WILLIAM B. RUSSELL, farmer; P. 0. Troy; was born in Pennsylvania Feb. 3, 1809; and is the son of John and Hannah
(Rough) Russell. who were born in Pennsylvania; the grandfather, Elijah. was also a native of Pennsylvania. his
ancestors coming from Ireland; the mother's ancestry were from Cheshire, Eng., and came over in the ships Endeavor
and Friendship. in the year 1683 The father, John, came to Ohio in 1S31, and located in Staunton Township, on the
farm now owned by James Gardner, where he lived about twenty five years, then moved to Elkhart, Ind., where he
lived and died; they were parents of three children, viz., William B., John H., now deceased, and Newton, also
deceased; Mr. Russell came with his father to Ohio, being then 22 years of age. He remained with his father till
June 19, 1833, when he was united in marriage with Martha Hamlet, daughter of Benjamin and Chloe (Kimball) Hamlet;
he being born in Kentucky and coming to this county about the same time with the Knoops, Gerards, etc., the earliest
pioneers of the county: by this union they had four children - Hiram, dying in infancy; Mahala, now Mrs. James
Post; Hannah and William Riley; he lost his wife by death in April, 1840. Aug. 19, 1843, was married to Amanda
(Simms) Ralston, daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann Simms, who were natives of Virginia; by this union they have four
children, viz.: Melissa. now Mrs. James Love; Sarah, Laura Bell and John dying in infancy; Mr. Russell after his
first marriage located upon the farm where he has ever since resided, making a continued residence of forty seven
years; when he came to the farm, there were about 25 acres partly cleared standing in a "deadening,"
with a log house and barn on it; here he has labored and toiled, enduring the hardships and deprivations of early
settlers, till now "he sits under his own vine and fig tree," having a fine farm of 149 acres, of which
110 are in good cultivation, and the balance all under fence, with comfortable brick house, good barn and other
buildings; Mr. Russell is, politically, a stanch Republican.
History of Miami County, Ohio
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Miamin County, Ohio Biographies
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