House Family of Knox/Morrow County Ohio
JUDGE HOUSE, retired, Mt. Gilead; was born in Chester Co., Pa., Jan. 8, 1798, and is the son of Francis and Mary (Loney) House; both parents were born in Pa.; his father was a chair-maker by trade, but in latter years followed farming. In about 1805 or 6, our subject with father and mother, emigrated to Ohio, and located in Jefferson county, near Mt. Vernon; his father died in Knox Co., Dec., 1843, over 69 years of age. Judge House and his brother, Nathan House, learned the house-joiner's trade, which they followed together for a number of years. In 1828, Nathan House and Judge House commenced mercantile business two miles east of Mt. Gilead, where Nathan House carried on the business of the store, while our subject worked at the joiner's trade, and in 1832 they moved their store to Mt. Gilead, and was at that time the third grocery store of that place. In 1833 Judge House moved. to Mt. Gilead, where he has been one of its honored citizens ever since. These brothers carried on a very large business, owning at one time a grist mill, tannery, distillery, saddle shop and store, and operating two fine farms. Nathan House died in 1845, a respected and honored citizen, leaving a wife and six children to mourn his loss. When Judge House came here he, in 1833, built his present house, which he has made his home ever since; he continued in the mercantile business until 1872, when he retired. On the organization of Morrow County, he was its Associate Judge, filling that office in 1847 and '48 with marked ability. He was married in Mt. Vernon to Miss Mary h. Clements, of England, March 2, 1830; she came to America and located in Ohio in 1828. By this union they have four children.
W. S. HOUSE, flouring-mill; Alt. Gilead; was born in Mt. Gilead, in 1837; he is the son of Richard House, further mention of whom will be found in the biography of Mrs. Clara House Talmage. W. S. House commenced the milling business when 19 years of age, and continued until 1862, when he engaged in farming in Gilead Tp. In 1877 he went back to the business for which he was so well fitted by early training and long experience, and since that time has been furnishing the public with the choicest brands of flour, feed, etc.; he has for a partner, Bradford Dawson, who is also a man of large experience in the business, and is, withal, a genial, whole-souled gentleman. The quality of their flour being well known in Morrow and adjoining counties, they find ready sales for the same. Mr. House was married in 1859 to Victorine S.