Belmont County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society

Goshen Township




“History of the Upper Ohio Valley” Vol. II, 1890.

Presented by Linda Fluharty from hard copies provided

by Mary Staley & Phyllis Slater.


Pages 513-514.

JOHN W. BENTLY, a prosperous farmer of Union township, Belmont county, is a

descendant of one of the pioneer families of the valley.  His grandfather

was one of the early settlers in West Virginia. His father, William, and

mother, Martha Bently, were residents of Ohio county, W. Va., where John W.

was born February 19, 1827, and when he was twelve years of age they

removed to Belmont county, where William Bently purchased 185 acres of

land. The father died in 1870, and the mother in 1884. They had five

children who are living: Mary, wife of John G. McConnell, of Muskingum

county; Solomon, who married Emily Smith, and now resides in Union

township; William, who married Mary Evans, of Marshall county, W. Va., and

lives near Barnesville; John W. and Thomas, who married Elizabeth Mitchell,

of Richland township. John W. was reared as a farmer, and is now the owner

of the homestead. A part of the house he occupies was built in 1815, and is

in a good state of preservation. He has been an industrious and hard working

man, and has the esteem and good words of all. He was married in 1874 to

Martha A. Gatts, of Moundsville, W. Va., who was born in 1837, of parents

who were natives of Virginia. By this union he has two children, Cora M.

and John H.


Pages 514-515.

ROBERT W. BONE, ex-soldier of the republic, and a worthy citizen of Goshen

township, Belmont county, is a son of Benjamin Bone, who was born in

Hampshire county, England, in 1814. In 1830, the latter came to America,

shipping at Portsmouth on a sailing vessel, and making a trip of six weeks

to New York. From there he proceeded to Deersville, Harrison county, Ohio,

and he subsequently learned the shoemaker’s trade at Cadiz, where he lived

four years. He then settled at Mt. Pleasant, Jefferson county, and became

foreman of the shop of John Hog. There he was married, in 1837, to Leonora

Evans, whose parents, of Welsh descent, came from Virginia, in 1814.

Benjamin Bone finally went into business with Livermore & Spencer, and at

the end of two years opened a shop of his own, in 1852, and managed the

same until his death, December 1, 1877. There were eleven children in his

family, all of whom are living; except Hannah, deceased, viz.: Sarah A.,

Josephine, Robert W., Pinkney, Benjamin F., Alfred E., Nora, Belle, William

H., Mary. Robert W. learned the trade of his father, but at the breaking

out of the rebellion he entered the Union service, first on the receiving

ship “Clara Dolson,” and afterward was on the gun-boat “Tuscumbia,” participating

in the running of the batteries at Vicksburg, and battle of Grand Gulf.

In January, 1864, he re-enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and Fourth Ohio

volunteer infantry, one of the finest regiments the state sent out, and

took part in the battles of Buzzard Roost, or Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca,

Dallas, New Hope Church, Atlanta, Eutaw Creek. He was then in the Hood

campaign, at the battles of Columbia, five days’ continual fighting,

Franklin and Nashville, and then followed Hood to the Tennessee river, took

a boat and came to Cincinnati, whence he went to Alexandria, and by ship to

Fort Fisher, where he participated in the capture of Fort Anderson, after

which he was in the battle of Old Town Creek, and at Wilmington, where his

division captured an entire brigade of confederates. He then joined in the

movement for the relief of Gen Cox, at Rinston, and then at Goldsborough

united with Gen. Sherman, whence they proceeded to Raleigh, and from there

the One Hundred and Fourth regiment moved to Greensborough, and was at

Johnston’s surrender. He was then transferred as mail messenger to the

One Hundred and Eighty-third regiment. On July 17, 1865, he was mustered

out at Salisbury, N. C., and discharged at Camp Chase, Ohio, after which

he returned to Mt. Pleasant and worked at his trade eleven months. In

July, 1866, he enlisted in the regular army, and served twenty-five months.

In 1867 he had command of a squad of men who went to Texas and brought the

remains of Gen. Griffin, and Lieut. Griffin, his son, and Col. Taylor, who

died of yellow fever, to New York. In August, 1868, he was discharged for

disability and came to Belmont county, where he has since resided. He was

married, in 1871, to Huldah Dunn, by whom he has five children: Mary L.,

Nettie M., Frank L., Harry L. and Clara. Mr. Bone is a member of the

Methodist Episcopal church, of the Masonic order, and of Robert Hilles,

A. R., post No. 220, at Barnesville.


Page 515.

JAMES A. BURSON, a prominent farmer of Goshen township, Belmont county,

was born in the same township August 9, 1844. He is the son of Cyrus

Burson, who was born in Loudon county, Va., in 1818. He came to this

county in 1838 and located on section 16, where he lived seven years,

then going to his native place, but in 1859, again making his residence

in Belmont county. He was married to Ann C. Ecton, of Maryland, and they

had eight children: John W., who married Nellie Davis, of Richmond, Va.,

and is a government clerk at Washington; Mary E., wife of John Dunn, of

Warren county, Iowa; Hampton C., of Warren county, Iowa; Margaret T.,

widow of Samuel Wright, of Iowa; Fannie, wife of Berry Hammontree, a

railroad superintendent living at Des Moines, Iowa; Howard, living with

his parents. James A., the subject of this sketch, was married to Martha

Jane Stewart, who was born August 4, 1843, daughter of William and Sarah

(Evans) Stewart. In 1862 he enlisted in Capt. Charlesworth’s company of

the Twenty-fifth Ohio regiment, and served three years. He was in the

battles of Bull Pasture, Cross Keys, Rapidan River, Second Bull Run,

Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, etc. At Bull Run he was taken prisoner,

and was confined two months in Libby prison and five and a half months

at Belle Isle. At the latter prison he was lost to the search of his

parents, but a brother, John, who was in the confederate army, found

him in an almost naked condition, and assisted him to the Union lines.

He was discharged at Hilton Heads in 1865. He was one of the last 500

men exchanged during the rebellion. Returning home he was engaged in

farming, an occupation in which he has prospered, and now has a comfort-

able home. He and wife are members of Christ’s church, in which he is

an elder. They have three children: Harry C.; Hattie S., wife of William

McKelsey, and Frank H.


Page 515.

SAMUEL DUNN – One of the prominent early settlers of Belmont county was

Samuel Dunn, who was born February 15, 1805, in Maryland. After coming to

Belmont county he took a contract on the construction of the National pike,

and after the completion of his work contracted for the supply of material

for the repair of the road, and was overseer of a gang of men until 1850.

He then settled in Goshen township, and purchased a farm of 108 acres two

miles south of Belmont, where he passed the remainder of his days, dying

in 1857. He married Catherine Vail and they had seven children: Nancy,

wife of John W. Fields, a large farmer of Logan County, Kas.; Mary, wife

of Joseph Henderson, of West Virginia; Jemima, deceased; Samuel, deceased;

Huldah, wife of Robert W. Bone; Taylor, deceased; and Stephen. Stephen Dunn

is now one of the prominent citizens of Goshen township. He was born in

Union township, November 4, 1838, and was reared as a farmer, which is his

present occupation. During the war he engaged in buying horses for the

government, and afterward he was occupied for eighteen years in shipping

stock and in the meat trade. He then bought his farm of forty-five acres

and has added to it until he now has a well-improved property of 120 acres.

He was married to Louisa Jane Hedges, who was born October 15, 1840, the

daughter of Darius Hedges, and his wife, Harriet Casey. Mr. Dunn has seven

children living: Charles, who married Estella Graham; Etta, wife of Jesse

Ramsey; Harry, a jeweler of Wheeling; Archie, Alva, Daisy and Olive. Mrs.

Dunn died March 16, 1885. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church,

of which he has been steward, classleader and exhorter, and is now district

class-leader, and has been an Odd Fellow since 1864, and has passed the

chairs of Belmont lodge, No. 277.


Page 516.

JEREMIAH FIELD, a venerable citizen of Belmont, Belmont county, Ohio, was

born in Lancaster county, Penn., May 19, 1818. He is the son of Vincent

Field, who was born in the same county, August 20, 1788, of Irish and

German descent. Jeremiah Field was reared in Lancaster county until he was

eighteen years of age, and then in company with his father, his mother

having died several years previous, he came to Ohio in the fall of 1837.

They came first to Belmont county, but subsequently removed to Guernsey

county, where the father purchased a tract of 100 acres of wild land. After

living there six years he sold that, and bought eighty acres partially

improved in Belmont county. In later years he kept hotel in Belmont at

about the time that the Baltimore & Ohio road was extended through the

county. Two other children were born to Jeremiah Field’s parents, a

brother and sister, now deceased. He also has a half-brother, now a farmer

and stock-raiser in Kansas. On February 2, 1841, Mr. Field was married to

Mary Bush, of Harrison county, who was born December 11, 1818, and eight

children were born to them,  six of whom are living: Cassandra, Christina,

Sarah E., Caroline A., Isaiah A., William B., all of whom are residents of

Belmont. Mr. Field’s first occupation in youth was as an apprentice to a

carpenter for three years, and he subsequently followed that trade six year,

afterward engaging in farming until his health failed, since when he has

led a retired life.


Pages 516-517.

JOSEPH L. HEED, a native of Belmont county, born August 14, 1845, is now

one of the successful farmers of that district, having his residence in

Goshen township. His grandfather, Jonathan Heed, of English descent,

emigrated to Belmont county from Pennsylvania in an early day. His son,

Thornton, father of the subject of this mention, was a prominent farmer

and stock dealer. He married Mary Ann Irwin, of Monroe county, Ohio, who

was of Irish descent, and they have had five children. One of these,

Jonathan, was a volunteer in the Forty-third Ohio volunteers, and was

taken sick at Pulaski, Tenn., and there died. The father of these

children died in 1856. Joseph L. Heed received a common school education

in his youth, and was for a time engaged in teaching. His life occupation,

however, has been farming, in which he has done well, having now a good

farm of over eighty-two acres in good condition and a comfortable home.

He is a worthy member of the Odd Fellows, and has passed the chairs in

his lodge. He is, in politics, a republican, and he has held some of the

township offices. Mr. Heed was married to Eliza Jane Porterfield, of

Belmont county, whose parents still live in the county, and by this union

he has five children: Dora M., Anna M., Charles C., Albert L., Royal.

Mrs. Heed is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.


Page 517.

NATHAN HUMPHREY, a highly esteemed citizen of Goshen township, Belmont

county, was born in Union township, that county, April 8, 1836. He is the

son of William Humphrey, of English descent, and his wife, Eliza Jones,

who died when her son Nathan was a small boy. The father is still living

upon a farm near Barnesville. These parents had seven children: James of

this county, Robert, Love, Eliza Jane, wife of Mr. Snellen, the last three

residents of Iowa; John and Nathan. Nathan engaged in farming in his youth,

and when the war broke out he became a volunteer in Company E, Ninety-eighth

regiment of Ohio volunteers, under Capt. Cordner and Col. Webster. He was

wounded at Perrysville, Ky., and after lying in the hospital five weeks,

was honorably discharged in the fall of 1862. He lost his arm in his

country’s cause, and receives a pension of $45 per month. On his return

home he engaged in farming and now owns a pleasant place of fifty-six acres,

well improved, with a good residence. He and family are members of the

Christian church, and he is in politics a strong republican. Mr. Humphrey

was first married to Ruth Palmer, of Monroe county, Ohio, by whom he had

four children: Chatwood, George, William and Herman. His present wife is

Sarah Jane Jump, daughter of early settlers of the county, and by his

marriage he has these children: Laura, Alice, Sarah E. and Nettie.


Pages 517-518.

THOMAS B. JACKSON, a prominent citizen of Belmont, Belmont county, Ohio,

and a gallant ex-soldier, was born at Centreville, Belmont county, August

9, 1836. He is the oldest son of John Jackson, who was born in Washington

county, Penn., in 1809, and brought by his parents to Ohio when eleven

years of age. He followed the trade of cabinet-maker at Centerville until

his death, October 21, 1876. By his wife, Rosanna Pierce, of Williamsport,

Penn., he had five children: Thomas B., Malvina, Geraldine, Mary, Vashti

and John McM. The mother died August 28, 1852. Thomas B. enlisted at the

age of twenty-five years in Company F, Fifteenth regiment Ohio volunteer

infantry, October 25, 1861, under Capt. Amos Glover and Col. Moses R.

Dickey, and served honorably four years and one month. He was with his

regiment in twenty battles, and was under fire five times as often. He

participated in the battles of Shiloh, siege of Corinth, Stone River,

where he was captured December 31, 1861, and confined in Libby prison

twenty-one days. On being paroled and sent to Annapolis, he and John

Piper and Lafayette Hess marched 200 miles over the mountains, took train

and reached home in February, 1863, surprising those who had thought him

killed at Stone River. Being exchanged he reported for duty joined his

command in June, and was in the battle of Liberty Gap, Tenn., June 25, 1863,

where his company lost ten killed and wounded and he was commended for

bravery by his captain. He was at the battle of Chickamauga, and with his

comrades withstood the terrible night charge of September 19, 1863. He was

in Chattanooga during the siege, took part in the battle of Orchard Knob,

was on the skirmish line in the battle of Mission Ridge, and was one of

the first two men to reach the rebels’ main works on the summit. He was

next at Knoxville, Tenn., then at Strawberry Plains, where he re-enlisted

as a veteran. After his furlough of thirty days, he returned to participate

in the Atlanta campaign, and was in the memorable fights of Rocky Face

Ridge, May 5-9, 1864; Resaca, May 12-16; Cassville, May 19-22; Pickett’s

Mills, May 27; the almost incessant battle at Kenesaw Mountain from June

9 to 30; Peachtree Creek, July 20, Atlanta, July 22; Lovejoy Station,

September 2-6; Franklin, Tenn., November 30; Nashville, December 15-16.

He then went with his command to San Antonio, Texas. In route he camped

on Jackson’s old battle ground below New Orleans, went by way of the

Gulf to Indianola, and marched the night of July 10, 1865, to Green Lake,

during which movement hundreds of men died for want of water. He was dis-

charged at San Antonio, Texas, November 21, 1865, was paid off at Columbus,

and arrived at home December 31, broken down in health. He determined to

qualify himself for teaching, and took a commercial course at Lebanon,

Ohio, receiving his diploma from A, Holbrook. He taught school some fifteen

years in West Virginia and Ohio, and being a good mechanic, devoted much

of his leisure time to cabinet making and carpentry. Being active in

politics as a republican he received, in 1883, the republican nomination

for auditor of Belmont county, but was defeated with the state ticket and

much of the county ticket, on account of a prohibition amendment to the

constitution being advocated by the party. Mr. Jackson subsequently engaged

in office work, book-keeping and insurance, and on June 25, 1889, took

out a patent on a fire place heater of his own invention, intended to

secure the advantages of a hot air furnace capable of heating several

rooms from an ordinary grate. Mr. Jackson is a member of the G. A. R.

post at Barnesville. He was married October 11, 1871, to Henrietta E.

Fletcher, and they have had two children: Florence W., and Clarence W.

Mrs. Jackson and son are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.


Pages 518-519.

JOHN LINDER, a respected resident of Belmont, was born in Muskingum

county, Ohio, January 28, 1820, the son of George and Margaret

(Shepherd) Linder, early settlers of that county. His father was born

in Westmoreland county, Penn., in 1788, and came to Muskingum county

in 1812. He and his brother James each bought 320 acres of land, and

about three years later, George Linder was married and made his home

in a little log cabin in which the subject of this mention was born.

The father lived there several years and then removed to Guernsey

county, in 1832, whence in 1836, he came to Goshen township. Belmont

county (where he resided ten years, and then removed to Richland

township, Belmont county), where he bought a farm of 182 acres, and

resided there until his death, in 1873. His wife died some years

before, being then in her seventy-fourth year. They had eight

children, of whom three are living: Artemisia, who married Benjamin

Watkins, of Guernsey county, and now resides on the homestead in

Richland township; Kesiah, who lives with the latter; and Jacob.

Jacob was married in 1868, to Rosanna Egy, who was born in this

county in 1834, of parents who immigrated from Pennsylvania, and they

have one daughter, Mary. Jacob Linder began his career by teaching

school, and two years later, began clerking in a general store at

St. Clairsville, and remained there fifteen years, after which, he

dealt in stock for several years, and then in 1869, bought a farm, on

which he resided four years. He then removed to Belmont, but in 1885,

bought his present farm of eighty acres, upon which he has a pleasant

and comfortable home. He also owns property in Belmont, where he still

resides. His wife and daughter are members of the Methodist Episcopal



Page 519.

CLARK H. MAYHEW, a prominent citizen of Belmont, Belmont county, was

born in Smith township, of that county, February 19, 1830. He is the

son of Amos Mayhew, who was born at Winchester, Va., August 4, 1793,

and was there married to Lorinda Hall, the mother of the subject of

this mention. In 1822 they removed to Belmont county, and took part

in the pioneer life there. The father, who was of English descent,

was a shoemaker by trade. During the war of 1812 he served in the

army of his country, and was stationed at Baltimore at the time of

the death of the English general, Ross. His wife, a native of

Dartsville, W. Va., was a member of the Society of Friends in early

life, but after marriage joined the Methodist Protestant church.

Clark B. Mayhew, son of the above, was reared and educated in Belmont

county, where he has always made his home. By trade he is a shoemaker,

and of well-known skill in that calling. He was formerly a member of

the Odd Fellows. In politics he is a prohibitionist, having previously

been independent in his party action. His life is without reproach and

he is highly respected. On December 30, 1862, he was married to Jennie

Adams, of Wheeling, W. Va., and they have two children, Harry and

Virgil, both of whom are engaged in cigar making.


Pages 519-520.

WILLIAM NICHOLS, a native of Loudon county, Va., now a retired farmer

and prominent citizen of Belmont, was born in the year 1814, the son

of Isaiah Nichols. The latter a native of the same county, started

in 1825 with his family for Belmont county, but died on the way at

the foot of the Allegheny mountains. Their money was kept in a

bandbox in the wagon, but was all lost at the time of his death. The

family then returned to their home, and two years later the children

were brought by the mother, Sarah (Hollingsworth) Nichols, to Belmont

county, where she bought a farm of thirty acres, with a log cabin and

barn. In this family there was one daughter and three sons, of whom

but one other than William survives, viz., Isaiah, who lives on the

homestead. William Nichols was reared on the farm, and in 1840,

was married to Elizabeth Dillon, who was born in December, 1821.

Her parents also came from Loudon county, Va. Mr. Nichols began married

life as a farmer on rented land, and then bought a farm of fifty-six

acres, which he sold in 1882 and came to Belmont and purchased a home

which he has since occupied. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal

church, and is highly esteemed. He has one child, Minerva D., wife of

Oliver Wright, by whom she has two daughters.


Page 520.

JAMES V. STILLWELL, postmaster at Pleasant Grove, Belmont county, and

for many years a merchant at that place, was born in this county,

February 20, 1824. He is the son of Elias Stillwell, who came to Belmont

from Hancock county, Md., in the early part of this century, and

settled near the place now known as Kidd’s Station. Here, twelve years

after the birth of his son James, Elias Stillwell died, and left his

wife and family dependent, in great part, upon the exertions of his

twelve-year-old son. His early years were consequently actively employed,

although he found time to obtain a common school education. In 1850 he

opened a store at Pleasant Grove, and he has there ever since continued

in business, having occupied the same building since 1858. He has been

prominent in township affairs, having served as township trustee, and

has filled the positions of school director and commissioner of the

Bridgeport free turnpike. He is now acceptably discharging the duties

of postmaster at Pleasant Grove. He is a republican in politics, and is

a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Stillwell was married

May 4, 1848, to Mary, daughter of James McAvoy, then a farmer of Colerain

township. Eight children have been born to this union, one of whom is

deceased. One daughter is the wife of a prominent farmer of Colerain

township, another resides in the state of Washington. John is a wealthy

commission merchant and mine owner in Denver, Col. Elias is a merchant

at Peublo, and Henry is also in the west.


Pages 520-521.

BENJAMIN WHITE, a venerable resident of Belmont, Belmont county, is one

of the few worthy pioneers living who have witnessed the wonderful

development of the country during the present century. He was born in

Pennsylvania (Fayette county), April 7, 1806, the eldest son of John

White. The latter, who was of Irish ancestry, died when his son was

four years old. His wife was Mary Minton, who came with her parents

from Sweden in an early day. They had two children besides Benjamin,

viz.: John, a resident of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, and William V., a black-

smith by trade, who lives in Washington county, Iowa. Benjamin White

began working in childhood on a farm, and at sixteen years of age was

apprenticed to a tanner for four years. Subsequently he carried on his

employer’s business four years and then engaged in the business on his

own account, though with little capital, and is now carrying on the

tannery business for his son at the age of eighty-four years. He is a

member of the Christian church, of which he has been an elder for many

years. He has been thrice married; first to Rebecca Sidwell, by whom

he had four children, of whom two are living, Rebecca and John. The

second wife was Margaret E. Phipps, of Smithfield, by whom the following

children are living: Lydia A., John, Regina, Albert, William and Benjamin.

His present wife is Elizabeth Stonebraker. William H. White, son of the

above, was born in Belmont county, September 6, 1841. In his twentieth

year he enlisted in Company A, Twenty-fifth regiment Ohio volunteers,

under Col. Jones, and Capt., afterward Col., Charlesworth, and left

for the front in June, 1861. He served gallantly three years, participating

in the battles of Cheat Mountain, Green Brier, Camp Baldwin, Bull

Mountain, Freeman’s Ford, and the second Bull Run, and then after being

detained some time in hospital at Alexandria, was with his regiment at

Chancellorsville, and at Gettysburg, where he was wounded. He was then

sent to Camp Chase, and transferred to the invalid corps at Indianapolis,

where he was mustered out in June, 1864. Returning to Belmont county,

he was in 1867, married to Laura J. Widdoes, of this county, and they

have five children: Clayton L., Anna L., Lizzie J., Dora M., and Walter

Mr. White is engaged in business as a tanner, and is also occupied

as a mason. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church,

of which he has been class-leader, and both are highly esteemed by the


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