Biography of Henry Sheets
Hancock County, OH Biographies





HENRY SHEETS, farmer, P. 0. Arcadia, was born in Lebanon County, Penn., July 26, 1824, the eldest child of Jacob and Christiana (Boher) Sheets, both of whom were of Pennsylvania birth and of German descent. They were the parents of nine children, of whom seven are now living. Jacob Sheets, a farmer by occupation, was a son of Matthias Sheets, who was a blacksmith and laborer, and was brought to America in 1776 with the German allies of the British Army, but deserted them in New Jersey, safely escaping into the American lines. Henry's maternal grandfather, Nicholas Boher, was a private soldier in the Revolution. When nine months old our subject was taken by his parents to Center County, Penn., where he was brought up on a farm, and in the winter seasons sent to the common district school. At the age of seventeen, by permission of his parents, he came to Ohio, locating near Arcadia. Here he worked on a farm and at carpentering, and also taught fourteen terms of school. In 1860 he was elected county auditor, and in the spring of 1861 took up his residence in Findlay, where he filled the offices of county auditor and school examiner. In 1866 he moved back to his farm at Arcadia. where he still resides In 1870 he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the county treasurer, and in 1876 was elected to fill the unexpired term of representative in the State Legislature, to which latter position he was reelected for a full term in 1877. In politics he is, and always has been, a Hemocrat. Hecember 18, 1851, Mr. Sheets married Miss Martha Campbell. daughter of James Campbell, a once prominent farmer of Cass Township, this county, and there are six children living of this union: Rufus W., James H., Matthew, Mary E., Elizabeth and Homer. Mr. Sheets has a farm of 155 acres of land, which was mostly cleared by himself, and upon which he has resided most of the time since 1848. Since 1849 he has been a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, with which most of his family is connected. In his own affairs he has been successful during life, having only $4 left when he came to Ohio; and while serving the people, in various capacities, has shown that integrity of purpose and fairness of action in all things that have won him the esteem and confidence of the entire community.

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


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