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THE LISLE FAMILY,
of which John Lisle, of Hamilton township, is the oldest living representative, was among th first that settled in Franklin county. The grandfather, John Lisle, was a native of Ireland, but when a young man, emigrated to the United States with an older brother. He married, in Pennsylvania, Rachel Irwin, and remained in that State for a few years, when he removed to Kentucky. He purchased there a military claim, but subsequently lost it, the title proving invalid. In 1798 he emigrated, with his family, consisting of his wife and eight children, to Ohio, and settled in Franklinton. He remained there about a year, during which he cultivated a piece of land belonging to Lucas Sullivant, when he removed three miles farther north, and settled in Clinton township, taking up two hundred acres, and making his location on the place now owned by J. O. Lisle. He died there in 1810. His wife survived him a number of years, and died at Lancaster. The children of John and Rachel Lisle were: Robert, Margaret, Elizabeth, James, Rebecca, Jane, John, and Rachel, all now deceased. Margaret was the wife of James McElvain, one of the early pioneers of Franklin county, but finally removing with his family to Indiana; Elizabeth was the wife of Luther Powers, and also removed to Indiana; James married Mary Golliford, and was a resident of Hamilton township until his death; Rebecca married Joseph Young, and resided in Fairfield county; Jane became the wife of Samuel Maynard, lived in Clinton a number of years, and then removed to Sandusky; John married Thankful Maynard, and soon afterward removed to Indiana; Rachel married William Sackett first settled in Fairfield county, but eventually moved to Putnam county.
Robert, the oldest of the family, and the father of John Lisle, whose portrait appears on another page, was born September 18, 1785; married in Fairfield county, in 1810, Abigail McIntyre, and settled in Clinton township, where he lived four years; then moved into Hamilton, and located on the farm now occupied by his son, Harvey. He died March 31, 1862, and his wife April 17th, of the same year. They were the parents of twelve children, of whom John is the oldest. He was born in Clinton township, Franklin county, Ohio, December 19, 1810. He remained at home, at work upon the farm of his father, until twenty-three years of age, when he was married, on the anniversary of his birth--December 19, 1833--to Eliza Breckenridge, daughter of Robert and Lucy Breckenridge, who was born in Franklinton, July 23, 1910. Her father was a native of Pennsylvania, and her mother (Lucy Foley) of Virginia. They both came to Franklin county, Ohio, with their respective parents, when children, and were married in 1808 or 1809. They resided for many years in Hamilton township, but finally moved into Franklin township, locating on the river, where Mr. Breckenridge died a few years afterwards. Mrs. Breckenridge survived her husband several years, and died in Columbus. Mrs. Lisle is the oldest of eleven children, of whom, besides herself, one son and four daughters are living. After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. lisle remained on his father's farm, in Clinton, some seven or eight years, when they removed to Hamilton, and settled on the farm on which they now live. They are the parents of four children, as follows: Robert B., born January 30, 1835; died June 18, 1860; Samuel Harvey, born November 15, 1836, married Eliza Jane Johnston (who is now deceased), and died July 9, 1868; George W., born October 21, 1838, married Demeris Helsel, and now resides in Madison township; and Louise Jane, born October 29, 1842.
Mr. Lisle has always been engaged in farming; has given strict attention to his chosen occupation; and has lived a quiet, unobstentatious [sic.], but useful life. He has held various official trusts in his township, and for three years was director of the county infirmary. He has one sister rand one brother now living; namely: Rachel, now Mrs. Jacob Low, residing in Union county, Ohio; and Harvey, on the homestead in Hamilton. He married Priscilla Moore.