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ARTHUR O'HARRA
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The Subject of this notice was of Scotch ancestry; his parents, Hugh and Mary O'Harra, were natives of Virginia, whence they emigrated to Ross county (now Pickaway), in 1800. There Arthur was born, February 6, 1801. He grew up to boyhood on the farm of his father, and, about 1819, came from Marion county where is parents had previously removed, to Franklin county, and for a time worked at brick-making in Columbus. Subsequently, he engaged in agricultural pursuits, in which he continued during his life; he was an intelligent tiller of the soil, with advanced views of agriculture. In 1826, he was united in marriage, by Rev. Dr. Hoge, to Miss Maxamillia Fisher, daughter of Michael and Sarah Fisher, who were among the earliest settlers in the county. Mrs. O'Harra was born September 20, 1800, and the event is believed to have been the first of the kind in Hamilton Township. Colonel O'Harra, as he was familiarly called, was a man of large stature, being six feet in height and possessing corresponding physical strength; he also possessed a naturally vigorous mind, and exerted a potent influence over those with whom he mingled. It was his custom to enforce upon his children a strict compliance with his serious religious views, and all his conduct was regulated from a christian standpoint. He was a prominent member of the Presbyterian church, and was an elder in the church for thirty-five years. Colonel O'Harra possessed, in an eminent degree, those sterling characteristics of the race of which he was a worthy descendant. He was frugal, industrious, preserving, thoroughly honorable and honest, and enjoyed the respect of all who knew him. He died in Hamilton township, Franklin county, March 6, 1875. Mrs. O'Harra died in 1864. They raised a family of eight children, seven of whom are now living. At the time of his death, Colonel O'Harra had, besides his children, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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