Biography of George Montgomery
Hancock County, OH Biographies

GEORGE MONTGOMERY, farmer and stock raiser, P. 0. Portage Center, was born in Wayne County, Ohio, October 11, 1823, only child of John and Nancy (Helmick) Montgomery, natives of Ohio, former of whom was killed by the falling of a tree when our subject was one year old. On the death of his father little Oeorge was sent to live with his grandparents. His maternal grandfather, Nicholas Helmick, was a soldier in the war of 1812. He was a very large man and very determined in his ways. He came to this county in 1832 and settled in Cass Township, where George was reared and grew to maturity. Living in a newly settled country, our subject's means for obtaining an education were limited, attending school only three months in his life. He lived with his grandfather until twenty one years of age; he then bought a tax title to forty acres of wild timbered land in Portage Township, this county. He was without capital. and, to get a start in life, took up auctioneering in connection with farming, a business he followed with success for thirty seven years. For many years Mr. Montgomery was one of the best known auctioneers in this county, and the only one in that line who took out a license for the full year. He has, however, made farming his principal business, and at one time was the owner of 1,400 acres of land; but since his children married he has helped them to a start in life, and he now owns only the homestead farm, consisting of 105 acres. Mr. Montgomery was united in marriage, in 1844, with Mary, daughter of George Chase, a pioneer of this county. To this union were born nine children: Miles W., Benoni K, Elizabeth Jane, Elcie M., David, Irene, Martha S. and Mary S. (twins) and George C. The mother died in 1861, and our subject married, for his second wife, Doratha A., daughter of Benoni Culp, and to this union have been born three children: Angie. Rachel and Wellington H. In politics Mr. Montgomery is a Republican. He has been postmaster of Portage Center, the second postoffice established in this county, the office being now located in his residence.

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

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