Correll Family Members:
JOSIAH CORRELL, of Plain township, Stark county, Ohio, the subject of this sketch, is not a remarkably aged man either mentally, physically or in the number of years during which he has lived, and yet his father, John Correll, was born a few months previous to the inauguration of Washington as President. Josiah Correll was born in Stark county, Ohio, November 19, 1836. His father was John Correll, born in Adams county, Pennsylvania, January 5, 1788, and his mother was Elizabeth Lind, a native of Carroll county, Maryland, born in August, 1794. In their native county they grew to maturity, were married and became the parents of children, and in May, 1834, they moved to Stark county, Ohio, and settled in Plain township on a farm. There tow other children were born to them, of whom Josiah, the subject, is the youngest. The father died at his home in Plain township, April 15, 1859, in the seventy-second year of his age, while his wife survived him many years, dying March 1, 1875, when within a few months of being eighty-two years old.
In his native township of Plain, Josiah Correll was reared and educated and there he has resided continuously since, with the exception of about three years which he spent in Canton township. He has always followed agricultural pursuits and at present is the owner of one hundred and seventeen acres in three tracts. They are well improved, fenced, ditched, and the buildings are substantial and commodiously arranged.
On March 20, 1862, Josiah Correll was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Mentzer, a native of Canton township, Stark county, Ohio, born March 9, 1838. She is a daughter of David and Christena (Hull) Mentzer, her father being a native of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, while her mother was a native of Canton township, Stark county. His death occurred in Canton township, hers in the city of Canton. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Correll, viz: Charles Grant, Edwin Sherman, Minnie May, Nettie J. and Lillie. Nettie is dead, having passed into eternity in her twenty-seventy year. Of the eleven brothers and sisters of the subject, but three are now living. They are Sarah J., who is the wife of Andrew Pontius, a sketch of whose career will be found in another part of this volume; Jeremiah, who is now a resident of Bucyrus, Ohio; Margaret, who is the wife of William Miller, of Perry township, Stark county. Those who have departed this life are Maria, Jacob N., John, Fanny, Nancy, Catherine F., Samuel and Eliza. Nancy was the wife of Isaac Ruthrautt, Catherine became the wife of Reuben Flohr, and Anna Eliza was the wife of William Essig.
In politics, Mr. Correll is a Republican, earnest and energetic in his advocacy of the principles of that party and a firm believer in the policy of the present administration and that which preceded it. However, he has never sought political preferment at the hands of his party and has only filled such local positions as his friends insisted upon his accepting. He served as school director nine years and was a number of times a road supervisor. He is a member of Canton Lodge No. 60, Free and Accepted Masons, of Canton Chapter and of Canton Commandery No. 38. Personally, he is genial and companionable, unselfish almost to a fault, kind and sympathetic to the unfortunate and suffering and charitable even beyond his means. There is no question that Plain township and Stark county have been greatly benefited by his residence of sixty-six years within its boundaries.
EDWIN S. CORRELL -- Teaching is not classed among the learned professions, and "more the pity." To properly conduct the studies and recitations in a school room the preceptor must be possessed of far more learning, knowledge of human nature and ability to govern, direct and control than is ordinarily displayed by the average lawyer, minister of the gospel or a medical practitioner. The person who has devoted seven years of his life to the education of the young in a school room and who has been successful in that capacity has not only accomplished much for the race, but has disclosed the earnest patience there is in his nature. The subject of this sketch, Edwin S. Correll, is such a person. The first years of his early manhood was devoted to teaching and he met with such gratifying success that he continued in the business for seven years.
Edwin S. Correll was born December 14, 1865, in Canton township, Stark county, Ohio, on a farm situated about two miles west of the city of Canton. His father was Josiah Corell, a sketch of whose career will be found in another part of this volume, and his mother was Mary Mentzer. Both were natives of Plain township, and were the parents of five children, Charles G., Edwin S., Minnie M., Nettie J., and Lillie L. Nettie dying in the twenty-seventh year of her age. Each of the survivors has received a good education, is prosperous and comfortably settled in life. From childhood Edwin S. Correll has been a resident of Plain township, and it was there that he received his early education in the common schools, becoming proficient in all the branches there taught. Later he attended the university at Ada, Ohio, and qualified himself for the calling of a teacher, which business he followed in his native county for a period of seven years. His work in this line was most satisfactory to pupils and patrons, but, like many others, he found the business most irksome and by no means as remunerative as it should be.
April 4, 1894, Mr. Correll was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Firestone at the residence of the bride's parents in Plain township. Her parents were Hiram and Margaret (McDowell) Firestone, old and highly respected residents of Plain township, both now deceased. Mrs. Correll is a native of Plain township, born March 31, 1864, and is a lady of good education and many accomplishments. Two children have been born to this union, Wilbur D. and Harrold D., both bright, intelligent lads and giving fair promise of growing to manhood and becoming worthy, useful citizens.
The farm owned by Edwin S. Correll and upon which he and his family reside comprises one hundred and thirty acres of fertile, well improved land. He is a farmer and stock raiser, and, managing his business according to modern methods and with the aid of all the late improvements in machinery, he has been most successful. Mrs. Correll is deeply interested in church work, is a member of the Progressive Brethren church and a liberal supporter of that denomination and every other worthy cause. The home life of the Correll family is all that could be desired. The evidences of happiness and prosperity everywhere abound and the visitor to the home cannot fail to be impressed with the affectionate regard each member displays toward the others. Still young in years, with ample means to supply every want, there is no good reason why the career of Edwin S. Correll should not be even more illustrious than that of any of his ancestors.
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