Biography of Henry G. Deweese
Miami County, Ohio Biographies





HENRY G. DEWEESE, farmer; P. O. Piqua; was born in Miami Co. Jan. 8, 1826; is a son of Joshua and Mary (Gerard) Deweese, he being a native of Virginia, Dec. 4, 1796, and coming to this county when only 10 years of age, in 1806. She was born in Ohio April 21, 1800, being the first female white child born in the county. Her father was one of the earliest settlers, locating in this county in 1798. They were the parents of fourteen children, viz., Samuel, born July 14, 1819; Martha, Feb. 1, 1821; Sarah, April 27, 1822; Catharine, Feb. 16, 1824; Henry, Jan. 8, 1826; George W., Jan. 1, 1828; Rachel, July 7, 1829; John, Feb. 19, 1831; Joshua, Sept. 1, 1832; Joseph, May 30, 1834; Thomas, May 5, 1839; Mary Ann, Jan. 30, 1841, deceased; Mary Ann, born July 18, 1849, deceased; and James, born Nov. 9, 1853, deceased. Mr. Deweese lived with his father until 21 years of age, when he " struck out " for himself, working for $8 per month for about four months, then rented a farm for about two years, when he bought 100 acres of land, but had only $200 to pay down on it; he was told by his father and brothers that he could never meet the payments for the balance, but he went to work with energy, and before it was all due, he had all paid for. He was united in marriage, Aug. 26, 1848, with Lucy Ann Estey, daughter of David and Ann (Knoop) Estey, who were born in New Mrunswick. My this union they have had nine children, viz.: Aminta J., born July 16, 1849; Zelia A., April 10, 1851, deceased; Jotham G. W., born Jan. 16, 1853; Franklin A., Sept. 19, 1854; Henry H., May 17, 1856; Maggie A., May 2, 1860; Florence E., Sept. 8, 1862; Docia Ellen, Sept. 18, 1869; and Alvah Watson, March 13, 1873. Mr. Deweese, with but little capital on which to start, has labored and accumulated from year to year, till now he has 264 acres of good land, fine buildings and everything required for comfort. Mr. Deweese and wife are members of the Christian Church, their membership dating back for twenty five years; have been active members both financially and otherwise.

From:
History of Miami County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Co.
Chicago 1880


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