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Abraham Shields m Celina Smith

(Source: "A Biographical History of Darke County, Ohio, Compendium of National Biography," Illustrated, Chicago, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1900, pp. 429-430: Abraham SHIELDS)

On the 1st of January, 1852, Mr. Shields married Miss Salina Smith, who was born in Van Buren township, April 18, 1833, and began her education under the instruction of Mr. Diler, of Covington, a heavy-set man of great strength, who used often to whip the young men attending his school. To Mr. and Mrs. Shields were born the following children: Isaac W., born February 4, 1853, wedded Mary Ann Snyder and lives in Greenville township, this county; Mary J., born January 4, 1855, is the wife of Isaac Marker, whose sketch appears on another page of this volume; George, born February 6, 1856, died June 13, 1856; John, born January 12, 1857, married Jane Kendall and lives in Van Buren township; James Samuel, born February 11, 1860, died May 12, 1891; Sarah E. born September 12, 1864, is the wife of Elman Townsend, of Van Buren township; Minerva Ellen, born July 28, 1867, is the wife of Chesley Yount, of Preble county, Ohio; Abbie Keziah, born July 1, 1870, died August 28, 1871; Marion Wiley, born December 17, 1872, died October 22, 1892; Rhoda, born March 28, 1875, is the wife of Clarence Galbreath; and Amanda, born September 29, 1878, married Wilson Goodman Rogers, who was born September 24, 1880, a son of Martin and Martha (Hutton) Rogers, of Arcanum.

Mrs. Shields' paternal grandfather was Michael Smith, who spent his entire life in Pennsylvania, and had three sons -- Michael, John, & Frederick -- who all came to Darke county, Ohio, but his daughters remained in the Keystone state. Frederick Smith, the father of Mrs. Shields, was born in 1793, in Pennsylvania, where he was reared, and when a young man came with his two brothers to Darke county, Ohio. Here he married Nancy Ann Freeman, a native of Ireland, who came to America when a young girl. She was twice married, her first husband being Benjamin Shrives, and by that union had five children: Benjamin, who died in infancy; John, also deceased; Polly, the wife of O. M. Eiler; Phoebe, the wife of William Westfall; and Libbie, the wife of William Thompson. After his marriage, Mr. Smith located in Van Buren township, where he engaged in farming for many years. He died in Union City, Darke county, in 1865, and his wife departed this life in 1854. To them were born five children namely: Aaron, who married Amy Riley and lives in Van Wert county, Ohio; Amos, who married Mary Jane Hershaw and lives in Starke county, Indiana; Celina [sic], the widow of our subject; George W., who died in Tennessee while a soldier of the Union army during the Civil war; and Susannah, who died in infancy."

Linked toFamily: Shields/Smith (F27792)

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