"E. H. CHILCOTE, M. D., a prominent physician of Bloomdale, senior member of the firm of E. H. & A. M. Chilcote, was born in Perry town-
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ship, September 9, 1848. He is of English descent, the first of the American branch of the family being his great-grandfather, John Chilcote, who settled first in Maryland, and later came to Richland county (now Ashland county), Ohio, where his death occurred at the age of ninety-six. His son, Mordecai, our subject's grandfather, was born in Maryland, and was married there to Ruth McCrill. In 1814, they removed to Ohio, settling in the then unbroken wilderness of Ashland county. Their journey caused much alarm to them and their friends, as Indians were numerous and troublesome. Mordecai Chilcote died at forty-seven, before his farm had been fully brought under cultivation. His wife survived him and died at the age of eighty-one, in the home of her son Samuel, in . Ashland county, where the remains of both of these brave pioneers now rest. They had seven children, none of whom are now living: John, formerly a farmer, died in Perry township; Rachel died in Ashland county; Delilah died there also, at the age of sixteen; Mary married William Murray, and died in Ashland; Elizabeth died at the old home; and Mordecai, in Hillsdale county, Michigan.
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.
Our subject was reared as a farmer's boy, and attended the district schools until the age of sixteen, when he began to study at Fostoria. He learned rapidly, and at eighteen was competent to teach, and taught two terms in Loudon township, Seneca county. Afterward he attended school at Fostoria for some time, and then entered Miami Medical College at Cincinnati, graduating in March, 1871. He began the practice of his profession in Van Buren, Hancock county, and three years later moved to Bairdstown, where he remained two years, but failing health compelled him to relinquish his work,' in which he was unusually successful. He spent a few years at the old home, and in 189o, with his health restored, he resumed his professional labors in partnership with his brother, they being now the oldest practitioners in Bloomdale.
In 1884 Dr. Chilcote was married in Cleveland to Miss Fannie Cooper, a native of Wood county, and a daughter of George Cooper, a prominent farmer of Perry township, Wood county. They have just built a beautiful residence, one of the finest in Bloomdale, and three children, Eva M., Florence Edna and Russell Cooper, make it merry. Mrs. Chilcote is active in all social and philanthropic movements, and is a leading member of the M. E. Church. The Doctor is an admirer of fine horses, and owns some fine specimens. In politics he is a Republican and a regular voter, but he has never been an office seeker."