Biography of William Lash
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

This well known farmer, residing in Section 11, Hicksville township, Defiance county, has for almost half a century been identified with this section of Ohio, and has contributed greatly to its material progress and prosperity. He has championed every movement designed to promote the general welfare, has supported every enterprise for the public good, and has materially aided in the advancement of all social, industrial, educational and moral interests.

Mr. Lash was born in Wayne county, Ohio, November 19, 1825, a son of Henry and Nancy (Craven) Lash, who were born and reared in Pennsylvania, and died in Wayne county, this State. On his father's farm our subject remained until he attained his majority, acquiring his education in the public schools, and assisting in the labors of the fields. In the county of his nativity he was married October 14. 1847, to Miss Elizabeth Maxwell, also a native of Wayne county, born September 26, 1830. Her parents, William and Isabella ( Johnson) Maxwell. were natives of Adams county, Pennsylvania, and the father died in Wayne county, Ohio, while the mother passed away in Hicksville township, Defiance county, at the home of her son, W. R. Maxwell, a sketch of whom is given elsewhere, in connection with that of his son, Frank Maxwell.

Of the ten children born to Mr. and Mrs. Lash, three died in infancy. Those living are Henry; Elizabeth, now the wife of George Strain; Isabella. wife of H. H. Huber: Eliza. wife of Andrew Huber; Louisa, wife of R. Greer Laura, wife of C. F. Denious; and Ida. wife of Wilber Miller.

For four years after his marriage. Mr. Lash continued to reside in Wayne county, and then removed to Williams county, Ohio, of which Defiance county then formed a part. In Florence township he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land, and to the cultivation and improvement of that place he devoted his energies until 1871, when he bought his present farm in Section 11, Hicksville township, Defiance county. Here he has erected a good brick residence, and made many other valuable improvements, so that the farm, comprising one hundred acres of fertile and productive land, is now one of the most desirable places of the community. Farming has been his chief occupation throughout life, and in his undertakings he has met with a well deserved success. For several years he was a most efficient member of the school board of his district, and for two terms he capably filled the office of township trustee.

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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