Biography of David R. Russell
Ottawa & Sandusky Counties, OH Biographies





DAVID R. RUSSELL, who in his lifetime was an honored citizen of Riley township, Sandusky county, was born November 23, 1855, in Castalia, Erie Co., Ohio, and is a son of Alonzo and Sarah (Baker) Russell, both also natives of Ohio, the father born in Erie county, April 8, 1823, the mother in Castalia, Erie Co., Ohio, March 28, 1829. They were married August 28, 1848, and were the parents of eight children as follows: Sophronia, born in 1849, and now living in Erie county, Ohio, was married to James Lemon, who died in 1881; Lafayette born in 1851, married Nettie Lemon, and they have two children (they live in Erie county); Mary, born in 1853, married George Riggel, and they have had four children (they live in Huron county, Ohio); David R., is the subject of this sketch; Emma, born in 1857, married Eugene Zabst, and they have one child (they live in Bay City, Mich.); Frank, born in 1859, died at the age of eighteen years; George, born in 1861, married Maud Upton, by whom he has four children (they live in Missouri); and Sarah, born in 1863, married Hiram Harris, and has two children (they live in Michigan).

Alonzo Russell when a young man was employed by the day. After his marriage he moved to Michigan, bought a farm there, lived on it for two years, and then selling it removed to Erie county, Ohio, where he worked four years for a man by the name of David Richmond. He saved his money and bought fifty acres of land, later purchasing sixty five more. He died February 7, 1874, since when his widow has managed two farms.

David R. Russell, the subject proper of these lines, was raised by his parents, received a common school education, and worked at home until his marriage. On May 2, 1882, he was wedded to Miss Harriet Livingstine, who was born April 8, 1863, in Sandusky county, and five children have blessed their union, as follows: Sadie May, born March 7, 1883; Charles David, born February 9, 1885; Rosa Harriet Gertrude, born February 2, 1887; Clara Catherine, born November 12, 1888; and John Robert, born September 5, 1891. Of these children, Sadie May died January 17, 1895, aged eleven years, ten months and ten days. The father, David R. Russell, departed this life September 26, 1895, at the age of thirty nine years, ten months and three days. He died, of enlargement of the spleen, at the home of his sister in West Bay City, Mich., whither he had gone for the benefit of his health, and his remains were brought back to his home by his father-in-law, Charles Livingstine, and were laid to rest in the Scotch cemetery in Riley Riley township, Sandusky county. The services at the funerals of both father and daughter were conducted by Rev. E. Peiffer, in Grace Lutheran Church, at Fremont.

After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. David R. Russell settled in Riley township, Sandusky county, her father having given her thirty three acres of land there. In 1884 Mr. Russell bought thirty five acres adjoining, paying for it at the rate of seventy five dollars per acre. As did his father before him in political matters, he voted the Republican ticket, and he donoted liberally toward the support of the Lutheran Church.

From:
Commemorative Biograohical Record
of the Counties of
Sandusky and Ottawa, Ohio
J. H. Beers & Co. 1896


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