John Laman, Sr., was born in North Carolina, from which State he came on foot to Ohio, and in 1805 he settled in section thirty-four of Somers township. His wife, Elizabeth Jones, died in 1877. They have had nine children—Phineas (deceased), Lydia (deceased), Keziah, wife of John Brown, of Gratis; Rebecca; Henry married Miss Cook; Elizabeth, wife of James Hartley; John; Martha, wife of William Taylor; Joseph, married Susan Frazee; John Laman, jr., married Mary Macy, of Somers township—they have three children. Mr. Laman owns a farm of two hundred and eight acres near Somersville. Joseph Laman married Susan Frazee, by whom he has had four children, viz.: John Henry, George Alpheus, Made Elizabeth, and Sarah Ida. He owns one hundred and sixty acres of land at the home place, and has bought an additional eighty acres, making two hundred and forty in all.