Biography of Josiah Ketchum
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Josiah Ketchum, retired, is a veteran of the Civil War and one of the highly esteemed pioneer citizens of Columbiana County. He was born in Madison Township, Sept. 24, 1846, and is the son of George and Elizabeth (Dawes) Ketchum.

George Ketchum was born in New Jersey and his wife was a native of Maryland. They were early settlers of Columbiana County, where Mr. Ketchum improved a tract of 76 acres. He built a log cabin and used oxen to clear the land. Mr. Ketchum died in 1883 and his wife is also deceased. They were the parents of the following children: Samuel and Wilson, both deceased; Rebecca, married William Davidson, both deceased; Hanna, married William Kellogg, both deceased; George, deceased; Elizabeth, married George Williams, both deceased; Cassandra, married James Perry, both deceased; Josiah, the subject of this sketch; Sanders C., deceased; and Nancy, married I. M. Welch, deceased, and she resides at East Palestine, Ohio.

Josiah Ketchum received his education in the district schools of Madison Township, and began life farming with his father. He operated 72 acres of land until the time of his retirement in 1909. He then removed to Lisbon, Ohio, and lived there until 1923, when he went to live with his son in Wayne Township, Columbiana County. During the Civil War Mr. Ketchum served with Company A, 80th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

In 1871 Mr. Ketchum was married to Miss Phoebe Jane Crubaugh, of Madison Township, and to this union were born two children: Jessie, married George Ferguson, lives retired at Columbiana, Ohio ; and Charles W., a farmer, lives with his father in Madison Township. Mrs. Ketchum died in 1900 and is buried in Yellow Creek Presbyterian Cemetery. In 1901 Mr. Ketchum was married to Miss Clara Belle Huston, who was born at East Palestine, Ohio, in 1856. She died in 1921. Mr. Ketchum has five grandchildren: Raymond and Helen Ketchum; and Homer and Howard Ketchum, twins, and Ira C. Ferguson, a bookkeeper, East Liverpool.

Politically, Mr. Ketchum is a Republican. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church and the Grand Army of the Republic.

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

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