Joseph W. Story was the fourth child of Marmer Duke Story and Rachel Baggs. He was born in Sussex county, Delaware, and came to Ohio with his parents when he was nine years old. The family settled in Pickaway county.
The subject of this sketch settled in this county [Pleasant twp., Franklin County], on the farm he now owns and occupies, in the year 1834. He has been three times married. His first wife, whom he married in 1832, was Nancy Turner, by whom he had seven children, five of whom are now living: Martha, who married Aaron Lambert, lives in Iowa. John, who married Elizabeth Thomas, lives on the home farm. Thomas, who married Miss Louisa Moore, lives in Georgesville, this county. Sarah, who married Addison Taylor, lives in Nebraska. Dianna, who married Richard Hay, lives in Pleasant township. Matilda, who married Peter Tanner, lives in Madison county, Ohio, and Mary, who married Isaac Tanner, lives in Madison county, Ohio.
His second wife was Susan Nichols, whom he married in the year 1853, and by whom he had two children--a son and daughter. Marmer Duke is single and lives at home. Virginia, the daughter, married Richard Chaffin, and lives in Pleasant Township, Franklin county, Ohio.
In 1872 he married his third wife, Margaret White, who is very much his junior, and by whom he has had two children, only one of whom, little Lora, is now living.
In politics, Mr. Story is a Democrat. While he has suffered many losses, financially and otherwise, for the want of an education, no stain of dishonesty has ever tarnished his name. He is now seventy-one years old, and lives at his ease, surrounded by every comfort he desires.