"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
THOMAS STOCKSTILL a highly respected citizen and retired farmer, residing at No. 806
South Main avenue, Sidney, O., for many years carried on large
farming operations in Orange township, two miles south of Sidney. He
was born on a farm in Miami county, O., May 11, 1833, and is a son of
Elias W. and Elizabeth (Schroyer) Stockstill. Elias W. Stockstill
moved with his family to Shelby county, and settled in Salem township
in 1834, where he owned over 300 acres of woodland, which, with the
help of his sons in after years, was cleared and a large part put
under cultivation. He was the father of eleven children, eight sons
and three daughters, seven sons of the family still living, Thomas
being the second in order of birth, a daughter being the first-born.
Thomas Stockstill was reared in Salem township from the age of one
year and remembers going to school in the old log school house near
his father's farm. The first work he ever was seriously engaged in
was clearing off land and following the various industries carried on
the home place. Farming continued his main business during his entire
active life and he still owns no acres of his former farm of 160
acres. At one time he owned another farm of forty acres directly
south of Sidney but he has disposed of it. In 1863 he moved into
Orange township and at first rented land but later purchased the farm
directly across the road, which he greatly improved, doing a
large amount of clearing and ditching on the same. He made a specialty of
raising fine hogs and in all his farm activities was counted a successful
man. In 1911 Mr. Stockstill retired and moved to Sidney August 8, 1912.
Mr. Stockstill was married in 1853 to Miss Martha Ellen Mitchell, who
was born in Miami county, O., a daughter of Wilson and Lottie
Mitchell, who moved to Shelby county when Mrs. Stockstill was a girl.
Eleven children were born to this marriage, namely: Addie, who died
over thirty years ago, was the wife of Peter Rodecker and she left
one child, Edith, who is the wife of Dr. C. O. Young, and they have
one child, Mamie, the only great-grandchild in the family; Elizabeth
Belle, who keeps house for her father, is the widow of J. H.
Keplinger, who was born in Shelby county in 1852 and owned eighty
acres of fine land in Green township, and died February 16, 1913, and
they reared Mrs. Dr. Young; Elias, who is a retired farmer of Jackson
Center, O.; Sarah Minerva, who is the wife of Louis Nauswander, who is one
of the gardeners employed at the Toledo Asylum; Celia May, who died at the
age of twenty years; William, who is a resident of the state of
Washington; Peter O., who lives in Orange township: Webster, who is a
minister in the Methodist church, is stationed at Bryan, O.; Etta, who is
the wife of Charles Elliott, of Toledo, O.; Winters, who is a veterinary
surgeon, lives in Clinton township; and Herman, who is a resident of
Toledo a large and creditable family. Mr. Stockstill has been almost a
lifelong member of the Methodist Episcopal church. For many years he has
been identified with the Masonic fraternity, in which he is a Knight
Templar. He and family are known all over Shelby county.