1881 Preble County History
Jonathan Paxton was born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, in 1778. In 1817 he emigrated to Franklin county, Ohio, and the next year he moved to Preble county, and settled in section twenty, of Israel township, where he died in 1852. His wife, Agnes Gilmore, who was born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, in 1783, died the same year that her husband died. They had seventeen children, all of whom lived to raise families. Five of these are still living: James S. resides in Erie county, Ohio; Jonathan resides in Israel township; Alexander P. resides in Israel township; Mary G., wife of Thomas McDill, lives on Four Mile creek at the old mill; Elizabeth, wife of James Gavin, lives in Missouri.
Alexander P. Paxton was born in 1826. He married Rosanna C. Wilson, who was born in 1828, in Israel township. They have had eight children. Mr. Paxton
has been road commissioner of the Fair Haven and College Corner turnpike since 1859
Jonathan Paxton, Jr., was born in Israel township in 1819. In 1852 be married Elizabeth Jane McQuiston, who was born in 1831, and who died in 1879. They have had five children, all of whom are now living. Mr. Paxton owns a farm of sixty acres, which is under a good state of cultivation,
Robert Gilmore Paxton was born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, in 1799. His wife, Mary Ann McDill, was born in 1800 and is still living. In 1818 he emigrated to Preble county and settled in section eighteen of Israel township. He was justice of the peace in Israel township, and served during the years 1840-46. Of their children, Agnes, wife of James McDill, lives in Israel township; Samuel M. lives in Israel township; John C. is in Israel; Jane, wife of William Wilson, lives in Iowa; Martha Ann, wife of Alexander Orr, lives in Israel township; Robert G. is in Israel, and Louisa lives with her mother in College corner.
Robert G. Paxton was born in 1838. His wife, Elizabeth Jane Graham, was born in 1847. To them three children have been born. Robert resides on the old home farm in section twenty-nine.