Guernsey County Ohio GenWeb Project
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Portrait and Biographical Record of
Guernsey County, Ohio

Chicago: C.O. Owen & Co., 1895

Transcribed and proofed by Leslyn Lang

Scanned, formatted, and indexed by Scott R. C. Anderson

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his popularity and the high esteem in which he is held by all. During his administration, over seven miles of sewers have been laid, and many other improvements in the city have been inaugurated.

September 8, 1878, Mr. Souers was united in marriage in this city to Celestia M., daughter of F. R. and Angeline Black, natives of Ohio. Of the four children born to this union, all but one are living. In order of birth they are as follows: Edna M., Loren E. and Franklin Earl. Enos W. is deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Souers are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and take an active interest in its various departments of work and usefulness. Fraternally our subject belongs to Black Diamond Lodge No. 267, K. of P., and to Goshen Tent No. 36, K. 0. T. M.


JOHN STOCKSDALE is one of the honored inhabitants of Dover Township, within the limits of which he has passed his entire life. He is now engaged in carrying on the old homestead, which comprises one hundred and three acres. The place is under good cultivation, and is well improved with substantial fences, barns and a pleasant residence.

The parents of the gentleman whose name heads this article were William C. and Anna (Munna) Stocksdale. The father, who is now deceased, was born in Baltimore County, Md., and was a son of Elisha and Rebecca (Cook) Stocksdale. William C. emigrated to Tuscarawas County in 1836, and purchased the farm which is now carried on by his third son. He and his wife, both now deceased, were worthy and industrious pioneers, doing all in their power to advance the best interests of the community in which they dwelt, as well as to rear their children to lives of usefulness and thrift. Of the eight children born to them, three were sons and five daughters. In the order of their birth they were named as follows: Martin, Justic, Susan, John, Mary, Rebecca, Florence and Jane.

John Stocksdale spent his boyhood days attending

the district schools adjacent to his home and acquiring by practical experience familiarity with the proper methods of conducting a farm. He has always followed agricultural pursuits, and has met with success in his chosen work. He is the owner of his father's old farm, which he carries on in a most progressive manner.


JOHN M. HAMMOND, one of the oldest inhabitants of Guernsey County, has had his abode for many years on his farm, which is located on Section 12, Adams Township. He is a native of Washington County, Pa., where his birth occurred September 16, 1805. His parents were William and Mary (Weir) Hammond, the former a native of Ireland, and the latter of Scotland. William Hammond, with his brothers, John, Robert and David, came to the United States before the Revolutionary War. John volunteered his services in the Continental army and participated in the battles of Brandywine and Bunker Hill, being wounded in the latter engagement. The brothers settled on the Susquehanna River, where they all took up claims, but the Indians were so hostile in that locality that they removed to Hickory, Washington County, Pa. William Hammond came to Guernsey County in 1819.

John M. Hammond is one of eight children. His brother James was a merchant at Pittsburg, and later removed to Kentucky, where he studied medicine. He married a Kentucky lady, who died a few years later, and after that sad event the Doctor wrote home that he was going to leave there and would let them know of his future location, but he was never again heard from. David came to this county and died in Cambridge. Mary became the wife of William Blair, and both passed to their final rest while residents of this county. Sarah became the wife of Thomas Ford, and both are deceased. Jane, who married Samuel Atchison, now deceased, makes her home at Bloomfield, Ohio. Annie became the wife of David Dew, of this county; and William married Matilda Parks,

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