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Elijah Chenoweth is one of that small and fast-contracting circle of early residents whose recollections link together the past and present of local folk-history. He was born in 1806, on the farm where he now lives, and was the ninth child of Elijah and Rachel (Foster) Chenoweth, the pioneers who are spoken of in the foregoing sketch as having made the initial settlement in Pleasant township. He is the only member of the family living, except his brother, John F., of London, Madison county.
Mr. Chenoweth is a splendid example of that rugged development of physical and moral qualities attained through the simple, honest, homespun manners of life that characterized the early settlers of Ohio. Although he has passed through more than the alloted [sic.] three score years and ten, he is, to all appearance, hale and hearty--a fine specimen of preservation. He still takes an active part in the management of his large farm and in carrying on general business. He has been for fifty-three years a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, with which, also, all of his family are connected. Politically, he is a Republican, and has acted with that party since its organization.
Mrs. Chenoweth was a native of Clark county, Ohio, and was born in the same year as her husband. Nine children were the fruit of this marriage, six of whom still survive: Thomas , who married Emily Graham, of Ross County, and lives, at present, in Pleasant township, Franklin county; John W., who married Miss Mary E. Graham, and lives in Pickaway county; Joseph H., who married Mary O. Timmons, and lives on the home farm; Elizabeth, who married A. J. Shephard, and lives in Madison county; Sarah J., who married U. C. Gantz, and lives in Jackson township, Franklin county; and Rebecca E., who married W. W. Carson, of Delaware county, who lives with her father and works the home farm.
Mrs. Elijah Chenoweth died in 1874.