Biography of Thomas Kizer
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





THOMAS KIZER, civil engineer and surveyor. Springfield, Ohio; was born. Dec. 18, 1812, about one hundred and fifth yards in a southeasterly direction from the northwest corner of fractional Sec. 7, Town 4, Range 10, M. R. S., and about three and three fourths miles northwest of the city of Springfield. This event transpired within the walls of a log cabin, which was the home of David Kizer, the father of the subject of this sketch, and first Recorder of Clark County. Thomas was the fourth child, and received only such advantages as the rude facilities of that day afforded; he acquired a knowledge of the rudiments of a simple English education by study at home, " before the fire place," with a short course in the high school, or academy, of which Isaac H. Laney was Principal He then learned the trade of a millwright, during the practice of which he decided to become a surveyor. and, in 1836. made his debut as such by running out 50 acres of land for John and Emanuel Tirkle; he afterward became connected with the surveys of the United States public lands at various places. In 1841, Col. Kizer was chosen County Surveyor, to which office he was many times reelected, and served twenty six years in all. Having been bred to the profession, and on constant duty in connection with it, he has acquired a knowledge of all the obscure corners, "original errors," and other peculiarities of the first surveys, and is a "mine of facts" pertaining to the later subdivisions of the lands of this county; he was one of the party who surveyed the first railroad in this county, and has had more to do with the turnpike and other road surveys than all other surveyors together. During the old militia period, he was chosen to fill various offices, and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel; his long and constant intercourse with the people has given him a large fund of anecdotes and occurrences, which fund is disbursed freely when the time is opportune. In 1844, he was married to Miss Mary A. Pattison, of German Township (who was also a native of this county), which union has resulted in a family of eight children, four of whom are living.

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


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