Biography of William A. Aughinbaugh
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

William Allen Aughinbaugh, widely known building contractor of Wellsville, is a member of an old and honored pioneer family of Columbiana County. He was born in this city, Sept. 10, 1874, and is the son of Henry Clayton and Rebecca Ann (Calhoun) Aughinbaugh.

Henry Aughinbaugh, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was among the earliest settlers and pioneer business men of Wellsville. When a young man he came here from Germany and engaged in the furniture and undertaking business. His factory building was located on the present site of the Home Savings & Loan Company, between Fifth and Sixth Streets. He married Hannah Patton, a native of Pennsylvania, and to them eight children were born: Charles, Allen, and Thomas, Civil War veterans, all deceased; Henry Clayton, father of the subject of this sketch; James, deceased; Mary, married Robert McClelland, both deceased; and two children died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Aughinbaugh are buried in Spring Hill cemetery, Wellsville.

Henry Clayton Aughinbaugh succeeded to his father's business and was one of the successful business men of the county. He died March, 1916. His wife, a native of Jefferson County, Ohio, resides with her son, at 1621 Commerce Street, Wellsville. Mr. and Mrs. Aughinbaugh had three children: William Allen, the subject of this sketch; Charles H., a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this history; and Blanche, who died at the age of two years.

William Allen Aughinbaugh was reared and educated in Wellsville. For a number of years he was connected with the pottery industry, and is now engaged in the building business with his brother.. They rank among the prominent contractors of this section.

On Dec. 15, 1895, Mr. Aughinbaugh was married to Miss Rose May Potts, who was born at Smiths Ferry, Pa., May 4, 1875, the daughter of Robert and Elda (Scott) Potts, natives of Pennsylvania and both now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Potts were the parents of the following children: Thomas, lives at Chester, W. Va.; Rose; Robert, lives at Wellsville; Jessie, married Earnest White, lives at Wellsville; Harry and Grover, who live at Wellsville; and William, lives at Canton, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Aughinbaugh had three children: Ola Blanche, born in December, 1896, married J. I. Herrin, lives at East Liverpool; Thomas Clayton, born July 22, 1898, lives at East Liverpool, is a veteran of the World War; and Winifred, born in 1915.

Mr. Aughinbaugh is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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