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(Fred'k Stombaugh Portrait)

John and Elizabeth (Baker) Stombaugh were natives of York county, Pennsylvania, where they resided until the year 1808, when they removed, with their family, to Ohio. Mr. Stombaugh, the year previous, had visited Ohio--then the "far West"--and had entered the west half of section number three, of township number four, in range twenty-two (Hamilton), and on this piece of land the family commenced pioneer life in the western wilderness. The patent for this land is still in possession of the family, and shows the purchase price to have been two dollars and fifty cents per acre.

Mrs. Stombaugh died in the early years of their settlement, and Mr. Stombaugh subsequently married again, his second wife being Susan Lindsey of Hamilton. He was the father of six children, all by his first wife. Mary, the eldest, was the wife of John Shannon and resided in Hamilton several years, when she removed to Peoria, Illinois, where she afterwards died; Margaret is the wife of David Mooberry, and is now living in Peoria, Illinois; Ann and Catharine (now deceased) both lived in Peoria, Ann being unmarried, and Catharine being the wife of David Martin; John Stombaugh married Nancy Adams, daughter of Percival Adams, one of the pioneers of Hamilton, and died in Woodford county, Illinois.

Frederick Stombaugh, whose portrait appears in connection with this sketch, was the youngest of the family. He was born on the homestead, in Hamilton, on the first day of June 1811. On January 11, 1838, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth, daughter of John and Catharine Baylor (born July 28, 1817), who came to this county from York county, Pennsylvania, in 1825, and settled on the Lancaster road, not far from where the toll gate now is. The father died at the age of forty, and the mother some three years since, at the age of eighty-three.

Mr. Stombaugh resided on the farm on which he was born, until the day of his death--September 22, 1861. He was a man of much energy and activity; industrious, prudent, and successful, leaving to his family, as a result of his labor and foresight, a fine property. The children of Frederick and Elizabeth Stombaugh (who is still living on the homestead) are as follows: Eveline, born December 29, 1829, is unmarried; Mary C., born October 14, 1840, was married, April 12, 1856, to Jacob Wright, of Logan county, Ohio, who died August 31, 1868, and Mrs. Wright now lives on the farm with her mother; Elizabeth, born January 15, 1843, married, April 4, 1865, S. K. Jones, and lives on a portion of the homestead, John, born January 28, 1847, married, October 19, 1870, Louisa Jane Klickenger, and also occupies a portion of the home farm; Caroline, born May 11, 1850, married, October 20, 1870, Cyracus Wolfel, and resides in Columbus; Sarah, born February 25, 1853, is unmarried; and Martha, born May 11, 1857, married T. J. Moore, December 12, 1873, and is now living in Marion township.

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