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Samuel Olin Family
Copyrighted 1921 by Oran Raber
edition Litnited to 110 Copies
To the memory of my mother — a grand-daughter of Samuel Olin-
I this book is dedicated.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface to the Records of the Ezra Olin Family 5
Preface to the Records of the Samuel Olin Family 8
Chap. I. John Olin I 15
Chap. II. John Olin II 17
Chap. III. John Olin III 19
Chap. IV. Ezra Olin 23
Chap. V. Samuel Olin 35
Chap. VI. The Sophia Olin Branch 41
Chap. VII. The Alonzo Olin Branch 49
Chap. VIII. The Sarah Olin Branch 61
Chap. IX. The Elon Olin Branch 85
Chap. X. The Betsy Ann Olin Branch 91
Chap. XI. The Emily Olin Branch 101
Chap. XII. The Nathaniel Olin Branch 107
Chap. XIII. The Adelaide OHn Branch 113
Chap. XIV. The Samuel Olin Branch 119
Chap. XV. The Children of Samuel Olin without
Appendix No. 1. The Early Olin Ancestry 124
Appendix No. 2. Joining the Daughters of the American
Index; Alphabetical 126
Index; Geographical 129
Preface to the Records of the
Ezra Olin Family
At a picnic gathering at Gull Lake, Mich., on Wednesday, July,
28th, 1886, where several members of the Ezra Olin family were
in attendance, the question of organizing an Olin Reunion was
presented by W. W. Olin to the writer. After a little time passed
in discussion, it was decided to call together the few friends there
assembled, and present the subject for their consideration. A
few chairs and benches were hastily arranged on the camp
ground, a pressing invitation was personally given to each, and
rather reluctantly, with little faith, the few friends seated them-
selves, when W. W. Olin stated the object of assembling. The
more thought the subject received the more it was considered
feasible, and a step in the right direction. The enthusiasm,
which at first but three or four keenly felt, began to spread, and
soon all entered quite heartily into the work. A temporary
organization was effected by choosing G. R. C. Adams, President;
W. W. Olin, Secretary; W. W. Russell, Treasurer, and Geo. S.
Nye, Historian. Other meetings were soon after called, com-
mittees were appointed, preparations made, and the first Olin
Reunion was held at Gull Lake, Mich., October 1st, 1886, about
180 persons being present. At this meeting an invitation was
given to hold the second Reunion the next year at Streetsboro',
Ohio. 0. F. Haymaker was elected President ; Elon Olin, Treas-
urer ; Geo. S. Nye, Historian ; W. W. Olin, Secretary ; and after-
ward C. R. Doolittle was elected Secretary for Ohio. The result
and success of this meeting, where over 400 relatives were as-
sembled, is seen in a pamphlet report printed by the Ohio friends.
At that time a better organization was effected, a constitution
and by-laws were adopted, and the present historian elected for
"life" or "during good behavior." At this second meeting the
New York cousins extended an invitation to hold the third Re-
union in Perry, N. Y. The following officers were then chosen :
President, Milo H. Olin ; Treasurer, William Olin ; Secretary,
Mary J. Sheldon, — all of Perry. The third Reunion was held
near the banks of Silver Lake, in New York, on Wednesday,
September 19th, 1888.
The fourth Olin Reunion was held in Galesburg, Mich., Septem-
ber 18th and 19th, 1889. President, W. W. Olin; Secretary,
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Mrs. Ida Adams ; Treasurer, Hiram Olin. A complete report of
the meeting is recorded in pamphlet form, a few of which still
remain in the hands of the historian.
The fifth annual Reunion was held in Kent, Ohio, October 1st
and 2nd, 1890, with C. R. Doolittle, President; Elon Olin, Treas-
urer, and N. E. Olin, Secretary. The records of this meeting
are also preserved in pamplet form. At its conclusion the fol-
lowing named officers were elected : President, Milo H. Olin ;
Treasurer, Albert E. Olin ; Secretary, Paris Bolton.
On October 1st and 2nd, 1891, an informal meeting was held
in Bennington, Vt., some fifty members of the Ezra Olin branch
being present, and were joined by several members of other
branches of the Olin family — that of Giles being quite well
represented. This meeting was more the result of an excursion
conducted by members of Ezra Olin family than by any pre-
arranged plan. A full printed report of this gathering is also
in the hands of many of our friends.
The reader will now see why my name is connected with this
work, and how it has been brought about. At first elected histo-
rian of the family, I was thus expected to look up its history,
and gather its records, from which to condense a report to be
read at the annual meetings. This work I became deeply inter-
ested in, and strove to make it successful. As it progressed,
material accumulated with which the family history could be
written. Encouraged by friends, sanctioned and assisted by the
Olin family organization, further and patient research has
brought to light the records and much of the history of our early
ancestors, which with as much of the "life sketch" of the different
members of our immediate kindred as could be obtained, compose
the material for the following pages.
These "sketches" of living and departed friends, which of
necessity must be brief, I have tried in my feeble way to write
faithfully and impartially; yet feel in many instances that my
work is nearly a failure, as there was so little material to work
from, my requests for such not being fully complied with, and in
some cases not at all, which accounts for many omissions.
It has required much time and labor to arrange and correct
the family records. When first received there were many errors
among them. My earnest endeavor has been to correct each and
every known error, yet, with all this precaution, mistakes may
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That I have been more than five years in preparing this work,
I think, speaks for the thorough manner of its preparation, and
while permitting nothing to interfere with its final completion,
doubt and discouragement many times stood ready to work
defeat. It was then that the kindly advice or encouragement of
some dear friend would dispel the dark clouds, and the work
went cheerfully on again.
In justice to those who have rendered more than usual aid in
supplying material for the pages following, I return thanks to
Ezra Olin, Jr., Paris Olin, Almira Bolton, and Mary Jane Sheldon.
The success of the work is greatly due to their kindly efforts.
Now, kind friends, in your criticism of the "Sketches and Records
of the Olin Family" please exercise charity; consider that your
historian has labored to preserve your name and record for those
generations who shall flourish when we sleep in dust. He may
have failed to give them in their true light and character, but
would it not have been made better had you furnished a more
complete "sketch" or synopsis of your life?
With love and gratitude to my many friends who have con-
ferred upon me this great honor, and with a parting wish that in
that grand Reunion above we may all assemble without an absent
one, there to hear the Great Historian call our names, and read
that record from the Book of Life — "Well done, thou good and
Yours very respectfully,
GEO S. NYE.
Galesburg, Mich., April, 1892.
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Preface to the Records of the
Samuel Olin Family
There are few certainties in the world which are as sure and as
unfailing as the passing of time. Friends may come and go,
foretold events may or may not come to pass, and we may or may
not be permitted to realise our hopes ; but go or stay, live or die,
the minutes, months, and years pass by in their unending stream
from the tomorrow of yesterday into the yesterday of today.
Since the Ezra Olin Records were published, nearly thirty
summers and winters have passed silently on and with them
many of the faces familiar to the readers of those records. The
Olin Reunions where once gathered Olins from every branch of
the Ezra Olin family are no longer held altho the Olins of New
York, Michigan, and Ohio hold reunions of the members of their
respective states. Even these reunions are not relished by the
younger members of the family as much as by the elder ones and
this for at least two reasons.
In the first place the advances of civilization, good roads, the
automobile, and the many other devices which make it easier for
one to leave home have increased the radius of one's activities
and have replaced an interest in the family by an interest in
wider fields. As an additional factor there is a lack of interest
due to the ignorance of family connections among the younger
people which the older ones are not aware of. When Mr. X.
wants to know who Mr. Y. is whom he met at the reunion he goes
to the Olin Records and looks him up. Those who are under
thirty can not do this, however ; neither their names nor those of
their friends are to be found in the book.
In order that this latter excuse for ignorance of relatives may
no longer exist, this book has been prepared. It can not replace
the world interest by a family one and would not if it could, but
there are some of us, nevertheless, who are old fashioned enuf
to believe in heredity and that ancestry is after all of some impor-
tance. It is impossible to compare a family of Eliots with a
family of Kallikaks without being convinced that "blood will tell"
and good or bad it is well that we know what we have.
It was the author's original intention to revise the records of
the entire Ezra Olin Family but that proved to be a task beyond
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the limits of his patience and endurance. Letters were written
and no answers received. Since it was impossible to interview
personally the members of a family so widely scattered and in-
asmuch as the thirty years have added a generation or two to
the roster, he decided to limit his efforts to a collection of the
data of the members of his own branch which, by the way, is no
There has been an attempt to correct errors where known to
exist in the first edition and to make as many additions as possible
to our knowledge of our early ancestors in America. For this
the author is particularly indebted to Mr, Charles O. Bailey of
the John Olin Branch who in recent years has spent much time
and money on research in the early Olin lines in America, For
practically all of the changes in this edition as well as for the
genealogy of the early branches as given in the Appendix, we
are indebted to Mr, Bailey,
It would be most ungrateful did we not thank all of you who
have contributed to the success of this work. Each person who
has sent in a line has done something and your records show more
than anything else what each has contributed. One must, of
course, be ever mindful of the task which Mr, Nye has done for
us, from whose work with his kind permission I have copied
In conclusion it must be said that the compiler of these chron-
icles was not appointed by any committee to carry on this work.
He has been self-delegated, inspired only by a desire to be of ser-
vice to his fellows in the recording of annals which might other-
wise perish and by a sentiment that work so well begun by Mr.
Nye should not be left unfinished because of a lack of willing
Madison, Wis., May, 1921.
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In looking into the history of the Welsh people, from whom the
Olins have descended, we find that the race which once occupied
the whole island of Great Britain, were a light-haired and fair-
complexioned people; active, bold and courageous, and when
Julius Caesar invaded the island B. C. 55 in order to chastise the
Britons for aiding a certain tribe in Gaul against the Roman
power, he met with fierce opposition, insomuch that it was not
until one hundred years afterwards before they undertook to
proceed with vigor to subdue the country. This undertaking was
met with desperate resistance by the native British princes, but
finally the south half of Britain was conquered by Vespasian and
made Roman provinces in the reign of Claudius, about A. D. 50.
These remained in possession of the Romans until about 420,
when the Saxons invaded South Britain and subdued it.
Druidism was the religion of the Britons at their conquest by
the Romans, but the latter introduced Christianity and Roman
literature into the country.
During the disturbances and wars which long agitated the
island, many of the native inhabitants retired to the hills and
mountain fortresses in the southwestern part, and for centuries
maintained their personal characteristics and self-government.
Inspired by the love of liberty, they resisted all attempts at
subjugation, and thus we find them in history, living under the
government of their own native princes for a number of cent-
Previous to the spring of 1282, the Welsh had been partially
subdued by the English and were in a great measure under
their subjection, but at this time the fancied security of the
English Government was disturbed by a national outbreak of
the Welsh. The prince Llewellyn and his wife Eleanora, whom
he had so much difficulty in obtaining, were the rulers. In the
struggle that ensued it semed to be one of much grief; for his
wife had died shortly before the last struggle for Welsh inde-
pendence had commenced. Llewellyn fell in a sudden skirmish
at Builth, in the valley of the Wye ; his head was sent to Edward,
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who placed it on the walls of the Tower of London crowned with
an ivy wreath in mockery of a prediction of Merlin that when the
English money became circular, the Price of Wales should be
crowned in London,
For six months the last of the unfortunate prince's family held
out against the invaders, but being betrayed he was imprisoned
in the Castle of Rhuddlan and on the 30th of September, 1283,
was arraigned as a traitor before a parliament summoned to
meet at Shrewsbury and in the high street of the city, David, the
brother of the prince, suffered the penalties of treason. Wales
then became part of the English government.
In preparing this work, it was a very slow and diffcult matter
to obtain reliable data and information concerning the first gen-
erations of the Olin family, who made their home in America.
A result of the work in collecting those records, can be seen in the
following pages which show the progress made and also the
source from whence obtained.
At first, partially traditional, it finally became reliable, as the
records are obtained from good authority. Regarding the ap-
pearance of the first Olin on American shores, the Vermont
Historical Gazetteer records the following: ''John Olin, the first
of the name in America, settled in East Greenwich, Rhode Island,
From a work entitled "The Genealogical Record of James
Edmonds and his Wife, Cordela Spear," among whose ancestors
were certain members of the Olin family, the following is taken :
"About the year 1690, John Olin, aged fourteen, was pressed
on board a man-of-war on the coast of Wales. He deserted at
Boston, married at Greenwich, Rhode Island, and had one
daughter and three sons, John, Henry and Joseph." Also "John
Olin came over as cabin boy in 1690, and deserted at Providence,
Rhode Island, being fourteen years old. He was married about
1700. His son John raised four sons, and together with them
went to Shaftsbury, Vermont, where he died. Joseph had
children and died in Rhode Island."
From one of the older members of the Gideon Olin family
this traditional account was obtained. "The first one of the
family in this country was a boy of Welsh birth who filled the
responsible position of 'powder monkey' on board a man-of-war.
He deserted at Providence ran off into the woods and changed his
name from Llewellyn to Olin."
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From a member of Henry Olin's family, a brother to Ezra
Olin, Sr., the following traditional account was received : "John
Olin, the first of the name to arrive in this country, was a Welsh
boy who had been pressed on board a British war vessel. On the
arrival of the vessel in Boston harbor, he was permitted to stroll
upon the streets, where he observed a man driving a yoke of
oxen hitched to a cart, and never having seen such a strange
sight before, he begged permission, which was readily granted,
to ride in this odd conveyance. For some unexplained reason his
ride into the country was so prolonged that when he did return
his vessel had sailed away without him."
In a Genealogical Dictionary of New England, by Savage, on
page 309 of Volume III, the following record appears : "Olin,
Henry, Greenwich, son of John, of the same place, had, it is said
— ^though his wife's name is not seen, nor the date of birth of
either — Justin and Caleb, both of whom removed, before the
Revolutionary War, to Vermont, and the latter, having seven
sons, died in St. Lawrence County, N. Y. Of such infirm
material few New England families are compelled to build.
"John, West Greenwich, Rhode Island, said to have come in
1678, in his youth from Wales, had by wife unknown, John,
Henry, and perhaps Justin and Joseph, but of the last two in
the family, generally no account is rendered, nor is the date of
marriage or death of father or either of the other sons given."
This may be explained by noticing in other records the place
w^here the death of some of them occurred.
From a record now in possession of Mrs. Marsh, of Benning-
ton, Vt., the following was copied. "John Spencer, Senior and
his wife, Susannah emigrated from Wales, the names of their
children were : 1st John Spencer, Jr. 2nd Michael, 3rd Benjamin,
4th William, 5th Robert, 6th Abner, 7th Thomas, 8th Peleg and
9th Susannah, who married John Olin in 1708.
In an old Bible printed in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1729, which
was owned and taken to Vermont from Rhode Island by the
Giles Olin family, the following record appears :
John Olin and Susanna Pierce were married in East Green-
wich, R. I., on the 8th day of December, A. D. 1734, by John
Phoebe Olin, their eldest daughter, was born on Sunday at 12
o'clock, the 9th day of November, A. D. 1735.
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Jonathan Olin, their eldest son, was born on Friday at 3 o'clock
in the morning, on the 17th day of June, A. D. 1737.
Joh)i Oli)i, their second son, was born on Sunday at 9 o'clock in
the morning, on the first day of July, A. D. 1739, and died the 7th
day of April at 4 o'clock in the morning, 1740.
John OUu, their third son, was born on Thursday at 10 o'clock
in the morning on the 17th day of September, 1741.
Gideon Olin, their fourth son, was born on Saturday at 4
o'clock in the afternoon, the 22nd day of October, A. D. 1743.
Giles Olin, their fifth son, was born on Saturday at 6 o'clock in
the morning, on the 23rd day of March, 1745.
Barbara Olin, their second daughter, was born on Sunday
evening, the 4th day of September, A. D. 1741
That the generations previous to that of Ezra Olin, Sr., may be
better classified, and easily understood, the chapters one, two
and three are introduced, and correspond with those generations
in the ancestral line in their respective order.
Note: This Introduction has been lifted bodily from Mr. Nye's
publication. As seen in the following pages the above remarks concern-
ing Wales probably have little significance in our history, but this intro-
duction also serves to show the origin of the Welsh tradition, and altho
known mistakes are found to occur in the above records, it has been thot
best to preserve this source of tradition.
O. L. R.
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John Olin, the first of his name and race in America, settled
in the vicinity of East Greenwich, R. I., about the year 1700.
According to tradition he came to this country when but 14 years
of age and was a "Welshman." We may never know the circum-
stances which attended him on his arrival here or the object that
induced him to leave home and native land to seek a new home
among strangers in a new and strange country which at that
time was but little known. As Chauncy Olin says of him in his
Family Record of the John Olin Ancestry: "He must have been
an extraordinary boy to have taken the steps that he did without
friends and with but little experience in the ways of the world.
No doubt but that he was a boy of extraordinary energy and
sagacity or he would never have attempted to secret himself in a
new and sparsely settled country as New England was at that
Of his personal appearance tradition tells us that he had "red
Tiair" and was of "medium stature". Like the great majority of
Tiis posterity he was a "tiller of the soil." He selected his house
near the headwaters of the beautiful Narragansett and in sight
of its surrounding groves and pleasant prospects lived and reared
Tiis family. He was married in East Greenwich to Susanna
Spencer, Oct. 4th, 1708 by Thomas Fry, Justice. She was not
the daughter of John Spencer but the daughter of Michael and
Rebecca Spencer. They were English and her father's will is on
record so that this is a point about which there can be no doubt.
John Olin had at least four children, Joseph, John, Henry, and
Eleanor. Joseph was born Aug. 29th, 1710. John was born
March 8, 1711-12. The genealogies of John and Henry come
down to us with unvarying accuracy but little is known concern-
ing Joseph and Eleanor.
It has been said that John Olin was Welsh but there are many
reasons for believing him to be of Swedish extraction. Among
these the following may be enumerated :
1. The name Olin does not occur in Wales but is frequently
found in Sweden. In Normandy, France, is a town Called Olin-
ville. This section of France, it will be recalled, was settled by
people from Scandinavia.
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2. The traditional description of John Olin is that of a Swede
rather than that of a Welshman. The pictures of the early
members of the Olin Family show the members to resemble the
Swedes more than the Welsh.
3. The fact that he was a sailor indicates a Scandinavian
rather than a Welsh origin.
4. He selected a home on the coast which might be expected
of a sea-fearing man from the Scandinavian peninsula.
5. In colonial days the term "Welshman" was used to mean a
foreigner and one who was not a native of the British Isles which
explains the origin of the Welsh tradition.
Concerning these points Mr. C. 0. Bailey writes: "John Olin
is stated to have been a native of Wales. In a published geneal-
ogy of another branch of the family he is stated to have been of
French descent. I can find no authority for either statement
except family tradition. I have a surmise that he was neither
of Welsh nor French ancestry, but that in all probability he was a
native of Sweden or at least of Swedish descent. The name Olin
is not found in either England, Scotland, or Wales. John Olin
was the only man of his name in New England or in fact in any of
the American Colonies. All the Olins of New England and New
York descent are his descendants. There are, however, a large
number of Olin families in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Chicago, and
other western localities all of whom are of Swedish extration,
and the name is not at all an uncommon Swedish name. The
personal description of John Olin, as it has come down to us,
would not indicate that he was of Welsh origin but rather that he
was possessed of Scandinavian blood. The fact that he was a
sailor would also indicate a possible Scandinavian origin. I
have, of course, no proof upon the subject, but I doubt very much
his traditionary Welsh origin."
John Olin the first died at Newport, R. I, June 10, 1725, aged
61 years, which makes his birth occur about the year 1664.
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John Olin, Esq., son of John Olin 1st, and Susannah Spencer,
was born in Rhode Island, Mar. 8, 1712.
In the autumn of 1891, when the historian of the Ezra Olin
family applied to the town clerk of East Greenwich, for the pur-
pose of searching the old records for any information concerning
the Olin family of nearly two hundred years ago, the clerk replied
to his request by saying, "You'll have a hard job of it." It was
true, however, as these old records required considerable study
before becoming familiar with the old form and peculiar word-
The first appearance of the Olin name was found in a record
of a "town meeting and day of election for choosing town officers,
for the year ensuing, held at court house in East Greenwich, in
County of Kent, and the last Tuesday of May, it being the 26th
day of said month, 1752." The name of John Olin, Esq., appears
in the list of voters which follows.
His name appears with others on the town records to a protest
in disposing of some privileges to certain residents of the town,
they believing that such a disposition would greatly discommode
the inhabitants of said town.
At a town meeting held May 29, 1753, the name of John Olin,
Esq., appears on record as voting with others ; his name here
occurs as an officer, that of overseer of the poor. On May 27,
1755, he was chosen one of the pound keepers.
"January 28," 1760. "The Town Council Have Nominated,
Constituted and Appointed, John Olin, of East Greenwich, afore-
said, yeoman, and Brother-in-law to the said Intestator, whole
and sole administrator to, all and singular, the goods, chattels
and credits, that did of right belong to the said Benjamin Car-
penter, at the time of his death. * * * The above papers
were signed and sealed, the 28th day of January, and in the
Thirty-third year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord, George the
2nd, King of Great Britian, and so forth. Anno Domini 1760."
John Olin, Esq., was married in East Greenwich, R. I., Decem-
ber 8, 1734, to Susannah Peirce, daughter of Jeremiah Peirce.
She was born Apr., 8, 1708. They lived in Rhode Island, where
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they reared their family, but later in life they removed to Shafts-
bury, Vermont, where their four sons were living. The following-
is the family record of this couple :
1. Phoebe Olin, born November 9, 1735.
2. Jonathan Olin Esq., born June 17, 1737; died January
Anna Olin, wife of Jonathan Olin, died November 28, 1811,
:aged 75 years 7 months.
3. John Olin 1st, born July 1, 1739 ; died April 7, 1740, aged
4. John Olin 2nd, born September 17, 1741.
5. Gideon Olin, born October 22, 1743 ; died January 21, 1823.
Patience Dwinnell, first wife of Gideon Olin, died January 30,
1801, aged 58 years.
Lydia Pope, second wife of Gideon Olin, was the mother of five
children, viz : Benjamin, Esther, Nathaniel, Abram and Job S.
6. Giles Olin, born March 23, 1745 ; died September 1, 1835.
Anna Reynolds, wife of Giles Olin, died February 23, 1838,
aged 88 years.
7. Barbara Olin, born September 4, 1748.
During the struggle for independence some of this family took
an active part, and were raised to the rank of officers in the
American army. They all lived to see their country free and
independent, the forest where the red man so long had roamed,
vanish before the ax of the white settler, and peace and prosper-
ity perched on those banners so lately stained with patriot blood.
John Olin, Esq., died January, 1797, aged 85 years.
Susannah Olin, his wife, died February, 1802, aged 94 years.
Their graves were visited by the writer at the time he was in
Vermont collecting these items. They are marked by plain
marble slabs, and are easily found, directly north of the church
and near the highway which passes along the west side of the
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John Olin, the third son of John Olin, Esq., who was born
September 17, 1741, was married to Sarah Card, in North Kings-
ton, Rhode Island, Oct. 13, 1765.
During the disturbances at the time of the Revokitionary War,
many families living near the coast and waterways moved back
into the interior of the country to escape the lawlessness of the
British soldiery and other unpleasant effects of war, and also to
take advantage of the opportunities which the "opening up" of a
new country always offered.
John Olin was of that number.
In the autumn of 1775, a few months after the battle of Bunker
Hill, he, with his family, left their old home in Rhode Island and
sought a new one among the Green Mountains of Vermont.
A description of their journey and incidents connected there-
with, to us at the present time, would read like romance; the
greater part of it, however, has passed into oblivion, as the
tongue once able to tell those tales has long been silent and
It must not be supposed, however, that he was what we should
call a "slacker", a "pacifist" or a "conscientious objector" for the
records of Vermont show that he did his share as a "minute
man" to put an end to British dominion in America and to estab-
lish the independence of the Colonies. The "minute men" were
men who, altho not regularly enrolled, were always ready at a
minute's notice to stop their work and pursue the "Redcoats."
John Olin was of that faithful band and the Vermont records
show that at least twice he was called from his domestic duties
to the sterner tasks of the skirmish line.
The following records are taken from the ROLLS OF THE
SOLDIERS IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, 1775-1783,
STATE OF VERMONT, Published by Authority of the Legis-
lature, Compiled and Edited by John E. Goodrich, Rutland, Vt.,
The Tuttle Co., 1904. The first is taken from page 246 :
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"A Pay Roll in Capt. Jonas Galusha's Company in Col.
Herrick's Regiment for service done in the alarm in Oct., 1780.
Name Days in No of miles Officer's Total
service. travel. rations.
John Olin 12 110 2.12 8
I do certify the within roll to be a true roll, to the best of my
Sworn before me, Jonas Galusha, Capt.
Pay Table Office, 8th. June, 1781. The within roll examined
and approved and the Treasurer is directed to pay the same to
Capt. Jonas Galusha, which is one hundred and twenty-one
pounds six shillings and eight pence.
Thos. Chittenden i ee
Timo. Brownson ^'^^'^'"^
Date above, received of the Treasurer the full of the above.
Per me Jonas Galusha, Capt."
The second reference in the above named book occurs on page
"A pay roll of part of Capt. Matteson's Company of Militia
for assisting the Sheriff in Windham Co, in the month of Sept.
1782, on which the following persons are allowed for four days
service each, namely : John Olin."
The following scrap of history relating to those ancestors was
taken from the lips of Ezra Olin, Jr., who says : "I will remember
my grandmother, Sarah Olin. Being unable to stand up to her
work she used to sit and spin with the table at her back; she
would stretch her arms as far backward as she could, and when
the thread was sufficiently twisted, she would reach it forward
again as it was wound upon the spindle and then repeat the
operation ; in this way she was enabled to do quite a days' work.
"My grand-father was a farmer. In early days he had a
little mill which he used to 'tend,' where he ground corn and rye
for his neighbors. For a number of years before he died, he was
a cripple from rheumatism, and could hardly get about. He had
two staves to lean upon and could get along a little by leaning
upon them and shuffling his feet ahead, or rather resting on the
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toes and then sliding one foot about its length ahead of the other.
He and his wife lived on a farm a couple of miles east and south
of where father lived in Shaftsbury. The last few years of his
life his brothers worked and carried on his farm for him."
John and Sarah Olin, were the parents of nine children, as the
following shows :
1. Paris Olin ,was born Nov. 14, 1765. He died in childhood.
2. Hannah Olin, was born July 8, 1767 ; was married to
3. Sibil Olin, born. July 8, 1767, was married to Arvin Bates.
4. Sarah Olin, born April 7, 1770, married Asa Green.
5. Ezra Olin. born March 23, 1772, married- Ruth Green.
6. Phoebe Olin, born July 7, 1774, married Avery Branch.
7. Henry Olin, born August 12, 1776, married Silence Green.
(No relative of Ruth Green's family.)
8. Nancy Olin, born May 4, 1779, was married in Shaftsbury,
November 8, 1798, to Case Potter, by Jacob Galusha, a brother to
the old Governor.
9. Joseph Olin, born June 9, 1781. Married Eunice Fields.
John Olin the third, died September 24, 1821. Age 80 years.
Sarah Olin, his wife, died June 12, 1819, in her 74th year.
They too, are buried in the cemetery at Shaftsbury Center,
about fifty feet northeast of the old church.
Ezra Olin, Sr.
Ezra Olin. son of John Olin 2nd, was born in Rhode Island,
March 23, 1772.
He was three and a half year's old when his parents moved to
Vermont, and settled in the town of Shaftsbury. He was nearly
five and a half years old when the battle of Bennington was
fought, on August 16, 1777, and well remembered hearing the
booming of cannon on that memorable day, as it was but a few
miles from his home to the battle ground. In order to better
realize the spirit of the times in which his childhood was passed,
the following is introduced, which is from the pen of one who,
in 1825, lived among the old men who fought at Bennington, and
heard them, in winter nights and summer evenings, tell over and
again the incidents of the times and scenes in which they were
He says : " I remember of hearing them tell, how the old men
and women and children, were all gathered at the house of Mr.
Fillmore, the grandfather of the late President Fillmore, in the
west part of Bennington, at the foot of Mt. Anthony, and sen-
tinels were stationed along from the house of Mr. Fillmore over
to the battle ground, with red and white flags as signals.
"If the Americans under Stark were defeated, all at Mr. Fill-
more's were to go over the mountain by a road which led to
Pownal and then to Berkshire. The sentinels were to wave the
white signal if Gen. Stark was victorious, and the red signal if
Col. Baum was victor.
"I remember hearing one who was old enough to remember the
never-to-be-forgotten incidents of that day tell of the anxieties,
the prayers and the tears, of those who were there assembled,
and could hear the cannon roar of the battle, when they saw the
white signal wave. Then were prayers and thansgivings and
shouts that 'made the welkin ring.' Baum was killed, his forces
were prisoners of Stark, and the Indians under him had fled;
and the day that was ushered in amidst clouds of doubt and dark
despondency was to shed its fitting glory through unborn ages."
There were few opportunities offered in those early days, for
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obtaining much of an education. The country was not very
thickly settled, school-houses were not numerous, and it was con-
sidered that only the first principles were actually necessary to
be understood ; or at least, that was about the extent of education
a child then received at school. Were he able to read, write and
cipher a little, he considered himself fortunate. Such was about
the extent of education Ezra Olin, Sr., obtained, in his youthful
days. It was work and hard work that must be done in order to
provide the necessaries of life ; in that mountainous region with
its poor and scanty soil, this indeed, was a hard task, and re-
quired much patience and close economy. But with a resolute
will and an ambitious spirit, inherited in part, no doubt, from his
ancestors, he here formed a character, established a name, and
built a foundation deep and wide, on which should rest in after
years, the honor, dignity and fame of a numerous race.
Previous to his marriage he assisted his father on the farm or
" worked out" when opportunity offered.
In the month of March, 1791, he was married to Ruth Green,
a daughter of Samuel and Ruth Green who were natives of Rhode
The following are the members of Samuel and Ruth Green's
Mary Green married Robert Wood.
Anna Green married Amos Coon.
Lizzie Green married Joshua Thurston.
Bathana Green married Silas Rawson.
Ruth Green married Ezra Olin., Sr.
Nathan Green married Hannah Olin.
Asa Green married Sarah Olin.
Jesse Green married .
Their daughter Betsy married Samuel Olin, son of Ezra Olin
Sr., for which see his family record.
A son of the aboved named Mary Green and Robert Wood
married Betsy Olin, daughter of Ezra Olin and Ruth Green.
As will be seen this family and descendants furnished com-
panions in marriage for several members of the Olin family.
Ruth Green was born in Rhode Island, November 10th, 1770.
She moved to Vermont when she was quite young, and there
resided when she was married. Soon after they moved on to
the old place, some two miles north and east of the center of
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Shaftsbury, which afterward became the homestead where her
family were all born, with the one exception.
From the town records of Shaftsbury the following was
obtained. It is of interest as it shows the price paid for land in
those days, also the extent and value of their possessions :
According to date of record the first is one piece containing
one acres. Given December 10th, 1797. Recorded December
Olin bought of Ransom Hunt. Dated November 8th, 1796.
2nd. In consideration of £ 78, lawful money, Ezra Olin buys
of Daniel Whitman Justin, a piece of land, containing thirty-
one acres. Given December 10th, 1797. Recorded December
The next is a small piece containing five rods of land, more or
less, deeded to Ezra Olin and Giles Olin ; consideration $2.00.
Deed recorded May 17th, 1798. On same day a deed is also re-
corded for a piece of land, situated in said Shaftsbury, consisting
of about one acre of land, more or less; consideration $16.00.
Gideon Olin to Ezra Olin.
On October 24th, 1799, is recorded a deed from which Ezra
Olin purchased of John Olin, in the town of Shaftsbury, the
whole of the east half of lot No. 60, together with buildings,
except one-half of saw mill standing on same premises ; consider-
John Ohio and Ezra Olin bought of John H. Olin and Henry
Dwinnell a piece of land, containing twenty-four and one-half
acres; consideration $460.00. Dated March 16th, 1811.
July 24th, 1811, Ezra Olin bought a piece of land of Henry
Huntington, containing four and one-half acres ; consideration
December 6th, 1823, Ezra Olin bought of John H. Olin fifteen
acres and twenty-two rods of land ; consideration $300.00.
This seems to be the amount of his land purchases in Shafts-
bury, at least they are all that appear on the records.
On April 1st, 1822, he sold to Whitman Spink, for $80.00, five
acres, 58 rods of land, and then on February 24th, 1824, he sells
for $1,250.00 about one hundred and twenty-five acres of land,
more or less, to Nathan Bottom.
This last sale comprised the old homestead, around which
clustered so many hallowed associations, and to which in after
years an occasional pilgrimage was made by some member of
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the family, anxious to look once more upon the scenes surround-
ing their birth-place.
To many of us at the present time, who are accustomed to
seeing, and perhaps using, sulky plows, mowing machines and
self-binders, it would seem almost an impossbility to plow, sow
and harvest over those fields, so stony and rough do they appear.
Yet, with much patient toil, those fields — some of them being
much too rough and rocky to do anything with — were planted
to corn, or sown to rye or flax, and when the harvest-time came
the old hand-sickle was brought out, and only a handful at a time,
the grain was gathered into the hand and then cut.
The corn and rye formed the principal part of their living,
and from the flax their clothing was almost entirely made.
Besides carrying on his farm work, Ezra Olin, Sr., worked
much of the time he lived in Shaftsbury in a sawmill which was
located over a mile south from his home ; some of the time he
worked there for others, and at other times it seems he had an
interest in the mill, either in whole or in part.
After his older boys were large enough to attend to the work
of the farm, he devoted more of his time to work in the mill.
Hay for his stock was usually obtained by taking meadow land
of his neighbors to mow upon shares, his own farm being too
rough and rockj'' to produce much, except a little along the banks
of the small stream that meandered through his farm.
flow interesting would it be could a picture be produced here
of that old valley home of over a hundred years ago as it nestled
among the hills and mountains of the old Green Mountain State !
Shaftsbury is located near the southwest corner of the state;
but two townships, Bennington and Pownal, lying south, and New
York State bounding it on the west. A ridge of the Green
Mountains extends along the east side of the township, while
another ridge called the West Mountains seems to rise near the
southwest corner of it and run nearly parallel with the Green
Mountains, leaving a somewhat level strip about five miles wide,
near the center of the town, along which the highway extends.
After passing north of the little hamlet at the Center, a half
mile or more, a little lane is discovered opening off to the right ;
following this a short distance the brow of the hill or bluff is
reached. Now, since the timber has been cut off, the old road
lan be plainly seen as it winds along down over the rocky soil,
turning here and there from a direct course to avoid this huge
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old chestnut tree or that mossy boulder which for ages has main-
tained its position, regardless of men or the changes of time.
At the foot of this steep descent, there the little creek still
flows as it did long ago, a few rods in front of where the "old
house" used to stand; stepping across its narrow border, we
clamber over an old ragged fence, and then a few steps brings us
to the old well; yes, the very same well, its water still as clear
and sweet as when with the old fashioned well-sweep and "iron-
bound bucket," John, Samuel, Betsy, Arvin and all the rest used
to draw fro.i its depths the clear and sparkling water with which
to slake their childish thirsts or bathe those youthful brows,
around which we have since seen the frosts of age gather, and
the chill dews of death silently creep. A few steps further on
and we come to the spot on the side of a sharp rise of ground
where the old house stood.
Some forty-five years ago what was then left of the house was
torn down, taken away and used in sap-boiling or sugar-making,
but the excavation for the basement is very plain, it being some
four or five feet in depth.
As I stood beside that hallowed spot, my thoughts wandered
back to a time when I imagined I could see happy children again
playing upon those hillsides, climbing yonder mountain for the
gum half concealed within the bark of the stately spruce, racing
along the old orchard for the fairest apples, wading in the little
brook that ripples along just through the fence there, or playing
their favorite game of "gool" as they called it then, claiming
this or that old giant rock which lies half buried in the ground,
their "gool" or "home." Oh, happy childhood! ye long since
have passed. Youth with its bright hopes — stern manhood and
womanhood with its responsibilities and cares — old age with its
ripened fruit and golden harvest days have passed in rapid
succession off life's active stage, till now, alas ! not one of those
dwellers of that humble home remain to link the present to the
Standing beside the old cellar bank and looking along up the
hill northward, one can discover the place where the old orchard
stood; now only one old gnarled and twisted tree is seen, its
branches dying and falling to the ground. That open field up
there by the side of the orchard and all north of the house is
the "old rye lot." Since it was sufficiently free from rock, it was
often cultivated on that account, but with little exertion a nimble
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person could pass from one side of the field to the other by
stepping from stone to stone !
The barn stood a little south from the house ; nothing scarcely
now remains to mark the spot.
In order to reach school it was necessary for the little folks to
follow the winding road back up the hills through the woods
(then) until they came out on the highway and then turn their
steps southward till they came to the schoolhouse at the Center.
The old house has long since given way to a better one. Yet the
same old doorstone stiH does duty at the entrance of the new
The old dwelling housf^, as before mentioned, was built on the
side of one of those sloping ridges which seem to fill up the
irregular spaces in the valley between those mountain ranges.
In the plan or building of the house an excavation was first
made into a steep point of the hill from the south side. This
was for the cellar or basement room, which was directly under
the sitting-room above, which occupied the southwest part of the
building. The large chimney was built up through the centre
of the house, with a fireplace in the west side of it, which opened
into the sitting-room, and another on the east side opening into
the kitchen, which occupied the northeast part of the house.
There was also a fireplace in the basement room.
In the southeast part of the house was a bedroom known among
the children as "mother's room." On the north side of this room
were stairs going into the chamber, and underneath were stairs
to the cellar.
The space between the chimney and north side of the house on
one side, and bedroom and kitchen on the other, was the pantry
which was small and dark, being of the same width as the
chimney and lighted only by the door opening into it. In the
northwest corner of the house was another bedroom with a door
opening from the sitting-room. The chamber was frequently
used as a sleeeping room by members of the family and some-
times the sitting-room was also used for that purpose. The old
bake-oven was located beneath, and was entered from the base-
For description, see diagram with explanation. This diagram
was obtained from Ezra Olin, Jr., who lived in the old house until
he was nineteen years old. He says they were supplied with
chairs but they were not cane-seated ones. As to the size of the
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house, he thought it was perhaps 26 by 30 feet, a portion of which
was ceiled up, but not overhead. No lath or plaster was used.
It was no uncommon occurrence for fierce storms to sweep
over those mountains and through the valleys in winter. Mary
Ann tells of one in particular which occurred when she was but
seven years old, yet the impression it made upon her young
mind, from its terrible effects were vivid and lasting.
February 17, 1819, before the break of day, many of the in-
habitants of the valley were aroused by a terrible roaring and
Plan of House In Shaftsbury
Explanations: — A is chimney; B, bedrooms: C, sitting-room; D,
kitchen; E, pantry; F, fireplaces: G, stairs to chamber: H, cellar
stairway; =, for doors; O, for windows; —~, stairs to basement.
commotion in the atmosphere caused by a fierce storm that was
raging on the mountains. Nearer and nearer it came settling
down till shortly after daylight it broke upon the valley in all its
fury. Flying snow filled and darkened the air. The fierce
howling of the wind in its mad sweep onw^ard, its dismal moan-
ing among the pines on the mountain side, and the lowing of the
cattle with other sounds of distress all tended to make a lasting
impression in the minds of that group of little children as they
crowded in one corner of the cellar fearing that at anj' moment
the house would go to pieces from over their heads.
It seemed almost impossible to keep the door closed against
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the heavy pressure from without, until a long plank was secured,
one end of which was placed against the door and the other end
against the chimney, near the center of the house.
About eleven o'clock part of the roof was swept off the barn,
leaving the horses exposed ; but they must not be left to perish ; so
during a lull in the storm the father and one of the older boys
ran to the barn, unfastened and led them into the cellar, where in
their corner the little children were huddled in the darkness
and cold, it being feared that fire might be another means of
destroying fhe house at such a fearful time. By the middle of
the afternoon the storm had spent its fury, and gradually sub-
sided. One of the boys — Paris — was sent on horseback over to
his grandfather's, who lived but a couple of miles distant, to see
if they were safe.
In repeating this story, Paris said that the snow was drifted
and packed so solid by the force of the wind that he had no
difficulty in riding over fences and walls on the drifted snow,
which bore up horse and rider with ease.
The winter following the "big storm" Ezra Olin, Sr., was
engaged in getting out saw logs, as many large pine trees had
been blown down at the time of the storm. Six hundred logs
were hauled into the mill and two hundred taken to North Ben-
nington, about five miles distant. His sons, Ezra and Philip,
drove the teams.
Paris said, in speaking of their work that winter, that it was
necessary that they get up pretty early in the morning in order to
accomplish their usual day's work.
The last summer that Ezra Olin passed in Shaftsbury he was
engaged in clearing off a piece of land, the wood from which was
cut and made into charcoal. About ten thousand bushels were
thus made. His son Paris' work that year, after the first of
July, was to haul six thousand bushels of the coal to market, some
eleven miles distant. Some days he made two trips a day, thus
being obliged to make forty-four miles' travel.
Immediately after he sold his farm. In February, 1824, he
started with his team for Perry, New York, where six of his sons
had preceded him and were busily engaged in clearing up homes
of their own.
The mother with four of the younger children were left to
follow later on. So in the month of June following, after tak-
ing a farewell look at those familiar scenes, one more look at
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their humble home in the valley, one more hand-clasp with those
friends they were then leaving, that little band started forth on
their journey, some of them never again to return.
At Albany they took passage on a canal-boat for Rochester,
where they arrived in due time.
It was expected that the mother and her three girls would re-
main there while her son Truman should proceed on foot to Perry
for the father's team and return for those left, but the mother,
feeling that time and expense might be saved by making at least
part of the remaining distance on foot, started out with her little
band and proceeded toward Perry, some forty miles distant, and
before night of the second day reached their friends there, who
were much surprised at their sudden and unexpected appearance.
One of the children, Mary Ann, had been left on the way, pre-
ferring to remain until her father's team should necessarily re-
turn to Rochester for the things left there. Two weeks later,
when it did return, she was discovered standing in the road look-
ing with watching eyes and anxious heart for the coming of
After becoming settled in his new home in Perry, the work
began of clearing up his farm and making it a pleasant home.
Here his land was very unlike that of Vermont, where it was so
rough and rocky, and the soil so thin and light ; here it was rich
and situated in one of the loveliest valleys of the State. Certainly
a wise choice had been made.
In the season of 1825 with the help of his son Paris and two
others he cleared thirty acres of his land and sowed it to wheat in
the fall. The following year an unusual sight was witnessed in
reaping the wheat, which was done with the old-fashioned hand
sickle; the father took the lead followed by his nine sons, the
oldest son following and so on to the youngest. It is safe to say
that they were not many days reaping the field.
He continued the clearing and cultivation of his farm as long
as he was able to work.
One by one his children had married and gone to seek homes
of their own till the last one, Mary Ann, too, had gone and they
were thus left alone again.
For several years the mother, Ruth Olin, was afflicted with
that dread disease known as the "old-fashioned lingering con-
Many of the older cousins still remember her as they used to
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visit her in her home in Perry. She was a rather small, spare
woman and upon her shoulders usually wore a little shawl. As
she moved about performing her household duties, it is said she
bore a strong resemblance to her daughter, Ruth Stratton. It is
also said that never in her long life did she once see her children
all assembled at one time; this one or that one would be absent
until death in his first visit broke the family circle and Philip was
summoned to cross that mystic stream.
As disease weakened her vital energies the lamp of life burned
dimmer and dimmer until its flame was extinguished. It can well
be said of her, who had been a true and faithful wife for over
fifty-six years and the mother of fourteen children, all of whom
she had seen grow to manhood and womanhood and settle in
homes of their own, who had done so much for her family, under-
gone so many privations and had toiled early and late in her un-
selfish devotion, that she had richly earned the well-merited
tribute of "well done, thou good and faithful servant." May 19,
1847, she died at her home in Perry, N. Y., and was buried in the
cemetery at the Center.
The year following Ezra Olin was again married, the second
anion being with a Mrs. Booth, of Orangeville, same county.
He lived with her some seven years, when he was again left
companionless. After the death of his second wife his home was
with his children until his own death, which occurred about two
years afterward. At that time he was living with his son
Heman. In the morning of the day on which he was taken sick
he seemed feeling unusually well and entertained in various ways
some young people who had called in to see him. A few hours
after paralysis laid its heavy hand upon him, and ere the week
had passed that muscular frame and iron constitution which had
bid defiance to time and storms of over four score years, yielded
at last to superior force, nature's immutable law.
In the cemetery at Perry Center a large marble monument
bears this inscription, "Ezra Olin, Died November 5th, 1858,
Aged 86 years, 7 months, 12 days.
Samuel Olin was born July 1, 1793, in the township of Shafts-
bury, Vermont, where his early life was passed, save a short
time that his father lived in St. Albans, same State. Here, in
this rough and rocky country, he grew to manhood, being trained
at the same time to practice self-denial and frugality, which
early fitted him in muscular and mental development to take
advantage of opportunities for success that were then so gen-
erously offered to any young man of energy and perseverance.
He remained at home with his father, and assisted in the work on
the farm until arrangements were made with one of the neigh-
bors that he should work for him three years. He' was there-
fore" bound out" to serve for that time, his- father receiving the
wages for his services as agreed upon. He thus served his
father until he became of age. He then made a journey to
Whitestown, Oneida County, N. Y., where his uncle, Silas Raw-
son, was living. Upon his arrival at his uncle's he engaged to
assist him in the work of carrying on the Public Inn, and tor
sometime he was thus occupied. And it was while there, he was
married to his cousin, Betsy Green, a daughter of his mother's
brother, Jesse Green.
Betsy Green was born April 9, 1797, but the place of her
birth is in doubt. Whether her father, Jesse Green, was married
end raised his family in Vermont or not, is a matter of con-
jecture. Of other members of the family besides Betsy, there
were David and Willard Green. It is probably certain that Jesse
Green Vvas living with his family in Whitestown at the time of
his daughter's marriage there, as Mrs. Silas Rawson was his
Samuel Olin was first married in December, 1815.
In the year 1818 he moved to Perry, where his brother John
and Ai vin had preceded him. He found his brother Arvin hard
at work upon a new farm of fifty acres. As he had some means,
they made an agreement that he should have half of the fifty
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acres. They then worked on together for the next three years,
when he purchased his brother's twenty-five acres for about
twelve dollars per acre. About the spring of 1822 he moved
back to Whitestown at the earnest request of his uncle, Silan
Rawson, with whom he lived the next two years. While he was
absent from Perry his brother Ezra worked his land there one
year, and a man by the name of Reed Keys, the other. At the
end of the second year, his uncle having sold out his business in
Whitestown, he returned to his farm in Perry, on which he lived
for a time, but having bought another farm near by, he moved
to that, and there remained until he sold out and moved to Ohio.
April 1, 1831, his wife, Betsy Olin, died, and was laid in the
cemetery at Perry Center. She was the mother of eight children,
record of whom will appear further on.
Samuel Olin was again married on January 16, 1832, in
Castile, New York, to Mercy Seymour, who then assumed the
cares and responsibilities of his home and family, which she ever
On the 28th of February, 1839, he loaded his household goods
upon three wagons and started for his new home in Streetsboro,
Portage County, Ohio, where he arrived with property valued at
ten thousand dollars. The first season he was engaged in build-
ing his new brick house, which was opened the next year to the
public, and was known as "Olin's Inn." His popularity as a
successful landlord became quite extended, and with his jolly,
good nature and free and easy way, he soon won a multitude of
friends. Soon after his new house was completed and opened
to the public, there came along, one morning while he was out
at the door watering his horse, a couple of finely dressed gentle-
men, who drove up and requested him to water their horses,
which he did very obligingly, and for which they offered him
sixpence, which he refused. They seemed greatly interested,
however, in the new house, and after making several inquiries,
wanted to know where the man was who had built such a large
and fine house, as they very much desired to see him. He replied
that he guessed he was not far away. They again wanted to
know where the owner was, when he spoke up and said, "I am
the man." They seemed very much astonished, and after look-
ing him over carefully, remarked that they thought it would have
been much better to have either built a smaller house or else have
worn better clothes.
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He seemed to take great delight in assuming to be in need of
pecuniary assistance in order to succeed with his business affairs.
His finances one would suppose were in a sad state from his
pitiful stories which were told with apparent seriousness, as he
smoked his little stump of a pipe that scarcely reached beyond
his nose, while his hat that had seen better days was tipped to
one side of his head. This with a merry twinkle in the eye, is
the picture of "Uncle Sam" in his palmy days when there were
prospects of a trade or chance for a little speculation ahead.
While he was yet keeping his hotel, he was once awakened
about midnight by a man who desired assistance in getting up a
little hill near by. His team had been doing their utmost, but
were unable to take their heavy load up the hill, and if he would
only come out and help him a little he would be very thankful.
Such a request he never refused. His oxen were yoked up and
hitched on front of the team, and soon the load was at the top of
the hill. The man went on his way rejoicing, while he returned
to his couch quite satisfied with himself for having rendered a
kind act unto his fellow creature. His feeling, however, seemed
to undergo a very decided change in the morning when it was
discovered that the man whom he had so kindly assisted in the
night, had broken into his granary and stolen the very wheat he
had been helping him off with.
He carried on his hotel successfully for eleven years, when the
opening of the Cleveland and Pittsburgh railroad destroyed the
business ; he then devoted the whole of his time to his farm, which
he had brought to a good state of cultivation and was considered
among the very best in that section.
The last few years of his life he lived in a fine house he built
upon his farm, not far from his old home.
He practised to the close of his life that strict economy which he
w^as forced to learn in his early years and thru which he built up
what was considered in those days a small fortune. His success
was the natural result of a prudent, saving spirit, connected with
shrewdness and foresight and backed with energy and persever-
ance. About a third of this "small fortune" of sixty thousand
dollars he bestowed upon his children with his own hand before
Although in the eyes of the world he had "succeeded" and
seemed in possession of every thing needed to make his life a
happy one, yet around his home seemed to hover that dark mes-
38 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF
senger of death who unbiddingly would enter and fill it with
sorrow and mourning. Nine times during his life he was called
upon to witness some member of his family borne away by this
unwelcome visitor; the wife of his youth, three sons, and five
daughters he followed to their last resting place.
Samuel Olin was among the first to call together the pioneers or
early settlers of his neighborhood for the purpose of forming an
organization. From a small company at first, this organization
has grown until a large County Pioneer Association has been
Near the old homestead is located Evergreen Cemetery, which
with his own hands he helped to lay out, beautify, and "fit", as
he expressed it, for his "home". He died November 22, 1874
and took possession of that "home" in the cemetery where his
last wife in a few years more joined him.
Mercy Seymour, born Dec. 11, 1806 in Greenfield, Saratoga
County, N. Y., was married to Samuel Olin Jan. 16, 1832 in
Castile, N. Y. Her father, Ebenezer Seymour, moved into Castile,
Genesee County, as it was then, when the coutry was still a
"howling wilderness." He came with an ox team over roads
that were marked by "blazed trees." He left his wife and two
children, Mercy being the eldest, at Richmond, Livingstone Co.,
tvhile he proceeded to build a log cabin. When this was complet-
ed, they continued their journey and took possession of the new
home. Since there was no school in that vicinity, she was sent
back to Greenfield to attend the common school, the only kind
available at that time. She remained until she was sixteen or
seventeen years old, not only to acquire as much education as
possible but because it was considered much safer for her there
than at home where bears and wolves were quits plentiful and
very bold and familiar. It is reported that they would some-
times approach close to the house, rear up, and look into the
windows with their hungry eyes. During the war of 1812 her
father was drafted and served his time in the Army.
After returning from school, she lived at home with her father
till her marriage. She died April 23, 1880 and lies in the Ever-
green Cemetery at Streetsboro by the side of her companion.
The following are the records of the births and deaths of the
children of Samuel Olin :
1. By Betsy Green.
1. Silas Olin, June 6, 1816— Sept., 1827.
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 39
2. Sophia Olin Pease. Aug. 28, 1818— March 2, 1851.
3. Alonzo Olin, May 18, 1820— Nov. 14, 1885.
4. Sarah Olin Cowley. Aug. 29, 1822— Dec. 28, 1863.
5. Elon Olin. July 28, 1825— April 3, 1895.
6. Bathana Olin. July 16, 1827— May 23, 1846.
7. Ezra Olin. 1829—1829.
8. Betsy Olin Price. Feb. 16, 1831— Dec. 28, 1901.
II. By Mercy Seymour.
1. Emily Olin Pease, Nov. 11, 1832— June 22, 1898.
2. Seymour Olin, Dec. 14 1834— Nov. 28, 1836.
3. Nathaniel Olin. Dec.27, 1837— Oct. 11, 1901.
4. Adelaide Olin Doolittle. Sept. 13, 1840— Oct. 12, 1913.
5. Martha Olin. Jan. 18, 1843— Sept. 19, 1858.
6. Mary Olin. April 2, 1846— Sept. 18, 1858.
7. Samuel Olin, Jan. 7, 1849. —
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Mr. John Pease
THE SOPHIA OLIN BRANCH.
Sophia Olin was born August 28, 1818, in Whitestown, N. Y.
Like many other girls of her time she received a very limited
education at school, but she knew all about spinning and the
manufacturing of cloth which was then considered of greatest
importance in a young woman's accomplishments.
She accompanied her parents in their removal to Ohio, and
remained with them until her marriage at her father's home in
Streetsboro, August 18, 1841, to John Pease, who was born in
Ostego County, N. Y., December 25, 1804, and died in Jefferson,
Ashtabula County, Ohio, February 25, 1885.
After her marriage her home was then on the farm her
husband owned located in the northeastern part of Streetsboro.
She died at her home there March 2, 1851. Her remains were
laid to rest in the cemetery at Streetsboro Center. She was the
mother of three children.
1. Emily B. Pease was born in Streetsboro, Portage County,
Ohio, April 23, 1845. After her mother's death her father
married again, and after a time sold the home in Streetsboro, and
moved to Jefferson, Ohio, where he purchased another and larger
farm. Her home was with her father until her marriage. Her
education was obtained at school in Jefferson, besides an attend-*
ance of part of two terms at select school in Austinburg.
October 1, 1873, she w^as married at her father's home to
John C. Burgett, who was born January 17, 1847, in Harpers-
field, Ohio. He was raised on the farm, his father being a
farmer. When old enough he was sent to the district school in
his native town, where he obtained his education.
After their marriage they resided six years in Harpersfield
on a farm they had purchased and which they continued to work.
At the end of that time they sold out and removed into the east
part of Lenox Township where they bought a farm of fifty-three
acres and where they lived at the time of her death, Dec. 24, 1905.
Her death was caused by a weak heart. She is buried in the
42 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF
West Cemetery at Lenox. John Burgett, her husband, still lives
on the old place and still farms it at the age of 83. They had
I. Henry John Burgett was born in Harpersfleld in Ashta-
bula Co., Feb. 17, 1875. He received his education in the Lenox
district school. With the exception of about two years, during
which time he worked for the greater part on farms in the neigh-
borhood, he remained at home with his parents till his marriage
to Lena Alvina Card on Oct. 9, 1895. She was born Feb. 20, 1876
in Lenox. Her father was a gunsmith and cooper. She attended
the Lenox school and Jefferson High School until prevented from
going further by the illness of her mother. She remained at
home until her marriage. After their marriage they lived with
her parents on the farm. They now own this farm and have
lived there ever since their marriage with the exception of three
years spent east of the Center. They have had two children :
1. Raymond Hubert Burgett was born in Lenox Feb. 15,
1897. After completing two years of high school work in Lenox,
he went to Williamsfield where he worked on a farm for a
summer after which he went to Girard where he worked in an oil
cloth factory for a half year. He then went to work on a farm
east of Jefferson after which he entered the employ of the
Packard' Co. of Warren, manufacturers of electrical goods. He
was engaged here until his marriage on Dec. 28 1918 to Edith
Parker. She was born Sept. 11, 1899 at East Trumbull. Ohio.
Her father was a farmer. She attended the grades in East
Trumbull and Rock Creek and attended Rock Creek High School
until she left for Andrew's Institute in Willoughby where she
finished a two year's business course. At the time of her
marriage she was a book-keeper and stenographer in Warren.
After their marriage they bought a farm in Lenox close to his
father's place where they are now living.
2. Claude Elmer Burgett was born in Lenox, May 28, 1899.
He completed the grades in Lenox and was graduated from
Jefferson High School in 1919. The following year he worked
at odd jobs in the neighborhood. He is now taking a course in
Electrical Engineering with the L C. S. and is at present
employed as an electrician in Ashtabula.
n. Alden Roy Burgett was born in Harpersfleld, March 12,
1877. After attending the district school in Lenox, he remained
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 43
at home with his parents till he was twenty years old when he
"started for himself." He worked out on a farm for two years
and then learned the blacksmith's trade in Jefferson where he
worked about a year. He then pursued his trade for a short
time in Eagleville, going from there to Cherry Valley for a brief
period, and then to Ashtabula where he stayed a year and a half.
Feeling that he had worked enuf for other people, he then set up
his own shop in Jefferson wjiere he stayed about two and a half
years. In this year, 1905, he left his trade of blacksmith and
went back to the farm, starting on a rented place east of Jeffer-
son. During the following ten years he rented farms in various
parts of the vicinity until in 1915 when he bought a farm in the
northeast part of Lenox where he now resides. On Oct. 2, 1900
he married Mary Wescott. She was born Sept. 27, 1879 in
Geneva, Pa. Her father was a farmer. She finished the grades
in Pennsylvania and took one year of special work in the Jeffer-
son High. They have had one child.
1. Cecil LeRoy Burgett was born Mar. 26, 1903. He has
completed the grades at Lenox and since then has been working
with his father on the farm with the exception of one summer
spent in a tannery in Ashtabula.
III. Nellie Irene Burgett was born Sept. 22, 1884 in Lenox,
0. She finished the grades at Lenox but was prohibited from
going further by the poor health of her mother. She remained at
home until her marriage on Jan. 1, 1910 to Charles Faulken-
BURG who was born at Geneva, Ohio, Dec. 6, 1883. His father
was a farmer. At the time of the death of his father, he was a
student at New Line Institute. He then assumed the manage-
ment of his father's place and was here occupied till the tim.e of
his marria:je. After their marriage, they lived with her father
for three years after which they moved to the farm of his mother
where they lived for two years. In 1915 they left this farm in
Cherry Valley and returned to her father's farm where they
lived for three years, again returning to his mother's place in
1918. They lived here in Cherry Valley for two years and then
bought a farm south of Dorset where they now live. They have
1. Lola Irene Faulkenburg was born Nov. 10, 1912.
2. Neal Jay Faulkenburg was born Dec. 8, 1916.
44 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF
2. Polly M. Pease was born in Streetsboro, Ohio, Oct. 17,
1846, and was hence only four years old when her mother died.
Her father married again while they lived in Streetsboro but
soon after his marriage they moved to Jefferson, Ohio.
Her home was with her father until her marriage at his home
to Nahum H. Ward, Dec. 20, 1866. He was born in Hinsdale,
Berkshire Co., Mass., Feb. 24, 1838. After their marriage they
moved to a farm in Lenox, Ohio, on which they lived about
eighteen months. They then bought another farm of 53 acres in
the same township. In 1898 they moved from the farm to the
city of Jefferson where he lived a retired life until his death,
Feb. 27, 1918.
Mrs, Ward then went to live with her daughter, Ina Sutherland,
in Birch Tree, Mo., where she remained until her death on Dec,
5, 1918. They had two children.
I. Ina Sophia Ward was born in Lenox Township, Ashtabula
Co., Ohio, March 2, 1867. She remained at home until her
marriage. Besides attending the district school she attended
in Jefferson about two years and also took a course in music.
She was married at her father's home, Oct. 31, 1888 to Benjamin
J. Sutherland who was born April 14, 1862 in Glen Allen,
Wellington Co., Canada. His father was a farmer there and
moved to Ashtabula Co., when he was about eight years old.
Here he had lived on a farm until he was of age. He then went
to Montcalm Co., Mich., where he worked at the barber's trade
for a time. In 1886 he returned to Ohio and purchased a farm
of 83 acres in Denmark Township, Ashtabula Co. but later
moved to her father's farm in Lenox. This place was then sold
and they moved to the city of Ashtabula where he was employed
as a railroad contractor. In 1900 he went into the lumber and
stave business in Lenox.
In 1911 he moved to Birch Tree, Mo., where he purchased a
hardware, furniture, and implement store which he operated
until 1920 when he was forced to sell because of ill health result-
ing from too close confinement. He is now engaged in the lumber
business and is also an agent for John Deere tractors. They
have two children.
1. Lunetta Alice Sutherland was born in Lenox, Ohio,
Oct. 17, 1890. After completing the second year of the Jefferson
High School she spent some time in the Jefferson Educational
Institute. She then learned the trade of milliner and was thus
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 45
employed until she moved with her parents to Missouri. In 1912
she entered Springfield Business College and graduated from the
stenographic course in August, 1918, after which she worked
four years as a stenographer.
In 1917 she was married to Evert A. Britain of Republic, Mo.
Mr. Britain was born in Republic, Mo., July 24, 1879 and was
the eldest son of E. H. Britain, a farmer and brick contractor of
Greene Co., Missouri. Mr. Evert Britain had received his educa-
tion in the Republic High School and had then entered the
mercantile business at Republic where he was employed until
about 1905 when he became a traveling salesman in which bus-
iness he was engaged at the time of his marriage.
In August 1917 they moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where he was
employed by the Gypsy Oil Co. as foreman in the material depart-
ment. He was then transferred from Tulsa to Yale, Okla., and
later in 1918 to ElDorado, Kan. He then left the employ of the
Gypsy Oil Co. and became district foreman for the White Oil Co.
This company then transferred him to Peabody, Kans., where he
is now employed as Division Superintendent. They have no
2. Lottie Allene Sutherland was born in Ashtabula, Ohio,
March 8, 1893. Her education was received in the grades at
Rowenton and Jefferson. Her high school education was obtain-
ed in Jefferson and the Lenox Centralized Schools until the fourth
year which was received in Ashtabula. In 1911 she moved with
her parents to Birch Tree, Mo., where she was employed in her
father's store. In 1912 she entered the Springfield Business
College of Springfield, Mo., where she took a course in type-
writing and stenotyping. In 1913 after one year in the business
college she returned to Birch Tree where she entered a lawyer's
oflftce as stenographer and then later served as public stenog-
rapher. In 1915 her health failed her and two months were
spent in the Southwest Hospital at Springfield, Mo. On June 3,
1917 she was married at Birch Tree, Mo. to Edward D. Renegar
who was born Aug. 1, 1896 in Birch Tree, Mo. After receiving
his education in Birch Tree he spent some years on a ranch in
After their marriage they went to St. Louis, Mo. in Sept., 1917
returning to Birch Tree in 1918 where he entered the employ of
his father-in-law. The fall of the following year he went to
Wichita, Kansas where he was employed as a pumper in the
46 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF
Shumway oil fields but was later called back by the ill health of
his father-in-law to take charge of the store. After the store
was sold in 1920 he entered the employ of the John Deere Imple-
ment Co. as a tractor demonstrator but is at present engaged in
the operation of a wholesale and retail feed and flour store in
Birch Tree. They have no children.
II. Fred Ward was born in Lenox, Ohio, Jan., 4, 1870. He
attended the district school near home and then two years at high
school in Jefferson, graduating from the commercial course in
1892. In 1894 he married Hattie Flickinger of Lenox, Ohio.
After spending one year with his father on the farm he entered
the mercantile business in Footville where he remained for five
years. He then moved to Ashtabula where he clerked in a hard-
ware store for two years, after which he bought a grocery store
in Akron, Ohio which he operated until 1908. Because of domes-
tic trouble he sold his business and divorced his wife in this year
after which he went to Springfield, Mo., where he engaged in
On Oct., 16, 1910 he married Daisy Schneider of Billings, Mo.
In 1912 he bought a farm of 160 acres near Birch Tree, Mo. where
he now lives. They have five children. '^
1. Dee Etta May Ward was born Oct., 3, 1911.
2. Nahum Lee Ward was born July 17, 1913.
3. Fred Ward. Jr. was born Feb. 19, 1916.
4. Earl M. Ward wr.s born April 9, 1918.
5. Jessie M. Ward vvrs born Oct. 17, 1920.
3. George W. Pease was born in Streetsboro, Ohio, Feb. 20,
1851, only a few days before his mother died. His home was
wTth his father during his short life which ended Oct. 27, 1870.
Genealogy of the Sophia Olin Branch
Sophia Olin* — John Pease*
1. Emily Pease* — John Burgett
I. LIenry Burgett — Lena Card
1. Raymond Burgett — Edith Parker
2. Claude Buegett
II. Alden Burgett — Mary Wescot
j. Cecil Burgett
III. Nellie Burgett — Charles Faulkenburg
1. Lola Faulkenburg
the samuel olin family 47
2. Neal Faulkenburg
Polly Pease* — Nahum Ward*
I. Ina Ward — Benjamin Sutherland
1. LuNETTA Sutherland — Evert A. Britain
2. Lottie Sutherland — Edward Renegar
II. Fred Ward — Hattie Flickinger (divorced) — Daisy
1. Dee Ward 4. Earl Ward
2. Nahum Ward 5. Jessie Ward
3. Fred W^ard. Jr.
*Indicates members who are dead.
THE ALONZO OLIN BRANCH.
Alonzo Olin was born in Perry, Wyoming Co., N. Y., May
18, 1820. In his youth there seemed to be no time he could be
well spared to attend school and consequently his education was
very limited consisting principally of those practical lessons
which he learned on the farm, in teaming, logging, or helping in
clearing up the new land. His time was thus occupied at home
until he was married. When his father moved to Ohio, he drove
one of the teams that was loaded with the household effects.
Upon his arriving at age, he still continued to work at home for
nearly a year and a half. Besides his board and clothing, for
this extra time he received ten dollars per month for the last
three months' labor. After a little preparation he returned to
Perry with only twenty-five dollars in his pocket, where, on
October 12, 1842, he was married to Elmira B. Squiers, who was
born in Perry, Wyoming County, N. Y., July 17 1824. She had
always resided in Perry up to that time. After she was four-
teen years old she worked out and supported herself, the wages
she received being one dollar per week.
After their marriage, and when ready to return to Ohio, their
uncle, Asa Olin, in consideration of having his expenses paid,
took them and what few things they had in his wagon to their
place of destination in Streetsboro, Ohio. Their provisions for
the journey they took along with them and at noon and night
they would stop on the way at "taverns" where they prepared
their own meals. This seemed to be the usual way of traveling
in those days, there being no railroads then west of Buffalo,
The first six months they lived in a little log house, in which
also lived another family; their room was small; so was the
number of their household utensils, they having brought them all
in a box three feet square. Four years they rented land of their
father Olin, giving him one-third of what was raised ; yet during
all that time they had not succeeded in saving anything, as their
crops were very short. One year he had the use of twelve acres
50 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF
for clearing off the brush and logs that were on it. A good deal
of hard work was necessary to get it sown to wheat, but when the
harvest came he received only fifty-six bushels, worth fifty-five
or fifty-six cents per bushel.
His first purchase of land was a piece in the south part of
'Streetsboro, containing forty-five acres, for which he was to pay
$600; but with the work of clearing up his land, and the many
necessary expenses constantly arising, he was not able to meet
liis payments on time. Finally, however, the last $100 was paid
from the proceeds of his team, which he sold to meet the pay-
In 1851, he bought what was known as the "Clark place," —
one hundred acres — for $1,300. He had but $20 to pay down on
this purchase, and it took him nine years to meet the last pay-
ment, which was met by again selling his team, and then getting
trusted for another one. Although the greater part of his life
had passed before he gained much progress in a financial way,at
his death he was the possessor of 224 acres of land, a good home
and pleasant surroundings.
In speaking of the early days of their married life, his wife
said that while Alonzo was busy with his work on the farm, she
was equally busy with hers in the house. During the first year
of their married life, besides doing her regular housework, she
spun yarn to make seventy-six yards of linen and forty-six yards
of woolen cloth.
He possessed in a large degree the Olin characteristics, for
he was honest, industrious, temperate, social and friendly, and
at last, when from long failing health he was laid upon his bed
of sickness, many were the friends who came to inquire of his
condition and to express their heartfelt sympathy. Surrounded
by his children, while still by his side stood his faithful compan-
ion, his spirit took its flight, November 14, 1885. He was buried
in Evergreen cemetery, near the old homestead in Streetsboro.
After his death Mrs. Olin lived at the old home until her death
with the exception of the intervals when spent visiting the child-
ren. In 1908 while visiting her son James at Cambellsport she
suffered a relapse from a previous stroke of paralysis and from
this attack never recovered. She died after an illness of five
weeks on Nov. 4, 1908. Alonzo and Elmira Olin were the
parents of six children.
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 51
1st. James E. Olin was born in the township of Streetsl)oro
Poi-tage County, Ohio, October 14, 1844.
As soon as he became large enough he assisted his father in his
farm work until he became of age. His education was obtained
at the district school near his home with a few terms in attend-
ance at the Earlville district school.
A few summers after he became of age, he worked out by the
month. March 17, 1869, he was married at her father's home
in Streetsboro, Ohio, to Susan J. Bradley, who was born Feb-
ruary 7, 1847, in the same township in which she was married.
She patronized the district school, and there obtained her educa-
After his marriage, in company with his brother Arthur, they
rented their Uncle Nathaniel Olin's farm in Streetsboro, on which
they lived end worked nearly two years. He then rented and
worked his father Bradley's farm for the next two years. From
there they moved into Brimfield Township on a farm which he
had rented for a year.
In March, 1873, he purchased a farm in company with his
brother, in the north part of Franklin, on which they resided and
worked until the spring of 1882 ; he had in the meantime pur-
chased his brother's interest. He then sold his farm and moved
into a house owned by S. P. Merrill, north of Earlville, for whom
he worked about a year. While there he had the misfortune to
break one of his limbs.
The summer of 1883 he worked his brother's farm east of Kent,
and in the fall of the same year he purchased a farm of 119 acres
in Ravenna Township where he lived the remainder of his life.
He belonged to the Portage Co. Horticultural Society and served
as its President for one year. He was particularly interested
in stock breeding and specialized in Polled Angus cattle.
In the spring of 1915 his health began to fail and continued to
do so until November 1916 when he was forced to take to his bed.
Here after an illness of two weeks he died of diabetes Nov. 20,
1916. Mrs. Olin is still living and makes her home with the
children. James and Susan Olin were the parents of six children.
I. Elmira p. Olin was born in Streetsboro, 0., Oct. 12, 1870.
For a number of seasons she attended the district schools after
which she remained at home assisting her mother in the cares of
the household. She remained at home until she was twenty-five
years of age with the exception of short absences while following
52 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF
her trade as modiste. On Mar. 4, 1896 she was married to Bur-
ton John Wilhard of Ravenna, son of John Henry Williard, a
Ravenna farmer. He v^as born Oct. 12, 1868. After graduating
from the Ravenna High School, he had attended one year the col-
lege at Ada, 0. but at the time of their marriage had been
engaged in farming for his father. After their marriage, they
lived on his father's farm which he managed for seven years.
In 1903 they moved to Streetsboro where he managed the Alonzo
Olin farm for two years and in 1905 he bought a farm two miles
west of Ravenna where they have lived ever since. They are
members of the Ravenna Grange and have had Jersey cows as
their chief agricultural interest. They have had three children.
1. Marjory Elmira Williard was born Mar. 14, 1897 on the
old farm west of Ravenna. She graduated from the Ravenna
High in 1916 and during the following winter was a student at
Oberlin College. She has since been in attendance at Ohio State
University where she is specializing in chemistry.
2. Howard Olin Williard was born Dec. 25, 1899 and died
from diphtheria after an illness of two weeks May 8, 1915.
3. Dorothy Emeline Williard was born May 15, 1904 and
is now in her sophomore year in Ravenna High.
II. Edwin A. Olin was born May 14, 1873 in Franklin Town-
ship. After completing the grades at Campbellsport he worked
for two summers for his Uncle Arthur after which he worked on
the home place until his marriage to Dillie Ludwick on Dec. 30,
1896. She was the daughter of Isaac Ludwick, a farmer of
Campbellsport, and was born Nov. 30, 1874. Since their mar-
riage he had been employed on farms in the vicinity of Atwater
for the greater part of the time and since 1919 has been in the
employ of Robert Whittlesey of Atwater. They have one son.
1. Ray Olin was born Sept. 11, 1897.
III. Erwin G. Olin was a twin brother of Edwin and was born
May 14, 1873. After completing his education, he stayed at
home for several years helping his father on the farm. He then
worked several years for his cousin, Clarence Doolittle. While
there he was seized with pneumonia and was brought home as
quickly as possible but medical skill proved of no avail and after
five days he died on Jan. 30, 1902.
IV. Gertie B. Olin was born Sept. 12, 1879 in Franklin Town-
ship. After finishing the district school in Campbellsport she
remained at home till her marriage to Lute Merrill of Ravenna on
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 53
June 27, 1900. His father was Frank Men-ill, a blacksmith ])y
trade. Mr. Merrill had been helping his grandfather on the
farm before his marriage, but after that date he entered the
employ of the Byers Machine Shop Co. of Ravennna as a machin-
ist. Here he stayed for about fifteen years when he bought a
small farm which he manages in the summer while during the
winter he does interior decorating. They have two children.
1. Edythe Vera Merrill was born Aug. 17, 1901. She was
graduated from the Ravenna Township High School in 1919.
For three summers she has taken normal work at the Kent State
Normal College and the school year of 1919-1920 taught the
primary grades in the Campbellsport School.
2. Roy Olin Merrill was born Sept. 20, 1906 and is now a
student in the Ravenna Township High School.
V. Myrtie Emily Olin was born in Franklin Township Sept.
16, 1883. She completed the grades at Campbellsport and then
remained at home until her marriage to John Whittaker of
Ravenna on March 29, 1912. His father was Frank Whittaker,
a Ravenna farmer. John Whittaker was born Dec. 22, 1882
and was a farmer by profession. After their marriage, he
managed the farm of his father until the death of the latter, con-
tinuing there till 1920 at which time he sold this farm. They
are now renting her father's farm. They have three children.
1. Francis Mae Whittaker was born Jan. 20, 1913.
2. Elmina Susan Whittaker was born Aug. 9, 1916.
8. Margaret Emily Whittaker was born June 13, 1918.
VI. Charles Elon Olin was born in Ravenna, Dec. 24, 1889.
After completing the grades at Campbellsport, he worked for his
father on the farm until of age and then rented the farm. On
Sept. 9, 1914 he was married to Minerva Yost, daughter of John
Yost, a machinist of Ravenna. Before her marriage she was
employed in the woolen mills of Ravenna. After their marriage
they continued on the old farm until the spring of 1919 when they
moved to Garretsville. Here they bought a farm and now live.
They have two children.
1. Floyd James Olin was born Sept. 27, 1915.
2. Clarence Woodrow Olin was born Jan. 21, 1918.
54 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF
2nd. Arthur S. Olin was born in Streetsboro, Ohio, August
12, 1846. He remained with his father until he was twenty-two
years old, being in poor health the last six months of the time.
He then hired out to work on a farm for a time. Then, in
company with his brother James he rented and worked his uncle's
farm in Streetsboro. He then worked his father's farm one sum-
mer. After his return from a six month's trip in the West, he
bought a farm in company with his brother James, which they
owned together about three years ; he then sold his interest to
his brother. He then rented and worked his father's farm five
years. In the meantime he had purchased a farm in the south-
east part of Franklin township. While he was yet on his father's
farm he was married, March 20, 1878, to Ella Dunning at her
father's home in Kent.
She was born in Rootstown Station, Portage Co., Oct. 16, 1860.
Her home was with her father with the exception of three years
immediately after the death of her mother, which time she lived
with her grandmother. She attended school in Kent and im-
proved her opportunities so well that when she was but fifteen
years old she taught a term of school in Streetsboro.
After their marriage they lived on their rented place in Streets-
boro two years or un^"il Jan. 21, 1880 when they moved to their
own farm of 100 acres in Franklin Township on which they had
already built a new house. Here they lived till February 1897
when they moved to Kent, his ill health having caused him to
retire from the farm. Here they lived until his death, caused by
kidney trouble, which occurred Oct. 14, 1905.
Mrs. Olin continued to live in Kent till her marriage to Samuel
Olin for which see the Samuel Olin Branch. Arthur and Ella Olin
had five daughters, the eldest, however, being a member of the
family by adoption.
I. Edna May Olin was born in Shalersville, 0., Dec. 7, 1879.
She was educated in the Kent Schools and after completing her
work in the Kent High School, she entered the Actual Business
College of Akron where she took a six month's course in stenog-
raphy. She then entered the employ of the Akron Wholesale
Grocery Co. where she worked until 1908 when she became an
employee of the Timken Axle Co. of Canton where she worked as
stenographer until her marriage on June 23, 1910 to Gustave
Waldorf Carlson who was born in Sweden Oct. 10, 1884. He
came with his parents to Hartford, Conn, when he was 12 years
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 55
old. He is by profession an engineer. After their marriage,
they lived in Detroit where Mr. Carlson was in the employ of
the Timken Co. until Feb. 1920 when they came to Cleveland,
where he is now the chief engineer for the Torbenson Axle Co.
Their address is 2745 Hampshire Road, Cleveland, O.
II. Ethel Marie Olin was born Dec. 12, 1882. She completed
the grades in Franklin Township but because of defective hear-
ing has spent all her life at home with her mother.
III. Metta Almira Olin was born Jan. 23, 1885. She was
graduated from the Kent High School in 1902 after which she
taught two years at Streetsboro. She then entered the Kent
Public Schools as teacher of grade number one and has been
teaching there ever since. In the winter and summer, however,
she improved her spare time by taking the winter extension
courses and the summer courses in the Kent State College and
was graduated in 1920 from the Normal School Course for Pri-
mary Teachers. She has been particularly interested in Sunday
School work and in addition to being pianist for the Universalist
S. S. of Kent is Principal of the Central Primary School.
IV. Mabel Ann Olin was born August 21, 1887 and died
March 10, 1890.
V. Nina D. Olin was born August 29, 1889. After going
three years to the Kent High School she was prohibited from
going further by a nervous breakdown which necessitated a com-
plete rest from school work. After this enforced vacation of two
years, however, she "got back into the game" and began teaching
in the schools of Ravenna Township. After teaching here for
two years, she began teaching in the Ravenna Schools, — one year
in the third grade and six years i n the first and second grades.
On Jan. 18, 1919 she was married to Walter H. Wilhelm of
Chillicothe, 0. Mr. Wilhelm was born Oct. 20, 1889 and at the
time of his marriage was a foreman for the Davy Tree Expert
Co. of Kent. Since their marriage they have been living at White
Plains, N. Y. where he is foreman of the branch office. They
have one child.
1. Reoberta Ann Wilhelm was born Aug. 27, 1920.
3rd. Charles H. Olin was born in Streetsboro, 0., Jan 10,
1849 and died Sept. 28, 1850.
56 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF
4th. John Olin was born Oct. 17, 1851 in Streetsboro. He
remained on the old farm until he was twenty three years old.
During his early years he was sent, as were the rest, to the
district school ; but not satisfied with the instruction he was able
to obtain there he attended two terms of High School, one term
being at Mt. Union College. The first year after he became of
age he worked for wages but the next year worked his father's
farm on shares.
November 4, 1874, he was married by Rev. Andrew Willson
at his residence in Kent, to Julia Ellsworth, who was born in
Streetsboro Township, December 21, 1853. Her parents having
a family of six children, and being somewhat in limited circum-
stances, she sought a home in other families when she was four-
teen years old, and thus supported herself until she was married.
The spring following their marriage they lived on his brother
Arthur's farm in Franklin, which he worked five years, then
went back into the southwest part of Streetsboro and worked a
rented farm two years. At the expiration of that time he bought
a farm of eighty acres near the center of Stowe Township, Por-
tage County, which was his home until his death on April 1, 1901,
the cause being acute indigestion. Mrs. Olin later marrieed
James B. Paulus on Sept. 24, 1910 but died a few months later
from heart disease on her fifty-seventh birthday Dec. 21, 1910.
John and Julia Olin had one daughter.
I. Hattie E. Olin was born Jan. 29, 1879, in Franklin Town-
ship. She graduated from the Kent High School in 1897 and
then remained at home until her marriage on March 26, 1902 to
George John Miller, who was born Sept. 15, 1877 in Dayton,
Ky. Both he and his father, John Miller, were farmers. The
first year after their marriage they were on the Southmaid Farm
a mile north of Stowe Center. They then moved to her father's
farm where they stayed for three years, after which they bought
a place adjoining her father's. Here they lived for five years
when they sold out and moved back to her father's farm where
they now live. He is a successful farmer and is now a member
of the Stowe Board of Education. They have had three children.
1. Un-named child, dead at birth, April 20, 1905.
2. Helen Lucile Miller was born April 10, 1907 and is now
in attendance at the Stowe School.
3. Un-named child, dead at birth, a twin of Helen Lucile, April
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 57
5th. Julia C. Olin was born in Streetsboro, July 6, 1854.
Death, caused by diphtheria, came May 6, 1863.
6th. Frank D. Olin was born in the old home in the south-
east part of Streetsboro Township May 26, 1857. He lived on
the farm where he was reared until the time of his marriage with
the exception of about fifteen months, six of which were passed
on a visit in the West and the remainder while working for his
uncle, N. S. Olin. His education he obtained principally at the
district school with the addition of one year spent in Kent when
he was nineteen years old. On arriving at age he worked for his
brother Arthur who was then farming the home place. It was
at this time that his visit to the West was made. Shortly after
his return he was married to SuSAN A. West on March 28, 1882
at her father's home in Franklin Township. She was born in
Franklin, Venango Co., Penn., Feb. 9, 1856. She was about
eight years old when her parents moved into the western part of
Franklin Township, Portage Co., Ohio which place was her home
until her marriage with the exception of one summer when she
was employed away from home. Her education she obtained at
the district school.
After their marriage they rented his father's place and moved
there in April 1882. Here they stayed exactly twenty years or
until April 1902 when they left the old place for a new home one
mile from Kent, — a farm of about 80 acres, — where they now
live. He feels that they have earned a bit of a vacation and since
leaving the old place they have taken off some months for a holi-
day. The summer of 1913 they took a trip to Atlantic City and
the East, and a part of the winter of 1913-1914 was spent in
California. He has served two years as trustee and four years
as assessor of Franklin Township. During the World War he
was one of the local representatives of the Food Administration.
He has also been President of the Portage Co. Horticultural
Society for two years. Most of the farm has been sold for town
lots in Kent, but the remainder he still farms. They have had
I. Tina Belle Olin was born in Streetsboro, Sept. 15, 1883.
She died Sept. 26, 1883 and was buried in Standing Rock Cem-
II. Fern Delle Olin was born Sept. 21, 1889 in Streetsboro,
Ohio. She was educated in the district school and in Streetsboro
58 - BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF
and was in her senior year in the Kent High School when her
eyes failed her and required her to stop her school work. She
remained at home with her parents till her marriage on Nov. 10,
1910 to Lewell B. Field of Stowe, the son of Nelson Field.
After their marriage they moved into a house adjoining that of
her father and here they lived for three and a half years.
During part of this time, he managed the farm of her father and
during the remainder of this period he was managing a saw mill
at Mantua. In 1914 they moved to Otsego, Ohio where in con-
junction with a partner he operated a saw mill and lumber bus-
iness. Here they remained about a year and a half. At this
time Mrs. Field returned to the home of her parents where she
has been living ever since with the exception of three years spent
in domestic employment in the vicinity of Kent and Ravenna.
She was given a decree of divorce from her husband in the spring
of 1919. They have had one son.
1. Frank Nelson Field was born in Kent, May 29, 1913.
Genealogy of the Alonzo Olin Branch.
Alonzo Olin* — Elmira Squiers*
1. James Olin* — Susan Bradley
I. Elmira Olin — Burton Williard
1. Marjory Williard
2. Howard Williard*
3. Dorothy Williard
II. Edwin Olin — Dillie Ludwick
1. Ray Olin
III. Erwin Olin*
IV. Gertie Olin — Lute Merrill
1. Edythe Merrill
2. Roy Merrill
V. Myrtie Olin — John Whittaker
1. Francis Whittaker
2. Elmina Whittaker
3. Margaret Whittaker
VI. Charles Olin — Minerva Yost
1. Floyd Olin
2. Clarence Olin
the samuel olin family 59
2. Arthur Olin*— Ella Dunning
I.Edna Olin (adopted)— Gustave Carlson
II. Ethel Olin
III. Metta Olin
IV. Mabel Olin*
V. Nina Olin — Walter Wilhelm
1. Reoberta Wilhelm
'3. Charles Olin*
4. John Olin* — Julia Ellsworth*
I. Hattie Olin — George Miller
1. Un-named child*
2. and 3. Helen Miller and un-named child*
5. Julia Olin*
6. Frank Olin — Susan West
I. Tina Olin*
II. Fern Olin — Lewell Fild
1. Frank Field
'^Indicates members who are dead.
THE SARAH OLIN BRANCH.
Sarah J. Olin, daughter of Samuel and Betsy Olin, was born
in Whitestown, Oneida County, N. Y., August 29, 1822. Her
early life was passed in a similar manner to that of other girls of
her time, attending to household duties when large enough, be-
sides spinning and weaving which was carried on very consider-
ably then. Her duties she performed faithfully and well, and
until her marriage she was continually found at her father's
home, doing whatever she could. May 4, 1844, she was married
at her home in Streetsboro, Ohio, to William Cowley who was
born April 27, 1815, in the town of Moulton, Lincolnshire,
England. His parents were poor honest tillers of the soil living
as tenants on land called the fens or marsh, which had been re-
claimed from the west shore of the North Sea.
He remained with his parents assisting them in their labors
until he was nineteen years old ; he then went to work for a neigh-
bor and remained two years for which he received the first year,
£ 9, and the second year £ 11, or $55. On becoming of age and
having a dislike for the rules and rites of the Church of England,
and also desiring to possess a home among the free and indepen-
dent people of America, he accordingly, on the first of May, 1836,
embarked from Liverpool as a passenger on a sailing vessel
bound for New York, where he landed on the nineteenth of June,
without sufficient money to pay for a night's lodging. Wander-
ing along the wharves he came to a canal boat loaded with hay ;
this he used for a lodging place, using his satchel for a pillow.
The next morning he borrowed fifteen dollars from his friend
who had accompanied him from England, and the two concluded
to go up the Hudson River as far as Albany. After their arrival
in Albany they started on foot for Stockbridge, Mass., where he
worked in a stone quarry the rest of the summer. The following
winter he went to Philadelphia where he followed the same occu-
pation until spring. He then returned to Massachusetts, stopp-
ing at Lee, where he worked by the month as a farm hand until
62 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF
the fall of 1838. Hearing that land was cheaper in the West he
accordingly started westward. Arriving in Albany he took
passage on the Erie Canal paying his way by assisting in driving
team. On his arrival in Buffalo, he took passage on a sail boat
for Toledo, Ohio, and then traveled on foot into Mercer County
where he found work for the winter grading on the Miami Canal.
It was while there that he made his first purchase of a small tract
of land, but kept it only a short time. Not liking the country
at that point, he ggain started out, this time for the Western
Reserve, where after his arrival he worked for two summers on
a farm. In the winter time he would thresh grain with a flail
for farmers. In the spring of 1841, he hired out to work for
Samuel Olin in Streetsboro, where he remained about three years.
After his marriage he settled on a farm in the south part of
Streetsboro, to which occasionally a piece was added until the
farm numbered 482 acres, most of which he cleared and im-
Sarah J. Cowley died December 28, 1863, and was buried in
Evergreen cemetery in Streetsboro.
On January 8, 1867, William Cowley was married to Chloe
Brockway, a daughter of Timothy and Francis Brockway of
Trumbull County, Ohio. William Cowley died at his home in
Streetsboro, January 30, 1888, and was laid to rest in Evergreen
cemetery. William and Sarah J. Cowley were the parents of
1st. Henry B. Cowley was born in Streetsboro, Portage
County, Ohio, April 17, 1845, where in the old home on the farm
he grew to manhood. He remained at home until the fall of 1867,
when he hired out to work for his grandfather Olin a year. Then
after a visit into Michigan, he rented one of his father's farms to
work on shares. November 3, 1870, he was married in Ravenna,
Ohio to Ella A. Cooper who was born Oct. 18, 1851 in Aurora,
Portage Co., Ohio. She was also reared on a farm since farming
was her father's chief occupation. She received a common school
education and at the time of her marriage had taught several
terms of school. She was residing at Streetsboro Center at the
time of her marriage. After their marriage they settled on a
portion of the old homestead which he farmed in connection with
120 acres additional. Here they lived till Dec. 1902 when they
rented the farm and moved to Kent where they first rented a
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 63
home on Carthage Ave. Later, after the old farm was sold in
1909, they bought a home at 219 Lake St. where they lived till
his death on Nov. 23, 1919, which followed fivs v/eeks of suffer-
ing caused by a broken shoulder and hip, — injuries received in
a fall. His interest in public affairs resulted in his being chosen
for various positions of trust. He was both real estate and per-
sonal property assessor. He served on the school board for more
than 20 years. He was also justice of the peace in Streetsboro
for one term. Mrs. Olin still lives in the Lake St. home. They
had no children.
2nd. William Cowley. Jr. was born February 28, 1847, in
the township of Streetsboro, Ohio. He lived at home with his
father until he was twenty years of age. The district school
furnished him the means of an education, which he attended
during winter terms only, after he w^as eight years old. Upon
his leaving home he engaged to work out by the month, the
greater part of the time on a farm.
When W. W. Russell moved to Michigan he drove team there
for him. On his return he worked for Roswell Stone of Streets-
boro, on the farm. Before the end of his second year's service
he was married to the daughter of his employer. Miss Olive
Stone, on September 22, 1869. She was born in Streetsboro,
Ohio, September 10, 1854. They remained at her father's home
after they were married.
After leaving their Father Stone's they went to Hudson, where
he was employed in a box factory the next six months. He then
moved into a house on his father's farm in Streetsboro and
worked for him a year. He then engaged at work in many
different places, among which may be mentioned the railroad
shops at Kent and in Cleveland. He also worked during this
period for about two years on the farm of N. D. Peck of Streets-
boro Center. One year he resided in Stowe Township on a small
place he had purchased. After selling there he returned to
Streetsboro again. April 17, 1889 he moved into a house he had
built upon land which he had inherited from his father's estate
near the south line of Streetsboro. Here they lived till about
1900 when they moved over to her father's farm which she had
recently inherited. Mr. and Mrs. Cowley were unfortunately
not temperamentally compatible and in 1903 she secured a decree
of divorce. The following three years he worked for the C. and
64 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF
P. R. R. on bridge construction work, living part of the time
alone and part of the time with his daughter Minnie in Kent.
Never being free from the wanderlust, in 1906 he left for Iowa
where his daughter Agnes was living in LaPorte City. Here
he stayed about five years running a repair shop and assisting
his son-in-law in the livery business. He then returned to Kent
where for two years he did repair work and also conducted a
small fish market. In 1913 he again left for Iowa where he
stayed till 1917 in which year he returned to the vicinity of Kent.
For two years he lived with relatives spending most of this period
with his sister, Emma Elliman, and his son, Edwin. In 1919
feeling that he did not wish to be a burden to his children, and
realizing that he would doubtless enjoy himself better among
other "rolling stones", he applied for admission to the Portage
Co. Infirmary where he now lives. Mr. Cowley undoubtedly
possessed exceptional inventive ability but an ignorance of bus-
iness methods and a lack of the proper scientific knowledge has
prohibited him from realising any financial gains from his in-
ventive turn of mind. Tradition, however, credits him with the
invention of the M. C. B. car coupler, the patent corn binder, and
many other inventions. He is the father of ten children.
I. Edwin 0. Cowley was born in Streetsboro, Jan. 4, 1870.
He attended school until he was thirteen years old. From that
time until he was 23 years of age he worked either at home or on
some of the neighboring farms. In 1893 he began working as
packer and night-clerk in charge of the shipping department for
the Cleveland Hardware Co. In 1899 he was placed in charge
of one of the company's warehouses where he was employed until
1904 when his health began to fail. He then left the city and
returned to Kent where he worked for his brother-in-law on the
farm, but after a year, his health being better, he returned to
Cleveland and entered the employ of the Brown-House Machine
Conveying Co. where he had charge of delivering material in the
checking and sorting department. After working here two years
he again went back to the farm, this time working for 0. H.
Green near Streetsboro. Here he stayed for a half year.
On March 6, 1907 he married Caroline Susan Eckman of
Schenley, Pa. Her father was Andrew L. Eckman, a farmer.
At the time of her marriage she was employed as a nurse in the
home of Arthur Stanton. After their marriage, he rented the
old homestead (the William Cowley farm) and was there for six
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 65
years or until 1913. He then bought a farm a mile southeast of
Kent where he still lives. The first two years here on this farm
he also worked as a carpenter and foreman of road construction
work. The last five years in addition to managing his farm he
has been working for the Fall Rivet Co. of Kent, They have no
II. Cora E. Cowley was born in Streetsboro, March 20, 1872.
She remained at home until she was sixteen and then entered
domestic service in which she was employed until her marriage
on Dec. 20. 1893 to William E. Corbett of Shalersville. He was
born Nov. 18, 1865 and was the son of Peter Corbett, a farmer.
He was a carpenter by trade but after his marriage he kept a
meat market for a few months in Mantua. Since that time, how-
ever, they have lived in Shalersville where he owns a small farm
and pursues his trade of carpenter and stone mason. They have
had two children.
1. Paul Nathaniel Corbett was born Jan. 17, 1898 in
Shalersville. He completed the sophomore year in the Shalers-
ville High School in 1917 and then began working for the State
Highway Commission on road construction work. He entered
the employ of the Buckeye Chair Co. of Ravenna as a hand-wood-
worker in 1920 and has been there since.
2. LiLA Mable Corbet was born Oct. 29, 1902 in Shalersville.
She has been at home with her mother having just completed her
second year in the Shalersville High School.
III. Sarah Agnes Cowley was born in Hudson, Ohio, Nov. 22,
1873. When about 18 years of age she went to Rowan, Iowa and
was there married on July 20, 1893 to Austin Wilbur Cowley who
was born in LaPorte City, Iowa, Nov. 15, 1872. He was a farmer
by trade and the year after their marriage they moved to a farm
near LaPorte City. Here they lived till 1899 when he entered
the meat business in Mount Auburn, Iowa. After seven years
at this business he entered the livery business where he remained
for six years. He then returned to the farm where they lived
till 1917 when, because of his wife's illness, they came to town.
Here in LaPorte City Mrs. Cowley died of cancer, April 2, 1920.
Mr. Cowley is now living in Waterloo, Iowa. They had four
1. Myrtle May Cowley was born July 5, 1894, at Rowan,
Iowa. She attended school until she was sixteen years of age
after which she remained at home until her marriage, Feb. 18,
66 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF
1914 toArch E. Sheffler of La Porte City, Iowa. He was born at
Creighton, Nebraska, June 22, 1888 and is the son of Henry
Sheffler, a farmer. Immediately after their marriage they
moved to a farm near La Porte City where they now reside.
They have had one child.
a. Lloyd James Sheffler was born Oct. 1, 1916 at LaPorte
2. Mabel Irene Cowley was born in Mount Auburn, Iowa,
July 29, 1895. She completed the grades in the Mt. Auburn
public schools and then moved with her parents to LaPorte City,
Iowa. On July 29, 1913 she married Fred A. Harris, a veterin-
ary physician, who was born at Webster City, Iowa. He was the
youngest son of Fred A. and Naomi Harris. Mrs. Harris is a
member of the Methodist Church and has frequently served her
church as organist. They now reside at New Hartford, Iowa.
They have one child, an adopted daughter.
a. Ruth Marie Harris was born Oct. 30, 1916.
3. Elsie Viola Cowley was born at Mt. Auburn, Jan. 6, 1899.
Her education was obtained at the Mt. Auburn Schools and the
LaPorte City High School, from which latter school she grad-
uated in 1918. She then took a seven months course in the
Gates Business College of Waterloo, Iowa. May 27, 1919 she
was married to Lloyd E. Walker of Sumner, Iowa, son of Mark
Walker. He was born near Sumner, Iowa and received his
education in the Sumner High School. He has followed the auto
repair business with the exception of some months spent as a
"trouble shooter" in the U. S. Air Service during the World War.
At present he is employed in Dike, Iowa.
4. Lola Lucile Cowley was born at Mt. Auburn, Iowa, Aug.
10, 1903, where she lived until 1909 when her parents moved to
LaPorte City, Iowa. She completed the work of the ninth grade
but was kept from going further by the poor health of her
mother. Nov. 27, 1920 she was married to Floyd William Man-
beck of Shenandoah, Iowa. He was born May 21, 1895 and was
graduated from the Shenandoah High School in 1916. From
July 1916 to March 1917 he served on the Mexican border and
during the World War was with the 168th. Infantry, 42nd.
(Rainbow) Division from July 15, 1917 to May 16, 1918. He
was 18 months overseas and 4 months with the Army of Occupa-
tion. The fall of 1919 he entered Iowa State University and
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY (57
U. of ^Minnesota the fall of 1920 but is at present managing a
farm at Marion, N. D. where they now live.
IV. Anna Cowley was born June 28, 1876 in Stowe Town-
ship, Portage Co. She attended the district school in Streets-
boro until she was sixteen years old. She then entered domestic
service and was so employed in the vicinity of Streetsboro and
Shalersville until her marriage on Mar. 25, 1895 to Samuel Coy
of Homeworth. He was born Sept. 19, 1869 and was the son of
Adam Coy, a farmer. After their marriage they lived in Home-
worth about seven years where he was employed on a farm. In
1903 they moved to Kent where he worked as a carpenter in the
Erie shops. Here they lived till 1911 when they returned to
Homeworth where he purchased a truck farm which he managed.
In 1918 they sold the Homeworth place and moved to Huson
where he rented a truck farm. In the spring of 1920, they left
Hudson and rented the Brandt farm, a mile west of Streetsboro
Center, where they now live. They have had seven children.
1. William Coy was born Jan. 13, 1896 and died Jan. 23, 1896.
2. Walter Bryan Coy was born March 7, 1897 in Alliance, 0.
In 1914 he finished the grades in the Homeworth district school.
He was at home with his father with the exception of short
periods employed on neighboring farms until 1916 when he
entered the employ of the Huth Bakery Co. of Alliance, 0. where
he is still employed.
5. Olive May Coy was born in Homeworth, Oct. 10, 1898.
She completed the grades in Homeworth in 1914. Until 1918
she was engaged in domestic service. She then went to Detroit
and since then has been employed in the bottling department of
the Parke Davis Co. Jan. 21, 1921 she was married to Herman
de Noyer of Detroit, Mich.
4. Mary May Coy was born Sept. 27, 1906 in Kent.
5. Earl William Coy was born Mar. 19, 1913.
6. Luella Anna Coy was born May 25, 1915.
7. Betty June Coy was born June 26, 1919.
V. Minnie Cowley was born Jan. 22, 1878 in Streetsboro, O.
After finishing the work in the grades at Streetsboro, she entered
domestic service first in the home of her Uncle, Rollin Doolittle,
and later in other homes around Streetsboro and Shalersville.
She was thus employed until her marriage on Jan. 22, 1895 to
Solomon Coy of Homeworth, 0. who was born Feb. 4, 1871. He
is a brother of the husband of Anna Cowley, After their mar-
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riage they moved to Homeworth where he bought a home and was
employed on farms in the vicinity. Here they hved for six
months and then moved to Alliance, O. where he was employed
as a miner. After living here two years they moved to New
Chambersburg where he leased and managed a mine. They then
moved to Twin Lakes in 1898 where they were located for two
years, the first year of which he rented the farm of his father-in-
law and the second of which he was employed in the ice house on
the lakes. In 1900 they moved to Earlville where he worked for a
year "on the section" after which they moved to Kent. Here
they lived for about eight years where he was employed as a
coach builder in the Erie Shops. During the last two years of
their stay in Kent they also managed a second-hand store. In
1909 they moved to the farm of her mother which he managed
for a year at the end of which time they moved to Long Beach,
Calif, where he was employed as pipe layer for the Alameda
Water Works. Their domestic relations had never been the
happiest and in 1911, he returned with the children to Streets-
boro, she preferring to remain in California.
After their separation, she sought various kinds of employ-
ment till Jan. 8, 1914 when she married Hugh L. Todd of Dundee,
Scotland. After their marriage they lived in Los Angeles for
about a year where he followed his trade of blacksmith. In
1915 they moved to Alliance, 0. where he was employed as a
railroad fireman for a short time after which they moved to
Cleveland but after a short stay here they returned to Los
Angeles. Being a citizen of Scotland he was subject to the call
of the British Army and in 1917 entered the Engineer Corps.
He was injured in a bridge construction accident, the details of
which his wife never fully learned, and died in a hospital in
England in Sept. 1918. In 1918 Mrs. Todd returned to Ohio and
stayed with her sister, Mrs. Corbett until the winter of 1920-1921
when she married Mr. Fred Myers.
Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Coy were the parents of three children.
1. Carl Sylvester Coy was born in Alliance, 0. Oct. 23, 1895.
He completed the grades in Streetsboro in 1912 after which he
stayed at home working in the community till 1916. He then
entered the employ of H. Berko as clerk in a grocery store.
From this position he was inducted into the Army at Camp Sher-
man, O., Oct. 18, 1917 and united with the 331st. Infantry, Co.L.
He sailed from New York Jan. 12, 1918. While overseas he
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 69
served as chauffeur. On Aug. 8, 1918 he became ill with appen-
dicitis and died in Paris, Oct. 11, 1918. He is buried in the
American Cemetery near Paris, his grave number being A2042.
2. Austin Benjamin Coy was born in New Chambersburg,
July 17, 1897. He completed the grades in Streetsboro in 1912
after which he stayed at home or worked in the community until
1917 with the exception of a short time spent in Cleveland. On
Feb. 14, 1917 he enlisted in the U. S. Navy at Pittsburgh, Pa. and
served until Aug. 7, 1919. During this time he was stationed on
the following boats in the order named :the training ship "New-
port", the "Rhode Island", the "North Dakota", the "Alabama",
the "Wyoming", the receiving ship "Kaiser Wilhelm", "Norma",
Submarine Chaser 131, and the "Oklahoma." Since his dis-
charge he has been farming his father's place on shares and in
addition a small place of his own adjoining his father's farm.'
3. Un-named daughter dead at birth, 1900.
VI. Harrie H. Cowley was born in Franklin Township, Feb.
26, 1879. His education was obtained in the district schools of
Earlville and Streetsboro. He remained at home until about
fourteen years of age. The following seventeen years were
spent mostly as a farmer. On March 27, 1901 he married Emma
A. Ferris. After their marriage they remained in Ohio until
March 19, 1910 when they moved to Long Beach, California,
where he has since been employed as construction foreman for
the Long Beach Water Department. In May and June 1919 they
motored to Kent, Ohio taking 28 days for the trip. This has been
their principal vacation. They are now living at 2021 Obispo
VII. Chelcy Cowley was born in Cleveland, Ohio, March 17,
1882. He remained at home with his parents until about fifteen
years old during which time he attended the grades at Earlville
and Streetsboro. He then began working for himself and the
following five years were spent working on farms in the neigh-
borhood-. About 1902 he went to Cleveland where he was em-
ployed for three years. He then went to Mt. Auburn, Iowa
where he was employed in tht meat market of his brother-in-law.
After staying there about three years he returned to Ohio where
he worked for his brother, Harry, on the farm. In 1910 he
moved with his brother to Long Beach, Calif, where he was em-
ployed by the Long Beach Water Department until 1917. In
Oct. 1916 he had enlisted in the State Militia and August 5, 1917
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was called to active duty in the U. S. Army at Fort McArthur,
San Pedro, Calif. July 15, 1918 he was sent to Camp Eustice,Va.
and embarked for overseas at Camp Hill, Oct. 6, 1918, arriving in
Brest Oct. 20. After remaining some weeks in the rest camp
at Vitery he was returned to this country in 1919, receiving his
discharge, Feb. 2, 1919. Since his discharge he has been with the
water company with the exception of a short time spent in Iowa
and Ohio the winter of 1921.
About Feb. 1905 he married Lizzie Baes of Kent, Ohio, but was
later divorced. He was married again on April 8, 1919 to Mrs.
Alice Silvernail of Santa Anna, Calif. They too were temper-
amently incompatible and are not at present living together.
Chelcey and Lizzie Cowley had one daughter.
1. Bessie Elizabeth Cowley was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in
VIIL Olive Cowley was born in Streetsboro, 0., Aug. 5, 1885.
After completing the grades in Streetsboro she entered domestic
service in the vicinity of Streetsboro and Kent and was so em-
ployed until her marriage on Sept. 28, 1904 at Hudson, Ohio to
Mr. Frank Hahne, son of Wm. Hahne of Duquesne, Pa. Mr.
Hahne was born in Pittsburg, Sept. 13, 1882. Since their mar-
riage he has followed his trade as a glass blower. For a short
time after their marriage they lived with his parents after which
they moved to Newcastle, Pa. From there they moved to Jean-
nette, Pa. where they now live. They have had four children.
1. Charles Hahne was born in Jeannette, Pa., April 9, 1905.
2. Frank Hahne was born in Hudson, O. July 23, 1907.
3. Glenn Hahne was born in Utica, 0., Sept. 22, 1908.
4. Helen Hahne was born in Jeannette, Pa., Jan. 5, 1909.
IX. Effie Cowley was born in Streetsboro, Mar. 30, 1890.
After completing the work of the grades in 1905 she entered
domestic service in Streetsboro and Kent and was employed in
this fashion until her marriage Nov. 22, 1908 to Clarence Edwin
Palmer of Brimfield, 0. He was the son of Checkley Palmer, a
farmer of Brimfield, and was born July 12, 1881. After finish-
ing the grades he had been working for his father and for other
people in the vicinity. After their marriage, he began working
for Edwin Cowley on the old Cowley farm and was there about
six months. In 1909 they moved to Fred Johnson's farm in
Streetsboro where they remained about a year. He then moved
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to the dairy farm of Jerry Bissel of Moran Station but after a
short stay there in 1910 moved to the farm of her iriotho)- which
he managed for about a year. For the following few years they
were on rented farms in the vicinity of Brimfield but becoming
rather tired of moving so frequently, about 1916 they bought a
small truck farm in Streetsboro where they now live. They have
had one child.
1. Magaret May Palmer was born in Jeannette, Pa., Mar.
30, 1909. She is now in the grades in Streetsboro.
X. Charles Cowley was born at Twin Lakes, July 14, 1897.
He completed the seventh grade in the Streetsboro Schools but
stopped in 1915 to manage the farm of his mother. He has been
particularly interested in dairy farming, Holsteins being his
favorite breed of cattle.
3rd. Betsy L. Cowley was born in Streetsboro, Ohio, August
29, 1849. She obtained a fair education, having attended school
in Kent. Her early life was passed in the vicinity of her birth,
until her marriage to Thomas H. Smith in Ravenna, Ohio, July
26, 1871. He was born April 25, 1849, in Orange township,
Noble County, Indiana. His father was a farmer, and the son
was brought up to that occupation, remaining with his father un-
til he was twenty-one. During that time he obtained a common
school education, with one term at Kendallville High School.
In the fall of 1870, he went to Portage County, Ohio, and en-
gaged to work for C. R. Doolittle of Streetsboro, and while there
became acquainted with the one who afterwards became his wife.
In November, 1871, they returned to Indiana and began life
for themselves on a farm in Noble County, where they remained
until the spring of 1881. His wife's health becoming very much
impaired by severe hemorrhage of the lungs, which ended in
tuberculosis, he then purchased a place in Rome City, Ind., and
engaged in other business where he could care for his invalid
wife. She died April 6, 1884, and was buried in Lake View
Cemetery, Kendallville. She had one son.
I. Clarence O. Smith was born in Noble County, Ind., Decem-
ber 2, 1874. After completing a course in theAngola Business
College of Angola, Ind. he decided to go West in search of better
health than he had enjoyed in Indiana. Some years previous to
this he had spent a few months in the West and Southwest and
had at that time found his health so much improved that he de-
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cided to return to that section of the country and hence in August,
1899 left for Arcadia, Kans. After remaining at Arcadia dur-
ing the fall and winter and finding his asthma much improved
he returned as far as Kansas City where he secured a position as
stenographer with a fruit firm. He also studied stenography
and book-keeping at the Spaulding Business College. After
making one or two changes of employment he entered the employ
of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in 1902 with whom
he remained for fifteen years. While at Arcadia, Kans. he be-
came acquainted with Miss Floretta Paisley of Pittsburg, Kans.
to whom he was married at her home on Oct. 14, 1902. She was
born Mar. 6, 1881 at Washingtonville, Ohio. Her father was
Simon E. Paisley, a coal miner and operator. In 1886 she moved
with her family to Kansas where they settled near Pittsburg.
She completed the first year in the Pittsburg High School and
during the years she was at home studied piano with a private
teacher in Pittsburg. Shortly after she left high school she be-
gan the teaching of piano in Pittsburg where she continued to
give lessons till her marriage.
After their marriage they returned to Kansas City where he
continued in the employ of the Pinkerton Detective Agency as
above stated. They remained in Kansas City until Feb. 1911
when he was transferred to the office at Houston, Texas where he
served as chief clerk, stenographer, and treasurer. In July,
1914 the Houston office was transferred to Dallas, Texas and he
went with the transfer. Here he remained until his death which
occurred very suddenly after only a few days of illness on Mar.
1, 1917. Death was due to heart failure which came while he
was seated in his chair in which position he was found on the
morning of the above date. Mr. and Mrs. Smith had two
1. Harold Sumner Smith was born in Kansas City, Kans.,
June 23, 1904. He is now living with his mother and step-father
at Avilla, Ind. where he is in attendance at the local high school.
2. Velma Smith was born Dec. 23, 1907.
Thomas Smith was later married to Ida Cowley, a sister of his
first wife, for which see the Ida Cowley record.
4th. Eliza Cowley was born December 24, 1852, in Streets-
boro, Portage County, Ohio. She received a common school
education with the addition of one year's attendance at high
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 73
school in Kent. She remained at home until she was twenty-
three years of age, then for two summers she was employed by
her uncle in doing housework. She then went to visit her sister
in Indiana, where she was married in Kendallville, Noble County,
December 12, 1877 to Levi L. Raber, who was born in Summit
County, Ohio, September 22, 1838. In 1842, his parents moved
into Portage County, where they remained until 1853. He then
went with them to Noble County, Ind., where he resided until
his death. He was a patron of the common schools, and was
one year in attendance at a seminary in Wolcottville, Ind. His
time was mostly employed on the farm.
During the winter of 1863 he was employed by the Govern-
ment as a teamster and passed his time in the South. In Septem-
ber, 1864, he enlisted in Battery A, First Indiana Heavy Siege
Artillery. This unit belonged to the Department of the Gulf,
and went directly to the front. They were on the Mississippi and
White river in Arkansas, where they were encamped at Du Ball's
Bluff ; they were also encamped at New Orleans and at Morgansie
Bend in Louisiana.
The command was not employed in any regular engagement,
but was under fire several times from the "bushwhackers," from
which they lost several men in killed and wounded. He was dis-
charged in August, 1865.
While in the service he contracted severe sore eyes for which
the Government considered him entitled to a pension. After
leaving the army he clerked in a store in Waterloo, Ind., one year.
After their marriage they began housekeeping in a rented
house, but soon after moved into a new one of their own. After
one or two changes they purchased a farm about two miles from
W^olcottville where they were living at the time of his death on
Dec. 30, 1899. Mrs. Raber and the children remained on the old
farm until 1910 when she moved into the adjacent town of Wol-
cottville. Here she lived until her death on Aug. 14, 1913. Mr.
and Mrs. Raber were the parents of four children.
1. ZuELLA Mabel Raber was born Nov. 8, 1879 in Noble
County, Ind. After finishing the Rome City High School in 1898
she took a year of additional work in the same school and then
entered the Tri-State Normal at Angola, where she started to
prepare herself for the profession of teaching. Early in 1900
she began her professional work in one of the district schools of
Noble Co. After teaching in district schools for four and a half
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years, she spent a year in study at the Indiana State Normal.
In the fall of 1905 she entered the Wolcottville Schools as primary
teacher and has been engaged there ever since. Her home was
with her mother until the latter's death since which time she has
been managing her own home. She has purchased the house in
town and lives there during the winter while engaged with her
work. Many of the summers have been spent in travel, — 1904,
1909, and 1915 in the West, 1920 in the East, and 1914 in
Europe. She is a member of the Daughters of Rebecca, Eastern
Star, and Daughters of the American Revolution.
II. Carl Earl Raber was born July 7, 1882 in Noble County,
Ind. After attending the grades in the district school near his
home and in Rome City, he was required by the death of his
father to stop his formal education and since that date has been
engaged in farming. When he became of age he farmed the old
place on shares and later purchased it, since which time he has
added some acres from an adjoining farm. July 2, 1910 he
married Jennie E. Cook, daughter of William and Barbara
Cook. She was born July 13, 1887. After finishing the grades,
she spent some months in the Wolcottville High School but was
required to discontinue her work in order to care for an invalid
mother. Since their marriage they have been on the farm near
Wolcottville, with the exception of the winter of 1915-1916 which
was spent in Florida where Mr. Raber is interested in a small
fruit farm. They have had two children.
1. Marilla Marie Raber was born July 4, 1911. During
the winter she spends most of her time in Wolcottville with her
aunt in attendance in the the public schools.
2. Eva Blanche Raber was born April 18, 1915 and died
August 3, 1915. Death was caused by pneumonia.
III. Olin Raber was born in Kendallville, Ind., Sept. 7, 1887
and died Aug. 10, 1888.
IV. Oran Lee Raber was born in Noble County, Jan. 14, 1893.
After completing the grades at Rome City, Ind. in 1905, he enter-
ed the Wolcottville High School the following fall and completed
the three year course in 1908. The next year he entered the
Kendallville High School and was graduated from there in May,
1909. He immediately entered Indiana University, i. e. the fol-
lowing month, and finished the work for the B. A. degree at the
end of the fall term in 1911 at the age of eighteen but did not re-
ceive his degree till the following June with the class of 1912.
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He was graduated nuunia cum huide, ranking second in a class
of about 210. In Jan., 1912 he started his teaching career as
principal of a small high school at Bringhurst, Ind, The spring
term of 1912, he returned to I. U. as an assistant in his major
subject of botany. The summer of 1912 he remained in I. U. as a
special student and the following two years taught botany and
physics in the high school at Rushville, Ind. The fall of 1914 he
entered Harvard as an assistant and graduate student and re-
ceived the degree of A. M. in 1915. The following two years
were spent in Harvard as an Austin Teaching Fellow.
In the fall of 1917 he enlisted on Sept. 28th. in the Balloon
Branch of the Air Service which at that time was part of the Sig-
nal Corps. In Dec. he was assigned to the ground school at Fort
Omaha where he remained till March when his class was sent to
San Antonio to get pilot's training and observation practice.
During May and June of that year he was in attendance at the
Balloon Adjutant School at Columbus, Ohio. In July he was
assigned to further observation work in Texas after which he
received his commission in the Air Service. Until after th<^
Armistice he was held in Camp John Wise, San Antonio, carry-
ing on company routine work of various kinds. Nov. 18, 1918 he
was ordered to Virginia and from thence to Washington, D. C.
where he served as a translator attached to the French High
Commission to the U. S. After completing his duties here, he
was ordered to the Army Balloon School, Lee Hall, Va. where he
remained until his discharge on July 3, 1919. At the time of his
discharge he was Post Librarian, Post Intelligence Officer, and
Post Judge Advocate of Special Courts Martial.
The fall of 1919 he returned to Harvard as a Thayer Fellow
and received the degree of Ph. D. in June, 1920. The fall of 1920
he entered the University of Wisconsin as an instructor in botany
which position he now holds. For the winter of 1921- 1922 he
has been appointed to a traveling fellowship in France where he
expects to continue his studies.
Mr. Raber is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigmi Xi, The
Botanical Society of America, The American Association for
the Advancement of Science, The Sons of the American Revolu-
tion, and Ionic Lodge No. 380 F. and A. M. He has contributed
various articles to educational and scientific periodicals and has
also contributed at irregular intervals to the Youth's Companion.
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5th. Harriet Cowley was born March 8, 1854 in Streetsboro,
Ohio and died February 20, 1857.
6th. Albert Cowley was born at the old homestead in Streets-
boro, March 10, 1857. In his childhood he seemed to be as keen
and active as the average youth, but when about eighteen years
old his mental powers became weakened and he was taken to the
Asylum for the Insane at Newburg, Ohio, where he remained
some ten years and was pronounced incurable. He was then
taken to the County Infirmary at Shalersville, Ohio where he re-
mained till his death on July 3, 1895.
7th. Ida Cowley was born Feb. 17, 1859 in the old home in
Streetsboro where she resided until she became of age, attending
in the meantime the school in Kent. At the time of the illness of
her sister, Betsy, she went to Indiana to care for her. After
her death, she lived with her sister, Eliza, with whom she made
her home till her marriage to Thomas H. Smith on April 9, 1885.
After their marriage they purchased a farm of some seventy-five
acres, near Kendallville, Ind. where they remained until the
spring of 1903 when they sold out and moved to Kansas City, Mo.
where his son, Clarence, was at that time living. Shortly after,
however, both families bought homes in Kansas City, Kans.
Here they lived until the fall of 1913 during which time he was
engaged in the real estate business. On this last named date
they moved to Texas, Mr. Smith making his headquarters with
his son, Clarence, in Houston and Mrs. Smith with their daughter
in El Paso. He was here employed by the Pinkerton National
Detective Agency as general operative, — a position which re-
quired him to be traveling most of the time along the Border and
in Mexico, but which also permitted him to spend some time in
El Paso. In July, 1914, the Houston office was transferred to
Dallas where both father and son were employed until the death
of the latter. Mar. 1. 1917. Mr. Smith was then transferred to
El Paso where he was employed as resident operative. Here
they continued to live with their daughter's family in the home
which he had built for them in 1914 until August, 1918. At this
time, his son-in-law, Mr. Edmonds, was transferred to Denver
and desirous of being near him, Mr. and Mrs. Smith moved to
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 77
Denver where they have since resided. Their present address is
1721 Quince St. Thomas and Ida Smith were the parents of one
I. Mabel Smith was born Feb. 28, 1891 in Allen Township,
Noble Co., Indiana. In 1903 she moved with her parents to
Kansas City where she completed the common schools and then
spent one year in the Kansas City High School. On August 1,
1910 she was married at the home of her parents in Kansas
City, Kans. to Robert A. Edmonds who was born in Kansas
City, Kans. Dec. 17, 1888. He was the son of Caridon Edmonds,
a painter, and his wife, Annie. After finishing the work of the
common schools in Kansas City he entered the employ of Swift
and Co. as an office boy. Since that time he has gone steadily
up the Swift ladder from one promotion to another until he is now
Manager of the Branch Office at Fort Smith, Ark. Mr. Edmonds
has been an excellent example of the American self-made bus-
Immediately after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Edmonds left
for El Paso, Texas where he was then engaged. Here he was
later made Assistant Manager of the El Paso office. They re-
mained in El Paso until 1918 when he was transferred at his
own request to Denver and made general manager of the canned
goods department, — a position which required him to travel
most of the time. Here he remained until the following year
when he was offered the management of the branch office at
Fort Smith, Ark. He accepted the position and is now located
at this afore-mentioned office. Their address is 1023 North
Sixth St. They have three children.
1. Roberta May Edmonds was born at El Paso, Texas, May
2. Claude B. Edmonds was born at El Paso, Texas, Oct. 1916.
3. Betty Edmonds was born at Fort Smith, Ark., Jan. 29,
8th. Emma A. Cowley was born March 13, 1861, in the home
in Streetsboro where her early life was passed. Her mother died
before she was three years old ; thus at an early age she was de-
prived of a mother's love and tender care.
Her father after a time was again married. She attended
the district school near her home and afterwards two terms at
union school in Kent.
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September 20, 1881, she was married at her home in Streets-
boro, to Thomas W. Elliman who was born at a place called
"Little York," Northfield Township, Summit Co., Ohio, April 28,
1854. When he was quite young his father being affected by
the California "Gold fever," made a trip to that far country and
was gone some five years. Upon his return he engaged in stock
buying and selling for a time, but finally purchased a farm in the
northeast part of Streetsboro, where his young son, when old
enough, was introduced into the business of dairy farming.
When he was married he left the parental roof to engage in
business for himself. This he began by hiring out to his father
Cowley to work six months for fifteen dollars per month.
He then rented the farm to work on shares for one year at a
time for the next seven years. In April, 1888, he purchased a
small place one mile east of Hudson which was added to from
time to time until they had a place of 43 acres. Here they re-
mained till the fall of 1912 when they sold the farm and moved
to Hudson where they have lived since with the exception of the
winter of 1917-1918 which was spent in Rocky River, near Cleve-
land. In Hudson, Mr. Elliman has been engaged chiefly as a
painter and interior decorator. He has taken an active part in
public affairs serving the town of Hudson three years as con-
stable, one year as assessor, two years as trustee, and four ysars
as councilman. During the World War he served in connection
with the Liberty Loan drives and Mrs. Elliman was an active
member of the Red Cross. She has also been interested in the
activities of the First Congregational Church where she has
served on various committees. In recent years several of their
winters have been spent in the South, one winter having been
spent in Florida and another in Texas. They have two chil-
I. Clifford F. Elliman was born in Streetsboro, June 26,
1882. He was graduated from the Hudson High School in 1899
and after remaining at home with his father on the farm for one
year entered Western Reserve Academy in Hudson in 1900.
After spending one year there, in the fall of 1901 he entered the
Modern Business School of Cleveland where in five months he
completed the regular six months course in stenography and
typewriting after which he immediately entered the employ of
the Soo Line with headquarters in Cleveland. After seven
months there he entered the employ of the Penn. R. R. Co. in the
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Cleveland office as stenographer in Nov. 1902 and has been there
ever since. During this time he has received several promotions
and is now second assistant chief clerk in the office of the superin-
tendent of the Cleveland and Pittsburg Division. He is a member
of the K. P. Lodge and a past Chancellor. In 1915 he was sent as
a delegate to the State convention at Zanesville. April 6, 1904
he married Clara Estelle Gidley of Ravenna. Her father was
Thomas J. Gidley, a railroad conductor of Trinidad, Colo. She
was born Aug. 14, 1883. After finishing the second year of the
Trinidad High School she entered the employ of the Bell Tele-
phone Co. but at the time of her marriage was in the employ of
the Gardner Book Store of Ravenna. They live in Hudson and
have had one child.
I. Myrna Audene Elliman was born May 20. 1906 in Hudson,
Ohio and is now attending the Hudson High School.
II. Chloe May Elliman was born in Hudson Township,
March 16, 1890, She graduated from the Hudson High School
in 1909 and then spent one year at the Actual Business College
studying book-keeping and stenography. She then entered the
employ of G. M. Ott and Bros, of Akron as a book-keeper but
after staying there a half year in 1910 she entered the employ of
the Champion Machine and Forging Co. as a stenographer. Here
she remained until her marriage on Oct. 8, 1913 to Fred Ernest
Robinson of Cleveland. He was born Dec. 4, 1889 in Chicago.
After their marriage they moved to Rocky River where he was
employed as a florist by the J. M. Gasser Co. of Cleveland. Here
they lived till the spring of 1919 when they moved to Hudson
where they live with her parents. He is now following his pro-
fession of florist with the Heepe Wholesale Plant Co. of Akron
with greenhouses at Macedonia. They have two children.
1. and 2. Elizabeth Jane and Kenneth Elliman Robinson,
twins, were born in Hudson, Ohio, March 29, 1916.
9th. Joseph J. Cowley was born in Streetsboro, Ohio, June
He was but six months old when his mother died. His uncle,
Joseph Cowley, then gave him a home and his aunt took the
mother's place; and well did she fill the position. His early life
was passed near Akron, Summit County, Ohio, on a farm.
He attended the district school, also a term at business college
in Akron. After he left school he learned the cornice and slate
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roofing trade in Akron. In the fall of 1886 he went to Kansas
City, Missouri, where he worked at his trade about four years.
In the spring of 1890 he went to Oklahoma, in the Indian Terri-
tory, and there bought a "timber claim," upon which he built a
house, bought some stock and began farming.
June 19, 1890, he was married in Guthrie, Oklahoma to Annie
Sanderson who was born in Mendota, 111., March 24, 1867.
The year following, her parents moved to a farm near Sedalia,
Missouri, where they remained until 1871 ; they then moved
farther west to try pioneer life in Kansas, settling in Crawford
County, the country there at that time being very new and un-
settled with no railroad, and the nearest town, Girard,
eighteen miles distant. But a railroad was soon built near by and
the village of Hepler started. There she attended school thru the
winter and occasionally a summer term at Girard or Fort Scott,
twenty miles distant. Besides this she studied at home under
her mother's instruction and also studied music. When 18 years
old she began teaching school and taught two terms in the
country after which she taught three years in the preparatory
department of the Hepler School. In 1889 her parents moved
into Guthrie, Oklahoma, and in June of that year she joined
They lived in Oklahoma seven years after their marriage and
then moved to Cherokee County, Kansas where they lived on a
rented farm for two years. They then moved to Hepler, Kansas
in 1899 where they bought a small place in town. In 1913 they
moved to Crawford, Colorado where they still reside. They
bought a small ranch a mile from town and also preempted and
proved up on 160 acres in Spring Gulch, 15 miles from Crawford
which they still own. In 1916 Mrs. Cowley began teaching school
and is still teaching. She has also attended one winter term and
one summer term at the State Normal School. They have four
I. Lillian Claudie Cowley was born April 1, 1891 near
Crescent, Okla. She was married May 22, 1910 to Willis Carl
Simmons near Hepler, Kans. He was born Jan. 12, 1890 at
North English, Iowa and was the son of J. E. Simmons, a farmer.
They lived on a farm near Hiattville, Kans. for two years and
then moved in 1912 to a ranch near Crawford, Colo. Later he
traded his ranch for town property and is now postmaster at
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Crawford. Ke also manages the cream station there. They
have three sons.
1. Leston Evans Simmons was born near Hiattville, Kans.
Nov. 6, 1911.
2. Roe Simmons was born near Crawford, Colo. Nov. 26, 1913.
3. William Simmons was born near Crawford, Colo. Nov. 14,
II. Maude Alice Cowley was born near Crescent, Okla. Sept.
20, 1894, She was married to Perry McMurry at the home of
her sister, Lillian, near Hiattville, Kans. July 17, 1912. Perry
McMurry was born in Chariton, Iowa, Sept. 21, 1891 and is the
son of Robert McMurry, a farmer and stock buyer. In 1919
they moved to Hotchkiss, Colo, where he is following his trade
of barber. They have two children,
1. Clarence Arthur McMurry was born near Hepler, Kans.
April 18, 1913.
2. Lois Anna McMurry was born near Hepler, Kans. Feb. 9,
III. William J. Cowley was born in Cherokee Co. Kans.,
Aug. 15, 1897. After completing his education in the common
schools he remained at home with his parents till June 1, 1916
when he enlisted in the U. S. Army at Fort Logan, Colo. On
July 12, he was sent to Del Rio, Texas and assigned to Troop
"C", 14th. Cavalry near which place he was stationed until April
1, 1918. On this date his squadron started to "hike" to San
Antonio near where he was stationed till August 16, 1918, when
he was sent to Fort Clark, Texas. On Oct. 10, 1918 he was sent
to Camp MacArthur, Texas and was assigned to Co. "G" of the
Officers' Training School. The singing of the Armistice prevent-
ed his completion of the course and on Dec. 7, 1918 he was sent
to Camp Pike, Ark. and was attached to the 162nd. Depot Bri-
gade, Demobilization Group. From March, 1919, to Jan. 1920
he worked in a demobilization office, where he assisted in the dis-
charging of over 100,000 soldiers. On Feb. 6, 1920 he was fur-
loughed to the Regular Army Reserve and on June 4, 1920 was
discharged with an "Excellent" character. He was appointed
Corporal Sept. 8, 1917 and Sergeant Nov. 17, 1919. Being
accustomed to the fortunes of war and longing for a bit of ex-
citement, he was married on Sept. 12, 1920 to Miss Ethel Head,
eldest daughter of J. L. Head. They are now living at Maher,
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IV. Walter D. Cowley was born in Hepler, Kansas, June 11,
1901. On Nov. 22, 1920 he enlisted in the U. S. Navy for two
years and was then sent to the U. S. Naval Station near San Fran-
cisco where he is at present on the Receiving Ship at Mare Island.
Genealogy of the Sarah Olin Branch.
Sarah Olin* — William Cowley*
1. Henry Cowley* — Ella Cooper
2. William Cowley — Olive Stone
I. Edwin Cowley — Caroline Eckman
II. Cora Cowley — William Corbett
1. Paul Corbett
2. LiLA Corbett
III. Sarah Cowley* — Austin Cowley
1. Myrtle Cowley — Arch Sheffler
a. Lloyd Sheffler
2. Mable Cowley — Fred Harris
a. Ruth Harris (adopted)
3. Elsie Cowley — Lloyd Walker
4. Lola Cowley — Floyd Manbeck
IV. Anna Cowley — Samuel Coy
1. William Coy*
2. Walter Coy
3. Olive Coy — Herman de Noyer
4. Mary Coy
5. Earl Coy
6. LuELLA Coy
7. Betty Coy
V. Minnie Cowley — Solomon Coy (divorced)— Hugh
Todd* — Fred Myers
1. Carl Coy*
2. Austin Coy
3. Un-named daughter*
VI. Harrie Cowley — Emma Ferris
VII. Chelcy Cowley — Lizzie Baes (divorced) — Alice
1. Bessie Cowley
VIII. Olive Cowley — Frank Hahne
1. Charles Hahne
2. Frank Hahne
3. Glenn Hahne
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4. Helen Hahne
IX. Effie Cowley — Clarence Palmer
1. Margaret Palmer
X. Charles Cowley
3. Betsy Cowley* — Thomas Smith
I. Clarence Smith* — Floretta Paisley
1. Harold Smith
2. Velma Smith
4. Eliza Cowley* — Levi Raber*
I. ZuELLA Raber
II. Carl Raber — Jennie Cook
1. Marilla Raber
2. Eva Raber*
III. Olin Raber*
IV. Oran Raber
5. Harriet Cowley*
6. Albert Cowley*
7. Ida Cowley — Thomas Smith
I. Mabel Smith — Robert Edmonds
1. Roberta Edmonds
2. Claude Edmonds
3. Betty Edmonds
8. Emma Cowley — Thomas Elliman
I. Clifford Elliman — Clara Gidley
1. Myrna Elliman
II. Chloe Elliman — Fred Robinson
1. Elizabeth Robinson
2. Kenneth Robinson
9. Joseph Cowley — Annie Sanderson
I. Lillian Cowley — Willis Simmons
1. Leston Simmons
2. Roe Simmons
3. Willam Simmons
II. Maude Cowley — Perry McMurry
1. Clarence McMurry
2 Lois McMurry
III. William Cowley — Ethel Head
IV. Walter Cowley
*Indicates members who are dead.
THE ELON OLIN BRANCH.
Elon Olin was born in Perry, Wyoming County, New York,
July 28, 1825. At quite an early age he became accustomed to
the use of various tools, then used upon the farm. The hand
sickle used for reaping wheat was then about going out of use,
and the cradle was taking its place. His schooling was princi-
pally obtained before he was fifteen years of age ; after that time
his attendance was very uncertain and finally ended with only
sixteen days attendance during the winter term.
He remained at home until he was twenty-three, his father
paying him one hundred and fifty dollars per year for his ser-
vices. He then bought a farm of 126 acres paying twenty-two
dollars per acre therefor.
April 15, 1849, he was married in Ravenna, Ohio, by Rev.
George Messenger, to Ellen Thompson, who was born near
Edinburgh, Scotland, June 3, 1827. Her father emigrated to
Streetsboro, Ohio, when she was nearly seven years old. Her
schooldays were numbered in the early part of her life as she
attended but two winter terms after she was twelve years old.
Her father was one of the large farmers of Streetsboro town-
ship, consequently her time was well occupied with the duties
and labors of the house. Cheese-making was one of the occupa-
tions then carried on by many farmers and that too before fac-
tories were introduced. After their marriage they moved upon
his farm where they lived to see the original farm grow to one
of three hundred acres with a fine home and many modern im-
provements. Dairying and stock raising were his chief interests
and here he was engaged till the time of his death, April 3, 1895.
The cause of his death was pneumonia which followed a long
period of ill health. After his death, "Aunt Ellen," as most of
her relation knew her, lived with her daughter, Mary, until her
death on June 6, 1905.
Elon Olin was several times called upon by the citizens of his
township to fill offices of trust, among which may be mentioned
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that of Real Estate Assessor and Township Trustee which office
he held several times. Elon and Ellen Olin were the parents of
1st. Flora Olin was born in Streetsboro, 0. April 27, 1850.
On December 1, 1869 she was married to Spelman Green, who
was born and reared in Franklin Township. She died Sept. 9,
1883 and is buried in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent. She
was the mother of two children.
I. Horace F. Green was born in Streetsboro, Feb. 29, 1872.
He lived with his father on the farm until his marriage Dec. 5,
1894 to Annie S. Ewell of Ravenna, the daughter of George W.
Ewell, She was born March 20, 1873 and at the time of her
marriage was keeping house for her father, her mother being
dead. After their marriage they moved to Colorado Springs
where he followed his trade of carpenter. In 1896 they returned
to Kent where he entered railroad station work which work he
engaged in for six years. He then entered railroad construction
work and was thus engaged till 1912 since which time he has
branched out into general contracting. They left Kent in 1902
and returned in 1914, having bought a place at Brady Lake where
they now live. Between 1902 and 1914 they made their home
wherever his work called him and during this period lived in
Meadville, Pa., Buffalo, N. Y., Marion, Ind., Indianapolis, Ind.,
Effingham, 111., and Columbus, O. He is now employed by the
Mason Tire and Rubber Co. of Kent as labor superintendent.
They have had one child.
I. Wilbur Olin Green was born Sept. 25, 1895 in Colorado
Springs and died Feb. 11, 1896.
II. Helen May Green was born in Kent, O. April 26, 1883.
She was graduated from the Kent High School in 1900 and then
attended Buchtell College for about two years. She then went to
the Akron Business College where she completed a stenographic
course. She then entered the employ of the Williams Brothers
of Kent and was engaged here until 1906 when she entered the
Illinois Training School for Nurses, from which she was grad-
uated in 1909. The next three years she was engaged in private
nursing work in Chicago and San Antonio, Texas. In 1912 and
1913 she was visiting nurse for the City of Ravenna which
position she was forced to give up because of ill health. In the
fall of 1914 she returned to Chicago and became a nurse in the
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 87
hospital of the City House of Correction which position she held
until 1916 when her health again caused her to resign her duties.
She then returned to the home of her brother to recuperate and
after a year of rest accepted a position as School Nurse for the
cities of Ravenna and Kent which place she retained two years.
During the summer of 1919 when traveling thru Arizona she was
offered a position as Superintendent of School Nursing for the
Warren District with headquarters at Bisbee, which position she
still occupies. During the War she conducted classes in first aid
and war nursing for the Portage Co. Red Cross.
2nd. Francis A. Olin was born in Streetsboro, 0., July 17,
1852 and died Aug. 18, 1854.
3rd. Frederick W. Olin was born in Streetsboro, Aug. 13,
1854 and died April 3, 1856.
4th. Mary A. Olin was born Dec. 27, 1856 and died Sept. 18,
5th. Martha H. Olin was born in Streetsboro, Aug. 21, 1858
and died July 22, 1862.
6th. Mary Lucy Olin was born in Streetsboro, Jan. 30, 1861.
After completing her education in the common school she re-
mained at home with her parents until her marriage on March 1,
1882 to a member of the Arvin Olin family, William J. Hay-
maker. _He was born in Portage Co., 0., Feb. 2, 1860. After their
marriage they lived on his father's farm which they rented for
several years or until 1889 when they moved to the farm of her
father. Here they lived till 1900 when they rented the farm and
moved to Ravenna where he lived till his death, Jan. 27, 1915.
Death, resulting from quinsy and tonsilitis, came at the end of
a week's illness. He was a member of the F. and A. M. and K.
of P. lodges. He was very much interested in civic affairs and
while in Ravenna was city councilman from his ward. Mrs.
Haymaker maintains her home at 330 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna,
Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Haymaker were the parents of two children.
I. Frederick E. Haymaker was born in Franklin Township,
Oct. 15th. 1883. He was graduated from the Ravenna High
School in 1902 and then entered the School of Agriculture, Ohio
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State University, where he graduated in 1906. After grad-
uation he managed his father's farm in Streetsboro for seven
years, but in 1913 was forced to stop working for a year due to
the ill effects of an operation for goitre. In 1914 he entered
the garage business and now has a Ford Service Station in Kent.
He was married Jan. 3, 1917 to Ida Wooster of Kent. She was
born July 2, 1883 and at the time of her marriage was at the home
of her mother. Since their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Haymaker
have been living at Franklin Terrace, Kent, O.
II. Elizabeth Olin Haymaker was born Aug. 2, 1886 in
Franklin Township. She was graduated from the Ravenna High
School in 1904 and then entered the Western Reserve College for
Women from which she graduated in 1908, receiving her A. B.
degree in English. Between 1908 and 1915 she taught English
in the high schools of Kent and Alliance, Ohio. Since the death
of her father she has been at home with her mother. During the
War she took a very active interest in the work of the Portage
Co. Chapter Red Cross and since that time has been Secretary of
the local chapter. She has also been interested in the women's
clubs of Ravenna and has been President of the City Federation
of Women's Clubs. She is a member of Theta Phi Omega.
7th. Grant E. Olin was born in Streetsboro, June 17, 1863
and died Sept. 3, 1864. He was buried with the other members
of his family in Evergreen Cemetery, Streetsboro.
Genealogy of the Elon Olin Branch.
Elon Olin* — Ellen Thompson*
1. Flora Olin* — Spelman Green*
I. Horace Green — Annie Ewell
1. Wilbur Green*
II. Helen Green
2. Francis A. Olin*
3. Frederick W. Olin*
4. Mary Olin*
5. Martha Olin*
6. Mary L. Olin — William Haymaker*
I. Frederick E. Haymaker — Ida Wooster
II. Elizabeth Haymaker
7. Grant E. Olin*
^Indicates members who are dead.
Betsey A. Price
THE BETSY ANN OLIN BRANCH.
Betsy Ann Olin was born in Perry, N. Y. Feb. 16, 1831. She
was but six weeks old when her mother died and only eight years
old when her father moved to Ohio. During her early life she
was taught to spin wool and flax, which knowledge she put in
practice long after she kept her own household. She received a
common school education and afterward taught three terms of
district school. She was married in Ravenna, Ohio, December
15, 1851 to Thomas Price, who was born in Franklin Township,
Portage Co., Ohio, Feb. 9, 1827. After their marriage they
moved into the township of Shalersvilie, Portage Co., where thev
lived on a farm and where the members of their family were
reared. They also owned a place in Ravenna where they occas-
ionally spent the winter. Farming was his chief occupation
and interest and it was here on the farm in Shalersvilie Township
that he lived till his death, caused by typhoid fever, on Aug. 31,
1899. After his death, their son, Samuel, moved into the old
home with his family and cared for his mother till her death on
Dec. 28, 1901, — cause pneumonia. Both Mr. and Mrs. Price are
buried in the Olin Cemetery at Streetsboro. They were the
parents of seven children.
1st. Henry Price was born Oct. 19, 1852 and died Nov. 10,
2nd. Calvin Price was born in Shalersvilie, Portage Co.,
Ohio, July 8, 1853 He was reared on the farm and followed
the occupation of a farmer. While at home, he received an
education in the common schools. When he became of age, he
rented a farm for about five years and then bought one of
his own. On Feb. 21, 1877, he was married in Shalersvilie to
Rosa Coit, who was born in Shalersvilie, May 13, 1858. She had
been at home with her parents and had received a common school
education. In 1881, their first purchase of land was made, —
his grandfather's old home farm of fifty acres. This was sold
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two years later and in 1883 they bought a farm of 118 acres in
the same township. Here they lived till Oct. 1902 when they sold
the farm and moved into Mantua. Here Mr. Price worked in the
employ of the F. Adams Grocery Co. but becoming a bit restive
after two years in town, they bought a farm a mile north of Man-
tua and there lived till 1911 when they moved back into Mantau
where they now live on Woodford Ave. The first four years in
Mantua, Mr. Price "just sort of took things easy" but from 1915
to 1920 he was in the employ of Mr. J. W. Sullivan as a clerk in a
general store. The spring of 1920, the health of Mrs. Price be-
came impaired and since that date Mr. Price has been free from
any outside duties. He has served as trustee of Mantua Town-
ship, as Township Assessor for two years, and has also served on
the Mantua School Board. They have had three children.
I. Fred Price was born in Shalersville, April 8, 1882. He
was graudated from Mantua High School, in 1900 and then at-
tended Buchtell College in Akron for one year. In 1901 he was
one of the organizers of the Mantua Telephone Co., and remained
in the employ of this company till 1905 when he entered the
employ of the Bell Telephone Co. in Akron. Since 1905 most of
his time has been spent in Akron with the exception of brief ser-
vice in Massilon, Mansfield, and Alliance. He is now Assistant
District Manager with headquarters in Akron. He was mar-
ried July 18, 1906 to Winifred Heintzelman of Akron. They
have had one child.
I. Lucille Winifred Price was born Nov. 24, 1911.
II. May Price was born in Shalersville , Oct. 1, 1888. After
an illness of six weeks caused by kidney trouble she died March
III. Ray Price, the twin brother of May, was born Oct. 1, 1888.
He was graduated from Mantua High School in 1908 and then
entered the employ of the First National Bank of Mantua.
After working here for some time he went to Akron where he
entered the employ of the National City Bank, where he worked
a year. He then returned to Mantua as the Asst. Cashier of the
First National Bank of Mantua. He later served as receiving
teller for the Cuyahoga Falls Savings Bank and is now employed
as Secretary for the Cuyahoga Falls Savings and Loan Associa-
tion. On Nov. 25, 1909, he married Ada Noble of Mantua but
was granted a divorce from her a few years later. He then
married Miss Emily B. Dildine of New Waterford, Ohio, on
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 93
Nov. 24, 1917. Mrs. Price was previous to her marriage a mil-
liner by trade and owned her own shop in Cuyahoga Falls.
Since their marriage they have continued to operate the mil-
liner shop and also conduct in connection with it a department
store. Mr. Price is a 82nd. Degree Mason.
3rd. Emma Price was born in Shalersville, Feb. 17, 1856.
She received her education at the district school and spent the
most of her early days at home with occasional exceptions when
employed in the home of a neighbor. She was married in Ra-
venna, Ohio, Feb. 21, 1878 to Clifton W. Bosworth, who was
born in Newberry, Geauga Co., Ohio, Sept. 22, 1854. He was
reared on the farm and farming has been his chief occupation.
When he was married, he rented a farm in Ravenna Township
where they lived for one year. They then bought a place of 82
acres and rented an adjoining farm which they later also bought
making a farm of 205 acres. On this farm they lived till 1900
when they moved to Hiram, Ohio in order that the children
might have the advantages of a college education. In Hiram
they had a small farm of about 30 acres, but in 1910 they sold
this and moved to Riverside, California where they now live at
1700 High St. Here they have a small orange grove which Mr.
Bosworth manages. They have had five children.
I. Harvey Lyman Bosworth was born in Ravenna Township,
Portage Co., Jan. 8, 1879. He was graduated from the Shalers-
ville High School in 1898 and then spent one year at Hiram
College. He then went to Waverly, Minn., where he worked on a
farm and also served as agent for the Chautauqua Desk Co.
On April 4, 1900 he was married to Alice Cruzen who was
born in Waverly June 24, 1875. She was the daughter of a
farmer and had been at home until her marriage. After their
marriage, with the exception of a short time spent on his father's
farm in Shalersville, they lived on her father's farm which he
farmed for about a year. They then came back to the farm in
Shalersville where they remained two years. They then moved
to Mantua where he worked for the Erie R. R. Co. for about three
years. He then rented a celery farm in Shalersville where he
stayed a year. In the spring of 1908 he moved to Kent where he
purchased a small farm and also worked in the Kent Shops. He
remained in Kent following his trade of carpenter and concrete
worker till 1919 with the exception of a short time spent in Tal-
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madge. In 1919 he moved to Santa Anna, Calif, where they now
live at 820 Garfield Ave. He is employed at present in the
garage and vulcanizing business. They have had two children.
1. Lois Bosworth was born Mar. 20, 1901 in Shalersville.
She received the most of her education in Kent but in 1920 was
graduated from the Santa Anna High School.
2. Percy Cruzen Bosworth was born in Mantua, Feb. 18.
1904 and died in Akron, 0., Nov. 14, 1918 from pneumonia.
II. Ethel Bosworth was born in Shalersville, Feb. 19 1884.
She was graduated from the Shalersville High School in 1901
and from Hiram College in 1905. She taught school one year in
Troy, 0., two years in Hudson, one year in Hiram High School,
and one year in the High School of Waterford, Pa. In 1910 she
moved with her parents to Riverside, Calif. After remaining
at home one year, she taught one year of school in the Elsinore
High School. On July 26, 1912 she married Hugh A. Gerard
of Santa Anna. He was born in Guderich, Ontario, March 3,
1878. His father was Alexander Gerard, a minister in the
Christian Church. Mr. Gerard, at the time of their marriage
was the proprieter of a meat market. Since their marriage he
has continued to conduct this market and has added a grocere-
teria. They now live at 807 Cypress St., Santa Anna, Calif,
They have four children.
1. Philip Bosworth Gerard was born May 27, 1913.
2. Phylis Alexandra Gerard was born July 4, 1914.
3. Myron Hugh Gerard was born Sept. 8, 1915.
4. Myrtis Anna Gerard was born May 12, 1918.
HI. Edna Bosworth was born March 2, 1886 in Shalersville.
After finishing the grades in Shalersville she entered the Hiram
Preparatory School where she prepared for Hiram and then took
three years in the College where she specialised in Fine Arts.
After finishing her college work in 1907 she remained with her
parents following her profession as an artist until her marriage
on Sept. 14, 1910 to James J. Cottrell of Troy, N. Y. His
father was Lewis J. Cottrell, a carpenter and farmer. James
Cottrell was born in Poestenkill, N. Y., Dec. 18, 1877 and was a
minister in the Christian Church having received his training at
Hiram College. After their marriage he completed the last
two years of his college course and then moved to Long Beach
where he was a pastor of the East End Christian Church. They
were there a year and a half when they moved to Santa Anna
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 95
where he worked for his brother-in-law in the grocery business.
In 1916 they moved to Denver, Colo. Mrs. Cottrell died from an
attack of pneumonia Sept. 22, 1918 and is buried at Riverside,
Calif. Mr. Cottrell is now living at 2729 E. 37th. Ave., Denver
Colo. He is in the real estate business and is also pastor of the
Edgewater Church. Mr. and Mrs. Cottrell had three children.
1. Gareth Hesperia Cottrell was born in Hiram, Ohio, July
2. Lewis Walter Cottrell was born in Long Beach, Calif.,
Oct. 8, 1913.
3. Lester Adair Cottrell was born in Denver, Colo. Sept. 13,
IV. LuRA BoswORTH was born Sept. 3, 1891 in Shalersville.
She received most of her education in the Hiram Schools but was
graduated from Riverside High School in 1911. The following
year she spent in the Los Angeles Normal School until her mar-
riage on March 12, 1912 to Clark W. Stevenson of Riverside.
His father was W. J. Stevenson, a machinist and inventor, of
Riverside. Mr. Stevenson was born in Swancreek, 111., June 6,
1884. He is a cabinet maker by trade and since his marriage has
followed his trade most of the time. After their marriage they
moved to Long Beach where he was engaged in the restaurant
business for one year. They then went to Riverside where he
pursued his trade for three years. He then went on a ranch in
Perris, Calif, where he stayed two years after which he returned
to Long Beach for two years, but in 1920 he returned to Riverside
where he is now engaged at his trade. They have three children.
1. Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Riverside Jan. 9,
2. Ernest Yale Stevenson was born in Riverside March 17,
3. Ovis Marguerite Stevenson was born Sept. 13, 1919.
V. Ovis BoswoRTH was born Feb. 28, 1894 in Shalersville.
Most of her education was received in Hiram but she graduated
from the Riverside High School in 1912. She then remained at
home with her parents till her marriage on May 27, 1917 to
Robert Levi Harmon who was born in Brookston, Ind., Jan. 13,
1894. His father was U. G. Harmon, a farmer. Since their
marriage he has followed his trade of cabinet maker in Riverside
with the exception of the time spent in the service during the
World War. He entered Camp Freemont Aug 6, 1918 and was
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discharged June 1, 1920. He was a member of B. Company,
8th. Infantry, 8th. Division. Mrs. Harmon has been much inter-
ested in music and for nine years has been the organist of the
First Christian Church of Riverside. Since their marriage they
have lived the most of the time with her parents where they now
have their home at 1700 High Street, Riverside.
4th. John Price was born in the old farm home in Shalers-
ville Aug. 19, 1860. His education was obtained in the district
school, and during the time that he remained at home, the farm
furnished him with employment. Dec. 12, 1883 he was married
in Coldwater, Mich, to Lucy E. Semler, who war born in East
Liberty, Summit Co., Ohio, May 25, 1864. When she was quite
young, her parents moved into southern Michigan and it was here
she lived at the time of her marriage. After their marriage they
lived on his father's farm near Shalersville for several years. At
the death of his father, he sold his share in the home place to his
brother Samuel and then moved to Myersville where he purchased
a farm on which he lived for some years. He then sold this
place and moved to Mantua where he was employed by the day at
various kinds of labor, but later moved to Ravenna. In 1912 he
went to California leaving his family in Ohio. Here he stayed
for five years, but in 1917 he returned to Mantua where he pur-
chased a place which he makes his headquarters altho most of his
winters have been spent either in Florida or in California. He is
at present employed as clerk in a grocery store in Kenmore, 0.
Mr. and Mrs. Price were the parents of three children.
I. Lena Ann Price was born in Shalersville, May 26, 1885.
She attended the Shalersville District Schools, graduating with
the Boxwell Class in 1900. Her parents moved to Myersville,
Ohio the same spring where she attended the Uniontown High
School. On Aug. 23, 1906 she was united in marriage with
J. Cleve Fry, who was born the 13th. day of June 1882 in Suf-
field Township, Portage Co., Ohio on the same farm on which his
father had been born and reared. He was graduated from the
English Course of the Suffield High School in 1902 after which
he spent a part of his time in teaching thus enabling him to work
his way thru the Ohio Northern University from which he was
graduated in 1910 in both the normal and the liberal arts courses
with the degrees of B. Pd. and B. Sc. In 1911 he received both
Common and High School Life Certificates issued at Columbus,
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Ohio. He then did some graduate work in science at Chicago
University and in 1913 received his M. Sc. degree from the Ohio
Northern University. In 1915, he and his wife moved to Akron,
Ohio where he has been engaged in the real estate business. He
received his commission as a Notary Public in 1916. Mr. and
Mrs. Fry have had one daughter.
I. Baisee Verona Fry died in infancy; March 27, 1912.
II. TuRA May Price was born Aug. 26, 1895 in Shalersville
Twp. She graduated from the Ravenna High School in 1914 and
then entered the Actual Business College of Akron, Ohio. After
finishing her course she entered the employ of the Goodrich Tire
Co. as a stenographer where she remained until the fall of 1919,
The winter of 1919-1920 she spent in Florida. Since her return
she has been engaged as a stenographer by the Firestone Tire Co.
III. Leo Alpha Price was born Dec. 12, 1897 in Bronson, Mich.
He graduated from the Ravenna, Ohio, High School in 1914. He
remained at home with his mother till she moved to Akron in
1915. He then entered the U. S. Navy where he served three
years. Since his discharge he has been employed as an electrician
in Akron, Ohio.
5th. An infant son born July 16, 1863 and died August 28,
6th. Samuel Price was born in Shalersville Township, March
25, 1868. Like the other boys in the family he was brought up on
the farm and attended the district school where he received his
education. After he became of age he worked by the month as
a farm hand till 1891 when he began the management of his
father's farm in partnership with his brother John which they
continued to farm on shares until the death of their father in
1899. On Nov. 29, 1893 he was married to DoRA E. COBB of
Streetsboro, daughter of Roswell Cobb. In the spring of 1900
they purchased the old farm where they stayed till 1910 when
they rented the place and moved to Ravenna where they rented
a house on Spruce St. In 1912 they built them a new home at
340 Prospect St. where they have been living since. In 1911
Mr. Price took the civil service examination for rural mail
carriers and served as mail carrier till 1917. He then entered
the employ of the Ravenna Rubber Co. for a half year after which
he started in business for himself as a rubber vulcanizer in
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Ravenna. After managing this business for a year he entered
the employ of the White Rubber Co. in 1919 where he is still
employed. He is a member of the F. and A. M. No. 12, The
Chapter No. 91, and the K. P No. 255 Lodges and is also an active
member of the Ohio Grange. Mr. and Mrs. Price have had two
I. Elsie Alzaida was born in Shalersville Township, Mar. 27,
1895. After completing her sophomore year in the Ravenna
High School she was forced to discontinue her work because of
ill health. She then remained at home with her parents. On
Nov. 22, 1916 she was married to Russell Benjamin Davis
of Warren, Ohio, who was born March 17, 1895. His father was
Benjamin E. Davis, a farmer. Mr. Davis' occupation was that
of a telephone line man and after his marriage he continued to
follow this work until the fall of 1917 when he entered the employ
of the Ravenna Gas and Electric Light Co. He was there about
six months and then entered the employ of his father-in-law who
was then in the vulcanizing business. When this business was
discontinued, he returned to the employ of the Gas and Electric
Light Company as an electrician in which capacity he is now
employed. Their home has been with her parents.
IL Orsie Alberta was born in Shalersville Township, July
5, 1896. After completing the grades she was forced to discon-
tinue her formal education because of ill health. She then
entered the employ of the Shively Stores Millinery Co. where she
learned the trade of millinery. After working in their Ravenna
Shop for four years she was made the manager of the Kent Shop
where she stayed for three years. On Aug. 8, 1917 she was mar-
ried to Raymond Allen Hill of Mantua, son of Henry S. Hill, an
interior decorator. He was born in Streetsboro, Jan. 26, 1894.
At the time of his marriage he was in business with his father,
but six weeks later he was called to the colors, being the fourth
man conscripted in Portage Co. On Sept.. 19, 1917 he was en-
rolled at Camp Sherman where he stayed nine months. He was
then sent overseas with the 83rd. Division, 331st. Regiment,
Company M, Infantry where he served for eight months. While
in France he was an instructor in the Training Cadre with the
rank of Corporal. He was discharged at Camp Sherman Feb.
8. 1919. After his discharge he returned to Mantua where he
has since been in business with his father.
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 99
7th. Clayton Price was born in Shalersville and died Jan. 29,
1874, aged 3 years, nine months, and 12 days. He was buried
with other members of the family in Feeder Dam Cemetery.
Genealogy of the Betsy Ann Olin Branch.
Betsy Ann Olin*— Thomas Price*
1. Henry Price*
2. Calvin Price — Rosa Coit
I. Fred Price — Winifred Heintzelman
1. Lucille Price
II. Ray Price — Ada Noble (divorced) — Emily Dildine
III. May Price*
3. Emma Price — Clifton Bosworth
I. Harvey Bosworth — Alice Cruzen
1. Lois Bosworth
2. Percy Bosworth*
II. Ethel Bosworth — Hugh Gerard
1. Philip Gerard
2. Phyllis Gerard
3. Myron Gerard
4. Myrtis Gerard
III. Edna Bosworth* — James Cottrell
1. Caret H Cottrell
2. Lewis Cottrell
3. Lester Cottrell
IV. LuRA Bosworth — Clark Stevenson
1. Robert Stevenson
2. Ernest Stevenson
3. Ovis Stevenson
V. Ovis Bosworth — Robert Harmon
4. John Price — Lucy Semler
I. Lena Price — J. Cleve Fry
I. Baisee Fry*
II. TuRA Price
III. Leo Price
5. Infant son*
6. Samuel Price — Dora Cobb
I.Elsie Price — Russel Davis
II. Orsie Price — Raymond Hill
7. Clayton Price*
*Indicates members who are dead.
Emily Olin Pease
THE EMILY OLIN BRANCH.
Emily Lemira Olin, the eldest of Samuel and Mercy Olin's
children, was born in Perry, Wyoming County, N, Y., November
11, 1832, She was with the family in all the changes that were
made in the home until they entered the new brick house which
was soon after opened to the public and known as "Olin's Inn,"
where in the kitchen she frequently took her music lessons
among the dishes as she made them jingle while she washed them.
Besides the district school she attended a few terms at Streets-
boro Center. She was married in Ravenna, Ohio, December 28,
1851 to Lorenzo Dow Pease, who was born in Streetsboro, Ohio,
January 14, 1830. The farm was his home from his earliest
recollections. His father, John Pease, was one of the earliest
settlers in the township. For some time after our subject was
born, the people clung to their pioneer customs and in speaking
of those times, he said he remembered seeing people going visit-
ing seated in chairs that were placed upon a stoneboat to which a
yoke of oxen were hitched, quietly, plodding along with their
load. He also remembered when the first buggy was brought
into Streetsboro Township, When he was old enough, he took a
prominent part in helping to clear the land, in logging, and other
farm work. One term and part of the second he attended at
Streetsboro village ; the rest of his education was obtained at the
district school. He remained at home until he was of age with
the exception of a few months he was clerking in a store in
Southern Indiana. He began work for himself in Mantua, Por-
tage County, Ohio, where he bought a farm of 80 acres to which
he moved in the spring of 1852. This he kept and worked about
a year and a half, then sold out and moved into the town of Lenox,
Ashtabula Co. Ohio where he purchased a farm of 200 acres
giving much of his time to dairying and sheep raising. Here
they lived till her death, which came after a protracted illness
on June 22, 1898. On July 26, 1900, Mr. Pease was married to
Mrs. Libbie Patterson at Ravenna, Ohio. In 1903 he bought a
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beautiful home at Rock Creek where he continued to reside till
the death of his second wife, Aug. 28, 1913. After her death he
spent his summers at the Rock Creek home and the winters with
his daughter in Jefferson. He died at Rock Creek, July 18, 1918.
Lorenzo and Emily Olin Pease were the parents of two children.
1. Addie M. Pease was born in Lenox, Ashtabula County, Ohio,
November 3, 1857. Her education was principally obtained in
Austinburg and Jefferson High Schools. She also gave consider-
able time to the study of music. She began teaching school when
she was about sixteen years old and taught eleven terms. She
was married at her father's home in Lenox, March 1, 1881, to
Warner Wolcott who was born November 7, 1841, in Austin-
burg, Ashtabula County, Ohio. He was next youngest of a
family of nine children His father M-as a mechanic, but also
carried on farming, which occupation the son was brought up to.
Besides the district school, he attendeed two terms at Grand
River Institute at Austinburg. At the time the Rebel, General
Morgan, invaded Southern Ohio, and threatened Cincinnati, it
was his lot to remain at home, as he was one of the younger boys,
but he volunteered and went as a "squirrel hunter," and did
guard duty in Kentucky some two weeks. The winter of 1863
he spent as collecting agent for Norris of Cleveland, in Hend-
ricks County, Indiana; in the spring returned to his home in
Austinburg, where he remained until 1865. He then went to
Nebraska where he took up a homestead in Saunders County,
which he improved during the summer. In the fall he returned
and went to Buffalo, N. Y., where he purchased a tobacco store.
After a stay of six months he sold out and returned to the farm,
which he worked until the following year. He then engaged in
a general merchandise store at Eagleville, Ohio, which he carried
on two and a half years, then sold out. In the fall of 1875, he
was appointed administrator of his brother's estate in Jefferson,
and soon after he bought the grocery and feed store his brother
had been operating, and which, with some changes, he continued
to operate for some years. On January 14, 1906, occurred the
death of Mrs. Wolcott, — the result of kidney trouble. Mrs. Wol-
cott was a charter member of the L. 0. T. M. and was for five
years its commander. Mr. Warner Wolcott again married on
Jan. 14, 1908. He has retired from active work but still con-
tinues to look after his many business interests. Most of his
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 103
winters are spent in the south. Warner and Addie Wolcott had
no children except an adopted daughter.
I. Hazel Mc Dowell, the adopted daughter of Warner Wol-
cott, was born July 16, 1892 and died Jan. 3, 1907.
2. Martha A. Pease was born in the township of Lenox, Jan-
uary 7, 1863. She at first attended the district school near home,
but her education was principally obtained in Jefferson, The
study of music was also pursued with her other studies. She was
married January 19, 1885, at her home in Lenox, to Ernest
A. Woodruff who was born in Eagleville, Austinburg Town-
ship, Ohio, October 28, 1860. His father lived in Eagleville some
five years, then moved to Rock Creek, same County, where he
lived about two years ; he then moved to Jefferson, the County
seat. He attended school in Jefferson. When he was about
seventeen years old he began work in a dry goods store in Jeffer-
son, which he continued four years. He then took a course of five
months in Pittsburg Commercial College, after which he was
again engaged in a store a year and a half. After he was mar-
ried he engaged as clerk in a hardware store in Jefferson, which
occupation he followed until the autumn of 1857. He then began
business for himself, and opened a Fire and Life Insurance Office
in Jefferson, Ohio. In 1892 he sold his insurance business and
became a traveling salesman, in which business he continued till
1918 when he was elected Recorder of Ashtabula Co. Ohio.
During the latter part of his life he suffered from a weak heart
and on Feb, 3, 1920 he was seized with a very severe attack of
heart trouble from which he did not recover, death occurring at
the end of three hours. Mr. Woodruff was a member of I. O. 0.
F., Elks Lodge, F, and A. M., and was also a 32nd Degree Mason.
During the War he took a very active part in Red Cross and
Liberty Loan drives. His sudden death came as a very severe
shock to his community which lost in him one of the best of
citizens. Mrs. Woodruff still lives in Jefferson. Mr. and Mrs.
Woodruff had one daughter.
I. Lucile Addie Woodruff was born in Jefferson, Ohio, Dec. 8,
1886. Her education was received in Jefferson, On Dec. 8,
1905 she became ill with appendicitis from which disease she had
suffered once before. After several weeks of suffering, she died
104 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF
Feb. 28, 1906. She was a great favorite with her companions
who lost in her a splendid friend.
Genealogy of the Emily Olin Branch.
Emily Olin* — Lorenzo Pease*
1. Addie Pease* — Warner Wolcott
I Hazel Wolcott*
2. Martha Pease — Ernest Woodruff*
I. Lucile Woodruff*
*Indicates members who are dead.
THE NATHANIEL OLIN BRANCH.
Nathaniel S. Olin was born Dec. 27, 1837, in Perry, New
York, where he lived until the spring of 1839 when with his
parents, he moved to the home in Streetsboro, Ohio. Besides the
district school he attended but two terms of select school one be-
ing at Kent and the other at Hiram Institute, taught by the
lamented James A. Garfield.
After finishing school he returned to the old homestead and be-
gan farming for himself, his father having built a new house
near by in which he was then living. In connection with his
other branches of farming he took great interest from the be-
ginning in the breeding of short-horned cattle. This business
received his special attention and care, so that his stock became
as noted as it was valuable. In 1888 his barn together with
thirty-three head of his most valuable stock was burned, causing
a loss valued at $12,000.00
He was greatly interested in agriculture and was a director
in the Portage County Agricultural Board twenty-one years,
President of the same eight years and also president of the
Farmers Institute five years. He also gave some attention to
political matters having been twice elected Assessor of his town-
ship. He once received the nomination for Representative of his
district, but was defeated at the election.
He was married December 18, 1861, to Augusta Doolittle,
at her home in Streetsboro, Ohio. She was born in the same
township June 25, 1839. She obtained her education at the dis-
trict school and also attended the Academy at Shalersville two
years. Her home from her infancy had been upon the farm.
In 1893 with the family of their son, Albert, they moved to a
small farm on the edge of Ravenna where they spent the re-
mainder of their days. Nathaniel S. Olin died Oct. 11, 1901 and
Augusta Olin on May 9, 1897. They had four children.
1st. Albert D. Olin was born in Streetsboro, Portage Co.,
Ohio, June 26, 1863. After an attendance at the district school
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he attended Buchtell College at Akron with the intention of
graduating, but after remaining two years his health failed and
he was obliged to refrain from further work. In order to regain
his health he made a trip to Atlanta, Georgia, where he remained
a few weeks, returning greatly improved. He then became iden-
tified with his father in farming and the raising of stock. He
also taught six terms of school. Directly after he was twenty-
one years of age he was elected Assessor of his native township
and thus became the youngest officer ever elected in its history.
On Sept. 9, 1891 he was married to Henrietta Russell at the
home of her parents in Comstock, Mich. She was the grand-
daughter of Arvin Olin and was thus a second cousin of her
husband. She was born Feb. 18, 1865 in Franklin Township,
Portage Co., Ohio but when three and a half years old moved
with her parents to Michigan where she lived till her marriage.
Previous to that event much of her time for some years was
passed in the school room where she had proved herself a very
popular teacher. After their marriage, they lived with his
parents till the death of his father. In 1893 they sold the big
farm and moved to a small farm at the edge of Ravenna, After
the death of his father, they moved into Ravenna and Mr, Olin be-
gan teaching school in the grades in Ravenna. After teaching
here several years, he was principal of the West Main St, School
and was thus engaged till 1908 when his health failed him. He
then went to southern California where after four months he
felt able to resume his work which he did in 1908-1909, How-
ever in the fall of 1909 his health again failed him, when with his
family he removed to Glendora, Calif, where he lived out of doors
in an attempt to cure himself of the tubercular trouble with
which he was afflicted. After being there a year, they moved to
Pomona in 1910 where they lived till his death, March 4, 1911.
After his death the family remained in Pomona till the spring of
1912 when they returned to Ravenna where they now live at 150
N, Prospect St, Mr, and Mrs, Olin had three children,
A. Fanny Loraine Olin was born Feb, 25, 1894, Her first
year in high school was completed at Azusa, Calif, but the family
then moved to Pomona and in 1912 she was graduated from the
Pomona High School, She then taught for one year in the
Ravenna City Schools in the 2nd. Grade after which she taught
for two years in the Hudson District School. In the fall of 1915
she entered the Thomas Normal Training School of Detroit where
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 109
she finished the two year course and received her teacher's
certificate. The last three years or since 1917 she has been teach-
ing domestic science in the City of Ravenna. Jan. 12, 1921 she
was married to Ray E. Donley of Shalersville, Ohio. They now
Hve in Bellaire, Ohio where he is manager of the Home Dairy Co.
B. Paul Russell Olin was born April 30, 1897 near Ravenna.
His first year of high school was completed in the Pomona High
School, but the remainder of his high school course was taken at
Ravenna from which high school he graduated in 1915. He then
entered the employ of the Second National Bank where he worked
for two years. In 1917 he entered the employ of the People's
State Bank of Detroit and was there until July, 1918, when he
enlisted in the Motor Transport Corps, July 15, 1918. He was
trained at the Motor Mechanics School at Ann Arbor and was
then assigned to Allentown, Pa. From here he was sent back to
Ann Arbor to be discharged Dec. 15, 1918. While in Detroit he
served as Acting Line Sergeant. From Dec. 1918 to Oct. 1919 he
was employed in the same bank in Detroit in which he was
employed before his military service, but in Oct. 1919 he returned
to the 2nd. National Bank of Ravenna where he is now employed
as Paying Teller.
C.Albert Doolittle Olin was born April 10, 1901 in Ravenna.
He completed his course in the Ravenna High School in 1919 and
is now in his sophomore year in the University of Akron. He is
studying Productive Engineering for Productive Managers. He
is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha.
2nd. Fannie A. Olin was born August 24, 1866 in Streets-
boro, Ohio During her short life she was particularly interested
in educational pursuits and made such excellent progress that
when only 15 years old she obtained a certificate for teaching and
had made arrangements to do so, but her father's earnest request
induced her to abandon her intention. She entered Buchtell Col-
lege where she was an excellent student. She was a member of
the Eta Chapter of the Delta Gamma Sororitj'^ and endeared her-
self to all who knew her. She died very suddenly on March 28,
1887 and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery.
3rd. Nettie S. Olin was born in Streetsboro, Ohio, Jan. 19,
1871 and died Feb. 11, 1872 .
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4th. Harrie E. Olin was born July 21, 1876 and died Oct. 18,
Genealogy of the Nathaniel Olin Branch
Nathaniel Olin* — Augusta Uoolittle*
1. Albert Olin* — Henrietta Russell
A. Fanny Olin — Ray Donley
B. Russell Olin
C. Albert Olin
2. Fannie Olin*
3. Nettie Olin*
4. Harrie Olin*
*Indicates members who are dead.
THE ADELAIDE OLIN BRANCH
Adelaide E. Olin was born in Streetsboro Township, Portage
Co., Ohio, Sept. 13, 1840. After attending the district school un-
til she was about fourteen years old, she attended a select school
at Twinsburg, Ohio, taught by Samuel Bissell, after which she
attended Hiram Institute for two years, James A. Garfield then
being the principal teacher. On Feb. 10, 1864 she was married
at her father's home to Charles Rollin Doolittle who was
born in Streetsboro Township, August 31, 1837. He was the
eldest of a family of four children. He was born and reared on a
farm and gave most of his life to the solving of farm problems.
Besides the common school, he attended select school at Streets-
boro and Shalersville and also took a commercial course at Kent
which gave him familiarity with business forms. After their
marriage they moved on a farm of 116 acres in Streetsboro for
which he had paid $5,600 the year previous. Here they lived
for six years. Receiving then an offer of a few hundred dollars
in advance of purchase price for this farm, he sold it and bought
a farm of 226 acres in the same vicinity for which he paid
$13,000. On this farm they remained twelve years or till March,
1882 when they moved into the new house their father Olin had
built a few years before. Mr. Doolittle then purchased of the
heirs their interest in the land that Samuel Olin held at the time
of his death which made him the possessor of 600 acres of
land. In 1911, however, he sold the old place but kept the part
lying to the south of the old home. On Oct. 12, 1913, Mrs. Doo-
little died as the result of bronchial trouble accompanied by the
gradual loss of her powers. A little more than two years later
occurred the death of Mr. Doolittle on Jan. 22, 1915. Death re-
sulted from blood poison following a tooth-extraction. Mr. Doo-
little was one of the most respected citizens of his community
and held various positions of responsibility. During the Civil
War he was an enrolling officer. He also held the office of Town-
ship Trustee and for twelve years was a Director of the County
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Infirmary. He was President of the Fifth Olin Reunion held in
Kent, Ohio, October 1 and 2, 1890. At the time of his death he
was a Director of the Second National Bank in Ravenna, Mr.
and Mrs. Doolittle had three children.
1st. Clarence S. Doolittle was born in Streetsboro, Ohio,
May 19, 1865. After completing his work in the common schools
he spent one term at the Hudson Preparatory School and six
months at Buchtell College, Akron. Until his marriage he re-
mained at home with his father, sharing in the business of the
farm and factory. On Aug. 17, 1892 he was married to Letta
E. Stuart who was born in Streetsboro, Oct. 23, 1867. Her
father was the town clerk of Streetsboro and also a grocer. She
lived at home with the exception of six years when she taught
school in Streetsboro. After their marriage they lived with his
parents till the spring of 1893 when they began keeping house
on the old Samuel Olin place where they now live. The old house
has been remodeled and a new barn had been built. About 80
acres were sold to the Akron City Water Works but aside from
that the old place remains intact. In addition to managing his
farm, Clarence Doolittle contracted for a part of the clearing of
the ground for the building of the dam and also built most of the
dikes. He has been particularly interested in Holstein cattle
and was one of the first in his township to keep registered Hol-
steins. He has traveled to the Pacific Coast four times, some of
these trips being made in the interest of a ranch of 640 acres in
Oregon which he and H. J. Eicknor own in partnership. The last
of these trips was made entirely by automobile in the fall of 1919
and Mr. Doolittle was very proud to say that two of the tires
when he reached Oregon carried "Ohio air". Mr. and Mrs.
Doolittle have had three children.
I. Mary Ester Doolittle was born Nov. 12, 1895. Her
education was obtained in the Streetsboro High School and the
Glenville High School of Cleveland from which last-named school
she was graduated. She also finished one year at the Thomas
Normal School of Detroit in domestic science and art. In the fall
of 1916 she spent six months as a student dietician in the Lake-
side Hospital of Cleveland, after which she served as dietician in
the Alliance City Hospital of Alliance, Ohio. In Sept. 1918 she
entered the employ of the Goodyear Rubber Co. where she has
since been employed upon the clerical staff.
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 115
II. Grace Adelle Doolittle was born Dec. 20, 1897. She
finished Streetsboro High School in 1914 and was graduated from
the course in physical education of the Kent State Normal School
in 1916. She then attended Dr. Arnold's School of Physical
Education in New Haven, Conn, for six months. On Dec. 6,
1917 she was married to Robert F. Brandt of Cleveland. He
was born July 13, 1896 in Cleveland and was the son of a com-
mission merchant. He was educated in the Howe School for
Boys of Howe, Ind. and in the Poughkeepsie Business College.
After their marriage they lived with her parents till the fall of
1919. During this time he was acting as buyer for the Brandt
Co. of Cleveland. This company consists of himself and three
brothers and is one of the largest wholesale food houses in the
U. S. In the fall of 1919 they moved to Cleveland where they
now live at 641 East 118 St. He is now buyer for the poultry
department of the Brandt Co. They have one child.
1. Mary Dean Brandt was born Sept. 23, 1918 in Streetsboro.
III. Hazel Dayle Doolittle was born August 4, 1905. She
is now in her first year in the Streetsboro High School.
2nd. Addie May Doolittle was born Dec. 8, 1871 in Streets-
boro Township and died Oct. 8, 1880. She is buried in Evergreen
3rd. Mettie A. Doolittle was born Jan. 16, 1872 in Streets-
boro, Ohio. After attending the district school, she spent two
years at select school, and then took a course of three years at
the Kent High School from which she was graduated in 1889.
In the winter of 1889-1890 she taught one term of district school.
She then remained at home in order better to care for her mother
until her marriage on Oct. 23, 1895 to James Frost Fenton,
son of Green Fenton of Mantua. James Fenton was born in
Streetsboro, Dec. 22, 1871. He had been a farmer previous to
his marriage and has continued in this business to the present
time. After their marriage, they came to her father's farm
which he rented and managed till the death of Mr. Doolittle.
They still live on the old place which they now own. On April 28,
1921 Mr. Fenton was the victim of a very serious accident.
While working near the barn with a team the horses became
frightened and started to run. In attempting to stop them he
was apparently thrown into some sharp-cornered object, possibly
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the silo, which resulted in a very bad cut in the head and a
fracture of the skull. At the present writing he is in a very
critical condition. They have had three children.
I. Charles Rollin Fenton was born in Streetsboro, July 14,
1896. He attended the Streetsboro High School for two years
and then entered a drug store in Cleveland where he was employ-
ed for two years. He then attended the School of Pharmacy in
Western Reserve College. On Nov. 14, 1917 of his second year
in college he enlisted in the Medical Corps, U. S. Army. He left
the United State on April 23, 1918 and returned April 17, 1919,
During these months with the A. E. F. he served with Hospital
Train No. 66 and saw service with this Train at Chateau Thierry
and other engagements. He was discharged May 9, 1919. He
immediately entered the employ of his uncle in a drug store at
Chagrin Falls, Ohio where he remained until the fall of 1919
when he entered the Pharmacy School of Ohio Northern Univer-
sity at Ada, Ohio.
II. Floyd Doolittle Fenton was born Aug. 5, 1901. He was
graduated from the Streetsboro High School in 1919 and is now
in attendance in the College of Agriculture, Ohio State Univer-
III. Louise Velnette Fenton was born March 25, 1903. She
is now in her senior year in the Streetsboro High School.
Genealogy of the Adelaide Olin Branch.
Adelaide Olin* — Rollin Doolittle*
1. Clarence Doolittle — Letta Stuart
I. Mary Doolittle
II. Grace Doolittle — Robert Brandt
1. Mary Brandt
III. Hazel Doolittle
2. Addie Doolittle*
3. Mettie Doolittle — James Fenton
1. Charles Fenton
2. Floyd Fenton
3. Louise Fenton
*Indicates members who are dead.
THE SAMUEL OLIN BRANCH.
Samuel E. Olin was born in Streetsboro, Portage Co., Ohio,
Jan. 7, 1849 and was hence the youngest of the children of Samuel
Olin, Sr. He attended the district school in the vicinity and
later attended the Kent High School for a few terms after which
he spent one year at Mt. Union College. Soon after he became
of age, on March 28, 1870 he left Ohio for Kansas going by way
of Michigan and in Kansas he purchased 80 acres of undeveloped
land. He then returned to Michigan where he worked during
the summer and in the fall of 1870 he returned to Ohio where he
made arrangements to work his father's farm on shares. He
then returned to Michigan and on Dec. 22, 1870 he was married
to Josephine Carson at her home in Ross, Kalamazoo County.
She was born in Milton, Mahoning Co., Ohio, May 14, 1851 and
was two years old when her parents moved to Michigan and
settled on a farm in the south-west corner of Ross. Here she
lived with her parents till her marriage.
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Olin moved to Ohio and
worked their rented farm for two years. He then bought a
farm of 64 acres in Shalersville where they lived two years.
They then disposed of this farm and returned to the old home-
stead where they lived four years. In the spring of 1879, they
moved to Michigan and settled on a farm of 58 acres which they
purchased in the south-west part of Ross. Later an adjoining
farm of 95 acres was purchased and added to the farm upon
which they moved in June 1884. Here they lived until about
1900 when Mrs. Olin purchased property in Galesburg where she
lived till Jan. 1906 when accompanied by her sons she went to
California for her health. Here death, caused by Bright's
disease, came on May 7, 1906. After the purchase of the Gales-
burg home Mr. Olin spent his winters in the town but the major
portions of his summers in the country. In 1895 he bought the
controllnig interest in the Barlow and Youman Mfg. Co., makers
of windmill supplies, and reorganized it forming the S. E. Olin
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Mfg. Co. which he managed for a few years. After leaving this
Company he entered the employ of the Kalamazoo Tank and Silo
Company and served for a year as their traveling salesman in
Indiana and Ohio.
After the death of Mrs. Olin, Mr. Olin lived on the farm with
the family of his son, Seymour, until Nov. 15, 1913 when he mar-
ried Ella Dunning Olin of Kent, Ohio. For her early history
see the Alzonzo Olin Branch (under Arthur Olin). They spent
the winter of 1913-1914 in California at Los Angeles and upon
their return East made their home in Kent where they have
lived ever since with the exception of the winter of 1914-1915
which was spent in Florida. In 1918 his mind commenced to
fail him and at the present time he is completely invalided re-
quiring the constant care and attention of Mrs. Olin. Mr. Olin
has been a faithful member of the F. and A. M. Lodge having
joined when he was 21 years old. He has served his Township
as Trustee, Assessor or Supervisor several terms. Samuel and
Josephine Olin were the parents of three children.
1st. Samuel Olin was born in Ross, Mich., Nov. 19, 1880 and
died Nov. 20, 1880. He was buried in Howlandsburg cemetery.
2nd. Samuel Seymour Olin was born in Ross, Mich., Feb.
18. 1882. He finished the country school north of the old farm
and then went to the Galesburg High School till in his fourth
year. He then attended the Parsons Business College in Kal-
amazoo for two winters and a summer completing in 1904 the
course in shorthand and business law. In 1900 he moved to
town with his parents and lived there in Galesburg till 1906
when in January of that year he went with his mother to Los
Angeles and Pacific Grove, Calif, for her health. Here she died
on May 7, 1906 and he then returned immediately to Galesburg.
That summer was spent on the farm and on Dec. 22, 1906 he was
married to Louise Bishop of Galesburg. She was born Aug. 11,
1881 on a farm near Galesburg. She was graduated from the
Galesburg high School in 1898 and also attended Normal School
at Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo. She had also taught grade schools
for seven years. — one in the country, four in Galesburg, and two
After their marriage they moved to the old farm in 1907
which they rented of his father until 1914 when they purchased
the place. Mr. Olin is a member of the Galesburg Grange and
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 121
Galesbiirg Lodge I. 0. O. F. 364. During the World War both
Mr. and Mrs. OHn served on the local Liberty Loan Committee.
They have had four children.
L Robert Samuel Olin was born May 1, 1908.
IL Dorothy Josephine Olin was born Dec. 29, 1910.
IIL RoLLiN Gerald Olin was born Jan. 6, 1912.
IV. Betty Jane Olin was born Mar. 21, 1918.
3rd. Karl Olin was born Oct. 18, 1886 near Galesburg, Mich-
igan. He attended the public schools of Howlandsburg and
Galesburg and after finishing the 11th. grade in the Galesburg
Schools went with his mother to California in Jan. 1906. After
returning to Michigan he entered the Pearson Business College of
Kalamazoo in Nov. 1906 remaining until the following June.
On Oct. 22, 1907 he was married to Eulalie V. Butler of Cen-
terville, Mich. Immediately after their marriage they went to
California where they remained until Feb. 1908 when they re-
turned to Galesburg where he purchased a small suburban prop-
'^.rty near Battle Creek. Domestic difficulties ensued and in July,
1910 Mr. Olin was granted a divorce. They had no children.
Jan. 14, 1911 he was married to Anne B. Benjamin, eldest
'Slaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Benjamin of Kalamazoo. She
was born in Grand Rapids, Mich. Sept. 2, 1892 and was educated
in the Grand Rapids Public Schools. After spending a winter
in California they returned to Kalamazoo where in 1911 he enter-
ed the employ of the Kalamazoo Stationary Co. where he re-
mained until 1918 with the exception of the winter of 1914-
1915 which he spent on a tomato farm in Florida. July 2, 1918
he enlisted in the U. S. Naval Reserve at Detroit and was sent
to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station. Here he was attached
to the guard company of the 17th. Regiment and was made a
petty officer, remaing in the Station until his release from service
Jan. 22, 1919. He then went to Lansing where he took a short
course at the State Agricultural College in tractor management
and after completing the course made a brief trip to Georgia
in connection with tractor work.
In the spring of 1920 he entered the employ of Henry L.
Vanderhorst as book-keeper and after some months in the Three
Rivers office was transferred to the Kalamazoo office and later to
the office in Elkhart, Ind. where he is now engaged.
122 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF
Genealogy of the Samuel Olin Branch.
Samuel Olin — Josephine Carson* — Mrs. Ella Olin
1. Samuel Olin*
2. Samuel Olin — Louise Bishop
I. Robert Olin
III. Dorothy Olin
III. RoLLiN Olin
IV. Betty Olin
3. Karl Olin — Eulalie Butler (divorced) — Anne Ben-
^Indicates members who are dead.
The following are the biographies of the children of Samuel
Olin who died without descendents :
1. Silas Olin. the first-born of the children of Samuel and
Betsy Olin, was born in Whitestown, N. Y., June 6, 1816. He
died in Sept. 1827 and is buried in the cemetery at Perry Center.
2. Bathana Olin was the sixth child of Samuel and Betsy
Olin. She was born in Perry, N. Y., July 16, 1827 where she
lived until her father's removal to Ohio. When only four years
old and while still living in Perry, she met with the loss of her
mother. She accompanied her father when he moved to Ohio.
Upon their arrival they first lived in a log house on the corner
opposite the place where the brick house was later built. Here
they lived some some two months. A barn was begun and com-
pleted after which the brick house was built. It was finished be-
fore the beginning of the year 1840. Here she lived for about
six years or until her death on May 23, 1846. She is buried in
3. Ezra Olin, the seventh child of Samuel and Betsy Olin was
born in Perry, N. Y. where he died in infancy in 1829,
4. Seymour Olin, the second child of Samuel and Mercy Olin,
was born in Perry, N. Y. Dec. 14, 1834 and died Nov. 28, 1836.
He was buried at Perry Center.
5. Martha Olin, fifth child of Samuel and Mercy Olin, was
born in Streetsboro, Jan. 18, 1843 and died Sept. 19, 1858.
6. Mary Olin, sixth child of Samuel and Mercy Olin. was born
April 2, 1846 in Streetsboro and died Sept. 18, 1858. She is
buried in Evergreen Cemetery.
124 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF
Appendix No. 1.
The following tables are here inserted to furnish aid to those
who wish to learn something about the early Olin ancestry par-
ticularly of those families into which they married. Mr. C. O.
Bailey plans in the near future to publish a booklet on these
collateral lines and for that reason only the barest outline is pub-
Ancestry of Susanna Spencer, wife of John Olin I.
Michael Spencer; married Elizabeth and lived in Bedfordshire,
Jarrard Spencer; baptised at Stratford, Bedfordshire, May 20.
I 1576. Married Alice and died before 1648.
Michael Spencer; married a widow of Thomas Robbins and
I died 1653 ; lived in Cambridge, Mass.
Michael Spencer; born 1647; married Rebecca Sweetman Dec.
I 7, 1670-1 ; died March 16, 1723.
Susanna Spencer; born April 6, 1680; married John Olin Oct.
Ancestry of Susanna Pearce, wife of John Olin II.
Richard Pearce; born about 1615 in England; married Sus-
I sannah Wright about 1642.
Giles Pearce; born July 22, 1651; married Elizabeth Hall, April
I 1676; died Nov. 19, 1698.
Jeremiah Pearce; born Jan. 22, 1678; married Abigail Long;
I died April 25, 1754.
Susanna Pearce; born April 8, 1708; married John Olin, Dec.8,
1734; died Feb. 1802.
Ancestry of Elizabeth Hall.
William Hall; born 1613; died 1675; married Mary who died
Elizabeth Hall; married Giles Pearce April 13, 1676; died 1698.
Ancestry of Abigail Long.
Philip Long of Newport married Hannah of East Greenwich.
Abigail Long; born June 20, 1682; married Jeremiah Pearce;
died April 22, 1774.
THE SAMUEL OLIN FAMILY 125
Ancestry of Sarah Card, wife of John Olin III.
Peleg Card ; born 1675 ; married Elizabeth Ayles worth ; died 1765.
Philip Card; married Catherine Davis Dec. 3, 1741.
Sarah Card; born about 1745; married John Olin Oct. 13, 1765;
died 1819, June 12.
Ancestry of Elizabeth Aylesworth.
Rev. John Brown married Mary Holmes.
Mary Brown married Arthur Aylesworth who died 1725-26.
Mary Holmes Brown was the daughter of Rev. Obadiah
Holmes, the Baptist Martyr.
Joining the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
and the National Society Sons of the American Revolution are
represented in the States with offices and general headquarters
at the State Capitals. Local societies are formed in various
cities in the State wherever there are enuf members to justify
the organization of a local chapter. After one is admitted to the
State Chapter, he may join any local society which is convenient.
If you wish to be a member of the D. A. R. (or S. A. R.) write
to the State Regent for application blanks. When these are re-
ceived fill them out very carefully. The war record upon which
your application is based is that of John Olin III found in Chapter
III of this book, and when citing your authority give the ref-
erence not only to this volume but also to the Vermont Pay Rolls
as recorded there.
After the State Regent has examined your credentials and has
been assured of their genuineness, you will receive notice of your
election to the State Society at which time the Regent will confer
with you concerning your admission to a local chapter.
Harvey 'J '6
Wm., Jr. 63
Wm. J. 81
J. Cleve 96
Frank, Jr. 70
Albert, Jr. 109
John, I. 15
John, II. 17
John, III. 19
John — 56
Samuel E. 119
Samuel S. 120
Thomas 71 and 76
Fred, Jr. 46
Nahum H. 44
Nahum L. 46
The following is a geographical index of the members or families
of the descendants of Samuel Olin.
Arizona New Hartford
„. , Harris, Fred ob
Green, Helen 86 Kansas
Fort Smith Britain, Evert 45
Edmonds, Robert 77 ,.. , .
Long Beach de Noyer, Herman 67
Cowlev, Chelcy 63 Galesburg
Cowley, Harrie 69 Olin (Samuel) Seymour
Bosworth, Clifton 93 ...
Harmon, Robert 95 Missouri
Stevenson, Clark 95 Birch Tree ^, ^ ,^
o TT, • Renegar, Edward 45
San Francisco Sutherland, Benjamin _-44
Cowley, Walter 82 ^^^.^^ ^^,^'^ 4e
Bosworth, Harvey 93 New York
Gerard, Hugh 94 White Plains
Colorado Wilhelm, Walter 55
Crawford North Dakota
Cowley, Jose'ih 79 Marion
Simmons, Willis 80 " Manbeck, Floyd 66
Cottrell, Jamss 94 Ohio
Smith, Thomas 76 Akron
Hotchkiss Doolittle, Mary 114
McMurry, Perry 81 Fry, J. Cleve 96
Maher Price, Fred 92
Cowley, William 81 Price, Leo 97
^' Price, Tura 97
Avilla Coy, Walter 67
Smith, Harold 72 Ashtabula
Elkhart ^ Burgett, Claude 42
Olin, Karl 121 Atwater
Wolcottville Olin, Edwin 52
Raber, Carl 74 Bellaire
Raber, Oran 74 Donlev, Rav 109
Raber, Zuella 73 t^ , t T
Iowa Green, Horace 86
Walker, Lloyd 66 Whittaker, John 53
LaPorte City Chagrin Falls
Sheffler, Arch 66 Fenton, Charles lib
Brandt, Robert _115
Carlson, Gustave 54
Price, Ray 92
Faulkehburg, Charles _-43
Olin, Charles 53
Elliman, Clifford 78
; Elliman,^ Thomas ^^78
Robinson, Tred 79
Burgett, Alden 42
Bu.rgett, Henry 42
Burgett, Raymond 42
Woodruff, Martha 103
Price, John 96
Cowley, Edwin ^61
Haymaker, Fred 87
Olin, Frank 57
; Olin, .Samuel 119
Hill, Raymond 98
Price, Calvin 91
Davis, Russell 98
Haymaker, Mary 87
Merrill, Lute 52
Olin, Russell -103
Price, Samuel 97
Williai?d, Burton 52
Corbett William J65
Cowley, William 63
' Stowe Center
Miller, George 56
Cowley, Charles 70
(Coy, Samuel 67
Coy, Solomon .'67
Doolittle, Clarence 114
Fen ton, James 115
Palmer, Clarence 70
. Hahne, Frank 70
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