Biography of Ira B. Conine
Hancock County, OH Biographies

IRA B. CONINE, attorney at law, McComb, Ohio, was born in Licking County, Ohio, September 21, 1841, only son of William H. and Loretta (Gail) Conine, who were the parents of four children. Our subject was reared on the farm, receiving a common school education, and followed agricultural pursuits till August, 1862, when he enlisted in Company G, One Hundred and Eighteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He remained with his company and regiment, a part of the time on detail as clerk in the provost marshal's office, at Falmouth, Ky., until July, 1863, when he was detailed and sent to Boston, Mass., on duty, where he remained until November, 1863, when he again rejoined his company and regiment at Knoxville, Tenn., just after the siege of Knoxville. During the winter of 1863 and 1864 he remained with his regiment in that severe campaign against Gens. Longstreet and Wheeler. He participated in one battle during that winter campaign in which his regiment lost seventy nine men. About April 20, 1864, he went to Knoxville, Tenn., where he was detailed as commissary sergeant of the convalescent and exchange camp, where he remained until February, 1865, when he was detailed as brigade commissary sergeant, and sent on Stoneman's raid through east Tennessee and North Carolina, in which position he served until the close of the war. Was mustered out of the United States service June 17, 1865, at Knoxville, Tenn., and immediately went back to Greenville, Tenn., and went into depot commissary as clerk at that post. In August, 1865, he returned home. Was married in September, 1865, to Minerva J., daughter of Philip and Mary (Carey) Bysel, and whose father was a native of Pennsylvania, and of German descent. To this union were born the following children: Wallace B., Cloche D., Gail M., William H., Pearl and Dallas C. Mr. Conine went to farming on rented ground, and lived in a log cabin. His wife, who was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, died in 1878. He was again married, in 1879, to Ella H., daughter of Thomas and Eliza (Routson) Shaw. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he now is and has for the six years last past been district steward, and for many years has been a member of the board of trustees. He is a Republican in politics; has never sought or accepted office. He is a member of the G. A. R., a Past Chancellor and District Deputy in the order of K. of P. Mr. Conine commenced to read law in the log cabin on the farm in 1876. In January, 1878, he passed an examination, and was admitted to the bar. He at once began the practice of law with great success, and in 1884 was admitted to the bar of the United States court. His business has so increased that he has an extensive practice in the county in which he lives and in adjoining counties. He is now the owner of a fine farm, consisting of 200 acres, and several town properties, and has been financially successful.

History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886

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