JAMES Z. MOTT, a representative farmer of Gibson township, owner of 174 acres of excellent farming land in sections
27, 34 and 35, was born July 12, 1841, in what was then Darke but is now included in Gibson township Mercer County,
Ohio, and is a son of Abraham and Abigail (Coates) Mott.
Mr. Mott was reared on his father's farm and agriculture has always had more attractions for him than ony other
occupation. He was only 19 years of age when he answered the call for defenders of the country in the days of the
war between the North and the South, enlisting as a private, on November 3, 1861, in Company K, 40th Reg., Ohio
Vol. Inf., contracting to serve three years. He faithfully fulfilled this contract and in doing so he endured many
hardships, fought many battles and suffered from the enemy's bullet on one occasion, being shot in the left ear.
He participated in the battles of Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Lookout Mountain, Atlanta, Nashville and innumerable
smaller engagements, and after the expiration of his first term he reenlisted, in 1864, at Shellmound, Georgia,
and was finally discharged at Victoria, Texas. He was mustered out with the rank of commissary sergeant, on November
After his return from the army, he resumed his duties on his father's farm, where he continued until his marriage
in the following year, when he settled on his present farm, which he had partly purchased while in the army. His
first purchase was an 80 acre timber tract, in the midst of which he erected a log house. Later a commodious frame
dwelling took its, place and barns and other necessary outbuildings were constructed. He carries on general farming
and is ranked with the substantial men of his neighborhood.
On November 28, 1866, Mr. Mott was married to Elizabeth Grant, who was born in Darke County, Ohio, about five miles
from the present home. She is a daughter of Alexander and Margaret (Reprove) Grant. Her grandfather, Alexander
Grant, was one of the earliest settlers in this locality. He entered this land from the government and at one time
owned 1,100 acres. Mr. and Mrs. Mott have had six children, namely: Henry Silas, who was reared and well educated
in Gibson township', married Harriet Bond, and died in 1896, aged 28 years, leaving one son - Edward Silas; Clarence,
who resides at home; Annie Viola, deceased at the age of three years; George Marion, who lives at home; Lenuel,
who died aged 17 years; and Harry, who married Mary Tillie Miller, has one son, Walter, and resides in Indiana.
Mr. Mott has been a prominent man in his township for many years, taking an active part in educational and other
movements and' for a long period serving as a member of the Board of Education, of which he is now president He
is a leading member of the German Baptist Church. In any gathering Mr. Mott would attract attention on account
of his fine physical appearance, his army height, when but 19 years of age, having been 6 feet 3 1/2 inches. In
politics he is a Republican.
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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