A Standard History of Ross County, Ohio (Volume 2); An Authentic Narrative of the Past, with Particular Attention to the Modern Era in the

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 402 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1917. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Valley of Springfield Township, Ross County. This is the farm they now own and occupy, and it is one of the largest and best managed places in Ross County. They have two complete sets of farm buildings and have an abundance of modern machinery for operating the farm so as to produce the best results. They keep only the better grades of livestock. Floyd C. Mcneal. The farm home of Floyd C. McNeal is one with long and interesting associations with members of that family. When his grandfather first came to Springfield Township the site of the farm was in the midst of the heavy woods. It was almost entirely by the labors and persistent industry of the McNeal family that the land was eventually converted into a fertile and productive homestead. On that old place, which he now owns and occupies, Mr. McNeal was born August 17, 1869. His father, William McNeal, was born December 3, 1837, on the same farm. The grandfather was Thomas McNeal, a native of Pennsylvania, of Scotch-Irish ancestry. From Pennsylvania he came to Ross County and was a contemporary of some of the very early settlers of this part of Ohio. Like other pioneers he journeyed out of Pennsylvania by means of a wagon and team. His purchase in Ross County was a tract of timbered land in the southeast quarter of section 24 in Springfield Township. There in the midst of the trees was constructed a log cabin. It was the first home of the McNeal family in Ross County. Many years passed before railroads or canals were built, and Thomas McNeal like the other settlers had to suffer the handicap of lack of markets and other advantages that came after Ohio was well settled. In those early days little money was in circulation and the people lived largely off the products of their own fields and the wild game in the f...

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