Biography of Rouben V. Meely
Allen County, OH Biographies

REUBEN V. MEELY, farmer, P. O. Lima, was born in Richland County, Ohio, January 4, 1849, son of George and Margaret (Stock), Meely; the former, a native of Germany, was born May 11, 1799, and died June 11, 1881; the latter was born in Troy County, Penn., June 22, 1807, and died at the age of sixty nine years. They located in Richland County, Ohio, in 1845, and in 1852 settled in Union Township, Van Wert County, Ohio, where they cleared and improved a farm on which they lived and died. They had eleven children, of whom eight grew to manhood and womanhood: Christina (wife of M. M. Rittenhouse). Wil11am, George, Charles, Elizabeth (wife of Andrew Callahan). Margaret (wife of Lorenzo Staley), Reuben V. and Levi A. All the sons, except our subject, were in the late war, Levi A. dying at Nashville, Tenn. Our subject was reared in Van Wert County, Ohio, from two years of age, and was educated in the common schools; he served an apprenticeship at the painter's trade which he followed for eight years. Since 1875 he has been principally engaged in farming. He was married, October 18, 1876, to Harriet, daughter of Levi and Louisa, (Marshall) Atmur, who settled in Perry Township, Allen County, in 1848. By this union there are two children: Vergie E. and lona A. Mr. Meely located in Lima in 1881 and removed to Perry Township, on the old Atmur farm homestead, in 1883. During his residence in Union Township, Van Wert County, he served two years as township clerk, and was at one time nominee for county recorder. In politics he is a Democrat.

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