Tombstone Tuesday – February 12, 2018 – Daniel Fisher


Daniel Fisher was born on June 14, 1826 in New Philadelphia (Dover), Tuscarawas, Ohio. He is the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Crites) Fisher. Henry and Elizabeth had ten children; John (1822), Daniel (1826), Solomon (1828), George (1830), Joseph (1832), Anna (1835), Elizabeth (1839), Lydia (1840), Henry W. (1843), Mary (1845).

The quoted paragraphs come from Biographical Memoirs of Wells County” written in 1903 on pages 549 – 550

Daniel Fisher was reared to farm life and was educated in the common schools; being an apt scholar and possessing a retentive memory, he succeeded in securing a good education and at the age of twenty-one years, on quitting school, he began learning the cooper’s trade, at which he worked one year, when, having saved sufficient funds, he came to Wells county and entered eighty acres of wooded land on the site now occupied by Jesse Crites. He returned to Ohio and remained at his trade two years longer. “

Jesse Crites and Daniel Fisher were first cousins. Jesse Crites is my three time Great Grandfather.

Mr. Fisher was united in marriage in 1850, with Miss Sophia A. Myers and the young couple lived on the farm alluded to for seven years, when Mrs. Fisher was called to rest July 17, 1857, leaving three children, named Henry, Elizabeth and Margaret A. At the death of this, his first helpmate, Mr. Fisher returned to the home of his father in Ohio and remained on the old homestead, until his second marriage, which took place March 25, 1859, to Miss Sarah J. Shull. In April, 1859, he returned with his wife to Wells county, Indiana, and resumed the occupancy of his original farm, on which he resided until 1862, when he sold it and bought one hundred and twenty acres of his present farm, to which he has since added forty acres, having now a compact farm of one hundred and sixty acres of as good land as can be found in Wells county.”

In the 1860 Federal Census, Daniel and his new wife Sarah are found in Union Township, Wells County, Indiana. Daniel is a farmer and they have three children listed with them; Elizabeth, Henry Wm and Emmet H. It appears that Daniel served in the military during the Civil War. He and his brother Solomon, signed up at the same time. Daniel was 37 years old when he signed up. Daniel may have served in several Battalions during the conflict but I do not find a pension record. The pension record usually gives you the greatest amount of information on a soldier.

In the 1870 Census, Daniel and Sarah now have nine children living with them; Elizabeth (1851), Henry Wm (1853), Margaret (1855), Ellsworth (1859), Emmet (1859), Matilda (1861), Clare (1863), George (1865), Rachel (1869). Daniel is a successful farmer whose estimated real estate value is $6000.00 in farm land. By the 1880 Federal Census, Daniel and Sarah have ten children at home; Ellsworth (1859), Emmet (1859), Matilda (1861), Clare (1863), George (1865), Elmer (1866), Rachel (1869), Daniel B. (1871), Della (1875), Mary E. (1876). The three oldest children have married and moved on. In the census records, Emmet E who is twenty, George who is 14, Elmer who is 12 and Rachel who is 11, all list their occupation a farm laborers.


In politics Mr. Fisher is a stalwart Republican and has been a zealous supporter of the party ever since its foundation, having probably cast more presidential votes than any other man in Wells county, at least in Union township, including candidates nominated by both Whigs and Republicans. Mr. Fisher thinks for himself and is possessed of strong convictions, but is not obtrusive and is a kindly neighbor, and has lived to witness Union township developed from a genuine wilderness into a blooming garden. His only neighbor, in fact, when he first settled here, was Jesse Crites, each owning a horse and wagon, and when necessary to go to mill, the two would hitch the animals together, thus making a double team, and while one of them carried an ax with which to hew a road through the woods, the other would drive the horses.”

One hundred and fourteen years ago on February 12, 1905, Daniel Fisher died in Huntington County, Indiana. He was buried at Hoverstock Cemetery in Zanesville, Indiana next to his wife, Sarah Jane.


Rest in peace, Daniel!

Love, Jan

Daniel Fisher is a first cousin 5 times removed.

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