CORNELIUS SIMON, whose valuable fruit farm of 25 acres is situated three miles south of Youngstown, in Boardman
township, was born on his present farm, February 25, 1850, and is a son of Michael and Rosanna (Gentholtz) Simon.
Adam Simon, the grandfather of Cornelius Simon, was the first householder of this section. He was born in Washington
County, Pennsylvania,April 26,1777, was reared on his father's farm and married Maria Margaritha, shortly afterward
coming to Ohio and settling in the deep forest in Boardman township. He erected his log cabin in these wilds in
1800 and here his wife died in the following year. She was the first person buried in the old graveyard which as
near Mr. Simon's farm. Adam Simon lived until August 20, 1826, and he was also buried in the same place. One child
was born to his first marriage and after the death of its young mother, Adam's father, Michael Simon, started on
horseback to Washington County, carrying the infant in his hunting shirt, but it was unable to stand the exposure
and soon died. He later returned to Mahoning County. Adam Simon's second marriage was to Rebecca Reinhardt, who
was born at Hagerstown, Maryland, and died in 1862, in Boardman township.
The children born to the second marriage of Adam Simon, were: Thomas, Andrew, Reinhardt, Cornelius, Michael and
Amelia, the last named of whom married David Neidig. When the war of 1812 broke out, Adam Simon took up arms, believing
it to be his duty. Strong and robust, nature had fitted him to bear hardship, and, as illustrative of his kind
and generous character, it was related by old settlers, that on one occasion, on a long march, when a comrade had
fallen from weariness, he carried him in his powerful arms. He returned safely from the war and spent the rest
of his days in Boardman township. In the year following his settlement, his father, Michael Simon, came also to
Mahoning County, about 1801 or 1802, and took up a section of land, the present farm of Mr. Simon being a part
of it. As no roads had been cut through this part of the country, Indian trails had to be followed from Pittsburg
Michael Simon, father of Cornelius, was the youngest son of the family and was born in the log house on the home
place, August 26, 1820, and died in Boardman township, September 3, 1893, aged 73 years. He followed farming and
fruit growing. In 1846 he was married to Rosanna Gentholtz, who was born in Stuttgart, Germany, and who at the
age of six years, accompanied her parents, Frederick Gentholtz and wife, to America, settling one mile east of
Girard. This venerable lady still survives, having reached her 82nd year. The children of Michael and Rosanna Simon,
who reached maturity were: Lenora, who with her husband, Clark Hawkins, is now deceased; Cornelius, whose name
begins this article; Catherine (deceased), who married D. G. Stemple; Rebecca, who married Robert Augenbaugh, and
resides at Beaver, Pennsylvania; Coroline, wife of C. H. Stambaugh; Julius; Elmer Ellsworth, who died at the age
of 20 years; and Warren, who resides on the home place with his aged mother. In this family there were born twins,
Lenora and Ezra, and triplets, who were named respectively, Elmer Ellsworth, Bishop Clinton and Ira Clayton.
Cornelius Simon was reared on the old home place and obtained a district school education. After his marriage he
moved to Youngstown and for four years lived on the south side of the city, working in different capacities for
the Kyle Coal Company; he has been interested in coal mining work for 20 years. In the spring of 1880, he bought
his present farm from his father, and since then has devoted himself to the pleasant and profitable business of
growing fruit, raising strawberries, apples, peaches and plums. His commodious eight room frame dwelling he built
himself and also set out the well kept hedge, which extends in front of the house and adds so materially to its
general attractiveness. He has made many improvements, has put in one mile of tiling, and has set out many shrubs
and trees. He finds a ready market for his fruit at Youngstown.
On November 9, 1876, Mr. Simon was married to Alice M. Oatey, who is a daughter of Jonathan and Louisa Oatey. They
have two sons, Clarence and Elmer, the latter of whom assists his father on the farm. The former resides at Youngstown,
where he is foreman of the electrical plant of the Ohio Steel Company. In September, 1898, he married Addie Summers,
and they have one son, Lloyd.
Mrs. Simon is one of a family of seven children, namely: Alice, William, Elizabeth, who married John Smith, Charles,
Anna, who is the widow of James Allen, Howard, and Samuel, the last named of whom is deceased. The father of Mrs.
Simon was a well known citizen of Youngstown, where he died in September, 1899, aged 73 years. His widow still
survives at the age of 71 years.
Formerly, Mr. Simon was identified with the Republican party but for the past 12 years he has been a Prohibitionist.
Mr. Simon has enjoyed several extended trips through the West, in 1902 spending seven weeks in Southern California
and Seattle, Washington, and in 1906 and 1907 he and his wife passed the winter in California.
20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897
Mahoning County, Ohio Biographies
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