CAROTHERS, JOHN, farmer; P. O. Hinesville; he was born in County Fermanagh, Ireland, either in 1806 or 1807, the family record being lost in the sinking ship; he, with his parents and three brothers, James, Christopher and George, emigrated to Ohio about the year 1813 or 1814, embarking at Londonderry on the sailing vessel Bohannon, everything passing as pleasant as a marriage bell until midnight of the forty-second day, when the vessel struck a rock, near Yarmouth, Nova Scotia ; instantly all on board were fearful with anxiety and excitement; John Carothers, father of the subject of this sketch, was talking with the captain at the time of the accident, both fearing she was lost; a council was called at once, Mr. C. Sr., being one of the twelve composing it, succeeded, in connection with the second mate, Buchannan, in saving every soul on board, all else being lost; launching the lifeboats, the command was to allow only women and children to leave the sinking ship, while the sterner sex remained to the last, though some disguised in women's apparel succeeded in leaving with the former; very soon they observed what appeared in the dark to be a cloud, and, on sending four sailors out, they returned with the joyful news of land, leaving one sailor to signal; the island was composed of about four acres-by name Mud Island-and adjacent to Yarmouth. After landing all safe on this island, they hoisted a white sheet as a signal of distress; thinking it would not be noticed, a lady took off her red flannel petticoat and attached to it, when the signal of distress was again hoisted, and about 10 o'clock a British man-of-war have in sight taking all on board, landing passengers and crew at Yarmouth, where they remained about two weeks, when they again boarded a vessel, and landed at Philadelphia during the month of July, their destination being Guernsey Co., Ohio, where Mr. Carothers remained with his parents; receiving his education at the district schools, having to go five miles. About October, 1837, he emigrated to old Richland (now Crawford Co.), Ohio, purchasing 165 acres of land, where he still resides. His wife, formerly Miss Elisabeth Laird, was born in County Fermanagh, Ireland, April 24, 1834. They have eight children, five of whom are living-John, Robert, George, James and Morton, all intelligent men, who take a general interest in the affairs of the country. John enlisted in the 1st Nebraska Regiment; James, in the 120th O. V. I., and Morton with the 100-day boys; all returned home an honor to their parents and country. The subject of this sketch is a man of remarkable memory and powerful constitution; he has had an eventful life, and after all its variations he is passing the remainder of life in comfort, peace and plenty.
CAROTHERS, GEORGE, farmer and stock-grower; was born in Crawford Co., Ohio, in May, 1839, and spent his early days on what is known as the Carothers homestead. He attended school in the district during the winter months until he was 16 years of age, when he taught a partial term in what was called the Fraser District, just north of Shelby; the following summer, he took the proceeds of his school and attended school in Oberlin, Ohio ; he continued year after year in a similar manner for six consecutive years, thus educating himself; he is a man of indomitable will, conse quently making a success of all his undertakings. He enlisted in Co. C, 7th O. V. I., while attending school at Oberlin, in 1861 ; he participated in the following battles: Carnafax Ferry, Winchester, and the noted second battle of Bull Run, where he was wounded in the left leg; he was taken to the hospital at David's Island, New York, where he received his discharge. Mr. Carothers married Miss L. M. Blackman in March, 1869; they have four very interesting children-Clare E., Minnie Myrtle, Lulu Dell and Georgia M. Mr. C. has a beautiful home, in which he with his wife and little ones are happy, loved and prosperous.