TIMOTHY THOMAS ANSBERRY.
This talented and able young prosecuting attorney of Defiance county, has won a notable success since entering
upon his professional career in 1893. Having been elected to this position in 1895, to fill the vacancy caused
by the death of James B. Woods. during which time his abilities were ably demonstrated. he was reelected in 1896
without opposition, an expression of confidence which speaks volumes for the man who inspired it.
Mr. Ansberry's ancestry in both paternal and maternal lines was of Irish origin, the Ansberry family having had
their home in Ireland for generations. The grandfather of our subject was the first of this branch of the family
to come to America. After locating for a time in Cincinnati, he made his home upon a farm four miles south of Defiance,
and there his last days were passed. His son, Edward Ansberry, our subject's father, was born on the Emerald Isle
in 1840, was a lad of six or seven years when he crossed the ocean with his father, and was about eighteen when
he came to Defiance. A thorough American in spirit, he quickly made up his mind upon the vexed political problems
of that day, so soon to be decided by the "dread arbitrament of arms," and in 1861 he was among the first
to offer himself in the defense of the Union. Enlisting in the Thirty eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. he served
throughout the war, receiving his discharge in 1865. He is now a prominent resident of Defiance. His wife, Elizabeth
Fitzpatrick, an American by birth. but of Irish descent, is a daughter of Timothy Fitzpatrick, one of the early
settlers of Defiance, who located there in the thirties, and took a leading part in the development of this section.
He was an active, resolute man, liberal and kind hearted. and his varied enterprises were of a useful nature. tending
to benefit the community at large while bringing profit to himself. As a contractor he built the roadbed for the
Wabash railroad from Fort Wayne to Toledo, and he was also engaged in business for many years as a blacksmith and
general merchant. At his death in 1871 he left a large estate. He married a Mrs. Crowe. a woman of rare piety,
widely known and loved for her charities. She passed away in 1888, and the remains of both now rest in Riverside
cemetery at Defiance. Two children of this marriage survive: Timothy J. and Elizabeth (Mrs. Ansberry), while a
son by Mrs. Fitzpatrick's first marriage, John Crowe, is also living.
Mr. Ansberry, the subject proper of these lines, is one of three children of his parents, the others being Helen,
now Mrs. Theodore Louys, and James F., who married Miss Mary Coyle.
On December 24, 1871, in the Second ward of the city of Defiance, Mr. Ansberry was horn, and until the age of seventeen
he attended the public schools of that city. He then spent three years in the law office of Hill & Hubbard,
studying for his chosen profession, to which practical preparation he added a two years' course in the law department
of the University of Notre Dame, at South Bend, Indiana, from which he graduated in June, 1893, with the degree
of LL. B. On leaving college he returned to Defiance; at twenty one. was admitted to the Bar and began his professional
work. In the same year he was elected justice of the peace; in 1895 he was chosen to the office of prosecuting
attorney of Defiance county, and, as has been said, he secured the unanimous vote of the people in 1896 for a second
Affable in manner, pleasing in speech and of fine personal appearance, Mr. Ansberry has hosts of friends among
all sorts and conditions of men. In political faith he is a Democrat, and he has already risen to prominence among
the local leaders. His gifts as a public speaker were utilized effectively on the "stump" during the
campaign of 1896, twenty five or thirty speeches being made by him at different points in Defiance county.
Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Northwestern, Ohio Biographies
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