SAMUEL C. HYLER, who enjoys the honorable distinction of being the oldest man in Franklin township, owns two
fine farms, one of 64 and the other of 20 acres. His residence is on the latter, which is located in section 21.
Mr. Hyler was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, September 5, 1818, and was the only child of his parents, Samuel
Curtis and Margaret (Bartholomew) Hyler.
Samuel Curtis Hyler was born in Delaware and moved to Fairfield County, Ohio; in youn manhood, where he married
Margaret Bartholomew, a native of Virginia. He engaged in farming in Richland County, and died here when his only
child was very small. The mother subsequently married Jacob Cromer, who had come to this neighborhood from Virginia,
and they had two children, Caroline and Lucinda. Caroline married (first) Ryan Carter, and (second) Joshua Roberts,
all are now deceased. Lucinda married Peter Woodring and is now deceased.
Samuel C. Hyler, our subject, was left a lonely little boy of nine years when his mother died, and was then compelled
to work around with different farmers, making his own way the best he could, and attending school at rare intervals,
but by the time he was 22 years old he had become a capable farmer. He married Mary Ann Barbed, who was of an old
Virginia family, but was born in Fairfield County, Ohio. They had 11 children, namely: Margaret, who married (first)
John Cicle, and (second) John Koon, and lives at St. Marys; Elizabeth, who died in infancy; Henry, who was killed,
at the battle of Murfreesboro during the Civil War; Lucinda, who married Washington Bone, and is now deceased,
being survived by one daughter, Rhoda, who is married and lives at Toledo; Mary Jane, who married Ephraim Grandon
and lives at Ohio City; Sallie Ann, deceased some 16 years ago, who was thrice married and left one daughter, Edna;
Caroline, who married Wesley Bone and resides in Montezuma; Eliza, who married Elza Buxton; Emma, deceased in childhood;
Lydia, who married John Buxton - their son, Singleton, operates one of Mr. Hyler's farms; and Samuel R., who married
Elizabeth Bingeman, of Kansas, and has four children, one of whom, William, an expert electrician, was for a time
in the employ of the government, working on wireless telegraphy in Egypt.
After his first marriage, Mr. Hyler and wife moved to Butler township, Mercer County, where they were among the
very early settlers. He bought a farm of 51 1/2 acres on which he lived for one year and then sold it and in 1854
settled in Franklin township, south of Montezuma, and lived on that farm until after the death of his first wife,
Which occurred July 4, 189o. He then rented that property and built a house on his present farm, which was subsequently
destroyed by fire, but was later replaced by the present comfortable residence. He was married (second), February
5, 1893, to Elizabeth Chilcoat, of Fairfield County, a cousin of his first wife.
Mr. Hyler has been vouchsafed an experience permitted to only a favored few of the human family, and from 1818
to 1906 is a long period of time to have lived. He has left old ways, old scenes, and many old associates behind
him, and still finds much to enjoy in life, although 88 winters have whitened his locks. When he came to Franklin
township it was yet the home of the Indian and wild animals. His reminiscences of the early days here are full
of incidents of absorbing interest. Mr. Hyler has "cawed" tobacco since the age of 10 years and it still
tastes good to him.
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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