KENTS at Pike Co., Ohio
History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio, (Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1884) 764-5, transcribed, Daughters of American Revolution Library, 1776 D St. NW, Washington, DC, 20006, (202) 628-1776.
John KENT, son of Daniel and Ann (COWLEY) KENT, was born in Wiltshire, England, Dec. 17, 1819. In 1832 the family came to Ohio and settled in Cleveland. At the age of fourteen he went to work on the Ohio Canal and worked in the different capacities from driver to captain during the summer seasons for seven years. He was married in 1841 to Temperance BENNETT, a native of Ohio. Out of a family of fourteen children four are living – William Daniel [KENT], Edward Oscar [KENT] (in business with this father), Henry Hill [KENT] and John Truman [KENT]. In March, 1846, he came to Waverly and began the stone-cutting business with his brother-in-law, Samuel S. BENNETT. They remained together eight years, since when Mr. Kent has continued the business with the exception of four years, from 1866 till 1870, when he held the office of Treasurer of Pike County. About 1849 he was elected Justice of the Peace, and, with the exception of the four years as County Treasurer, served in that capacity thirty-four years. About 1849 he was also elected Mayor of the corporation of Waverly, and served till 1854. Mr. Kent was a Whig in politics till 1854, but since then he voted the Democratic ticket till the fall of 1882, when he voted the Prohibition ticket. His father, Daniel KENT, reared a family of five children to maturity, three of are now living – William [KENT], Susan[KENT] (wife of T. W. STEELE, of Chicago), and John [KENT]. Mr. Kent died of cholera at Cleveland, July 28, 1854, a daughter having died of the same disease two days previous. Mrs. Ann KENT died at her son’s residence at Waverly, May 18, 1855.