Biography of John Reddish
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





JOHN REDDISH, farmer; P. 0. Springfield; resides three miles southeast of Springfield, where he is beautifully located near the Springfield Southern Railroad. He was born Oct 3, 1827, in this county, near what is now known as "Fletcher Chapel." He has always lived at his present residence, except about eight years. He read medicine in the office of Dr. Kay, of Springfield, and graduated at the Starling Medical College of Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 24, 1863; was married to Elizabeth Vicory Oct. 2, 1866. His father, Nathan Reddish, was born in Somerset Co., Md., Dec. 26, 1783, and came to Ohio some time between 1803 and 1808 and engaged in the tanning business near Yellow Springs, Greene Co., Ohio. He was married, in 1808 or 1809, to Matilda Miller. In 1810, he moved to what is now Clark County, and settled on the northeast quarter of Sec. 14, adjoining the quarter on which our subject now lives; here he opened a tan yard. In 1812, he was called out to guard the frontier against the Indians, and wad stationed at what was known as Zane's Block house," in what is now Logan Co., Ohio, his wife and two children remaining alone in a log cabin for one month; in August, 1815, he bought of Thomas Patton 112 acres (of the quarter where John now resides) for $312; here he operated another tannery, and carried on the trade of tanner and currier until 1834, and then farming till his death, July 7, 1853. In 1817, his wife died, leaving five Children; in 1818, he was again married, this time to Mary McCleve, who lived but a short time after her marriage; and in November, 1826, he was again united in marriage, taking for his third wife Mrs. Harriet Oxtoby Loomis; with this union three children were born, John now being the only surviving child. The mother of John was born in Yorkshire, England, Feb. 26, 1792, and died April 7, 1874; in 1803, she came with her father, Henry Oxtoby, to the United States, and settled at Geneva, N. Y., where she married John Loomis, who was mortally wounded by an Indian while scouting. after the battle of Queenstown Heights, Canada; he was one of the few who volunteered to go over from Lewiston to hold the ground already taken; he died and was buried at Lewiston in October, 1812; by this marriage, two daughters were born; one died in New York; the other, Mrs. Elizabeth Newlove, is still living. In the fall of 1814, Harriet came to Ohio with her father, who, with his family, settled near Fletcher Church, this county, where she lived until her marriage with Nathan Reddish.

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


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