Biography of Sylvester Billman
North Central Ohio Biographies

Sylvester Billman. One of the leading citizens of Spencer, well known throughout Medina County as a substantial business man, is Sylvester Biliman. He was born in Medina County, May 14, 1863, the son of Jackson Perry and Polly (Koons) Billman.

Jackson Perry Biliman was born in eastern Pennsylvania in 1832. When only five years of age he came with his parents to Spencer Township, Medina County, and they settled on a farm near Spencer. The Billman homestead is still in possession of the family. Jackson Perry Billman followed farming throughout his life. He died in 1900 and his wife died in 1914. Both are buried in East Homer Cemetery. They had three Sons: Charles, lives at Eagleville, Ashtabula County, Ohio; Milo, retired, lives at Lodi, Ohio; and Sylvester, the subject of this sketch.

Sylvester Billman was reared and educated in Spencer Township, Medina County, and remained on his father's farm until 1884, at which time he purchased a farm of his own in this county. In 1903 Mr. Billman became interested in the furniture and undertaking business at Spencer, in partnership with William A. Briggs, and they continued the enterprise most successfully until 1917, at which time Mr. Billman acquired his partner's interest. He is recognized as a dependable merchant and has an extensive trade throughout North Central Ohio. On Dec. 12, 1886, Mr. Billman was united in marriage with Miss Ella C. Rebman, the daughter of Jacob and Margaret Rebman, well known residents of Spencer Township. To them was born a son, Clayton LeRoy Biliman, born in 1887. He is a farmer and operates the old Billman homestead in Medina County. Ella C. (Rebman) Billman died in April, 1899, and is buried in East Homer Cemetery. Mr. Sylvester Billman was married the second time on Nov. 2, 1901, to Miss Beulah Kemery, daughter of James Kemery, of Spencer. To this union three children were born: Bernice May, married Kent D. Firestone, who is manager of the Spencer Telephone Company; Walter K., born Sept. 24, 1911, associated in business with his father, and H. S. Elliott, funeral director, of Lodi, Ohio; and Robert, born April 21, 1917, a student in Spencer High School.

In 1912 Mr. Billman built the store building, 36 x 60 feet, three stories and basement, which he now occupies. During the 15 years between 1902 and 1917, he built and sold eight residences in Spencer, and since coming to the village he has been one of its strongest and most enthusiastic supporters.

Mr. Billman is a Democrat and a member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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