Biography of Jude C. Canfield
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JUDE C. CANFIELD The fine farm home in Florence Township now owned and occupied by Jude C. Canfield is the place where he was born, and which has been in the family for three successive generations. The Canfields have lived in this part of Northern Ohio for more than seventy years, and have been useful factors in converting the wilderness into a prosperous and highly developed country. The genealogical records of the Canfield family show its origin in France as early as 1350 A. D., and from that country members of the name came to America during the colonial epoch.

Mr. Canfield's home is in Florence Township near the Huron County line, where he was born October 9, 1874. His parents were Darwin R. and Eunice (Corbin) Canfield, both of whom were natives of Huron County. His father was born May 24, 1846, and died January 20, 1892, and the mother was born September 12. 1848, and died April 26, 1895. The paternal grandparents were Calvert C. and Mary (Hanford) Canfield, who came from the East and found settlement in the wilderness of Huron County in the very early days. Calvert Canfield, while living most of his life in Huron County, also acquired the land in Florence Township now occupied by his grandson. Darwin R. Canfield and wife were married in Wakeman Township of Huron County, May 31, 1869, and began housekeeping on the place now owned by his son in Florence Township, and on this tract of seventy acres they erected a fine house, large barns, and spent their lives and later years in comfort and plenty. Darwin R. Canfield inherited this farm in Florence Township formerly owned by his father. They were members of the Congregational Church, and in politics he was a republican.

The only child of his parents, Jude C Canfield grew up as a fanner boy and obtained a substantial education in local schools. After the death of his father he became owner of the seventy acres which had first been owned by his grandfather and later by his father, and has since made it into a fine farm, with substantial buildings, including an eight room white house and a barn 30x40 feet, and also a drying house 24x40 feet for his sweet corn crop, which is one of the important items in his agricultural business. He also grows abundant crops of corn, wheat, oats, has'considerable meadow, and is in every way a progressive agriculturist.

He was married in. Wakeman Township to Miss Ina Owen. Mrs. Canfield was born in Townsend Township of Huron County, June 27, 1879, and was educated in the Wakeman High School. Her parents are Romando and Georgia (Sherman) Owen, the former of Townsend Township, where he was born in 1860, and the mother, born in 1861, was a native of Wakeman Township, Huron County. They have been active farmers in Huron County during the greater part of their lives and now live in Wakeman Village, being members of the Congregational Church there, while her father is a republican. Mr. and Mrs. Canfield are the parents of three children: Geneva, who was born October 13, 1900, and is now a student in the Wakeman High School; Pauline, born March 17, 1901, and also in the same high school; and Owen C., born January 15, 1904, and now attending the grade schools. Mr. Canfield and family support the Congregational Church and all the movements for the benefit of their locality and in politics he is a republican.

From:
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1916


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