WILLIAM CLARK SIDNER, farmer, P. O. West Jefferson, was born on the place where he now lives January 5, 1845;
he is a son of Jacob and Margaret R. Sidner, he a native of Kentucky, and she of Licking County, Ohio. The grandfather,
Philip Sidner, was a native of Virginia, who emigrated to Kentucky with ten of his brothers, and settled there
in an early day. Some of them were extensive slave owners, but manumitted their slaves prior to the war. About
1802, Mr. Philip Sidner, with his family, removed to Ohio and settled about four miles south of Columbus, on the
Scioto River; thence he went back to Kentucky, but returned to Ohio in 1806, and where. remained till his death.
He was buried at Jefferson. Jacob was born in Kentucky in 1799, and was raised in Ohio. When about twelve years
old, he, with his sister, settled on the old "Ewing" farm, now owned by G. G. McDonald. In 1818, they
settled on the place where his son, our subject, now lives. He married Margaret It. Irvin, by whom he had seven
children, five now survive - Irvin, Wesley, Angeline, William Clark and Theotis. Mr. Sidner was twice married;
by his first wife, Miss Ewing, he had five children, three now living - Samuel, Philip and Elizabeth Jane. Mr.
Sidner died in February, 1880, and his wife in August, 1880. He experienced his full share of the trials and dangers
of pioneer life, having been one among the earlist settlers, and he had lived in Deer Creek Township nearly seventy
years. He was an energetic, industrious farmer, and became owner of about 900 acres of land; he was a mau of undoubted
honor and integrity, and an earnest member and worker in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was one of the organizers
of the Upper Glade Church, a Steward in the same and a Trustee for many years. The subject of this sketch was married,
February 24, 1870, to Sarah J. Jones, a native of this county, by whom he has two children - Ernest L. and Earl
Anson. Mr. Sidner located on the home place, where he still resides and where he has lived from his birth. Here
he has a fine farm and good improvements, constituting a pleasant home.
History of Madison County, Ohio
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Madison County, Ohio Biographies
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