Visits To little-known District Spots. By C.H. Harris
Two French families once lived at Long Bottom Meigs County both of them headed by men who left France after the Napoleonic wars.
Jules Paul Thirouin, born in Normandy in 1852 took part in the Franco-Prussian war and engaged in a number of battles of the conflict taking part in the seige of metz where he was taken prisoner. Later he served two years in a French legion in Africa. In 1881 he became an Olive Township farmer.
John Baptist Turben also born in France in 1819 was married in 1845 and in 1857 brought his wife and six children to America. They first lived in Gallipolis and then in Hartford, mason County W. Va. In 1858 they settled near Long Bottom. The father of Mr. Turben served in Napoleon's armies.
Henry Warren, of near Reedville, born near Tupper Plains was the son of parents who came to Meigs County from Maine in 1816. Henry Warren was sheriff of Meigs County for two terms in the 1870's and during the Civil War was captain of Company K. 140th Ohio National Guard.
H.A. Swan, of near Long Bottom, whose parents came to Olive Township from Washington County in 1831 was a soldier in the Union army during the Civil War. He emerged a first sergeant after taking part in many battles and marching with Sherman to the sea. He was known as one of the best mechanics in Olive Township for years.
Seneca Stewart born in New York state in 1830 came to Chester Township Meigs Co the year of his birth when his parents settled near the Ohio River. Seneca Stewart served in the 63rd Ohio Infantry in the Civil War. His home was near Long Bottom as was that of his brother M.A. Stewart. M.E. Stewart was a lieutenant in the 63rd Ohio Infantry and after the war became a merchant at Long Bottom.
John Parker, who once lived near Tuppers Plains came to Ohio from Pennsylvania in 1840 as did his parents three years later. His mother survived her husband by 50 years. John Parker was a justice of the peace for 30 years. He was the father of 14 children by three marriages. For six years he was deputy county surveyor. His eldest son Elymus served during the Civil War in the Seventh Ohio Battery.
Franklin and M.W. Reed sons of major Reed, an Olive Township pioneer lived at Reedsville. Their mother was a member of the Barstow family of Meigs Co pioneer fame. Franklin Reed married a member of the Knowles family which settled in Meigs Co in 1814. M.W. Reed married a member of the Chevalier family.
J.H. Roberman and George Schrieber, of Meigs Co were born in Germany and married young women born in the same country. Mr. Roberman lived near Hockingport after 1847 after spending his early years in Morgan Co OH. His parents came to the United States in 1836 in a sailing ship, a voyage of nearly three months. George Schrieher married Magdalina Eiselstein. The Shrieber family lived in Pomeroy for some time where Mr. Schrieber was a member of the town council four years. He last lived near Keno where he had a blacksmith and wagon-making shop.
David Shields whose postoffice address for years was Tuppers Plains was born in Olive Township in 1822. He was a farmer and a mechanic. His parents settled in Meigs Co in 1816 and his father was born in Ireland in 1781. His father died in 1825 and his mother died in 1876, surviving her husband 51 years. When the Shields family settled near Tuppers Plains it was a wilderness and they lost many sheep to the wolves which abounded in the vicinity.
Source: Sunday Messenger pg 20
6-22-1952 Athens Ohio
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