Shelby County

Albert J. Fosnight



Albert J. Fosnight

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 828


     whose valuable farm of 155 acres lies in Turtle Creek township, Shelby county, O., is one of the well-known men of this section, a successful fanner and enterprising, intelligent and thoughtful citizen. He was born in Van Buren township, Shelby county, June 6, 1862, and is a son of Absalom and Sarah Layton (Cotterell) Fosnight. The
father, a native of Clark county, O., was a farmer all his life and both he and his wife died in Van Buren township. They had the following children: Henry; Albert J.; and Anna, who married Joseph Ellis and after his death married Joseph Reed.
     In the public schools of Van Buren township, Albert J. Fosnight pursued his studies until fifteen years of age, in the meanwhile assisting his father on the home farm. At that time the father died and Albert J. and his elder brother assumed the responsibilities and together they operated the farm until the former was twenty-three years old, when he took entire charge and carried on fanning operations until his marriage, when he purchased the interests of the other heirs. Later he sold the homestead and then spent four years engaged in fanning in Oklahoma and after his return to Shelby county bought his present farm in Turtle Creek township. He raises grain and other products that do well in this climate and also enough stock for home use. Mr. Fosnight thoroughly understands everything pertaining to successful agriculture and his methods are those which ensure success.
     In 1882 Mr. Fosnight was married to Miss Sarah Jane Feree, who was born in Shelby county, a daughter of Jeremiah and Lena (Staley) Feree. Mrs. Fosnight has two brothers. Grant and Joseph. To Mr. and Mrs. Fosnight the following children have been born: Clara, who is the wife of Clyde McClure; Frank, who married Alma Hensel; Edna, who is the wife of Lafayette Verdier. her first husband having been Frank Kneed; Charles; Cloy, who is the wife of John Reed; Lulu, who is the wife of Wayne Baker:
and Lottie, John, Dessie and Clarence. In his views on public questions Mr. Fosnight is very broad minded and is identified with the socialist party.

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