GEORGE W. FRISINGER, a prominent citizen of Mercer County, who served six years as county commissioner, resides
in a fine home at Rockford and owns some 190 acres of improved farming land in Dublin township. He was born in
Mercer County, Ohio, May 11, 1853, and is a son of Nathan and Jane (Ryan) Frisinger.
Nathan Frisinger, the father of our subject, was born July 3, 1816, in Montgomery County, Ohio, and was a son of
William and Catherine (Harp) Frisinger, the former of whom was born in 1794, in Virginia, and was the eldest child
in a family of II children. His father, who was a tailor, a miller and distiller, also served as a soldier in the
War of 1812, but died soon after his return from the field.
William Frisingr, our subject's grandfather, was reared on a farm and also learned the tailoring trade. While still
a young man he settled in Champaign County, Ohio, and was the founder of the family in this State. During an early
visit to Illinois he also purchased land there. In 1827 he located permanently in Mercer County, one and a half
miles east of Rockford, purchasing at first 160 acres of timber land. This he partially cleared and then improved
the cleared portion in such a manner and to such an extent that he made an excellent farm. Later he added 60 acres
to this farm and here he spent the rest of his life, dying in April, 1837. Hem was one of the earliest settlers
in Mercer County and he and his family saw much pioneer hardship.
In 1817 William Frisinger married Catherine Harp, who was a daughter of Peter Harp, and they had It children, as
follows: Nathan, the father of our subject; Peter, a prosperous farmer of Dublin township; John, deceased, who
was a farmer in Dublin township; Sarah, deceased at 14 years of age; Elizabeth, deceased at six years; Jacob, deceased,
who was a well known farmer of Dublin township; Ann, deceased at i i years; Cynthia, deceased, who was the wife
of the late Jeremiah Dull; and Lydia, Catherine and William, all deceased. The mother of this family came of Dutch
ancestry, was born about 1800, in Pennsylvania, and died in 1854. For many years she was a consistent member of
the Baptist Church.
George W. Frisinger remained at home assisting on the home farm until the age of 21 years, in the meantime obtaining
his education in the public schools. After marriage he remained one year on the home place and then inherited and
partly bought a farm of his own to which he has added at various times until he now owns 190 acres in Dublin township.
He continues general farming and also is interested in the buying and shipping of horses.
On November 10, 1874, Mr. Frisinger was married (first) to Lida Archer, who died June 11, 1886. She was a daughter
of Henry and Lucinda Archer. One child survived her, Merritt, who is now operating a farm of 180 acres for his
father. Merritt married Nellie Miller, daughter of Peter A. Miller, and they have two interesting children, Lowell,
aged six years and Donald, aged three years. In March, 1887, Mr. Frisinger was married (second) to Lillie McDonald,
who died five months later. She was a daughter of Dr. McDonald of Rockford. On January 10, 1888, Mr. Frisinger
was married (third) to Rena A. Hesser, a daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth (Rhodes) Hesser, born at Lincoln, Nebraska,
April 29, 1871. Her father was born in 1848, near Red Key, Indiana, and her mother in the same place, one year
later. Mr. and Mrs. Frisinger have two children: Rolla Nathan, who was born February 19, 1890; and Stella Marie,
born May 29, 1896.
Mr. Frisinger is one of the county's prominent Democrats and wide awake politicians. He has been elected to responsible
office a number of times and served six years as township trustee, was for II years a member of the Board of Education
and in 1896 was the Democratic candidate for county commissioner. He was elected to that office and approval of
his services was shown by his reelection in 1900. He has been a member of the Knights of Pythias for a number of
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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