Biography of David Wilkin
Marseilles Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies





DAVID WILKIN is a native of Hardin County, Va., born March 31, 1822. He is the son of David and Mary (Wilson) Wilkin, natives of the same county, of German parentage. They emigrated to Ohio in 1827, settling in Licking County, where they resided twenty five years. They then moved to Van Wert County, and shortly after to Michigan, where they resided about four years, and thence to Indiana for about the same length of time. The father died at the home of his son David, March 28, 1882, aged eighty five years. He was the father of fourteen children, seven by his first wife; Benjamin, David, John A., Joseph, Jonathan, Isaac and Mary A. By his second wife; Hayden, George, William, Cora, Lucinda and Amanda. The mother of the first family died in 1849. aged fifty three years. Our subject obtained a common school education in Licking County, and worked at home and elsewhere until his marriage, December 23, 1847, to Barbara E. Losh, daughter of Jacob and Eve (Shular) Losh, natives of Pennsylvania, of German lineage. They were early settlers of Perry and Licking Counties and were the parents of nine children, five living; Czar H., born March 28, 1852; Lucinda D., November 20, 1854; Lydia S., July 20, 1858; Lucy, December 7, 1861; Flora B., June 14, 1864. The deceased are John A., Mary A. and two infants. Mr. Wilkin came to Marseilles Township in 1851, renting the old Wilkin farm twenty two years; he bought eighty acres of his present farm in 1855, and has since added forty acres more; fifty acres of this was forest land cleared by himself. In his lifetime, Mr. Wilkin claims to have put 100 acres of forest land under cultivation. He began life with nothing, and now has a farm well improved, valued at $8,000; has ever been a hard worker, himself and another young man (Drum) having cradled 240 dozen of wheat and shocked sixty dozen of the same in one day; reaped with a sickle thirty five dozen in one day. in politics, Mr. Wilkin is a Democrat, voting first for James K. Polk. He is a member of the A., F. & A. M. at Marseilles; his wife of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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


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