Biography of David Stapleton
Allen County, OH Biographies

DAVID STEPLETON, farmer, P. O. Cridersville, Auglaize County, was born in Shawnee Township, this county, July 12, 1846; son of John and Hester (Bowsher) Stepleton, former a native of Pickaway County, Ohio, son of David Stepleton, a native of Pennsylvania, who was among the pioneers of Shawnee Township, this county, locating on the farm now occupied by his son Joseph, which he had cleared and improved, and where he lived and died. David Stepleton, Sr., had a family of eight children: Elizabeth (Mrs. Jonathan Harpster), Sarah (Mrs. William Reichelderfer), John (deceased). Mary (Mrs. Charles Bowsher, now deceased), Levi (deceased), Polly (deceased), Joseph and Jacob (deceased). The maternal grandfather of our subject was Daniel Bowsher, a native of Pennsylvania, who settled in Shawnee Township, this county, in 1835, clearing and improving a farm, on which he lived and died. The children of John and Hester Stepleton were David and Elizabeth (latter deceased). Our subject was reared and educated in Shawnee Township, this county, and in 1867 he located on the farm he now occupies, all of which he cleared and improved. He was married, September 26, 1867, to Mary E., daughter of Jeremiah and Sarah A. (Pierce) Mowery, early settlers of Shawnee Township, this county, and by this union have been born four children Franklin A., two infant daughters (deceased), and Vilas E. Mr. and Mrs. Stepleton are members of the Lutheran Church. He has served as clerk of Shawnee Township three terms, and justice of the peace one term. In politics he is a Democrat.

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