Biography of William Huntington
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





WILLIAM HUNTINGTON, retired farmer; P. 0. Springfield. Mr. Huntington is one of the few pioneers who have passed their fourscore years; he was born June 15, 1800, in Franklin Co., Penn.; he followed "wagoning" between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia for twenty years; he came to Ohio and to this county in 1835, and purchased and settled on a farm of 160 acres which comprised what is now the "Clark County Fair Grounds," and some of the adjoining lots. He continued "wagoning" for five years after he came to this county, making four trips across the mountains, once to Philadelphia, and three times to Baltimore; and the remainder of the time between Columbus and Cincinnati; since then has devoted his attention to farming. He was married Feb. 19, 1839, to Martha Kirkpatrick, daughter of Hugh and Rachael (Kelly) Kirkpatrick. They had four children, viz., George W., Ann E., Hugh K. and Rachael C., all of whom are married George to Annie Swaney; Annie to Arthur Forbes; Hugh to Hannah D. Pierce; and Rachael to Edwin McClintock. Mr. Huntington's first wife, Martha, died in May, 1862; he was again married in 1864; this time to Ellen Pilkington. Our subject is the son of Nathaniel and Rachael (Kelly) Huntington. There is an incident in the relationship of William that is worthy of notice. As appears, the maiden name of both his and his first wife's mother was Rachael Kelly, but they were not related to each other. Mr. Huntington was a member of the Presbyterian Church for twenty three years, and in 1866 removed his membership to the Methodist Episcopal Church of which he is still a member.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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