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William H. Forrar

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 699


     one of Shelby county's most respected citizens, who has passed the greater part of his long and useful life in Dinsmore and Franklin townships and owns the old Forrar homestead of seventy acres, now lives retired in Swanders. He was born in Dinsmore township, Shelby county, in 1842, and is a son of Jacob and Mary (Good) Forrar.
     Jacob Forrar was a well known and respected citizen of Dinsmore township for many years. He was twice married, first to Mary Good and after her death to Mrs. Elizabeth (Hilbern) Boyer, widow of George Boyer. To his first marriage the following children were bom: John, William H., Martha, wife of Henry Sisler, and Isaac. Two sons were born to the second union, Nelson and Jacob, the last named being deceased.
     William H. Forrar attended the district schools when a boy and remained on the home farm with his father. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Co. H, 99th O. Vol. Inf., for service in the Civil War, contracting for three years. The hardships endured during the first nine months brought on such serious illness that he was discharged on account of disability and he returned then to the old homestead. With this exception and two years spent at Sidney.  Mr. Forrar always lived on his farm until he retired to Swanders.
     In February, 1870, Mr. Forrar was married to Miss Frances Swanders, who is a daughter of David and Lydia Swanders, one of the old and substantial families of this section. To Mr. and Mrs. Swanders the following children were born: Edward, Aaron, Alfred, Jefferson, James, Christiana, Sarah, Savilla, Susan, Rebecca and Frances. Sarah is the wife of David Baker, and Savilla, who is deceased, was the wife of Frank Shafer. Mr. and Mrs. Forrar have two children: Albert Ward and Edward. The latter
married Leora Minnear and they have one child, La Brieta. Mr. Forrar and family belong to the Reformed church. In politics be was reared a democrat by his father but frequently he casts his vote according to his own matured judgment rather than at his party's demand. For seven years Mr. Forrar served as turnpike supervisor, for two terms as a member of the school board, two terms as township trustee and declined to be a candidate for county commissioner. He is a member of the Reformed church and in his church relations he has also been shown confidence and esteem, being now one of the elders and was church treasurer for twenty-eight years.

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