Family Group Sheet
Notes for Rufus Christopher Santmyer
!SOURCE Cemetery Bairdstown, Oh Headstone
BIRTH: E-mail from Eldon Olds 22 March 2000 has 21 Sep 1854
DEATH: Certificate: 69768 vol: 7982 (Have copy)
has birth date 27 Oct 1854
Have Copy of Obit -- has born 27 Oct 1854
!Note: Letter from Jerry David Hebert providing children of Christopher
Cemetery Bairdstown, Oh.: Headstone "Rufas C. Santmyer 1854-1935"
1870 CENSUS Washington TWP, Handcock, Ohio
Sandameyer, Rufus age 16 born Ohio -- Labor on Farm
!Source: Ohio, Wood County Personal Histories, Page 1326:
R. C. SANTMYER is a popular citizen of Liberty township, whose genuine worth has won him the good will and respect of many friends. Senneca county, Ohio, numbers him among her native sons, his birth occurring there October 27, 1854. His father, Christopher Santmyer, was born in Virginia, and having attained his majority, married Susan Updike, also a native of that State. Four years later they removed to Seneca county, Ohio, where the father followed farming, also carried on blacksmithing and shoe making. In 1861 in Delaware, Ohio, he enlisted in the Union army and served until the close of the war, and participated in many important battles. He afterward went to Saginaw, Mich., where he continued for a number of years, then returned to Seneca county. He is still a resident of Ohio.Their children were John, a farmer of Hancock county, Ohio: Robert, a farmer of Bloom township; R. C., our subject; David H., of Wayne county, Ohio; and Mrs. Jane Vogelson.
R.C. Santmyer was about eleven years of age when he came to Wood county with his mother, who purchased five acres of land in Bloom township, and there resided until her death.
He attended the district schools and followed farming during his boyhood, earning his own livelihood from the time he was eight years of age. He was married March 12, 1882, to Miss Annie Walker, a native of Bloom Township, and daughter of John and Elizabeth (Soles) Walker. They at once located on the farm of sixty acres which Mr. Santmyer had previously purchased. He is now living in the oldest dwelling in Wood county, it having stood for sixty three years. Many were the hardships and diffculties they encountered in the early days, for Mrs Santmyer suffered much from ill health; but as time has passed our subject has propered. He has now tiled and fenced his place, planted a good orchard, and has a well-improved farm. There are five oil wells upon his land, and he adds to his income by acting as a district agent for the Solid Comfort Plow Company.
Mr. and Mrs Santmyer have had a family of three Children: Carrie Emma, born April 12 1883; Harley J. born August 29, 1886, and died July 8, 1887; and Sylvia Jane, born August 26, 1890. Our Subject was formerly an advocate of Republican Principles, but is now identified with the People's Party. He has served for Five years as supervisor, discharging his duties with a promptness and fidelity that have won him hight commendations.
Census 1920 Jackson, Pauling, Ohio
Ruffus Santmyer Born (1855) Ohio
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