"R. B. CHILCOTE, Among the well-know and. leading farmers of Perry township, whose names are scattered through the pages of this volume, none is more worthy of mention than the gentleman whose name introduces this brief biographical notice. Here his entire life has been passed, his birth having occurred in Section 22, Perry township, February 16, 1841, and he is a son of Samuel M. and Susanna (Hatfield) Chilcote. Like. most farmer boys his education was such as the district schools afforded, and, being the oldest his labors were required in the fields of the home farm as soon as he was large enough to handle a plow.
On October 2, 1872, at Bowling Green, Ohio Mr. Chilcote was married to Miss Euphemia J. Wood county, September 18, 1846, and is a daughter of William and Margaret (Ikert) Mercer, members of the well-known pioneer family of this section. Her primary education was supplemented by a course in the Tiffin Union School, and she later became a teacher of recognized ability. This worthy couple have no children of their own, but have given a home to Homer M. Johnston from the time he was four years old. Mr. Chilcote lived on the home farm in Perry township, until 1880, but at that time he located upon his present farm in Section 16, of the of the same township. Physically, he has never been very strong, and, while a farmer, has always carried on that business moderately. Prompted by a spirit of patriotism, he resolved to offer his services to the government during the Civil war, and enlisted in August, 1861, as a member of Company K, 49th O. V. I.; but the. at Camp Nevin, Ky., he was discharged the following November on account of disability. He however, again enlisted May 2, 1864, in Company K. 144th O. V. I. and served with the command until discharged in August, 1864, doing guard duty much of the time at Wilmington, Delaware.
Our subject and wife are members of the M. E. Church, of which Mr. Chilcote is a trustee. He is a good citizen and highly respected, being a descendant of one of Perry's oldest and leading families. At one time he was identified with the G. A. R., being a member of Yates Post at West Millgrove."
County military records say:
Russell B. Chilcote, E, 49, en. Aug. 12, '61, dis. Nov. 24, '61, on Surg's cert. of dis., and E, 144, en. May, '64, m. o. Aug. 24, '64.