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Notes for Samuel M CHILCOTE


His biography was included in that of son E.H in Wood Co, OH history:

"Samuel Chilcote, the youngest of this family, and the father of our subject, was born in Amanda township, Lancaster county, June 2, 1813, and was only a year old at the time of the removal to Ashland county. He had but limited educational advantages in that frontier neighborhood, but was an apt scholar, and made good use. of his time when not working upon the farm. On February 21, 1833, he was married, in Orange township, Ashland county, to Miss Susan Hatfield, a native of Harrison county, born October 16, 1816, the daughter of William and Nancy (Craig) Hatfield. Her mother having died in 1823, she had been reared by strangers from the age of seven, until an older sister, Marian, was married to James Worley, and she then made her home with them, and came to Ashland county on their removal there. Samuel Chilcote was only nineteen years old when he married, and his portion of his father's estate could not be secured, so he continued to work upon the farm as before. After attaining his majority, he came to Perry township, Wood county, where he arrived October 21, 1834, in the primeval forest, without even a roof to shelter his family. A shanty was hastily raised with bass bark roof and three sides made of slabs, the opening being toward a huge log fire where they did their cooking. He and his brother John then owned 16o acres, which they divided. ' , Uncle Sam," as he was called by everybody, became a leading man of his day in this county, first as a Democrat, and later as a worker in the Republican party. He held various offices, serving six years as county commissioner, twelve as justice of the peace, and he was also trustee for some time. He held various offices in the M. E. Church, with which he and his wife had united in early life, He had a genial nature, and possessed most admirable qualities of mind and heart. His physical strength was unusual, and he was six feet tall and built in fine proportion, weighing over 200 pounds. He met his death December 9, 1885, from being thrown from a double wagon box, injuring his spine, and he was buried in Perry Center cemetery by the Masonic fraternity, of which he had been a leading member. His widow remained at the old farm until 1890; but since that time she has lived with her three sons, who care for her with a filial devotion which does them honor. All are residents of this county: Russell A., the eldest, born February 16, 1841, is a farmer in Perry township; E. H., our subject; and Allen M., the youngest, born April 8, 1851, who is in partnership with the latter."

Wood County history says:

Perry Twp:
The first settlers in the central portion of the township, George Wilson and Samuel M. Chilcote were among the pioneers. George Wilson located on what is known as the T. D. Stewart farm, in Section 22, later owned by Drs. Edwin and Allen Chilcote. In their cabins town meetings were held for many years.

Samuel M. Chilcote, S. E. S. W. S. 22, July 19, 1836.

The first Methodist Society in the township was that known as Chilcote's Class, organized in the fall of 1837 on the spot where the widow of Levi England now resides. Wesley Brock and John O. Conaway were the first preachers. Elizabeth Chilcote (in whose house the meeting was held), James Worley and wife, Thomas Armstrong and wife, George Wilson, wife and daughter, Samuel M. Chilcote, and Sarah, wife of Nathan Hatfield, formed the class, and, for many years, were the only practical representatives of Methodism within the Chilcote settlement or district.

Men of 1839.-The names of the ninety-nine male inhabitants in 1839, who were then twentyone years of age or older, are given as follows: Samuel M. Chilcote, John Chilcote, Joseph Chilcote

On April 6, 1835, the township election was held at the house of Samuel M. Chilcote.
Trustees:
1839-Joseph Chilcote, John Chilcote, George Boyer.
1840-Samuel M. Chilcote, Samuel P. Cory, Norman Russell, in 1840 . James Hays took the place of Samuel M. Chilcote.
1841-Samuel M. Chilcote; Samuel P. Cory, Samuel T. Palmer.
1848-A. G. McClellan, S. M. Chilcote, John Norris.
Justices:
S. M. Chilcote, 1846, 1849 and 1855
Clerks:
S. M. Chilcote, 1850
James F. Chilcote, 1860
Treasurers:
Joseph Chilcote, 1845

The election of November 10, 1854, resulted as follows....commissioner Samuel M. Chilcote (R.), 1,138 against 588 for William R. Bryant (D.)
Commissioners.-
1856-59-Samuel M. Chilcote, Henry L. Wood. George Laskey.
The vote cast in 1858 was 1,328 for Chester W. Norton, 881 for Lorenzo Borden, and 67 for W. A. Prior, for sheriff; 1,356 for Samuel M. Chilcote

Samuel M. Chilcote, H, 49, en. Aug., '61, dis. April 18, '61, on Surg's cert. of dis., and E, 144, en. May, '64, m, o. Aug., '64.

The school records, which have been found, deal with affairs of the board of education....In 1864, John Norris, William Ketcham, Randal Swinehart, S. Baird, D. E. Coe, John McMahan, Andrew Patterson, S. M. Chilcote, J. Stearns and David Ferrell represented the nine districts, and reported in September of that year that there were 266 male and 248 female children of school age in the township.
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