(Transcribed from Biographical History of Northeastern Ohio; published in Chicago: Lewis Publ. Co., 1893)
Nathaniel Follett, one of the wealthy and influential men of Conneaut township, Ashtabula county, Ohio, dates his birth at Auburn, New York, in 1823.
Gratis Follett, his father, was born in Ballston, New York, in 1792. From Ballston he moved to the central part of that State, and in 1839 came to Ohio, locating in Pierpont, Ashtabula county, where he spent the residue of his life, and where he died in 1880. He was a mechanic and worked at his trade in connection with farming. In politics he was first a Whig and afterward a Republican. During the war of 1812 he enlisted his services in the American cause and acted as sentinel. He was one of a family of nine sons and one daughter, his parents being John and Sally Follett. The Folletts have been residents of America for many generations, having emigrated to this country from England. Mary (Hunter) Follett, the mother of Nathaniel, was born in New York in 1796, daughter of Francis and Mary (Millord) Hunter. Her father was a native of Ireland and her mother of Scotland. Francis Hunter, in company with his two brothers, came to America during the Revolutionary period. For some time they were engaged in peddling. Finally one of them settled in Philadelphia, another in Montreal, and the grandfather of our subject on a farm near Auburn, New York, being the owner of 600 acres of land at that place. Gratis Follett was married in 1816, and he and his wife became the parents of five children: Jane, deceased, was the wife of Henry Gaylord, of Pierpont, and had eight children, five of whom survive her; Dorcas, wife of James Tuttle, of Conneaut, Ohio, has had two children, one of whom is living; Nathaniel, whose name appears at the head of this sketch; Francis, who is engaged in farming; and Sarah, widow of Milo Huntley, has three children.
Nathaniel Follett came to Ohio with his parents in 1839, and remained with them until 1849. He had the benefit of a good education, and during his early life rendered his father efficient service in helping to clear up the farm. When he married he bought the old home place, comprising 150 acres, and lived upon it until 1889, when he moved to Pierpont. This farm had been bought of the old Connecticut Land Company. Since 1890 he has resided at his present location in Conneaut township.
Mr. Follett married Emily M. Bushnell, who was born in Connecticut in 1824, daughter of Lynas and Harriet (Osborne) Bushnell, and who came with her parents to Ohio in 1833, settling in Monroe, Ashtabula county. Her parents are deceased. She was the oldest of their five children, the others being: Truman, who died at the age of thirty-eight years; Cordelia, wife of E. B. Ford, is deceased; Rosann, who died at the age of twenty-one; and Martin, who died when sixteen. Mr. and Mrs. Follett have three children: Idela A., wife of Calvin Austin; Harriet L., wife of W. S. Ashley, has one child; and Frank W., who married Georgie Turner, owns and occupies the old home place above referred to.
Mr. Follett is one of the self-made men of his vicinity, having by his own energy and enterprise accumulated a competency. Socially, politically and financially, he is ranked with the leading men of his township. He votes with the Republican party. For about fifteen year she has been Infirmary Director, and for several years he has also served as Township Trustee and Assessor. Mrs. Follett is a member of the Baptist Church, and Mr. Follett, although not a member of the church, is one of its active supporters. Indeed, he is generous in his contributions toward all worthy causes.
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