Biography of B. Franklin Terman
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

This prominent resident of Farmer township, Defiance county, has been identified with the agricultural interests of that locality for a number of years, during which he has won in a high degree the esteem and confidence of his fellow citizens.

Mr. Terman is a native of Ohio, having been born in Richland county, March 8, 1850. His father, the late John Terman, was a farmer by occupation, and owned a homestead near Mansfield, Ohio, where his death occurred in 1888; the mother, whose maiden name was Priscilla Plank, is still living. This worthy couple had seven children - three sons and four daughters - our subject being second in the order of birth.

The youth of our subject was spent in his native county, where he received a common school education, and although he occasionally worked by the month as a farm hand, his time was mainly devoted to the management of the homestead until his marriage to Miss Mary J. Crawford, which occurred in Richland county, November 9, 1871. He then settled upon a farm in the same county, and remained two years, but in 1873 he removed to Defiance county, locating first in Delaware township, where he spent twelve years. Since that time he has been a resident of Section 36, Farmer township, and he now owns a homestead of eighty acres, which he has improved judiciously, his buildings being both substantial and attractive. As a citizen he has shown much public spirit, participating actively in all movements that promised to benefit the community, and while he is not an office seeker he served for three years as trustee of Delaware township during his residence there. In politics he is a firm supporter of the principles of the Democratic party, and he has always taken deep interest in religious work in his locality, although he does not belong to any Church.

Mrs. Terman is also a native of Richland county, and was born May 9, 1846. Her father, John Crawford, is now a well known resident of Williams county; her mother, whose maiden name was Mary Stevenson, died in Richland county in 1860. Mrs. Terman was the third in a family of six children - three sons and three daughters, three of whom are now dead, the eldest being Robert, who was a member of Company B, One Hundred and Twenty first Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in the war of the Rebellion. He died June 17, 1895, and was buried by the Masonic Fraternity, of which he was a member, the G. A. R. also participating.

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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