Biography of O. W. Purdy
Allen County, OH Biographies

O. W. PURDY, farmer, P. O. Spencerville. one of the landmarks of Spencer Township, this county, was born in Holmes County, Ohio, in March, 1829, fourth in the family of ten children born to Elijah and Clairmeda (Babcock) Purdy, the former a native of Pennsylvania, a Baptist minister, latter a native of Virginia. Our subject's facilities for obtaining an education were limited to the common school, held in a neighboring log cabin. He came to Spencer Township, Allen County, in 1849, and from a state of nature has placed his farm, which he purchased at $1.30 per acre, under a state of cultivation, the appearance of it denoting him to be an energetic, enterprising man. He has served the people as school director and trustee. Mr. Purdy was married in Holmes County, Ohio, in 1853, to Miss Mary Ann Carpenter, who was born in Guernsey County. Ohio, in May, 1829. To them have been born twelve children, (among which were three pairs of twins), only seven are now living: Percilia Jane, John, Ruth, George, Elijah, Catherine and Franklin.

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