Biography of David Howick
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

DAVID HOWICK, a retired farmer of Center township, was born March 4, 1842, in this township, on the old home place just north of where he now lives. He is a son of Stephen Howick, who was born in Surrey County, England, in November, 1812.

Stephen Howick was about 16 years of age when he came to the United States. He first located in Lancaster, Ohio, where he cut cordwood and also worked in a brick yard. He was married while there. Later, in 1836, he removed to St. Marys, which was then in Mercer County, and worked there until he located permanently in Center township. At one time he was the owner of considerable property. He was engaged in operating a sawmill for about 20 years. He resided for about 12 years in Celina. His death occurred in 1902, when in his 90th year. He married Eva Minehart, a native of Fairfield County, Ohio, and a daughter of Jacob Minehart. Mrs. Howick's father was one of the first settlers of Fairfield County; he was one of the chairmen in the party that surveyed where Columbus now stands and could have taken land there instead of in Fairfield County. Stephen Howick was the father of five children, namely: David, subject of this sketch; Jacob, who lives in Idaho; George, who lives in Center township, southwest of Neptune; Robert, a resident of Celina, who was killed by lightning; and Daniel, who livens in the State of Washington.

David Howick has always lived in Center township. He grew to manhood on the home place, where he continued to live until he was about 25 years old. He has always been engaged in farming and for 15 years was engaged in the sawmilling business.

Mr. Howick was married in 1863 to Maria Jane Lehman, a native of Perry County, Ohio, and a daughter of Adam P. Lehman, who came to Perry County when she was about four years old and located near Oregon. Mr. Lehman served in the Union Army in the Civil War. Mr. and Mrs: Howick had four children, namely: Amanda, who married Charles M. Schunck, lives in New York and has one child, Carl; Ida, who married Edward J. Raudabaugh, lives on Walnut street, Celina, and has three children - Fred, Alice and Dorothy; Stephen F., living on the home place which our subject bought when he first left his father's home, who married Edith Yocum and has two children - Edwin, and Mary; and Mary, who married Dr. George Johnson, a dentist at Celina, and has a son, Wilford. Mrs. Howick died in 1902. About 1894 Mr. Howick left the farm to reside in Celina, where he remained until 1904. when he went to New York City to live with his daughter, Mrs. Schunck. He recently returned from the East and is now living with his son, Stephen F., who has charge of the home farm in Center township. Mr. Howick is a Democrat in politics and has served as township trustee for about six years, was assessor for two terms, real estate appraiser for one term and served on the School Board for some time. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal 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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