Biography of Socrates Hartle
Marseilles Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies





SOCRATES HARTLE (deceased), one of the pioneers of the county, was born in Georgetown, Penn., July 23, 1818. He was the son of Michael and Sarah Poe Hartle, natives of Pennsylvania, and of German descent. They were the parents of seven children, three now living; Susan, John and Esther. Our subject was educated in the common school, ceasing his studies at sixteen, his father having died while he (Socrates) was yet a child. He, John, Esther and their mother came to Ohio in 1831, settling in Hardin County, entering eighty acres, emigrating from his native place in a wagon. He lived with his mother till his twenty sixth year, and was married April 18, 1844, to Miss Henrietta Hendrickson, daughter of Thomas B. and Mary E. (Martin) Hendrickson, natives of Maryland, and of German and English ancestry respectively, Thomas B. having been a soldier of the war of 1812. They moved to Marion County in 1830, entering 240 acres in Grand Township (then New Marseilles), and reared a family of seven children, six living; Maria, John, Henrietta, Sophia, Elizabeth, Michael and Russel. The deceased is Lenox J. Thomas, her father, died in 1875, aged ninety two years; her mother is also deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Hartle had seven children, six still living; Americus V., born January 19, 1846; Mary E., July 23, 1847; Susan W., December 8, 1848; Matilda M., July 12, 1851; Sarah A., March 4, 1853; Addison F., March 3, 1855; Adam M., December 8, 1857. In 1849, he bought 120 acres in Hardin and Marion Counties, and lived upon this farm until 1870, when he purchased 300 acres in Marseilles Township. To this, by subsequent purchases, 240 acres were added in Marion County. In 1875, his present place was purchased, 214 acres. At the time of his death Mr. Hartle owned 1,288 acres of land. He began with nothing, and at his death left an estate of $70,000. He died June 21, 1877. Mr. Hartle was an active Republican, and a strong member of the Presbyterian Church, an Elder during the last years of his life He was also a liberal contributor to the church and to benevolent purposes generally. His widow, born October 23. 1816, is still living upon her farm near Marseilles, her son Adam residing with her, both being members of the Presbyterian Church.

From:
The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884


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