Biography of James Biddinger
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JAMES BIDDINGER, farmer, P. O. South Warsaw, was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, June 7, 1831; son of Samuel and Rebecca (Boyd) Biddinger, natives of Ohio, who settled in Auglaize Township, this county, in 1837, where they cleared and improved a farm, former of whom died in 1883, at the age of seventy six years. They had eleven children: James, Mary J. (deceased), Henry W., Edward (deceased), Sarah A. (wife of W. W. Creps), Bridget (wife of I. N. Smith), Armstrong E., Catherine (wife of O. H. Wiswell), Ellen (wife of John Schooler), Hugh N. and Samuel T. (deceased). Our subject's paternal grandfather, Henry Biddinger, was a native of Pennsylvania, and a pioneer of Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and his maternal grandfather was James Boyd, a native of Ireland, and a pioneer of Auglaize Township, this county. Our subject was reared in Auglaize Township, this county, where he received a limited education in the common schools. He resided in that township up to 18Th, when he located in Perry Township on the farm he now occupies. He was in the late war of the Rebellion, having enlisted October 15, 1861, in Company H, Eighty first Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving three years. He re-enlisted in February, 1865, in Company H One Hundred and Ninety second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. He was in the battles of Shiloh and Florence, and went through the Atlanta campaign under Sherman. Mr. Biddinger was married May 9, 1875, to Mrs. Sarah E. Franklin, widow of J. H. Franklin, and daughter of George and Elizabeth (Fassett) Schooler, of Perry Township, Ohio. By this union there are three children: William A., Orrin L. and Rebecca E. Mrs. Biddinger' s paternal grandfather, John Schooler, was a pioneer of Knox County, Ohio, and her maternal grandfather, Arthur Fassett, was a native of Ireland, also a pioneer of Knox County, Ohio. Mr. Biddinger has served one term as township trustee. In politics he is a Democrat.

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