Biography of Hiram Taft
Richland Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies

HIRAM TAFT, one of the pioneers of this county, was born in Schoharie County, N. Y., February 18, 1806. He is a son of Cruf and Rhoda (Crowell) Taft, natives of Rhode Island and New York respectively, probably of Welsh ancestry, a family tradition averring that three brothers came from Wales in an early day. His parents are both deceased. At the age of sixteen, Mr. Taft began life for himself, learning the carpenter's trade, which he followed about forty five years. In 1844, he came to Ohio with his family, and located on his present farm, then 120 acres, now 167. This farm was then a forest the camping ground for wolves and wild cats, but is now in a high state of cultivation and improvement, valued at $75 per acre. His dwelling, built by himself in 1847, was the first frame building in the township. Mr. Taft was married, January 10, 1830, to Miss Folly Quackenbush, daughter of Cornelius and Rhoda (Carley) Quackenbush, of Holland descent. Her parents were among the first settlers of New York, her father being a soldier in the war of 1812. Mrs. Taft is the eldest of nine children, being born February 14, 1811. Mr. and Mrs. Taft are the parents of five children; Elizabeth J., deceased wife of Benjamin Ward; M. Adelia, wife of Jonathan Bailey; Rhoda, deceased wife of John W. Wenner; Marian C., wife of Edwin Claflin; Alta E., wife of William Kirkland. Mr. Taft has been a hard laborer, has cleared much land, and constructed many buildings in this and other counties. He is a Democrat, and was formerly a member of the I. O. O. F. Mrs. Taft is a member of the Presbyterian Church at Forest.

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

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