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JOSEPH CLAPHAM, SR.,
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one of the old residents of this township, now deceased, was born in Walton, Yorkshire, England, on Christmas Day, 1793. He married Miss Sarah Hudson, of the same place. They emigrated to this country in the spring of 1818, sailing from Hull, and landing safely at Philadelphia, after a voyage of eight weeks. They removed at once to Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, where he engaged in teaming. At the expiration of five years, they came to Ohio, settling in Blendon township, in October, 1823, upon the farm then owned by Mr. John Snow, of Worthington, now known as "the Shrock [Sic.] place," Seven years afterwards he bought a hundred-acre farm on Big Walnut creek, one mile north of the present location of Central college, where they resided until their death, his occurring September 4, 1875, when he had almost completed his eighty-first year, and his wife's January 22, 1873, she then being aged seventy-five years and twenty-three days. They were highly respected for their useful and upright lives. Both were members of the Presbyterian church, and he, although not active in politics, had the convictions, first, of an anti-slavery Whig, and then of the Republican party. During several terms he served the people as township trustee. Five, out of a family of nine children, survive himó-Joseph, a Delaware county farmer; George, a farmer near the old homestead; Thomas, a farmer in Mercer county, Missouri; and Mrs. Sarah J. Goldsmith, widow, and Miss Mary Ann Clapham, who reside at the old home. The other children died as follows: Martha, at home, October 21, 1832; Charles, at home, 1842; Mrs. Elizabeth Strong, in Bucyrus, Ohio, August 12, 1855; and John, upon his farm in the neighborhood, January 12, 1879.

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