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Notes for Marcus D CHILCOTE

The following bio was found in Wood Co, OH history:

"M. D. CHILCOTE is numbered among the prominent and progressive farmers of Montgomery township, now making his home in Section 33, where he has a fine farm of 12o acres of highly cultivated and productive land. He is a native of Wood county, born in Section 26, Perry township, April I1, 1839, and is a son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Jones) Chilcote, who were worthy representatives of the honored pioneers of the county.

The father was born November 12, 1802, in Maryland, where he was reared, but was not married until after his arrival in Wood county. The mother's birth occurred in Gallia county, Ohio, April 2, 1812. She was a daughter of James Jones, one of the oldest pioneers of Perry township, who was present at the time of its organization. In his youth Mr. Chilcote had learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed in this county, and also helped to build some of the first houses erected at Fostoria, Ohio, where he located at the time of his marriage. He later went to Jackson township, Seneca county, from there came to Perry township, and at West Millgrove his last days were passed, dying there January 21, 1889, at the age of eighty-seven years. The death of the mother also occurred at that place, July 10, 1884, and they were there laid to rest. In 1846 the father was injured by a runaway horse, from which he never entirely recovered. He was naturally quite robust, of powerful build, being six feet two inches in


height, and built in proportion. Previous to the war he had been a Democrat, but at that time became a stalwart supporter of the Republican party, and served in several township offices during pioneer days. He came to Wood county from Ashland county, Ohio, as early as 1833. Both himself and wife held membership with the Methodist Episcopal Church.

The family of which our subject is a member comprised the following children: James F. , born August 8, 1835, served as lieutenant of Company I, 111th O. V. I. during the Civil war, and died at Bradner, Ohio, December 10, 1869. He was elected justice of the peace when a young man, and became a well-to-do citizen of Wood county. Sarah A., born May t, 1837, became the wife of George Turner, and died at West Millgrove, March 1, 1878. M. D. is next in order of birth. Perry C. is a prominent citizen of this county. John W., born January 10, 1843, belonged to Company H, 49th O. V. I., during the Rebellion, and now makes his home at Saginaw, Mich. Priscilla V., born July 7, 1845, lives at West Millgrove. Surviah H., born October 21, 1847, married Stewart Fralick, who lives in Toledo, Ohio, and died in November, 1873. G. Sylvester, born March 24, 1851, died April 4, 1852.

Mr. Chilcote, of this notice, attended the district schools of Seneca county, Ohio, where his parents lived during his boyhood, and early became familiar with the life of a farmer. He remained under the parental roof until his marriage, which important event in his life was celebrated January 1, 1874, in Montgomery township, Miss Helen Adams becoming his wife. On Section 33 of that township, she was born May 16, 1844, and is a daughter of Alexander and Elizabeth (McCormick) Adams, the latter a cousin of Cyrus McCormick, the well-known inventor of the reaper. The father was born in Beaver county, Penn., November 12, 1817, and was the son of Asa and Elizabeth (Adams) Adams, who were the first of the name to locate in Montgomery township, having come from Beaver county, Penn., in the early '30s, and located in Section 29, where he lived to an advanced age. Alexander Adams was the seventh child in a family of ten children, and was brought by his parents to Wood county in 1833. By his first wife he had two children-Mrs. Chilcote; and Maurice, who died in Montgomery township, leaving two children, Charles and Mary E., the latter now deceased. After the death of his first wife, in April, 1872, Mr. Adams was again married, and he departed this life June 27, 1886, being laid to rest in the West Millgrove cemetery. He was a conscientious Christian, having united with the Presbyterian Church of that place in 1841, and always faithfully followed its teachings.

After his marriage, Mr. Chilcote located at West Millgrove, where he engaged in shinglemaking with his brother Perry C., until April, 1876, when he removed to Hatton, Ohio, there engaging in agricultural pursuits. In March, 1883, however, he located upon the old Adams homestead in Section 33, Montgomery township, where he and his family still reside. Four children came to gladden the household-Bessie E., Jessie I., Maurice A. and Leander J., all at home. Mr. Chilcote was one of the boys in blue during the Civil war, having enlisted May 2, 1864, in Company E, 144th O. V. I., at Eagleville, Ohio, and was on guard duty most of the time at Wilmington, Del., until August 24, following. Before entering the United States service he had been a member of Company E, 64th O. N. G. He now belongs to Conley Post, G. A. R., at West Millgrove, of which he is a charter member. He takes quite an active interest in political affairs, supporting the principles of the Republican party, and he and his estimable wife are faithful members of the Congregational Church. They hold an enviable position in the esteem and confidence of their fellow-citizens, and have contributed greatly to the happiness and comfort of those less fortunate than themselves."

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