Biography of Eli Mechling
Allen County, OH Biographies

ELI MECHLING, farmer, P. O. Lima, was born on the farm where he now resides, in Perry Township. this county, October 1, 1836; son of Joshua and Sophia (Weimer) Mechling, who settled in Perry Township in 1836. His father was a native of Pennsylvania, and his mother of Perry County, Ohio. They settled on Section 18, and cleared and improved a farm, a part of which is now owned and occupied by our subject They had nine children: Harriet (wife of J. Brentlinger), Eli, Hannah (wife of George Ridenour), William L., Elizabeth (deceased). Simon A., Maria (wife of William T. Kimes), Martha and Sophia (wife of E. V. Ridenour). Joshua Mechling died December 17, 1879, aged seventy years and thirteen days. His widow is still living at the old homestead at the age of seventy-four. The paternal grandfather of our subject was William Mechling, of Westmoreland County, Penn., and a pioneer of Perry County, Ohio, where he settled in 1812. His maternal grandf ather was Gottfried Weimer. a native of Pennsylvania. Our subject was reared on the old homestead, where he has always resided, and was educated in the common schools. He was married, March 22, 1866, to Sarah, daughter of John and Lydia Ridenour, of Perry Township, this county, by whom he has had two children: Lewis L. (deceased), and Milton A. Mr. and llrs. Mechling are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. He has been clerk of Perry Township two terms. In politics he is a Democrat.

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