Shelby County

Jacob W. Richards



Jacob W. Richards

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 482

     an honored veteran of the Civil war, to which great struggle he dedicated three years of early manhood, is one of the prominent and substantial citizens of Turtle Creek township, where he owns 240 acres of valuable land. He was born in Miami county, O., November 23, 1836, and is a son of Richard and Sarah (Timmons) Richards.
    Richard Richards was probably of Welsh ancestry but was born in Virginia and married after coming to Ohio. He followed farming throughout a long and industrious life and the family has always been held in respect in the communities in which it has been known. To Richard and Sarah Timmons the following children were born: Henry,
Jacob and Jennie; Sarah, wife of Amos Fee; and Samuel and Martha.
    Attending the district schools and helping on the home farm describes in general terms the life of Jacob W. Richards before the death of his father. At that time he was nineteen years of age, and as changes came about then in the home, he hired out to work by the month and so continued until he enlisted for service in the Civil war. On August 11, 1862, he became a.member of Company H, Ninety-ninth Ohio Vol. Inf., and for three long years camped and marched and fought, a cheerful, obedient and courageous soldier, often facing almost certain death on the battle field but being mercifully preserved from all serious injury. After the end of his military service he returned to Shelby county and ever since has followed an agricultural life, in 1872 purchasing his present farm. For some years afterward he was obliged to labor very hard as little clearing had been done on this land, but it has well repaid his efforts and is now one of the most valuable properties in the township. In 1871 Mr. Richards was married to Miss Martha McClure, who was born in Shelby county and is a daughter of Andrew and Jane (Hutchison) McClure, the former of whom was born in Virginia and the latter in Kentucky. To Mr. and Mrs. McClure the following children were born: John and Andrew; Margaret, who married Samuel Stevenson; Mary Ann, who married James Hutchison; James and William: Sarah, who is the wife of William Fee; Rachel, who is the wife of Thomas Spence; George; and Martha, who is the wife of Mr. Richards.
    To Mr. and Mrs. Richards four children were born, namely: Emma, who is the wife of Grant Ike and they have children; Cora, Carl, Erma, Catherine and Kenneth; Lorenzo, who married Bonnie Miller and they have children Willa, Willis and Lowell; Charles, who married Sadie Enders, and they have children Jeanette and Frances; and Nora, who is the wife of Franklin Hill, and they have one son, Gerald. The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a republican in politics but his ambitions have never been in the direction of office holding, his preference for a quiet life after years of war making him a contented as well as successful tiller of the soil. Mr. Richards is widely known and is held in high esteem.

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