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Levi Ammon & Margaret Bierley - PA > OH
Posted by: Mark Amanns Date: January 06, 2001 at 22:36:56
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History of Darke County, OH – 1914 – Wilson, Vol. 2, Pages 336-339:


Edward Ammon conducts one of the largest grain elevators in Darke county, and is interested in many of the other leading enterprises in his region. He has an extensive real estate business, is interested in the local bank and has invested in other business projects. He has a business in Gordon, where he resides, and is well known as an enterprising and progressive citizen, ready to help any worthy enterprise for the good of the community and known to be upright in all his dealings. He is prominently identified with Darke County Agricultural Society and much interested in its operations. Mr. Ammon was born at Liberty, Montgomery county, Ohio, November 28, 1846, and is a son of Levi and Margaret (Bierley) Ammon. Through both his parents he is descended from a Revolutionary soldier and some of his cousins are tracing the ancestry. He will then be entitled to become a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and has reason to be proud of this distinction. Levi Ammon was born Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and died in 1914, at the age of eighty-five years. His wife was born in Hagerstown, [Washington county,] Maryland, in 1820 and died in 1913. They were among the substantial pioneer settlers who did so much for Montgomery county and made their permanent home there, winning the respect and esteem of all who knew them.

In early life Levi Ammon was bound out to learn the trade of shoemaker, which he followed subsequently until he was twenty-four years of age, when he came to Ohio. He drove a huckster’s wagon in Cincinnati for thirty or thirty-five years, and during this time made his home at Liberty. In 1860 he located in Miami county, Ohio, and in 1864 went into mercantile business at Potsdam, remaining in this until his death, under the firm name of Levi Ammon & Sons, having branches at Gordon and at Laura, also one at Painter Creek. After the death of the father the sons closed out the business at all the brancehes except those at Potsdam and Gordon, the former being now conducted by a grandson of the original proprietor, Harry Ammon, while a son, Charles Ammon, conducts the one at Gordon. There were fourteen children in the family, of whom but seven reached maturity, and most of them were born in Montgomery county: Mary Ann, deceased, wife of Charles Welbaum, of Potsdam; Jane M., deceased, wife of Floyd Stoneman; George H., deceased; Edward; William, deceased; Belle, wife of G. P. Ditmer, of Potsdam; Charles M., a resident of Potsdam, whose business is at Gordon. The parents and the children who are deceased are buried in the cemetery at Potsdam.

John Baird, grandfather of Mrs. Margaret (Bierley) Ammon, an Englishman by birth, was one of twelve Englishmen chosen by George Washington to be his bodyguard, but refused. In company with a great-uncle of Mrs. Ammon, he left home and served seven years in the Revolution on the side of colonists, both being disinherited by their parents, who were strong Tories. They had gone of a fishing expedition and it was some time before their people knew they had not been drowned. The river was dragged in an effort to recover their bodies, and it was some time before they were able to send word back home where they had gone and what they were doing. The bitter feeling of the parents can well be imagined.

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In February, 1864, Mr. Ammon enlisted in the Eighth Ohio Cavalry, and participated in engagements at Lynchburg, Va., Liberty, Va., Salem, Va., and two at Beverly, Va., serving creditably to the close of the war. His brother George served in the 44th Ohio Infantry, was taken sick, and afterwards enlisted for one hundred days in the same regiment.

In November, 1874, Mr. Ammon was united in marriage with Miss Amanda Falkner [Falkner or Falknor?], born near Milton, Miami county, Ohio, daughter of Andrew and Catherine (Niswonger) Falknor. The Falknor family lived east of Phillipsburg, and were farmers by occupation. The parents are buried at West Milton and they were well known as useful members of the community and the father held local offices in the township. They were parents of three children, of whom two grew to maturity: Granville, of West Milton, and Amanda, Mrs. Ammon. Two sons have blessed the union of Mr. And Mrs. Ammon, Earl and Roy. Earl was born in Miami county in 1875 and lives at home. He is associated with his father in business and fraternally belongs to the Order of Eagles. Roy Ammon was born in Darke county in 1880 and is a member of the firm of Ammon & Sons. He is a thirty-second degree Mason. The sons are young men of business ability and promise and have shown character and behavior of which their parents may well be proud. Mrs. Ammon is a devout member of the United Brethren Church. She is a woman of good taste and refinement and presides over ha most pleasant home and family circle.


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