Daniel Winter, who was of German ancestry, was born in Hagerstown, Md., March 30, 1797, and was a son of Christian and Palmer Winter, who removed to Canada about 1800, locating near Fort Erie, where they resided until 1812. On the breaking out of the war of 1812 Christian Winter entered the ranks of the American army; but, as he had previously taken the oath of allegiance to the British Crown, the Canadian authorities endeavored to enroll him into their army, and during the war he had many narrow escapes from capture by the British. After the close of the struggle he settled in Erie county, Ohio, where he resided until his death. He was an upright, honored citizen, and his memory will long be cherished. Daniel Winter was three years old when he was taken by his parents to Canada, and he was there reared to manhood. He also was drafted into the British army, but escaped and settled in Erie county, Ohio, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1821, when he removed to what was then called the Prairies (now Townsend township), where he spent the remainder of his days. In Erie county, Ohio, April 6, 1831, he was united in marriage with Mary Dale, a lady of German ancestry, born in Danville, Penn., February 11, 1800, and they had four children, as follows: J. Nelson, born April 26, 1834, and residing in Clyde, Sandusky county; Henry A., the subject of this sketch; Ralph J., born November 20, 1842, died April 18, 1885; and Mary E., born September 11, 1845, died at Madison, Ga., March. 27, 1889. On June 24, 1869, Daniel Winter was called from earth, beloved of all who knew him.
Henry A. Winter has passed his whole life in Townsend township, was educated in the district school, and since early youth has been engaged in farming and stock raising. In Erie county, Ohio, May 28, 1874, Mr. Winter was united in marriage with Bella Neill, who was born in Delaware, Delaware Co., Ohio, April 17, 1857, and they have had children, their names and dates of birth being as follows: Ralph, February 27, 1875; Allan, July 4, 1876; Louis, February 18, 1878; Daniel, July 7, 1879; Charles, June 21, 1880; Edith, August 4, 1882; and Neil, February 27, 1884. The parents of Mrs. Winter, Louis and Jeannette S. (Gaw) Neill, were both born in Sandusky City, Erie county, and both are still living. Mr. Winter is a Republican in politics, and the family attend the United Brethren.Church. Mrs. Winter is a school director for Sandusky county, being the first lady director ever elected in the county.
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