Biography of Henry S. Stanbery
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

HENRY STANLEY STANBERY, who is engaged in general farming and stockraising in Center township, was born in Mercer County, Ohio, February 2, 1850, and is a son of Stanley and Minerva (Bowen) Stanbery, and a grandson of Amos Stanbery.

Amos Stanbery was born on Long Hill, Morris County, New Jersey, October 4, 1787, and was a son of Samuel Stanbery, who was born on the Scotch Plains of New Jersey, June 26, 1754. Amos Stanbery was a resident of Greene County, Pennsylvania, for some time, but in 1840 moved to Mercer County, Ohio, locating near St. Marys, where he remained the rest of his life.

Stanley Stanbery, the father of our subject, was born in Whiting township, Greene County, Pennsylvania, February 28, 1818. He canine to Mercer County about 1840 and located near Neptune, where he was justice of the peace for a period of 18 years. He also served in several other local offices. The country was new and uncultivated, which necessitated clearing of timber lands, and hunting was fine, deer, wild turkey and other game being plentiful. Many immigrants traveled the Fort Wayne road, and as there were few houses between St. Marys and Fort Wayne many families stopped at the home of Mr. Stanbery for accommodations, and beds. were made on the floor for them. Stanley Stanbery was married (first) to Minerva Bowen, who died in 1855, leaving five children, namely : Mrs. Mary Davis, who lives in Oregon; Mrs. Sarah Davis, also residing in Oregon; Anne, who died at an early age; Henry Stanley; and Mrs. Jane Kisner, who died in Iowa. Mr. Stanbery was married (second) to Mary Harrison, of Zanesville, Ohio, and they had five children, namely : Inez, who died in childhood; Charles, who lives in Oklahoma; William; Lizzie, who died shortly after her marriage with Calvin Staeger; and John, who resides. in Kansas.

Henry S. Stanbery was reared on his father's farm in Mercer County, attending the district schools of Center township, and the Neptune schools for one year. He has always lived in this township, with the exception of two years which were spent in Jefferson township. He farmed the home farm for one year after his marriage, but in 1880 he moved to his present farm, which is located in section 24, a part of which. he rents. The buildings on the place when he took possession consisted of a log cabin and a log barn, which have since been replaced by a fine home, barn and other buildings. He has cleared all of the 60 acres, of which only a small strip was cleared when he acquired it.

Mr. Stanbery was married in 1872 to Irene Copeland, who was born in Anglaize County, Ohio, and is a daughter of William and Susan (Flemming) Copeland. Mrs. Stanbery has just recently made a visit home attending a family reunion, both of her parents being still living. Mr. and Mrs. Stanbery are the parents of 10 children, namely : Walter, a resident of Chicago, Illinois, who married Myrtle Keyser, and has one child, Kenneth; Minerva Florence, who married William Black, and lives in Illinois; Emma and Edith, who live at home; William, who married Ida Newcomb and resides in Center township; Laura, Inez, and Salome, who live at home; Virgil, deceased; and Robert, who lives at home. Mr. Stanbery is a Democrat politically and has served his township in various offices. He was township trustee for two terms, township assessor, two terms, school director for 13 years and county supervisor for some years. He refused the office of justice of the peace. Mr. and Mrs. Staiibery are members of the United Brethren 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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