LeRoy W. Tussing, retired, is a prominent pioneer citizen of Franklin County, and a member of one of the earliest
families of this section. He has spent his entire life in the vicinity of Reynoldsburg, and for many years was
recognized as one of the county's most successful farmers and stockmen. Mr. Tussing was born on a farm five miles
south of Reynoldsburg, December 10, 1847, the son of George N. and Elizabeth (Harmon) Tussing.
Rev. George N. Tussing was a minister of the Baptist Church for more than half a century. He was also a prominent
farmer. He was born in Franklin County in 1821 and spent his early life on a farm in Madison Township. He began
with practically no earthly possessions but through hard work became a prosperous farmer and the owner of 400 acres
of land in the county. He was a life long Democrat and during the Civil War took an active interest in the Union
Army. During his many years as a preacher he rode horseback miles each day, and was a persistent worker of his
church. He died in 1905. His wife was born in February, 1827, and died in 1915.
The education of LeRoy W. Tussing was received in the country schools. The log school house was located in the
middle of a tract of timber land, and the only way in which the pupils could find their way to school daily was
by means of markers used on the trees, which served as a guide through the dense woods. After the completion of
his early education Mr. Tussing attended a normal school at Lancaster, Ohio, and later took a business course in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He began his teaching career in 1866 and taught in the Powell district and later at Cedar
Hill. After eight years in the teaching profession, he engaged in general farming on sixty acres of land, which
had been given him by his father. Subsequently, Mr. Tussing became the owner of a well improved farm of 400 acres.
During his first year as a farmer he planted seventy five acres of corn. Later, he became an extensive grower of
wheat, oats and hay. He also became a successful breeder of sheep and hogs, and was a large cattle raiser. Mr.
Tussing retired from farming in 1925 and removed to his present location, one mile west of Reynoldsburg. He has
ranked among the largest land owners of his time, and has met with marked success in all of his undertakings.
On November 16, 1869, Mr. Tussing was united in marriage with Miss Louisa Roads, who was born in Licking County,
Ohio, February 5, 1847, the daughter of Joseph and Nancy (Moore) Roads, natives of Licking County. To them were
born five children: (1) Len W., resides in Truro Township, married Cora Palmer, and they have six children: Fred,
Homer, Laura, Ardella, Russell and Roger; (2) Nan-the, wife of S. C. Oldham, a sketch of whom appears in this history;
(3) Clauda, the widow of Charles Nessley, lives at Pickerington, Ohio, and she has three children, Ralph, Carl,
and Mary; (4) Thurman, a farmer, married Miss Chloe Alspaugh, and they have two children, Mabel and Neil; (5) Grover,
lives in Columbus, married Miss Fay Hannah, deceased, and they had a son, Paul.
Mr. Bussing is a member of the Baptist Church and has held membership in the Masonic Lodge of Reynoldsburg for
a period of sixty years. He has always been a Democrat.
Mr. Tussing is regarded throughout Franklin County as one of its most interesting pioneer citizens. He has always
remained progressive in his ideas and ideals and is a citizen of real worth to the community in which he has spent
so many years.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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