Biography of Erastus Hoadley
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


Prominent among the early settlers and influential citizens of Williams county who have taken an active part in promoting its substantial improvement and material development, stands Mr. Hoadley, our subject. Throughout the greater part of his business career he has been interested in agricultural pursuits, and today owns and operates a fine farm in Florence township.

Mr. Hoadley was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, January 3, 1833, a son of Hiram and Elizabeth (Davis) Hoadley, the mother being of Welsh birth. His paternal grandparents were Gideon and Sarah (Storm) Hoadley, the former of Welsh. the latter of Scotch descent. The grandfather, who was a native of Connecticut, died in Columbiana county, Ohio; the grandmother also died there at the extreme old age of one hundred and four years. Their children were: Harvey, who died in Stark county, Ohio; Ebenezer, who died in Indiana; Erastus, who died in the war of 1812; Hiram, the father of our subject; Mrs. Mary Hadley; Mrs. Clarinda Borland; Mrs. Matia Ditcheon. The parents of these children both held membership in the Christian Church.

Hiram Hoadley passed the days of his boyhood and youth in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, Ohio, and was married in Columbiana county, where he successfully engaged in farming until 1868, which year witnessed his arrival in Williams county. Here he bought an improved farm, and throughout life devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits, in which he met with good success. In political affiliations he was a Democrat, but he never cared for the honor or emoluments of public office. He died in 1895, aged eighty four years, and his wife, who was a faithful member of the Christian Church, passed away in 1893, aged eighty two. Five children constituted their f amiiy, namely: Erastus; Mrs. Sarah Cortney; John D., who died in Galesburg, Illinois; Hiram, Jr., who was a soldier of the Civil war; and Mrs. Mary Brosius.

Erastus Hoadley acquired his education in the common school, and upon the home farm obtained an excellent knowledge of agricultural pursuits. On leaving the parental roof in 1853, he came to Williams county, where he found the greater part of this region still in its primitive condition, most of the county being either swamp land or timbered tracts with scarcely any roads, while wild animals and game were found in abundance. After clearing fifteen acres, Mr. Hoadley planted it in wheat, and then in the midst of the forest erected a frame dwelling.

Having secured a home he returned to Columbiana county in 1855 to claim his promised bride, marrying in that year Miss Sophia Morris, a native of Beaver county, Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Jonathan and Sophia (Baker) Morris, who were also born in that State, and were members of the Friends Church. Her father died in Mahoning, her mother in Richland county, Ohio. Their children were eleven in number: Mrs. Phcthe Johnson; Benjamin, a resident of Richland county; Mrs. Maria Calvin, now ninety years of age; William (deceased); Mrs. Eliza Preston; Parker, of Stark county; Thomas, who entered the Union army as captain, and when discharged at the close of the war was serving as colonel; Mrs. Mary Martin; Sophia L., wife of our subject; Jonathan, Jr.; and Mrs. Hannah Cobbs. To Mr. and Mrs. Hoadley were born three children: Willis E., a farmer of Superior township, Williams county; Mrs. Eva Cummings, whose husband is principal of the Edon school; and Dimma B., at home. The mother of these children, who was an earnest member of the Christian Church, departed this life in 1884.

In 1890 Mr. Hoadley married Mrs. Angeline Hoadley. who by her first marriage had three children: Mary, Annie and Jennie, all residents of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Mrs. Hoadley's parents are Stephen and Laura A. (Palmer) Calvin, of Connecticut, who, on coming West, located in eastern Ohio, where they spent their remaining days, both dying when Mrs. Hoadley was quite young. They were members of the Christian Church, and the father was a farmer by occupation. Their children were Weston (deceased); Jesse, who was a Union soldier, and died in Indianapolis, Indiana; Mrs. Emeline Brandenberry; Angeline, wife of our subject;, and Mrs. Urania Childs, of Indiana.

After his first marriage Mr. Hoadley brought his bride to the home he had prepared for her, and then commenced the struggle of life in earnest. Clearing and improving his farm, he soon had one of the best places in Florence township. In 1868 he built a sawmill, which he operated for nine years, and in 1874, in partnership with another gentleman, he embarked in the drygoods business in Edon, but as this did not prove very profitable, he sold out at the end of two years, and returned to his farm, which he has since successfully conducted in connection with stock raising.

In 1865 Mr. Hoadley enlisted at Toledo, Ohio, in the One Hundred and Eighty ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which was assigned to the Army of the Tennessee, and after being mustered in at Columbus, he was commissioned first lieutenant of his company, and served as such in command of his company the full time of his enlistment. He did provost duty most of the time, was in no important battles, and was stationed at Huntsville, Alabama, at the time of Lee's surrender, after which he was mustered out at Camp Chase, in October, 1865. He now receives a small pension. Previous to entering the service he had assisted in recruiting a company in his neighborhood, but held no commission. For three years he served as commander of Boon Post, G. A. R., of Edon, which is now disbanded, and as a Republican he has been prominently identified with public affairs, filling many township offices with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of his constituents. He is a member of the Christian Church, and his life has ever been in harmony with its teachings.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
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