Notes for William E. Denman: REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS MARION COUNTY, OHIO 1907 HISTORY:
WILLIAM E. DENMAN, a prominent citizen and prosperous farmer of Bowling Green, township, residing on his farm of 232 acres, was born in Knox County, Ohio, and is a son of William and Sarah Ann (Davidson) Denman.
Jonathan Denman, the grandfather of our subject, was a native of New Jersey. Late in life he located in Morrow County, Ohio, where he died in 1850 at the age of 82 years. He was twice married. His second wife bore him four children: John, Butler, Martha and William.
William Denman was born in 1812 in New Jersey, where he grew to manhood. In 1834 he came to Ohio and settled in Knox County near the Licking County line. Thirteen children were born to William and Sarah Ann (Davidson) Denman, namely: Mary Elizabeth, widow of James Williamson, residing in Morrow County; Martha Jane, deceased, who was the wife of Wesley James, of Missouri; Jonathan Brown, engaged in farming and stock-raising in Arkansas, who married Martha Reding; a son deceased in infancy; Clarissa Lucetta, deceased, who was the wife of Albert Ullman, of Missouri; Cressie Electa, who married John Blaze and lives in Arkansas; Cynthia Rosella, who married Isaac Rush and died near Mount Vernon, Ohio; Phoebe Elnora, unmarried, who resides at Chesterville, Ohio; Elvira, who died aged five years; Ida May, who married Joshua Chipps, of Medina County, Ohio; Joel Butler, who resides in Morrow County, where he is engaged in farming; Sarah Bell, who married John Gardner and resides at Fort Worth, Texas; and William E., the subject of this sketch. William Denman died in Morrow County in 1902 in his 90th year, his wife having passed away in 1893 when about 72 years of age.
William E. Denman was reared to manhood in Morrow County. His education was obtained in the district schools and the Chesterville High School, where he continued until 21 years of age, after which he went to Missouri and taught school for two years. Returning then to Morrow County, he attended school for another year, after which he taught during the winter months and farmed in the summer. he remained in Morrow County until 1877, when, having saved $1,000 by close economy and perseverance, he came to Marion County and purchased 103 acres of his present farm, on which there were but few improvements; only 30 acres of the land were cleared. The log house which was on the farm at the time of the purchase has been replaced by a brick house, which was erected in 1885. Mr. Denman has for the past few years been engaged in mixed farming, and raises a great many sheep and cattle. He is in every sense of the word a self-made man, starting in life on his own resources.
On, March 31, 1874, Mr. Denman was married to Sarah M. Howser, a daughter of Anthony and Eliza Howser, of Marion County, and they have had four children, as follows: Elva, who married Charles Melvin, of Marion, a bookkeeper by occupation, and has two children-Sarah Jane and Benjamin Bryan; William H., born in 1884, who was killed by lightning in August, 1906-he married Ethel Clark, a daughter of Charles and Margaret Clark, of Bowling Green township, and had two children, Annabell, and Cressie Delight; Benton Ellet, born September 26, 1886, who is attending the LaRue High School; and Wooster Butler, born February 11, 1887, also a student of the LaRue High School. Anthony Howser, the father of Mrs. Denman, was a native of Ohio and was for many years a resident of Scott township, Marion County, where he entered land at an early period. He died in 1883, aged 64 years, and his wife passed away at the age of 79 years.
Mr. Denman is a, Democrat in politics and is now serving his third term as justice of the peace, having served in this capacity for eight years. He is a member of LaRue Lodge, No. 463, F. & A. M., at LaRue and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of LaRue. Mr. Denman has always taken an active interest in the affairs of the township and is highly esteemed by all whose privilege it is to know him.
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