JOSEPH NUDING, who resides on his finely cultivated farm of 160 acres, situated in section 1, Hopewell township,
was born March 17, 1845, in Fairfield County, Ohio, and is a son of John F. and Barbara (Engle) Nuding.
John F. Nuding was born in Germany, January 21, 1815, and his wife in Fairfield County, Ohio, June 17, 1818. Prior
to 1848, John F. Nuding and family lived in Hocking County, but in that year removed to Mercer County, Mr. Nuding
settling on a farm in Hopewell township, about four and one half miles from the present site of Celina. His log
cabin was one of the very first erected in the great stretch of forest that then covered all this part of Mercer
County, and the family endured many of the hardships and privations to which pioneers were subjected. Mr. Nudging
spent the remaining nine years of life engaged in clearing up his land, his death occurring September 1, 1857.
His widow survived many years, passing away September 16, 1900. The children of John F. Nuding and wife were numerous
and there are six who survive as follows: Maria, who is the wife of John H. Long, of Lima; Joseph; Sarah, who is
the wife of Jonas Weist, of Hopewell township; William H., who lives at Mercer; Leah, now a resident of Mercer
County, who is the widow of Joseph Lewis, late of Jay County, Indiana; ,and Alma, who is the wife of Hiram Grissom,
of Jay County, Indiana.
Joseph Nuding was reared to man's estate on his father's farm in Hopewell township, was educated in its public
schools, and through his years of mature life has had all his interests centered here. He has always been a farmer
and has managed his agricultural operations in so judicious a manner that an ample fortune has been realized, but
at the same time he has given attention to the advancement of the welfare of the community at large, as becomes
a good citizen. He has assisted in the making of good roads, in the building of churches and schools and, as trustee
of the township for two terms, helped to put its affairs on a sound financial basis.
On November 14, 1878, he was married to Effie Roberts, who was born in Mercer County, Ohio, a daughter of the late
John Roberts of Center township, where he was an early settler. Mr. and Mrs. Nuding have had four children, the
two survivors being, Grover S. and May.
Mr. Nuding is a stanch Democrat and is a very active party man. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
of which he is a trustee and steward. In every relation of life he is respected and esteemed.
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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