DANIEL W. POINCE
In the fertile valley of the Miami, there are numerous farms belonging to natives of West Virginia, and it may be something more than a coincidence that almost without exception, these properties are models of their kind and their owners are men of influence and worth in their various communities. Among the farmers who belong to this class, one who merits attention is Daniel W. Poince, a progressive and successful agriculturist of Monroe Township, who was born in Berkeley County, West Virginia, December 25, 1852, a son of John H. and Mary (Leopard) Poince. John H. Poince was of Pennsylvania Dutch stock, but resided in West Virginia for a number of years and it was from that State that he came to Ohio in 1872. He followed blacksmithing and farming in the vicinity of Frederickstown, Miami County, during the remainder of his life and his industry and good management were rewarded by the accumulation of a good property. He was, at the time of his death in 1886, one of his communities substantial men, as well as one who was held in high esteem. He and his worthy wife were the parents of fourteen children, of whom four are still living. John, George, Scott, and Daniel W. Daniel W. Poince received his educational training in the public schools of Berkeley County, West Virginia and was twenty years of age when he came with his parents to Miami County. He remained here until 1886, in which year he moved to Montgomery County, which was his home and the scene of his activities until 1917. He then returned to Miami County and settled in Monroe Township, where he is now the owner of 139 acres of highly productive and valuable land. Mr. Poince is a skilled agriculturist and thoroughly conversant with all branches of farm work, but has not always followed this vocation. Prior to his marriage, he was for twenty years devoted to the blacksmith trade, which he followed in several communities and in which he was accounted an expert workman. As a farmer, he has adopted modern methods and has proved his ability by the manner in which he has won success. Mr. Poince married, November 8, 1885, Miss Nettie Jane, daughter of Samuel and Harriet (Vore) Furnas, and to this union there have been born five children; Ethel and Edna, twins, who died in infancy; Jessie, who married Ernest Littleton of Montgomery County, who is engaged in the automobile business; Mira, who married John Antonides, a farmer of Union township, and Roscoe, who works with his father on the home place. Daniel W. Poince served as a Justice of the Peace in Butler Township for four years and his record in that office was an excellent one, entitling him to the confidence which was given him by his fellow-citizens. He has always supported the movements of good citizenship, and during the recent war period, was in charge of his home school district in soliciting war funds.
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