Biography of Thomas J. Statler
Miami County, Ohio Biographies

THOMAS J. STATLER, farmer; P. 0. Piqua. His paternal grandparents, Christopher and Christena Statler, were both natives of Pennsylvania; they emigrated to Ohio in 1801 locating in Washington Township and were among the first settlers of the county; here they endured the privations of pioneer life formany years, and passed from the stage of life at advanced ages. The maternal grandparents of T. J. Statler were Samuel and Hannah (Moss) Winans. both natives of New Jersey; they emigrate West in 1809, locating in Staunton Township, Miami Co.; they were well advanced in years when death seized them. T. J. Statler is a son of Christopher, Jr., and Frances (Winans) Statler; he was a native of Pennsylvania, and she of New Jersey. They both came West with their parents as above stated; their marriage occurred in Miami Co. May 29, 1810, and soon after they settled on the farm now owned by D. C. Statler (Washington Township); there, Christopher, Jr., at once commenced to open out a farm from the unbroken forest, and in 1880 fine houses and barns have taken the place of the rude log huts and cabins; on this farm he labored until his death, which occurred Oct. 5, 1840, and his companion now survives at the advanced age of 89 years. Thirteen children were the issue of this union, of whom eleven are now living, T. J. Statler being the eldest. He was born in Washington Township, Miami Co., April 8, 1815, and raised to agricultural pursuits; his education was that of a common school course. In his minority, he learned the tanner and currier trade, which received his attention for nine years; since retiring from its duties, he was engaged in coopering for a short period; in 1839, he went West, and took up his headquarters in Platte Co., Mo., remaining until 1841; during his residence there, he assisted in surveying that country and laying out the present Platte City, at the Falls of the Little Platte River. For the past thirty nine years, he has been a permanent resident of Spring Creek Township Miami Co., where farming has received his entire attention; he is now located on his farm of 80 acres in Sec. 23, well improved, and perhaps as fine an apple orchard of 50 acres as any in the county. On Feb. 13, 1842, he married Maria P. Horton, born in Westchester Co., N. Y., Sept. 20, 1814; she died in her native county, Oct. 27 1849. Two children were the fruits of this union; one died in infancy, and the other, M. Frances, died at the age of 2 years 3 months and 11 days. Mr. Stotler married, for his second wife, Elizabeth V. Moored, Dec. 25, 1849. She was born in Rockbridge Co., Va., Aug. 9, 1829; one year later, her parents located in Orange Township Shelby Co., Ohio, where she grew to maturity. Mr. and Mrs. Statler's children are Josephine H., born June 28, 1851; Elizabeth J., born Jan. 15. 1853; and Napoleon A., born June 18, 1855.

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

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