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The father of Williams Noe, Daniel M. Noe, was the descendant of an old Huguenot family from France, whence his father, Abraham Noe, came to America during the Revolutionary war. Daniel M. Noe was married in New Jersey, January 1, 1809, to Mary Williams. Three children were born to them in that State, and in 1816, with his small family, he emigrated to Ohio, settling in Plain township, Franklin county, where he made a purchase of one hundred acres of land. But few settlers were located in this vicinity, the nearest neighbor being Joseph Scott, half a mile distant, while the country was a wilderness, with no roads, other than paths and blazed trees to mark the course of the hardy pioneers. Here he made a clearing, and improved a farm, on which he lived until 1869, when he died, aged eighty-two years, one month and nineteen days. His wife survived him, and died January 2, 1879, aged eighty-four years, five months and four days.
To them were born eleven children, who lived to maturity. Williams Noe, the subject of this sketch, was born in Plain township, September 10, 1817, and here he passed his early life, occupied in assisting his father in clearing and improving the farm, and raising the grain and crops necessary for their subsistence. He obtained a limited education at the subscriptions schools of that day, and on the third of April, 1842, was married to Isabella Pugh, who was born April 24, 1820. Her father was David Pugh, who was one of the early settlers of Truro. Her brother, John M. Pugh, became probate judge of Franklin county, and is a prominent lawyer of Columbus.
After marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Noe settled in Truro, where they ever after lived. Mrs. Noe died at their home, January 11, 1850. She was the mother of six children, al sons, (two pairs of twins), three of whom died in infancy. Of those who survived, was David Pugh Noe, who was born January 3, 1843. During the war of the Rebellion he enlisted in the Forty-sixth Ohio infantry, and participated in the battle of Shiloh, at which he was wounded. He received his discharge, for disability, August 30, 1862. Daniel M. Noe, who was born November 4, 1844, also entered the service of his country, in the same regiment, and was also wounded at Shiloh, from the effects of which he died in the hospital, at Cincinnati, April 6, 1862. Andrew J. Noe, who was born February 4, 1847, was patriotic, like his brothers, but not of an age to enlist as a soldier in the early part of the war, but entered the service in 1864, and served three months, at the end of which time he was honorably mustered out with his regiment.
Some time after the death of his wife, Williams Noe came into possession of property form her father, which was deeded to his three sons, two of whom are now living and still own it, but resided on another farm, which they have since purchased, on the northeast quarter of section ten. Mr. Noe, sr., was married a second time, in the fall of 1852, to Permelia Hanson, a daughter of Captain John Hanson, who settled in Truro in 1809. Mr. Noe was one of the original abolitionists, in the county, and as such was obliged to suffer much persecution for his opinions' sake, but stood nobly by the cause he believed just, until in the end it triumphed. He was also a strong advocate of the temperance cause, at that time also extremely unpopular. A great reader, with a very retentive memory, he was able to recall dates and events with astonishing accuracy. His reputation among his neighbors was that of a strictly honest man, a good citizen, and a friend of all humanity. His death occurred May 21, 1869.