Biography of William S. Henry
North Central Ohio Biographies

William Samuel Henry, who is recognized as one of the most successful merchants of Ashland County, engaged in business at Savannah, is a member of a well known pioneer family of that section. He was born at Savannah, Oct. 12, 1882, the son of Samuel William and Jane (Moat) Henry.

Samuel William Henry was born in Pennsylvania, Sept. 24, 1827, and came to Ashland County with his parents when he was a small child. They settled on a farm south of Savannah and early in life Mr. Henry became interested in the general mercantile business at that place. He was thus engaged at the time of his death, Oct. 16, 1900. His wife was born enroute from Scotland to the United States, aboard a sailing vessel, Feb. 23, 1847. She died Aug. 11, 1895. Both Mr. and Mrs. Henry are buried at Savannah. He was a Democrat, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and a 32nd degree Mason. The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry: 1. Eldora, born May 16, 1862, died Aug. 9, 1864. 2. John Henry, born Sept. 13, 1864, died Aug. 15, 1926. 3. Alice, married J. S. Benton, lives near Savannah. 4. James P., born Aug. 24, 1869, lives at Mansfield. 5. William, born June 18, 1872, died Oct. 14, 1872. 6. Jennie, born Oct. 11, 1876, married R. B. Masters, lives at Pittsburgh, Pa. 7. William Samuel, the subject of this sketch.

William Samuel Henry was reared and educated at Savannah, and as a boy clerked in his father's store. Upon the death of the latter Mr. Henry spent nine years in business at Mansfield, and for a time was interested in farming. He returned to Savannah in 1919 and at that time purchased the business which had been established by his father. After two years he removed to his present enlarged quarters, where he successfully conducts his business.

On Feb. 24, 1909, Mr. Henry was married at Mansfield to Miss Oda B. Lewis, who was born near Butler, in Knox County, July 28, 1889, the daughter of Clarke E. and Etta (Smith) Lewis. Mr. Lewis was born in Holmes County, Ohio, Dec. 6, 1861, and his wife was born in Knox County, Sept. 5, 1864. He was the son of John and Anna (Armstrong) Lewis, who were natives of Fredericksburg, Ohio, and early settlers of Holmes County. She was the daughter of Isaac and Sarah (Wallace) Smith, who came to Knox County from Pennsylvania, and settled near Butler. Mr. and Mrs. Clark E. Lewis now live in Mansfield. To William Samuel and Oda B. (Lewis) Henry have been born two children: Jeanette Lucille, born March 31, 1921, died in infancy; and Ralph Eugene, born June 9, 1923.

Mr. Henry has served as mayor of Savannah, as a member of the city council, and has held the office of city clerk for 20 years. He has always been a Democrat. His wife is a Republican. They are members of the Federated Church, and Mrs. Henry belongs to the Savannah Civic Improvement Club, and W. C. T. U.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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