10 February 2013

Early Settler of Williams County, OH - Jacob Dillman

By Pamela Pattison Lash

1 Jacob Dillman
Birth: 19 Apr 1803, Potter Twp, Centre Co, PA
Death: 7 Mar 1870, Williams Co, OH
Burial: Williams Center Cem, Center Twp, Williams Co, OH

Jacob left from PA to Stark (now Summit) Co, OH with his parents in 1812 and later moved to Center Twp (Section 34) in March 1834.  He lived on the same farm where he died for c34 years.  He possibly had a brother named Michael Dillman (1797 Potter Twp, Centre Co, PA-1861 Will Co, IL).

Jacob Dillman of Stark Co, OH purchased 80A in Williams Co, OH on 25 Feb 1836 at the Wapakonetta Land Office (1st PM, T6N R2E, Section 28)
Acres: 80
Meridian: 1st PM
State: Ohio
County: Williams
Township: 6-N
Range: 2-E
Section: 28
Accession Number: OH0680__.067
Metes and Bounds: No
Land Office: Wapakonetta

Bryan Democrat, 10 Mar 1870 p3 c2-3 - early settler, Republican, active in Agricultural Society

Bryan Democrat, 17 Mar 1870 p2 c5
Mr Jacob Dillman, Esquire, had been ill for four weeks during which he suffered very much.  His death was sudden and unexpected.  He was greatly admired.

From the Williams Co, OH Probate his estate was filed on 8 Apr 1870 #1362; his wife Rhoda C was listed in the probate index for 24 Sept 1872 #1533 as misc.

The first term of Williams County Court of Common Pleas was begun and held in the log Court House, April 19, 1841. Jacob Dillman was appointed foreman.

On the 7th of March 1836, the Commissioners ordered "that the original surveyed Townships 6, 7, and 8 north, in Range 2 east, be erected and incorporated into a township to be called Centre; and further, that the inhabitants of said Centre Township meet on the first Monday of April next, at the house of Jacob Dillman, and proceed to elect, according to law, the necessary officers to organize said township, and that the Auditor advertise the same according to law."  No other change was made with Centre until March, 1839, when Township 7 north, Range 2 east, and fractional Township 8 north, Range 2 east, were set off and created as Superior Township, thus leaving Centre as it is at present.  The names of the first officers who were elected at the residence of Jacob Dillman in April, 1836, are no longer remembered.

George Skinner appeared, and entered the  east half of the southeast quarter of Section 34.  He likewise built a log house, and made some improvements; but in October of the same year, sold his land to Jacob Dillman, and removed from the township, going no one knew whither.  Mr. Dillman, a man who afterward during his life was very prominent in township affairs, had come from Stark County, Ohio, during the spring of 1834, and had selected a tract of land in the eastern part of the township, upon which were favorable facilities for a fine waterpower.  He returned to Stark County, but the sudden death there of a man whom he expected would operate his prospective mill altered his plans somewhat, and when he again came to Centre Township he purchased the Skinner farm.  A few acres had been under brushed by Mr. Skinner, who had sown thereon what he thought was clover seed, but which soon proved to be Canada Thistle seed.  The ground was soon covered with these pests, which have not been wholly eradicated even to this day.

Mr. Kimmell also kept a house of entertainment.  He kept liquor for those who wanted it, and their names were legion.  His house became quite a resort for those who looked upon the wine when it was red.  At that early day the subject of total abstinence began to be discussed.  Jacob Dillman came out strongly in opposition to the liquor traffic.  He and Mr. Kimmell were opposing candidates in 1839 or 1840 for the position of Justice of the Peace.  Mr. Kimmell was the successful candidate, and it is stated that his election was largely due to the support of the intemperate element.  Mr. Dillman kept a small store.

Jacob Dillman built the first saw-mill in Centre in about 1846, and operated the same with steam. 1

Bowersox - Center became an organized township March 7, 1836, the citizens meeting the first Monday in April to choose their officers. The first election was held at the residence of Jacob Dillman. It is said that Dillman came into Williams County with more wealth than most settlers, and that he was a public spirited man. He was interested in the building of churches and schools and gave his money liberally for such things. Wealth is not an incumbrance when rightly used, and there are always demands for money.

The Ohio Cultivator, V15-16, 1859-1860, p247
Plowing and Subsoiling
I noticed in the Cultivator for July 15, questions and answers on the use of the subsoil plow, which were all good and proper according to my experience, except the answer on the last clause of the third question. I have had especial experience on that part of the question—for I go in the " basement" of my clay farm with a subsoil plow, so I thought I would give my plan. I have tried hiring—can't always get somebody when I want; I have tried exchanging work with my neighbors, and can't always get them when I want, and besides it is often very inconvenient to work back when it is wanted; so I got me a clevis made, with a swivel hook, to put on my doubletree, then I take both plows in the lot. I first plow around with my steel turning plow, then I go around with the subsoil plow; when I come to the first plow, my team will straddle it, or one horse will go on each side of the first plow, till the second plow is close to the first plow, then I step forward, lift my hook out of the link, and my team steps forward and I drop the hook in the link of the first plow, and drive on, and so alternately all day ; the change is easy, and occupies but little time. Jacob Dillman, Williams Co., Aug., 1860.

1840 Centre, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 433; Page: 233; Image: 473; Family History Library Film: 0020179.
Jacob Dillman
1m under 5
1m 5-9
1m 10-14
1m 40-49
2f 5-9
1f 10-14
1f 30-39

Land Sales - Defiance Co, OH, 24 Dec 1845 V1 p409 - Samuel Crocker and wife Polly sold ne1/2 of for $125 in Farmer Twp ne1/4 of Sec 2 to Jacob Dillman of Williams Co, OH; his wife was Maria Crocker Dillman, the sellers’ daughter

Land Sales - Defiance Co, OH, 5 Apr 1848 V1 p410 - Jacob Dillman and his wife Lois of Williams Co, OH sold to Dorcas Horton the same land

1840 Center Twp, Williams Co, OH p233
Jacob Dillman
1m under 5
1m 5-10
1m 10-15
1m 40-50
2f 5-10
1f 10-15
1f 30-40

1850 Center, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M432_741; Page: 65B; Image: 132.
h/h 16/16 Dilman, Jacob 47 PA farmer
Lois 39 CT
Sylvester 23 OH teacher
Lemuel 20 OH
Susan 18 OH
Augustus 6 OH
William 1 OH
Stoddard, Dwight 18 NY
Israel 11 OH
Dorcas 9 OH

1860 Centre, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M653_1052; Page: 79; Image: 161; Family History Library Film: 805052.
h/h 1208/1189 Dalman, Jacob 57 PA farmer
Roxy C 40 NY
Augustus 16 OH
William H 11 OH
Cyrus H 5 OH
A O 9 OH
Maynard, Marlon 18 IN
Helen 12 IN
Harriet 9 IN

Spouse: Maria(h) Crocker
Birth: 22 Jul 1808, Canada
Death: 8 Jan 1843, Williams Co, OH
Father: Samuel Crocker
Mother: Mary Polly Fordham

DILLMAN, died Jan 8, 1843, age 34 years, 5 months,
17 days.  She was the wife of Jacob DILLMAN.  3 of
her 5 children survived her.  Centretown, Williams
County, Ohio (from The Regious Telescope for UB Church)

Marriage: bef 1827, Canada

Children: Sylvester Samuel (1827-1864)
Lemuel Gloss (1830->1881)
Susan Evaline (1832-1920)
Sarah Jane (1834-1846)
William Henry (1836-1841)

Other spouses: Lois (Horton) Stoddard, Rhoda Caroline (Powell) Maynard

1.1 Sylvester Samuel Dillman
Birth: 31 Dec 1827, Summit Co, OH
Death: 19 Sep 1864, Winchester, VA

Samuel Sylvester Dillman
Residence: Toledo, Iowa
Occupation: School Teacher
Age at enlistment: 34
Enlistment Date: 21 Aug 1862
Rank at enlistment: 2nd Lieut
State Served: Iowa
Was Wounded?: Yes
Survived the War?: No
Service Record: Commissioned an officer in Company E, Iowa 24th Infantry Regiment on 18 Sep 1862.
Promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant on 05 Apr 1863.
Mustered out on 19 Sep 1864 at Winchester, VA.
Birth Date: 31 Dec 1827
Sources: Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of Rebellion
Information provided by HDS subscribers
Biography: Samuel Slyvester Dillman, IA 24th Infantry
Born Summit Co. OH 31 Dec 1827.Prepared for college Otterbein College Westerville OH. Took some collage Oberlin college completing in with the class of 1854. 1856 was connected with the U.B. College at Mt. Pleasant PA. as Prof., of Math and Natural Science; he was in this position until 1856.
20 Aug. 1856 he married Emily Loughridge at Mansfield OH. There were two sons James W. L and George Lincoln Dillman.
On 1 Jan. 1857 the Dillmans became the first teachers at Western College.
1860. Nov., the family move to Toledo IA. where Samuel became the Principal of the Public schools.
1862 he enlisted in Company E, 24th Iowa Infantry 19 Sept 1864 He was mortally wounded by a shell at the battle of Winchester VA.
He died of his wounds. He died at the home of the Wrenn family and is buried in their private lot at the city cemetery in Winchester VA.
Information from the History of Tama Co., IA.

Spouse: Emily Amanda Loughridge
Marriage: 20 Aug 1856, Richland Co, OH

1.2 Lemuel Gloss Dillman
Birth: 15 Apr 1830, Stark Co, OH
Death: aft 1881

Lemuel Gloss Dillman enlisted Feb. 13, 1865 in Company D of 155th Indiana Infantry Regiment. He mustered out with his company, Aug. 4, 1865, as a corporal. He was born April 15, 1830 in Stark County, OH, probably the son of Jacob Dillman, b. before 1805 in PA, and Maria Crocker, b. before 1810 in VT. If so, his father was a farmer and a cabinet maker who moved to Williams Co. OH, when Lemuel was a boy. (Can anyone confirm these parents?) In 1851, at the age of 21, Lemuel Dillman came to St. Joseph County, IN, where he engaged in the lumber business. In 1853, he married Margaret Ann Vanderhoof, in MI(?). They had at least four children: Eva Natalie, b. Feb. 6, 1854; Charlie Cafsius, b. Sept. 7, 1857; Frank Rush, b. Aug. 10; and Arl Jacob, b. March 12, 1872. In 1876, Lemuel went to Nashville, TN and put up a machinery plant for the Indiana Lumbering Co. In 1881, he and his family resettled in Arkansas. They first moved to Bradford, on the Iron Mt. Railroad, where Lemuel put up a saw mill, but he sold out in a short time and put up a foundry and machine shop at Newport, which he ran for about a year. He later sold that business, and came to Green Co, AK, and made Paragould his HQ. He had several saw mills in the area. Lemuel's brother, Sylvester S. Dillman, was a 2nd and 1st Lieutenant for Company

Dillman, Lemuel G.from LaPorte Co., pvt. Co. D, 155th Ind Inf Reg
From 2/13/1865 to M.O. 8/4/1865 as a corporal
(P) invalid pension filed 1899 from MO

Spouse: Margaret Ann Vanderhoff

1.3 Susan Evaline Dillman
Birth: May 1832, OH
Death: 20 Jan 1920, Pike Twp, Fulton Co, OH

Spouse: Dwight Wolcott Stoddard
Marriage: 8 Apr 1853, Williams Co, OH

1.4 Sarah Jane Dillman
Birth: 3 Jul 1834, OH
Death: 30 Jul 1846, Williams Center, Center Twp, Williams Co, OH
Burial: Williams Center Cem, Center Twp, Williams Co, OH

1.5 William Henry Dillman
Birth: 9 Sep 1836, OH
Death: 4 Apr 1841, Williams Center, Center Twp, Williams Co, OH
Burial: Williams Center Cem, Center Twp, Williams Co, O

Additional Information - Weston Goodspeed, History of Williams Co, OH, 1892, 238, 295, 325-327, 340, 360, 451, 477-479, 487, 490-491, 494-496, 548-549.