James Sandy, sr., the son of William and Ermine Sandy, was born in Westmoreland county, Virginia, April 16, 1788, his parents being of Scotch descent. Here he was raised, and soon after the declaration of war with Great Britain, in 1812, he joined the "Virginia Blues," and while a member of that organization, was quartered, during one winter, in the town of Franklinton. At that time the ground now occupied by the State house was covered with its native forest. After his return to Virginia, sometime in the year of 1813, he was married to Miss Delilah Dulin, daughter of William and Charlotte Dulin, who was born February 1, 1897. To them were born eight sons and four daughters.
In 1821 he moved, with his family, to Ohio, and in 1825 settled in Washington township, Franklin county, where he resided until 1862, since which time, and until his death, October 20, 1864, he has lived with his children in Madison township. His wife died November 15, 1837, at the age of forty years.
Mr. Sandy was an ardent lover of his country, a true patriot, and a faithful soldier. He felt, and often expressed the most earnest solicitude for the success of the war for the preservation of our government during the late Rebellion. For many years he was a member of the Christian church, and at his death was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. The last few years of his life were mostly devoted to the reading of the holy scriptures, in which he took great delight.
James Sandy, jr., the subject of this sketch, was the fourth son of James and Delilah Sandy, and was born in Norwich township, Franklin county, December 16, 1826. He remained on the farm with his father until he was eighteen years of age, and then went to Pickaway county, where he worked on a farm a year, after which he went to Ross county, where he also remained a year. He then returned to Groveport, in this county [Franklin], where he learned the carpenter's trade, at which he worked eleven years. He then moved on a farm east of Groveport, where he has since resided, engaged in agricultural pursuits.
He married, in Groveport, February 28, 1848, to Sarah Shoemaker, who was born November 5, 1831. The result of this union was one son, William Henry, born February 1, 1849. Mrs Sandy died June 6, 1850, aged nineteen years.
He married, for his second wife, Sarah Ditzler, March 4, 1851. She was born March 6, 1829. To them have been born two children: Seabury, born April 7, 1852, who died October 20, 1853; and Genora, born May 10, 1854, who died December 14, 1856.
William Henry, the eldest son of James Sandy, married Annie Hare September 9, 1869. Their children are: Luada, born April 19, 1871, and Hattie, born December 8, 1877, in Osage county, Kansas.
During the war of the Rebellion Mr. Sandy became a member of the National Guard, and when Governor Brough issued his call for forty thousand troops to take the field, he accompanied his regiment and served in the Virginia campaign under General Butler, in 1864.
Mr. Sandy is a man with strong convictions of right, of perseverance, energy, and of strict integrity. He is one of the leading Republicans of his township, and joins the lead in all public enterprises fro the benefit of the township. He became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church in 1857, and has since lived a consistent christian life.
TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE: The following members of the Sandy family are buried at Union Grove Cemetery, Canal Winchester.
Seaberry, died Dec 14, 1856, aged 1 yearr 7 months 13 days
Genora, died Dec 14, 1856, aged 2 years 7 months 4 days
James, Dec 16, 1826-Mar 23, 1881
Sarah, 1st wife of James, died June 6, 1850, aged 18 years 7 months 1 day
Sarah, 2nd wife of James, March 6, 1829-blank
(Found in the 1902 History of Madison Township is, Sarah Sandy, wife of James, died 1900, aged 73 years.)
James, died Oct. 20, 1868, aged 80 years 6 months 4 days
Wesley, died Dec 10, 1854, aged 22 years 11 months 14 days