M. Whitcomb and Margaret Craig. He lives in Webster, Tex.; for some time worked in the oil-wells, but is now an engineer in the Japanese rice fields there. Children:
643. I. Eloda F. b. Dec. 3, 1896.
644. II. Zelta, b. Jan. 3, 1898.
645. III. Alta, b. Mar. 3, 1903.
646. IV. Elberta, b. in 1904.
629. IV. ALVA V. V.B. m. Oct. 10, 1893, Hattie D. Paul, b. Oct.
10, 1873, dau. of Rayburn and Mary Anne (Moler) Paul. He was a farmer in Missouri until the fall of 1906 when he also went to Texas in the Webster rice fields. Children:
647. I. Rena M., b. July 10, 1894; d. Oct. 6, 1895.
648. II. Lela Joy, b. Oct. 24, 1896.
649. III. Edward Alva, b. Jan. 17, 1898.
650. IV. Virgil Muriel, b. May 17, 1900.
651. V. Melvin Paul, b. Sep. 9, 1904.
630. V. MATTIE E.V.B. m. Dec. 11,1889, Daniel W. Spence, b.
June 21, 1859; live near Carthage; farmers.
652. i. Lynwood A. b. Aug. 8, 1893.
631. VI. ANNA A. V.B. m. Oct. 14, 1896, William L. Paul, b.
Mar. 4, 1871; live near Carthage; farmers. Paul children:
653. i. Lois M. b. June 12, 1898.
654. ii. Ray VanBenschoten, b. Sep. 2, 1903; d. Mar. 27, 1906.
574. III. ENSIGN V.B. m. in 1830, at Sandusky, O., Eliza Sherwood, b. Jan. 1811. He was a physician. When he studied medicine and with whom I have not learned, but he is early found practicing at Plymouth, O. In Nov. 1840 he entered into a partnership with Dr. Rulof Bevier who had just arrived from Owasco, N.Y.— a partnership that lasted until Ensign's death. It is told that his skill and reputation were such that as one drew near Norwalk or got down anywhere near Plymouth one heard of him on all sides. He was a man of strong mind and talented; was much thought of and he stood high in the community. He took a great interest in politics, though not for selfish ends since he held no office save Justice of the Peace. In his younger days he was handsome.
As illustrative of his character, Mrs. Bevier told me of her husband being called out one dark wild night, the wind very high and many girdled dead trees standing along his road. He was overdue and she began to worry. Finally she got so restless that she crossed the street to Dr. Van Benschoten's house to advise with him. "Why, what kind of Dutch are you?" exclaimed the Doctor. "There are half a dozen places where he may be called on to stop," said he, then sent two of his daughters home with her for company until the return of her husband. Again we see the man in the following: a Mr. Gunsallus, a lawyer, whose office is in the building once owned by Dr. Van Benschoten as office and dwelling, called my attention to the large turned columns in front. At the time they were made there was no lathe at hand sufficiently large for the job, so the Doctor had these big sticks dressed as nearly round as possible with the axe and then fastening up crotches for them to revolve in and improvising a rest for the chisel he applied power by a belt from a large grindstone run by hand. The work was successfully done; there stood the columns to testify.
He was a great reader; was greatly given to reading in bed at night and it is said that twice his bedding caught fire from his light. Perhaps it was because of this experience that he became so particular about fires, for late in life he fell into the way of putting out the fires in each and every stove in the house before going to bed. He had just been quenching the kitchen fire one night when he fell in taking an upward step into the next room and expired on the spot.
A Mr. Hornbeck, one of Plymouth's old citizens, talked to me much about the Doctor. "In his early days he was, I'll admit," said he, "inclined to drink, but all that was put by in his later years." Summing up he said: "You may mark him down as a bright man; yes, and a true one." On my thanking him for the information given he said: " I, the rather, am indebted to you for bringing up his name; . he is a pleasant memory."
He d. Sep. 4, 1855; his wife the day before Thanksgiving, 1864. They with their unmarried children rest in the Plymouth buryingground, one of the most delightful old graveyards extant. It inclines one to be,
"Half in love with easeful death."
655. I. Christina, b. Jan. 26, 1831, at Sandusky, O.
656. II. Sarah, b. Sep. 10, 1833, at Plymouth, O.
657. III. Aurelia, d. at eighteen months, at Plymouth, O.
658. IV. Helen E. b. Feb. lo, 1837, at Plymouth, O.
659. V. William, b. in Aug. 1840; d. in 1861.