Biography of John Lohr
Madison County, Ohio Biographies





JOHN LOHR, farmer, P. 0. London, was born in Shenandoah County, Va., April 1, 1816; he is a son of Michael and Mary Catherine Lohr, natives of Virginia. The grandfather was Michael Lohr, who, it is believed, was born in Virginia, where he lived and died. He was one of the early settlers of that State, and a farmer by occupation. It is believed he was the father of six children, of whom two yet survive - Catharine, who was never married, and resides on the old home place in Virginia, now aged ninety years; and what is remarkable in her history has never paid but $1.50 in doctor bills during her whole life, and Henry, the other child, who resides in Madison County, Va., past eighty years of age. Michael Lehr, father of our subject, the second child of his father, grew to manhood and married Mary Catharine Miller, a native of Virginia. They settled in his native county, where they resided till his death, February 26, 1819, aged thirty two years. He was the father of four children - Margaret Ann, born May 7,1812 (now widow Chapel); George W., born December 4, 1813; John, our subject; and Mary born March 27, 1818 (now Widow Carr). Mrs. Lehr married for her second husband Samuel Messmore, a native of Vir ginia, born August 18, 1798; by him she had three children - Elizabeth. born April 9, 1821; James M, born November 17, 1823, and Isabel, born October 29, 1830. Mr. Messmore died September 18, 1852; his wife survived till December 29, 1864. John Lohr, the subject of this sketch, was but three years of age when his father died; when four years of age, he was brought by his mother and step father to Ohio in the fall of 1820, and here he grew to manhood. On December 12,1844, he married Ann Noteman, who was born in Madison County, Ohio, August 1, 1823, a daughter of William and Ann Noteman; he was born on the ocean and she in Virginia. He was principally raised in Madison County, and was married September 28, 1817. He was the father of four children, all now deceased but Ann. Mr. Noteman died January 14, 1827; his wife died July 12, 1826. Mr. Noteman was one of the earliest settlers of Madison County, and owned the farm where Mr. Lohr now lives. Mr. Lohr first located in London, and there followed his trade as a saddler till the spring of 1848, when he removed to the farm where he now lives and has since resided a period of thirty four years. They first lived in a primitive log cabin, since which they have erected all the buildings and made improvements, till now he has a pleasant home with all necessary comforts, and a good farm of 300 acres, more than 200 of which are in pasture and cultivation. Mr. Lohr and wife have had ten children, eight now living - Thorressa, born December 19, 1845 (married Robert Moore); Berthier, born November 13, 1847; Clara, born March 22, 1851 (now Widow Pierce); Angenette, born October 10, 1853; Smith, born November 29, 1856; Ella, born October 4, 1859; Charlie S., born January 29, 1862; Flora, born November 30, 1868. Mr. Lohr is one of the prominent and reliable farmers of Deer Creek Township. He has held the office of Township Trustee several years, and that of School Director for many years. He and family are members of the Presbyterian Church of London, to which he has belonged many years, and in which he has been Elder more than twenty years.

From:
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois
1883


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