Biography of Cora Chew
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Cora (Zent) Chew, who lives at Fredericktown, is a highly esteemed citizen of Knox County, and a member of one of the first families of North Central Ohio. She was born at Palmyra, Mich., the daughter of Sampson Weaver and Caroline (Howard) Zent.

Sampson Weaver Zent was born two and one half miles west of Bellville, Richland County, Ohio, Jan. 23, 1835, the son of George Zent. To George Zent and his wife were born the following children: John W., Isaac W., David W., Sampson W., Mary, married George Klatz, Mrs. Elizabeth Geddis, Mrs. Susan Goss, and Mrs. Ledema Faus.

Sampson W. Zent went to California to seek his fortune in March, 1856. He spent ten years in California and Nevada, and made three return trips to the East. In the spring of 1869 he purchased a farm west of Fredericktown, known as the Jacob Ebersole, or Blackburn Farm, and lived there until 1876, when he removed to Fredericktown. He bought and shipped grain in partnership with S. S. Tuttle. In 1879 Mr. Zent purchased the Dice farm, which adjoined the village. Later his farm was sold to J. B. Foote and platted and is now known as the Zent Addition. In 1906 and 1907 Mr. Zent made a fourth visit to California. He was a member of Beilville Lodge, No. 306, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, being initiated May 16, 1866. The lodge presented him with a gold medal in 1916 for continuous membership over a period of fifty years. He died Jan. 23, 1917.

Sampson W. Zent was married in 1867 to Miss Caroline Howard of Beilville, born May 19, 1849, the daughter of G. C. and Eliza (Durbin) Howard, of Ricliland County. He was born in Maine, Oct. 5, 1812, and died Aug. 10, 1876. Mr. and Mrs. Howard were married Dec. 29, 1846, and were the parents of the following children: 1. Caroline Zent. 2. Burr, born March 9, 1857, died Dec. 23, 1862. 3. Hoy, born Oct. 11, 1858, died April 16, 1889, and he had a son, Homer H. Howard, who lives at Mansfield. 4. Arminda, born April 12, 1863, died at Fredericktown, in 1912. By a former marriage to Betsy Walker, on Dec. 12, 1834, G. C. Howard had the following children: 1. Louisa Emeline, born Oct. 4, 1835. 2. Sarah Elizabeth, born Dec. 5, 1836. 3. Charles Albert, born Jan. 28, 1839. 4. Marcus Gilbert, born Dec. 28, 1840, died Nov. 3, 1841. 5. William Ralph, born Aug. 27, 1842, died Feb. 24, 1874. 6. Lucy Ann, born July 10, 1844, married John Smith, and lives at Beilville. Betsy (Walker) Howard was born Oct. 21, 1809, and died Sept. 8, 1845.

Samuel Howard, maternal great grandfather of Cora (Zent) Chew, was born June 17, 1763. Hannah Billings, his wife, was born Nov. 6, 1766. Their children were: 1. Lucy, born June 1, 1786. 2. Abigail, born Oct. 17, 1788. 3. Betsy, born Aug. 22, 1790. 4. Hannah, born Aug. 5, 1792. 5. Isaac, born Nov. 14, 1794. 6. Samuel, born Nov. 3, 1796. 7. Judith, born April 5, 1799. 8. Annie, born June 5, 1802. 9. Johnson, born July 22, 1804. 10. Jesse B., born April 16, 1807. 11. George C., born Oct. 5, 1812.

Cora Zent received her education in the public schools of Fredericktown and is a graduate of Fredericktown High School, class of 1885. She lives in the old Zent homestead, which was settled by her parents in 1880. She was married in 1895 to Charles Chew. To them were born two sons: 1. Howard Welker, born July 5, 1896, died Dec. 25, 1910. 2. Robert Zent, born Nov. 30, 1899, a student of Kenyon College. During the World War he served with the student Army Training Corps. He is identified with the Jersey Cereal Company, at Jeanette, Pa. He was married in 1922 to Miss Marian Daugherty, of Jeanette, and they have two sons: Robert Zent, born Sept. 6, 1923; and Donald Daugherty, born Aug. 19, 1928. Mrs. Chew is a member of the Presbyterian Church of Fredericktown and is a member of the Hamilton Rebekah Lodge.

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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