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William H. Warrick

WILLIAM H. WARRICK, a prominent farmer of Black Creek township, was born June 13, 1843, and is a son of Charles and Lydia (Bellisfield) Warrick, natives of Northampton county, Pa. His father was born about 1811 and was of German descent.

Charles Warrick was reared a farmer and learned the trade of carpenter, at both of which callings he worked during his entire life. He was married in Pennsylvania to Lydia Bellisfield about 1$39. She was a daughter of Abraham Bellisfield, a prominent man in his day. Charles and Lydia Warrick became the parents of twelve children, as follows: Melinda, widow of Noah Springer, of Paulding county; William H., the subject of this sketch; Elizabeth, deceased wife of John R. Williams, of Black Creek township; Ella Etta, deceased; Mary, deceased wife of Edward Pomeroy; Elfina, deceased wife of A. Dellinger, whose biographical sketch appears elsewhere in this volume; Benjamin F., who died at the age of five years; Charles, who died at the age of twelve years; Lorinda, deceased; Lydia, wife of Thomas Sell of Van Wert county; Emma, deceased; Amos, of Black Creek township, and Lillie, who died at the age of six. The mother of these children was born in 1821 and died in 1869. Charles Warrick, for some time after his marriage lived in Pennsylvania; but on March 5, 1855 he reached-Mercer county, Ohio, and here for several years he worked at his trade. In 1866 he bought a farm and lived upon it, at the same time still carrying on his trade until his death, which occurred in 1879. Mr. Warrick was one of the best of men, kind to his family, a good neighbor, and always ready to aid those in need. He was a democrat in politics and a member of the Lutheran church, as was also his wife. Daniel Warrick, a brother of Charles, is still living in Pennsylvania.

William H. Warrick was reared on a farm, and at the same time learned the carpenter trade. On August 9, 1862, he enlisted in company F, Ninety-ninth Ohio volunteer infantry, and served until the close of the war. He saw much hard marching and fighting, and himself suffered from rebel bullets. He was in the battle of Stone River, Lookout Mountain, Chickamauga, the Atlanta campaign, and the battle of Nashville. At the battle of Lookout Mountain he was wounded in the left leg, and was in consequence in the hospital three months and was one month at home. Rejoining his regiment he was then in active service until the close of the war, being honorably discharged at Salisbury, N. C., June 26, 1865.

Returning home from the war, Mr. Warrick again began farming and working at his trade, which he continued until his marriage, May 2, 1872, to Miss Mary Smalley, daughter of Richard and Lydia (Lash) Smalley. To this marriage there have been born seven children, as follows: Alvesta, who died in January, 1889, at the age of fifteen years; Martha, Frank, Lorin, Laura, Mary and Nellie. Miss Mary Smalley was born in Ashland county, Ohio, August 17, 1848, and re moved with her parents to Mercer county in 1865. After his marriage Mr. Warrick moved to his present farm, which he had purchased in 1869. At the time of his removal thereto there were only ten acres cleared. The first house in which he lived on this farm was a log cabin he himself erected, and in this he lived until the fall of 1883, when he erected his present frame dwelling. To this improvement he added, in 1893, a fine large barn. He has now a good farm, well improved with comfortable buildings, and as attractive a home as any man need desire.

In politics Mr. Warrick is a republican, and has served as township clerk for four years, as treasurer six years, and has held other minor offices. He is in every way a public-spirited citizen, well worthy of the honors he has received. His industry and energy have acquired for him a competence, as is shown by the fact that at ten years of age he began to take care of himself, receiving, to begin with, the munificent sum of one dollar and a half per month for his wages. From this, however, he has succeeded in steadily increasing his income, and adding to his property until, at the present time, he is one of the independent farmers of his county, and is everywhere looked upon as a successful man. His wife's father, Richard Smalley, is still living and carrying on his farming operations in Black Creek township, and is a thorough going, industrious and honest man.

Pages 605-606

Source: A Portrait and Biographical Record of Mercer and Van Wert Counties Ohio, Chicago, A. W. Bowen & Company, 1896

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