Prominent among the thorough going and progressive agriculturists of Delaware township, Defiance county. is the
subject of this personal narrative, who has made his home in Section 30 since 1856. He was born January 21, 1839,
in Crawford county, Ohio, where he spent the first seventeen years of his life, and then came to Defiance county
with his parents, Jacob and Sarah (Shade) Bernard, the former a native of Switzerland, the latter of Pennsylvania.
They lived upon the present farm of our subject until called to their final rest. Abram is the eldest of their
four children; the two daughters died when young; and Franklin is now a farmer of Mark township, Defiance county.
Throughout his active business life Abram Bernard has engaged in agricultural pursuits, and he is now the owner
of the old homestead of one hundred and twenty acres of valuable and highly cultivated land. In Delaware township,
he was married August 13, 1860, to Miss Lucy Ann Smith, also a native of Crawford county, Ohio, born June 14, 1840.
Her parents, Augustus and Elizabeth (Shade) Smith, were natives of New York State and Pennsylvania, respectively,
and the father died in Antwerp, Paulding county, Ohio, the mother in Crawford county. In their family were the
following children: Jacob. John, Andrew, Abram and Isaac (twins), and Lucy Ann. To Mr. and Mrs. Bernard were born
five children, namely: Sarah L., who died at the age of five years; Francis M., who died in childhood; Charles
A., who married Dora G. Durfey, of Paulding county, Ohio, and has two children - Elma L. and Erma M.; Susan A.,
who died in infancy, and William F.
For several years Mr. Bernard has most capably served as trustee of Delaware township, and has also been a member
of the school board. For over forty years he has been identified with the interests of the township, and is justly
numbered among its valued and useful citizens.
Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Northwestern, Ohio Biographies
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