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John Short, Sr.

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 541

JOHN SHORT, SR.
    a retired farmer and one of the oldest settlers now living in Cythian
township, was born in Virginia, October 29, 1829, and was brought to
Ohio when a child of two years. His parents were Isaac and Mary
(Vandegrift) Short. Isaac Short and wife were born in Virginia and in
all probability came from Holland ancestors. The ten children born to
them are recorded as follows: Susanna, the eldest, married George
Barker of Cynthian township, Shelby county, and they had four
children: Isaac, Sarah Ann, George and Ivy. John, who was the second
in order of birth. Christian, who is now deceased, was married first
to Caroline Rhona and after her death to Nancy Clauson and was the
father of: Mary, Perry, John, George, Margaret and James. George
Short married Jane Slack and both died in Cynthian township, three of
their children, Susan, William and George, still living, and three of
them deceased, Frank, Levi and Henry. Newton Short, the fifth of the
family, married (first) Mary Jane Moyer and (second) Margaret Crotinger,
and he died in Miami county. His children were; Rachel, Ella, Sarah, Maria
and Peter. Allison Jason Short married Sarah Butt and he still resides in
Darke county where his wife died some years ago, the mother of four
children: Thomas, Martha, Allison and William. Rachel Short was the wife
of Jacob Hollinger of Indiana, deceased, and they had five children: Mary,
Martha, George, Samuel and William. Martha Short married William Butt and
both died in Cynthian township having no children. William Short, who
lives at Piqua, O., married Lucinda Austin, who died at Piqua, the mother
of six children: Abraham, Charles, Leonard, Delia, Virgin and Ida.
Richard, the youngest, died at the age of sixteen years.
    It was in 1831 that the Shorts came from Virginia to Dayton, O., and
one year later all the family, including the grandfather, Richard
Short, came to Cynthian township, Shelby county, where the six sons
contracted for eighty acres of land, each one to pay twenty-five
dollars. The grandfather advanced the money and the sons subsequently
paid it back. He secured 160 acres for himself and also owned eighty
acres near Newport. All the Shorts were men of good business judgment
and became men of affairs. The Short Special School District was
named for Isaac Short, who died on the old homestead, in his
sixty-eighth year. His widow survived to be eighty-three years old
and their burial was in the cemetery attached to the Christian church
at Oran, O. John Short, Sr., grew up amidst pioneer surroundings. In
boyhood he attended a subscription school in a log cabin situated in
McLean township and as those were primitive days, he had but meager
advantages, but, at that time, it was not considered necessary for
the farmer boys to have more than a practical knowledge of reading,
writing and arithmetic, and history shows that the acquirement of
these was sufficient to enable many a youth to become a leader of men
and the possessor of ample fortune. As the eldest son of his father,
John Short very early took responsibilities upon himself and during
the whole of his subsequent active life, followed agricultural
industries with vigor and success. He resides in Cynthian township,
where he owns 309 acres, his home being two and one-half miles
southeast of Fort Loramie, and
eleven miles from Sidney, O.
    On March 13, 1851, Mr. Short was married to Miss Elizabeth Moyer, who
was born May 8, 1829, in Cynthian township, a daughter of George and
Sarah (Zemer) Moyer. The parents of Mrs. Short were born in
Pennsylvania, came early to Ohio and were married in Cynthian
township and became parents of ten children, the survivors being:
Mrs. Short, George, William and Nathan. The Moyers settled on land
that John Short now owns and here both died, the father aged
sixty-two years and the mother eighty-five years. When John Short and
wife went to housekeeping it was in a log cabin surrounded with dense
woods and it was his task to clear off this heavy forest growth,
drain and the the land and then put it under cultivation. As time
went on he made additional improvements and erected the comfortable
farm house in which he is spending his later years. The children were
all born here, five in number as follows: George W.; Mary Jane, who
resides with her parents; Isaac, who died when twenty-six years old;
Sarah Elizabeth, who married William Jelly; and John C. Mr. and Mrs.
Jelly reside in Cynthian township and they have had five children:
Annie, Milton, Hugh, Ethel and
John, the. last named dying at the age of twelve years. A nephew of Mr.
Short, Elmer F. Short, has a very desirable government position at
Washington, D. C. During the period of the Civil war Mr. Short was an
auctioneer when his services were needed. A lifelong democrat, this being
a democratic family, Mr. Short has heartily supported democratic
principles and candidates and occasionally has consented to serve in local
offices. He is a highly respected citizen and is widely known and long has
been a liberal supporter of the Christian church at Oran, O., of which he
is a member.

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