Biography of Peter Countryman
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


Mr. Countryman, who owns one hundred and sixty acres of valuable land in Section 31, Milford township, Defiance county, and has distinguished himself as one of its most active and enterprising citizens, located here in 1811. Since that time he has given his close attention to the improvement of his land, upon which he has erected good buildings, and the soil of which he has brought to a high state of cultivation.

In Ashland county, Ohio, Mr. Countryman was born July I, 1833, a son of Jacob and Lydia Friedline Countryman, who were born, reared and married in Somerset county, Pennsylvania. Subsequently they lived in different counties in Ohio and Indiana, making their home for a time in Ashland and Wyandot counties, Ohio, and spending their last days in DeKalb county, Indiana. In their family were eight children, five sons and three daughters, of whom our subject is the second in order of birth.

In 1853 Peter Countryman removed with his parents to DeKalb county, Indiana, remaining with them until his marriage. On July 12, 1855, in Auburn, that county, he wedded Miss Elizabeth Hart, who was born in Ashland county, Ohio, September 16, 1835, and was one of a family of seven children, four sons and three daughters. Her parents were Frederick and Susan (Buffenmier) Hart, both natives of Pennsylvania, the former born in Somerset county, the latter in Lancaster county. From Ashland county, Ohio, they removed to DeKalb county, Indiana, at an early day, and there the mother died; the father passed away at the home of our subject in Milford township, Defiance county, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Countryman have eight children living, namely: Frederick; Austin B.; Emma, wife of William Barron (they have two children - Clarence and Mabel); Willis; Allen; Lillie, wife of Francis Cover (they have one son, Lloyd); Alta, wife of Samuel Moore (they have two children - Forest and Geneva); and Ora. They had another son, Clarence, who died in infancy. Of this family Frederick married Martha J. Greist, of Newville, Indiana, and they reside at Haviland, Paulding county, Ohio. Austin B. married Mary Gunsenhouser, of Newville, Indiana, and they had one son - Irving, now deceased; they reside in Milford township, Defiance county. Allen married Minnie Christoffel, of Butler, Indiana, and they have three children - Glenn, Kenneth and Lavera; they also make their home in Butler, Indiana. Willis, in 1897-98, made a trip round the globe, visiting all the leading countries of the world.

Having purchased his present farm, Mr. Countryman located thereon after his marriage, devoting his time and attention to its cultivation until after the outbreak of the Civil war. In the fall of x861 he responded to the President's call for troops, enlisting in Company F, Forty fourth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, for three years. He met the enemy in various engagements, including the battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Stone River and Chickamauga, and signalized himself by his bravery and fidelity to duty, receiving the approval of his officers and warm friendship of his comrades. At Shiloh he was wounded in the left hand. When his term of service had expired he was mustered out at Nashville, Tennessee, in November, 1864, and returned to his home in Milford township, Defiance county, to resume the peaceful duties of farm life. Both he and his wife are earnest and consistent members of the Disciples' Church, and are held in high regard by all who know them.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois

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