Biography of Jacob Garman
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

In the respect that is accorded to men who have fought their way to success through unfavorable environments, we find an unconscious recognition of the intrinsic worth of a character which can not only endure so rough a test, but gain new strength through the discipline. The following history sets forth briefly the steps by which our subject, now one of the substantial agriculturists of Defiance county, residing in Section to, Defiance township, overcame the disadvantages of his early life.

Mr. Garman was born in Center county, Pennsylvania, July 3, 1831, a son of George P. and Rebecca (Frankenberger) Garman, also natives of that State, the former born in Lebanon county, the latter in Bucks county. In 1846, with their family, they emigrated to Defiance county, Ohio, and located in Defiance township; but the father did not long enjoy his new home, dying here November 26, 1847. The mother passed away in the same township in 1871. The paternal grandfather of our subject, Andrew Garman, was a native of Virginia, and removed to Pennsylvania after the Revolutionary war. His death occurred in Lebanon county, that State.

Jacob F. Garman is eighth in the order of birth in a family of nine children - three sons and six daughters - and was fifteen years old when he accompanied his parents on their removal to Defiance county, Ohio, in 1846. As the schools of that early day were widely scattered his education was limited to seven months' attendance at the district school nearest his boyhood home, but he has made the most of his advantages, and is today a well informed man. Upon the home farm in Defiance township he grew to manhood, and throughout his active business life has successfully engaged in farming.

Mr. Garman was married in Defiance township to Miss Winnie A. Shirley, who died in less than a year after their marriage. He was again married in that township, his second union being February 23, 1868, with Mrs. Annie (Cromley) Knight, widow of George Knight, and daughter of Jonas Cromley, of Pickaway county, Ohio. She was born in that county, and died in Defiance township, Defiance county, August 19, 1890. Two children were born of the second union: David C., who is mentioned below: and Nancy A., who died at the age of six months.

Fraternally Mr. Garman is a member of the Patrons of Husbandry. For two terms he acceptably served as trustee of his township, but has never cared for the honors or emoluments of political positions, though he has ever taken an active interest in all local affairs. His support is never withheld from any object which he believes calculated to promote the religious, educational or material welfare of his adopted county, and he is therefore recognized as one of its most useful and valued citizens.

DAVID C. GARMAN, son of our subject, was born in Defiance township May 23, 1869, and there he has always made his home. His elementary education was obtained in the public schools, and subsequently he was a student in Defiance College for several terms, after which he was one of the popular and successful teachers of Defiance county for a time. In Henry county, Ohio, he was married December 24, 1892, to Miss Isora Abbott,who was born in Defiance township, Defiance county, November 13, 1871, a daughter of Benjamin and Sarah (Gray) Abbott, of that township. They have two children: Winona, born November 24, 1893; and Vida, born June 6, 1896.

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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