Biography of John Simon
Mahoning County, OH Biographies

JOHN SIMON, proprietor of a well imdroved farm of 147 acres, which is distributed in Youngstown, Coitsville, Poland and Boardman townships, lives in the latter, his residence standing on a tract of forty one acres. Mr. Simon was born in a log house on his father's farm, which was located on the dividing line between Boardman and Youngstown townships, Mahoning County, Ohio, December 31, 1823, and is a son of Abraham and Catherine (Crouse) Simon.

The Simon family, an old, numerous and prominent one in Ohio, originated in Switzerland. About 1735, John Adam Simon emigrated to America, married in the state of Maryland and reared a family, the eldest of whom was Michael Simon, who was born in 1741. He was the father of ten children. The early annals of the family tell of thrilling adventures with the Indians and many sufferings therefrom. Later, John Adam Simon emigrated to Washington County, Pennsylvania, where he subsequently died, aged about 100 years.

Michael Simon, grandfather of John Simon, came to Boardman, then Trumbull County, Ohio, in 100, and here purchased 640 acres of land. His fourth son, Adam, moved in the same year to Boardman, and established here his permanent home. Michael Simon died in 1839, aged nearly 99 years. He was thrice married and had fifteen children. He is credited with bringing the first wheat into Boardman township, and raising the first wheat crop. During a time of crop failure it is said of him that he thus replied to his neighbors who came to offer their all to him for grain, "No, I have no wheat for sale, but come and get what you want and return it to me when you can raise some." Such anecdotes cause us to sometimes pause and ask if such generosity and Christian kindliness still exists.

Abraham Simon, father of John, was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, and accompanied his father, on horseback, to Ohio, settling on the wild, pioneer farm, where be continued to live until the close of his life. His father, Michael, resided with him. His wife, Catherine, was a daughter of Jacob and Catherine Crouse, who had come at an early day from Pennsylvania and settled at North Lima, Hahoning County. Jacob Crouse was a soldier in the War of 1812. Abraham Simon died aged 75 years and was survived by his widow for a few years, she dying at the age of 80. They were the parents of eleven children - Solomon, Elizabeth, John, Michael, Martha, Jacob, Harriet, Delilah, Joshua, and two who died in infancy. Solomon, Michael and Martha are deceased. The last named married George Hornicle, who also is deceased. Elizabeth is the widow of Jacob Bailey. Jacob resides at Flint Hill, Youngstown. Harriet is the widow of the late Peter Monismith, and (second) of the late Hugh Cover. Delilah is the widow of Ralph Agnew. Joshua resides in Boardman township.

John Simon was reared on the home farm one mile west of his present place. He was about eight years old when his father erected a brick house, still standing, which was much admired, it being the first in this part of the township. Mr. Simon went to school in an old log house with a stick and mud chimney, which was furnished with rough benches made out of split logs, with wooden pins driven through for supports. The rude desks extended around the sides of the room and were also of the most primitive construction. Not much time could be spent for study by boys in his day, who had fathers with large farms to clear and cultivate, but he went long enough to learn the spelling book through, and the Book of Psalms by heart, in German. For about eight years, Mr. Simon and brother operated a horse power threshing machine. His regular occupation has been general farming, and he came to his present place in the spring of 1844. This property was left to his wife by her uncle, Philip Stambaugh.

On February 27, 1844, Mr. Simon was married to Elizabeth Fusselman, who died April 2, 1899, aged 75 years. She was a daughter of Gideon and Eve Fusselman. There were eight children born of this marriage, namely: Mary, who died at the age of 14 years; Philip, who died in 1906; Olive Edna, residing with her father; Samuel Crouse, who died aged eight years; Frank F., residing on the first old home place, who married' Lena Hanni, and has four children; Scott H., Meta, Samuel Louis and Marshall Christian; George Humphrey, residing across the road from his father, in Poland township, who married Mary Hanni and has two children - Elizabeth and Helen; William, who died at the age of four years; and John Calvin, a graduate of the Eclectic Medical Institute, of Cincinnati, who is engaged in the practice of medicine at Cleveland, Ohio, and who married Hattie Gallagher.

Politically Mr. Simon is affiliated with the Republican party. He is one of the leading members of the Reform Church, in which he has served as deacon and in other offices.

A reunion of the Simon family, which occurred at the residence of Levi Simon, at Bloomdale, Ohio, September 20, 1882, showed that the family has spread over a wide territory and has many members who have become prominent and substantial citizens of their various communities, in various occupations and walks of life. There were 101 of the name of Simon present, 172 blood relations and some 75 others who through marriage could claim kinship. The states of Ohio, West Virginia, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan were represented.

20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Representative Citizens,
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Youngstown, Ohio
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897

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