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Hiram Sarver

From The History of Shelby County, Ohio, published by R. Sutton & Co.,
Philadelphia, 1883.

Page 192 Orange Township

Hiram Sarver
        The Sarvers are of German extraction.  Their first settlement in America was Virgina.  The first of whom we can get any knowledge was Samuel Sarver, who was born in Virginia about 1790.  He served as a soldier in the war of 1812. 
        After his term of enlistment in 1814 he married Sarah Brill.  They raised a family of six boys.  This family came to Shelby County in 1825, and located in Green Township.  When they came to Ohio all the effects they had they brought on the back of one horse.  Mrs. Sarver rode on this same horse together with the two youngest children.  Mr. Sarver and the other children walking all the way.  When they landed they had no money.  They squatted on a piece of land, which several years later they bought.  It is not necessary to describe the hardships through which they had to pass in a new country, with a family of six small children and no means of support, except the 
hands of one man to provide food and clothing for his wife and children in the woods without an acre of cleared land.  It was here in the woods that Hiram Sarver was born in the year 1828, three years after their settlement. 
        He lived with his father until he died in 1843. He then hired out for six years for $25.00 a year and his everyday clothing.  In 1853 he married Nancy Dickensheets, by whom he had eleven children, seven of who are living, viz., Margaret, L.J., Mary C., Charles H., William G., Ella M., Carrie M., and Emery C.. Mr. S. bought his present home with the money he earned before he married, working at $25.00 a year except $100.00 he received from his father's estate.  They are located on section 32.  Henry Dickensheets, the father of Mrs. Sarver, was born in Maryland about 1795.  When a young man he went to Kentucky, where he formed the acquaintance of Mary Hines, and came with her to Montgomery County, Ohio, about 1814, and was there married.  It was here 
that Mrs. Sarver was born in 1831, and brought by her parents in Shelby County in 1832.

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