Biography of Samuel C. Rippeth
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Samuel C. Rippeth, mortician of East Liverpool, is among the highly esteemed young business men of Columbiana County. He was born at Scio, Carroll County, Ohio, Sept. 2, 1894, and is the son of Lemuel O. and Henrietta (Pearch) Rippeth.

Lemuel O. Rippeth was born in Orange Township, Carroll County, Ohio, May 31, 1846. He is a prosperous farmer of that section and owns 148 acres of well improved land near Leesville. He is a Democrat and an influential citizen in the community where he has spent his entire life. Mr. Rippeth was married in 1868 to Miss Henrietta Pearch, a daughter of Joseph and Sarah Pearch, early settlers of Carroll County. Lemuel O. Rippeth is the son of Samuel W. Rippeth, who was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, Oct. 31, 1822. He was a prominent farmer during his life and is now deceased. On Nov. 18, 1861, he married Miranda, the daughter of Benjamin Price, of Orange Township, Carroll County, and she died May 3, 1844. On Aug. 28, 1845, Mr. Rippeth married Emily Roby, a native of Orange Township, and to them the following children were born: Lemuel O., father of the subject of this sketch; John A., Charles M., Jeremiah S., James A., Albert S., Frank L., Mary and Delilah E.

Samuel W. Rippeth was the son of James Rippeth, who was born near Middletown, Pa., in 1791, and the father of James was William Rippeth, who was a native of Queen Annes County, Md. In his youth he married Sarah Ross and in 1780 joined the pioneers of Washington County and in 1812 came to Carroll County, Ohio. He early identified himself with the movement for independence and was an earnest supporter of the Americans in the Revolutionary struggles. After the formation of the political parties he united with the Federalists and later with the Whigs. He was an active church worker in the Methodist Episcopal Church. Sarah Rippeth, a daughter of James Rippeth, was married to Governor Price, the founder of Leesville, Ohio, and governor of Kentucky. In 1812 Governor Price and his family rode horseback from Lexington, Ky., and purchased a tract of land on the present site of Leesville He laid out Leesville and at a public dinner sold the lots at auction. He was an active church worker with the Baptist congregation and later joined the Universalist Church. The Price family is of English and Welch descent and were the founders of the city of Baltimore, Md. In 1764 Christopher Price leased Price's Commons, now an important section of the city of Baltimore, for 99 years. At the present time there are over 36,000 heirs to this Price family and estate.

Samuel C. Rippeth, the subject of this sketch, spent his boyhood at Scio, Ohio, and attended the public schools there, having completed his high school course in 1913. He is a graduate of Scio College and Barnes College, Chicago. Mr. Rippeth's first business connection was in Cleveland with the firm of Hogan & Company, funeral directors. On Sept. 23, 1921, he established his own business at Barnesville, Ohio, and in February, 1925, removed to East Liverpool. He has a fine and well equipped establishment and has already acquired an excellent reputation in the community as a reliable business man.

On March 17, 1918, Mr. Rippeth was united in marriage with Miss Sarah May Singhaus, of Cadiz, Ohio, and the daughter of John and Belinda (Case) Singhaus. Mr. Singhaus lives retired in Massillon, Ohio, and his wife is deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Rippeth have been born two sons: John Lemuel, born at Lorain, Ohio, Aug. 18, 1919; and Charles Custer, born at Scio, Ohio, July 8, 1921.

Mr. and Mrs Rippeth hold membership in the First Methodist Church, and he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias, and Eagles Lodge.

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

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