5-24-1840 Lemuel WILMOTH m Mary DAVIS, Hardin Co OH
He is listed on the 1860/70 Hardin census as WILLMOTH.
The 1870 is available on familysearch.org.
Sure don't know where Mathew comes into play, as everything I've seen say Lemuel.
A tree on familysearch states his father is Joseph who d in Ross Co OH 1820 and Elizabeth KELLY.
You might check for a will/deed/guardianship record in Ross Co to confirm his parentage, and the following bio....
of Early Settlers And Prominent Men;History of the Northwest Territory;
History Of Ohio; Miscellaneous
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Illustrated:Chicago: WARNER, BEERS & CO. 1883.
Matthew Lemuel Willmoth (deceased)was born in Ross County, Ohio, in 1805.His parents were of German descent, and both died when he was quite young, leaving him to know but little of the family history.He was a member of a family of six children, five sons and one daughter, one brother and sister surviving, the former living nearNeville, on the Ohio River, in Ohio, the latter is the wife of Mr. Bradley, who keeps a provision store.Our subject came to Hardin County in the spring of 1831; having been preceded by two brothers, and bought forty acres of land, now included in the town of Kenton, on which he built his cabin.In 1838, his wife died.They had a family of seven children, three sons and four daughters, six living, viz. , Nancy J. , John, Rachel, Melvin, Levin G. and Lydia A.He assisted in the laying of the public square, and his cabin was often frequented by the Wyandot Indians, it being directly on their way from Upper Sandusky to Chillicothe.Nancy J. the oldest child of Lemuel, was born in Union County, Ohio, November 11, 1825 and married, in October of 1845, to Newton Howell.The latter was the son of Is real and Sarah Howell, and was born in Logan County.He served a four years apprenticeship at harness-making and openedup the business at Waterloo, Iowa, and in 1865 moved to Chillicothe, MO.where he served for six years as Commission, returning in 1871 to Russell, Iowa where he openeda shop.He had a family of five daughters and two sons, viz. , Lydia V. (wife of George W. Plotts), Julia A. ( wife of John Chriswell, farmer ), Staley L. , William C. , Mary A. , Hattie J. and George E.John Willmoth, the second child of Lemuel, was born March 2, 1827, in Union County, Ohio and married Maggie Rough in 1856.He left Kenton in that year; went West, living in Missouri until 1882, and removing to Marshall County, Kansas.His wife was the daughter of Thomas Rough and Grace Collins.Rachel Wilmoth was born in Union County, Ohio, and married in the spring of 1854 to O. Osborn, a farmer of Hardin County, and had eight children, three daughters and five sons.Her husband and four children are deceased, and she now resides in Kenton.
Melvina Wilmoth was born in Union County, Ohio and is the wife of L. D. Longman, dry goods merchant of Kenton, moving in the spring of 1856, to Newton, Iowa where she died December 27, 1856.They had two children, one daughter, and a son named Benson.Benson was born in Union County, Ohio, February 12, 1831, and came to Kenton with his parents in the same year.He was married September 3, 1857 to Miss Sarah J. Dunlap, by whom there were five children born, viz. , William E. , born October 18, 1858; Gustine R. , born September 4, 1863; Maurice L. , born September 28, 1866; Josephine Maud, born September 12, 1868;Mattie, born August 19, 1871.Mrs. Benson Wilmoth's parents were of Scotch and Irish descent.Her father died April 13, 1862; her mother died October 19, 1860.Levin G. Wilmoth, the fifth child of Lemuel, was born in Hardin County August 12, 1834 and married in 1858 to Miss Elizabeth A. Hosman.He movedto Chillicothe, MO.in 1866 and is now living in Marionville, MO.He has a family of five children, three born in Hardin County.Lydia A. , the sixth child of Lemuel was born inHardin County in 1835; married in 1862 to Jacob A. Holmes, a carpenter, and has two sons.Mr. Lemuel Wilmoth married a second time on May 29, 1840 to Miss Mary M. Davis, and the same year moved on a farm of eighty acres, one mile and a half north of Kenton where he resided for twenty- seven years.His wife was born in Adams County, Penn.in 1814.Her father, a miller, was a native of Ireland andwas married to Mary McGrew, moving to Harrison County, Ohio in 1817.They were the parents of nine children.Mrs. Davis died December 29, 1848, and was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, having joined when she was nine years of age.Mrs. Lemuel Wilmoth united with the church in 1838, under the prestige of Rev. Mr. Welch.Our subject, by his second marriage, had a family of seven children, all born on the old homestead.The home place was sold in 1867, the family moving to the present farm where Mr. Wilmoth died February 3, 1879, after a protracted illness; and thus passed from the ranks, one of the early pioneers of Hardin County.The children born to him are as follows: Mary W.born in Hardin County May 29, 1842, wife of John A. Holmes; Wellington L. M born May 6, 1844, married, in 1869, to Anna C. Girod, residents of Hardin County; William A. born March 17, 1846, married to Anna Yauger in 1872; Amina J. born July 17, 1848 and married to George W. Charlton in 1874; Eugene D. farmer born September 5, 1853, bachelor; Mattie O. born July 21, 1856 wife of William H. Roger, a farmer
Lemuel Wilmoth, a brother of William, came to Hardin County in the spring of 1831.he was born in Ross County, Ohio in 1805 where he lived until his brother sent him glowing accounts of the fertile valley of the Caito.Upon his arrival in Hardin County he entered forty valley of the Scioto.Upon his arrival in Hardin County he entered forty acres of land in Fractional Section 4, which included much of what is now the southeast section of Kenton, ten acres of which he donated to the town whenthe county seat was established.He erected a cabin south of his brothers, which was often frequented by friendly Wyandot Indians as they roamed the forests.He assisted in clearing the great trees on what is now the public square of Kentonand took a prominent part in the development of the town.Mr. Wilmoth was twice married first, to a Miss Gibson.They became the parents of seven children, three sons and four daughters.His second wife was Miss Mary Davis, and they were also the parents of three sons and four daughters.Many of Mr. Wilmoth'sdescendants still live in Hardin County.
Shortly after his second marriage in 1840, Mr. Wilmoth moved from his cabin home in Kenton to a farm of eighty acres one mile North of Kenton, where he resided for twenty-seven years.This was known for years as the "Wilmoth Homestead".It was located one mile south of Greenleaf School and one mile east of the Kenton and Forest Highway.In 1867 he sold the " Homestead" and moved about four miles north of Kenton on the Steiner Road, where he died on February 3, 1879.He had seen the site of Kenton a solid forest, and lived to see the place grow to be a prosperous town.