This biographical sketch is about the brother of Mary Hisey's father Jacob:
CHRISTIAN HISEY, hotel and grocery; Harveysburg; born in Virginia April 22, 1812; is a son of Jacob and Amelia (Williamson) Hisey, natives of Virginia. The paternal grandparents, Christian and Rosa Hisey, it is supposed were born in Germany, but emigrated to America some time prior to the Revolutionary war, as he served as a soldier in that war; they lived and died in Virginia. The maternal
1005 grandparents, William and Didema Williamson, were natives of England. Jacob, the father of our subject, was reared to manhood and married in Virginia, where he resided till the fall of 1818, when he, with his family, emigrated to Ohio and located in Warren Co., in Wayne Township, and opened out right in the woods, living a true pioneer life, enduring all the many hardships and deprivations of those early days. Mr. Hisey was a blacksmith, which trade he followed through life, employing others to do the work on the farm. He first settled on 60 acres of land, and from time to time added more to it by purchase till he became owner of 400 acres of good land; here he resided till his death. Mr. Hisey was a very industrious, economical man; one who started in life a poor man, but by his own labor and good management, became quite wealthy. They were parents of fourteen children, nine now survive – Jemima, now Widow Ridge; Hannah, now Mrs. Gard; Amelia, now Mrs. Carr; Rhoda, now Widow Harlan; Emiline, now Mrs. Harmell; Maria, now Widow Banes; Mary Jane, now Widow Terry; Christian and John. Our subject grew to manhood, brought up to farm labor; was married June 8, 1837, to Sarah Ann, daughter of Robert and Ann Leak; he a native of England, and she of Philadelphia, but of English descent. Sarah Ann was born in Philadelphia April 16, 1817. Mr. Hisey and wife have six children – Robert John, born Dec. 1, 1838; Angeline, Jan. 13, 1840; Mary Jane, Aug. 12, 1844; Jacob Charles, June 6, 1848; Joseph Gilpin, June 16, 1854, and Twilight, born Feb. 16, 1860. Mr. Hisey followed farming till 1842, when he purchased a flouring a grist mill on Caesar Creek, which he ran successfully about thirty-four years; then, in 1876, he retired from the milling business, bought property in Harveysburg, where he now resides, and is carrying on a hotel and grocery business. Mr. Hisey united with the First Wayne Free Will Baptist Church at its organization, being one of its constituent members and principal mover in its organization, and has been a regular ordained minister in the church since 1850.
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