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Biography of Captain John H. Harrod--1832-1909
Posted by: Michael Schwing (ID *****0449) Date: April 27, 2009 at 17:27:37
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Biography, Baskin's "History of Logan County and Ohio, p.821-822:
"JOHN H. HARROD, postmaster; Huntsville. The history of Logan Co. would be (page 822) incomplete without the subjoined sketch of the Harrod family, who were undoubtedly the first permanent settlers of McArthur Tp. We shall first notice Thomas Harrod, who was born Feb. 10, 1760, in the "Old Dominion," and was married Jan. 13, 1785, to Jane Bowen, and the 17th of December of the same year John was born. Samuel was born Feb. 4, 1788, and June 17th, 1791, the mother died. Mr. Harrod remained unmarried until June 5, 1798, when he was united to Esther Templin, who bore him two children-Jane, born Sept. 24, 1800, and Mary, Feb. 16,1803. He was one of the first pioneers of Ohio, coming to Ross Co. in 1796, and securing a farm in the prairie below Chillicothe. He was a man of worth and influence, and was elected Captain of a military company, and usually went by the name of Captain Harrod. May 20, 1803, some hunters discovered his dead body in the field in which he had been working. He had been scalped and tomahawked, and while some blamed the Indians for the heinous act, others doubted their guilt. His younger son Samuel was married March 10, 1811, to Elizabeth Carder; she was born Oct. 16, 1795, in Fayette Co. Mr. Harrod was a private under Gen. McArthur in the war of 1812, and a few years after its close himself and brother, with their families, moved to Champaign Co. Having purchased 466 acres of military land in this township in 1820, the following year Samuel and family moved thither, and the brother came six months later, being accompanied by his two sisters. They all lived in the same house at first, but their families becoming larger and rather too numerous for one pioneer home, they divided the farm in 1832, and each went to himself. Samuel died May 5, 1852, and hisloving companion Nov. 17, 1859. Both of these pioneers were highly esteemed and respected, and left an interesting family of children-Nancy, born Jan. 4, 1812, who married H. Sutherland; Rachel, born Dec. 25, 1814, and died when young; Jane, born June 21, 1817, and married to A. Patrick; Mary A., born June 21, 1822, and who married John Piatt; Sanford, born April 18, 1824; Phebe A., born Dec. 27, 1827; John H., born Feb. 16, 1832, and James S., born Sept. 21, 1834. Only two of this family are living-Sanford and John H. Rachel was buried at Bloomingsburg; Phebe A. at Covington, Ind., and the ashes of the other four repose inthe old "Harrod Cemetery." The subject of this sketch taught school in the winter of 1850 in what is now termed the old Dutch College, and the following yearin the Harrod school. He clerked most of the time from that until 1856, when he began business on his own account. He was Railroad Agent at Huntsville, and at the same time was engaged in the mercantile and grain business, and was Postmaster under Lincoln's administration. He was Captain of Co. C., 132d O. N. G., and in 1864 was appointed Railroad Agent at Kenton, where he remained seven years, during which he was Express Agent most of the time and then filled the same position for three years in Illinois. He returned to Huntsville, and is now Postmaster. He was married Feb. 13,1855, to Emily M. Lewis, daughter of Dr. Lewis, deceased. She has borne him three children-Ida M., married to Dr. Ditzler; Willis E., who has been on the railroad in the far West for six years, and a son deceased. He has always been an energetic business man, and is Republican in politics."

1860 Census, Huntsville, Logan Co., OH, page 81, 581/582:
J. H. Harrod, 27, m, b. OH
Emily, 26, f, b. OH
I.M. (looks like JM), 4, m [sic-f], b.OH
Willis E. (looks like Willie plus letter), 2, m, b. OH
? Sevin? (hard to read), 19, m, Farmer, b. OH

132nd Regiment Infantry History
Organized at Camp Chase, Ohio, and mustered in May 15, 1864. Left State for Washington, D. C., May 22.Camp near Fort Albany until May 30. Embarked at Alexandria, Va., for White House, Va., May 30. Fatigue duty at White House until June 11. Moved to Bermuda Hundred, Va., June 11. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 10th Army Corps, Army of the James. Fatigue and picket duty at Bermuda Hundred until August 12. Moved to Norfolk, Va., August 12; thence to Washington, D.C., August 27, and arrived at Columbus, Ohio. August 30. Mustered out September 10, 1864.
Regiment lost during service 2 Enlisted men killed and 45 Enlisted men by disease. Total 47.
Source - "A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion" by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)


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