Biography of James M. Van Horn
Hancock County, OH Biographies

JAMES M. VAN HORN, farmer, P. 0. Vanlue. born January 11, 1829, in Bucks County, Penn., is the son of Charles and Sarah (Twining) Van Horn, natives of Bucks County, Penn. The Van Horns were originally from Holland, the earliest record of them in this country dating back to 1640, when they settled in New York. Abraham Van Horn, the great grandfather of our subject, came to Bucks County, Penn., with a number of his sons, who purchased. in 1720-22. the first land held by the family. His grandsons. Charles and Samuel. afterward came to Ohio. Charles Van Horn, born in Bucks County, Penn., was the youngest of twelve children, none of whom are now living. He married, in 1826, Sarah Twining, and by this union there were ten children. In 1882 he stopped one year in Jefferson County, Ohio, and came to Hancock County. Ohio. in 1833, settled in Amanda Township, bought 110 acres of land, entered another ninety six acres, began pioneer life, and became one of the leading and successful farmers of his day. His children were George W., James M., Robert. Mary (wife of H. McUmber), Martha (widow of Mathias Marvin). Harrison (deceased September 28. 1837), Phebe (wife of Dr. J. A. Grove). Sarah (wife of William Carothers), Charles E. and John. James M. Van Horn was married in October, 1848, to Mary M., daughter of David and Elizabeth Morehart. By this union there are ten children: Sarah E. (wife of George Russell). Harriet A. (wife of A. F. Wise), W. S. (a physician in Mount Blanchard. married Agnes A. Allison), James F. (married to Diana Wagoner), Martha J. (wife of S. B. Vansant), Iron, Elma F., Melinda, Lincoln, Ralph W. Our subject has a fine farm, and is one of the leading farmers of Amanda Township. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., and also of them Methodist Episcopal Church. His brother. John, who was born January 19. 1816. in Amanda Township, this county married in March, 1872, Miss Anna Parker, by whom he has three children: Sarah, Earl and Virgil. He owns a part of the old home farm on which his parents lived for many years. He is of a cheerful disposition, and, surrounded by his pleasant family, resides near Blanchard Creek.

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Chicago, Illinois 1886

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