George Stonehocker is one of Coshocton's native citizens, his birth having occurred February 13, 1864, on the
farm in White Eyes township which is still his home. He is a son of Daniel and Mary (Sherrets) Stonehocker. The
father was born in 1820 upon the old homestead farm and was a son of Jacob Stonehocker, a native of Virginia.,
who removed westward to this state in 1812. He first settled in Tuscarawas county and then went to White Eyes township
four years later, becoming a pioneer resident of this community in the year 1816. He married Elizabeth Winklepleck,
who was a native of Pennsylvania. Unto them were horn eight children. This number included Daniel Stonehocker,
who was born in Coshocton county in 1820, on the farm which was the birthplace of his son George. He was reared
to the work of the fields, and as the years passed by he continued to engage in farming on his own account, developing
a good property, which showed in its well kept appearance his careful supervision and energetic, vigorous management.
He married Miss Mary Sherrets, a native of Tuscarawas county, born in 1829. They became the parents of three children:
George; Jacob, who was born April 20, 1865, and died April 16, 1881; and Lizzie, who was born April 3, 1808, and
is living with her brother. The mother's death occurred April 20, 1880, and the father survived her for more than
five years and passed away April 25, 1892.
No event of special importance occurred to vary the routine of farm life for George Stonehocker in his boyhood
and youth. He attended the district schools in order to acquire his education and during the vacation periods he
worked in the fields, early becoming familiar with the labors and duties of farm life. He remained with his father
until the latter's death, when he and his sister Lizzie came into possession of the old homestead. which comprises
one hundred three and a half acres of land, pleasantly situated in White Eyes township not far from the city of
Coshocton. The farm is well improved with modern equipments, and the fields return gratifying harvests as a reward
for the care and labor bestowed upon them.
Mr. Stonehocker votes with the republican party and is a stalwart advocate of its principles. He has never sought
nor desired office, however, yet he served for one term as assessor. He is a member of the Grange, No. 1558, and
was its master for two terms, while for two years he represented the county in the state Grange. He is well known
here as a leading farmer, and one who is in hearty sympathy with all progressive movements for the benefit of the
agricultural community and the county at large.
Centennial History of
Coshocton County, Ohio
By William J. Bahmer
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Coshocton County, Ohio Biographies
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