HENRY CLINTON WHITMER
HENRY CLINTON WHITMER comes of an old and well known family of Miami County, Ohio, and is the owner of a farm of eighty acres located three miles southwest of Covington, in Newberry Township. He was born at Pleasant Hill, Newton Township, Miami County, December 3, 1852, and is a son of Abraham and Mary (Deeter) Whitmer, and a grandson of Abraham Whitmer, Sr.
Abraham Whitmer, father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and when a young man came to Pleasant Hill, Miami County, Ohio, where he established the first blacksmith shop. He prospered there and became the owner of two farms near Pleasant Hill, each comprising eighty acres and adjoining. His death occurred April 11, 1908, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hudson Gartley, at Sidney, Ohio, when he had attained the advanced age of eighty-eight years. He was married at Covington to Mary Deeter, who was born in Pennsylvania and was a daughter of David Deeter, who moved west to Montgomery County, Ohio, and settled below Wolf Creek. She was a young girl when the family moved to Pleasant Hill, where she was reared to maturity. She died in middle life, in October, 1877, aged forty-seven years. Abraham and Mary Whitmer were the parents of the following children: Mrs. Elizabeth Stewart; Mrs. Hattie Ginn; David, of Piqua; Henry Clinton; Mrs. Lavina Gartley, of Sidney, Ohio; Joshua, who lives in Michigan; and Mrs. Aniaie Flinn, who is now deceased.
When but a small boy, Henry C. Whitmer was taken by his parents from Pleasant Hill to the farm, where he was reared to manhood. He attended the public schools of that district and at an early age turned his attention to farming, which he has always followed. After his marriage he and his father-in-law owned a farm of 100 acres located two miles east of Pleasant Hill, in Newton Township, and be continued to reside there until 1901, when he sold out and purchased his present farm in Newberry Township. He carries on general farming and stock raising.
Mr. Whitmer was joined in marriage with Miss Nettie Bashore, a daughter of William Bashore, who lived just South of Pleasant Hill. They have the following children: Mary, who is teaching school near Tippecanoe City, and is a graduate of the Covington High School and for a time attended Juniata College, at Huntington, Pennsylvania; Minnie, who married Raymond Anewalt, of Newton Township, and has a daughter, Marie; Frank; Robert, and Esther. Religiously the family are members of the Church of the Brethren, in which Mr. Whitmer is a deacon.
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