LEWIS F. WOLCOTT
LEWIS F. WOLCOTT, owner of 105 acres lying south of Conover, in Brown Township, has one of the best improve farms in that part of the county. He comes of an old and respected family of Miami County, and was born on the farm lying on the opposite side of the road from his present. place, January 2, 1883. He is a son of Benjamin L. and Jane E. (Boyd) Wolcott, and a grandson of John H. and Sarah (James) Wolcott.
John H. Wolcott came to Miami County, Ohio, from Warren County, Ohio, some years after his marriage, and became prominent among the early citizens and farmers of Brown Township. He was one of the county's early surveyors and served for a time as county surveyor; he also was among the first to conduct a nursery in the county. His death occurred here at the age of eighty-two years, and his wife, who was Sarah James in maiden life, died at the advanced age of ninety-three years. They were parents of seven children.
Benjamin L. Wolcott was born in Warren County, Ohio, and was about two years old when brought by his parents to Miami County. He was reared in Brown Township, where he attended the public schools, and during his early business career engaged in carpentering. About 1861 or 1862, be turned his attention to farming on the old home place, and there continued without interruption until his death at the age of eighty-two years. He was married to Jane E. Boyd, who was born in Champaign County, Ohio, and died at the early age of thirty-nine years. The following children were the off spring of their marriage: William, who died young; John G., who lives in Champaign County; Lewis F.; Emily Jane, who is the wife of John Michael and lives in Shelby County, Ohio; and Jerrod, who lives on the old home place in Brown Township. Benjamin L. Wolcott was the owner of eighty acres at the time of his death.
Lewis F. Wolcott attended the public schools of his home community, after which he worked on his father's farm. In 1873 he purchased his present farm, but did not move on it until 1880, some two years after his marriage. He erected the splendid home which adorns the place, and the other substantial farm buildings, converting it into one of the best improved places in the community. He has followed general farming and stock raising along modern and approved lines, and has been more than ordinarily successful. Mr. Wolcott was first arrived in 1878 to Miss Rachael Evans, who died without issue on October 20 1880. In 1883 he formed a second union with Miss Susan Kinsey of Montgomery County, Ohio. Religiously they are members of the Baptist Church at Lena. Mr.Wolcott is a Republican in politics, and fraternally is affiliated with the Masonic lodge at Lena.
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