Biography of Henry Hone
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

HENRY HONE, a pioneer of Liberty township and a most highly respected citizen, resides on his finely cultivated farm of 4o acres, situated in section 23, this being a part of the 248 acres which he wrested from the virgin forest. Mr. Hone was born in Auglaize County, Ohio, August 14, 1836, and is a son of David and Elizabeth (Morman) Hone.

The parents of Mr. Hone were early emigrants from Germany. In 1832 they settled in Maryland and came to Auglaize County, Ohio, in 1834. Their lives were spent in that county, and their remains rest in one of the burying grounds near their old home. They were representative German people, possessed of the thrift and sturdy virtues of that race.

Henry Hone was reared on his father's farm and obtained his education in a little log schoolhouse that was built on a corner of the home estate. His practical father trained him in all the details of farming, and agriculture has been his business through life. His industry and good management caused his, accumulation of a large property, at one time aggregating 248 acres. The larger part of this he has given to his children, retaining only 40 acres for his own home. He settled on this farm in 1867, when it was practically a great expanse of heavily timbered land. All the clearing and developing he accomplished himself and the farm as it stands to day, one of the best in Liberty township, is what he has made it. For many years he resided in the old log house, but in two he erected a more modern residence, into which he has introduced many comforts.

On June 26, 1861, Mr. Hone was united in marriage with Catherine Meyer, who was born in Auglaize County, Ohio, July 31, 1838, and is a daughter of John and Lenora Meyer, who were born in Germany and who came to Auglaize County as early settlers. Of the 10 children born to our subject and wife, there are eight survivors, as follows: John H., of Liberty township; Frank F., of Hartford City, Indiana; William H. and Christian, of Liberty township; Henry B., of North Dakota; George W., of Liberty township; Catherine, wife of Charles Weitz, of Liberty township; and Andrew J., of Liberty township.

Politically, Mr. Hone is a Democrat. He has always taken an intelligent interest in local matters and as a man of judgment and integrity has Veen invited on many occasions to accept political office. For 13 consecutive years he served as a trustee of Liberty township, filling the office with satisfaction to his fellow citizens. Both he and his estimable wife, who remains like himself, vigorous in body and mind, are held in the highest esteem in the community where they have lived so long. They can tell many interesting stories of the early days in this section and of old families contemporary with theirs, some of whom have entirely passed away. They are among the leading members of the Reformed Lutheran Church.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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