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James S. Cartwright
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Birth: Jul. 20, 1817
Niles
Trumbull County
Ohio, USA
Death: Aug. 14, 1894

Biographical and historical record of Adams and Wells counties, Indiana. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1887. pp. 761-765.

JAMES S. CARTWRIGHT, farmer, section 22, Jefferson Township, was born in Niles, Trumbull County, Ohio, son of John and Margaret (McCorkle) Cartwright, the former a native of Berks County, Virginia, born February 3, 1797, and the latter born October 24, 1801, in Trumbull County, Ohio, of Irish ancestry. They were married in that county, and seven of their children were born prior to their removal to Indiana —James S., John A., Allison B. [sic], Margaret, Mary, Nancy and Lorinda.

In the fall of 1852 the family settled in Ossian, and John engaged in the mercantile trade for several years. Soon after locating he was appointed postmaster, and during a Democratic administration, from the time of President Pierce until after the inauguration of President Lincoln, he filled that position. He was a very prominent local politician, and with the exception of James S. all his children were Democrats.

The death of the mother occurred September 12, 1857, and afterward John Cartwright married Mrs. Nancy Stapleford, of Fort Wayne. Both are now deceased. Isabella, the oldest child, was married in Ohio to Henry G. Donaghy. They had four children, only one surviving. Margaret married John Johnston, and they had two children. Mr. Johnston died and his widow married Samuel Oswalt, of Ossian, and they have one son.

Mary married Milo J. Garrell. John A. became the husband of Susan Hyatt, and is a resident of Delphi, Carroll County, Indiana; he was principal of the schools of that city for several years; was a member of the General Assembly in 1884—1886. Nancy became the wife of Dr. John I. Metts. Allison D. [sic] graduated in medicine and practieed at Zanesville several years; he married Mary Jennings, and they reside in Delphi, Indiana, where Mr. Cartwright is engaged in the mercantile trade. Lorinda graduated at the Presbyterian College at Granville, Ohio, and has taught many terms of school in Bluffton and Kansas; she married John S. Howard, a merchant of Los Angeles, California.

Mr. Cartwright was educated in the common schools, and passed his early life on the farm. October 5, 1842, he was married to Miss Sarah Shafer, daughter of Jacob and Mary Shafer, William Roberts, Esq., of Trumbull County, performing the ceremony. The Shafer family were natives of Perry County, Pennsylvania, and immigrated to Ohio in about 1818. They were the parents of eleven children, five of whom are living —Susan, wife of John Rush, of Southern Iowa; Emily became the wife of William Ripple, of Youngstown, Ohio; Laura married John Murphy, a farmer of Champion, Ohio; Almira married Emory Kibler, a farmer of Manchester, Ohio; Mrs. Cartwright is the only child living in this State. Both her parents are deceased and are buried in Ohio.

When Mr. Cartwright came to this county hc purchased and settled upon the tract of land now owned by David Hoopingarner. A cabin had been built and a few acres cleared. A stick fireplace ornamented the most of one end of the cabin, and the great piles of wood consumed were not taken into account in that early day. Mr. Cartwright also purchased the eighty acres where he now resides, not a stick having been removed. In 1855 he purchased and removed to this tract a small frame house, which has since been replaced by good substantial buildings, and the appearance today suggests much care and taste upon the part of the owner. He wielded a skillful ax, and while some of his neighbors employed their time in hunting, Mr. Cartwright made large inroads upon the forest trees which covered his lands. He also dealt considerably in stock as his lands became improved, and from the commencement of his business life in this county it has heen a success.

Mr. and Mrs. Cartwright have had twelve children, six of whom are living--John T. (deceased), Henry J. (deceased), Andrew J., William A. (deceased), Mary (deceased), Clark and Margaret (deceased), Emma, Alice J., Susan F., Lucy and Morton M. John T. was a veteran of Company K, Seventy-fifth Indiana Infantry, and passed through many severe engagements unharmed. The malarious atmosphere of the southern swamps finally caused his death at Nashville, Tennessee. His remains were sent home and are buried in Ossian cemetery. Henry was also a member of the same company, and served in many battles. He was with Sherman on his march to the sea. His death occurred after his return from the army.

Andrew enlisted, when seventeen years of age, in the One Hundred and Fifty-third Indiana Infantry. His regiment did garrison duty in Kentucky, and never saw active service in the field. He is the husband of Lydia Archibald and resides in Jefferson Township. William A. died in infancy. Mary also died in childhood. Clark died of small-pox in 1852. Mr. Cartwright contracted the disease on the lakes when coming to this county, and was the first to have the dread disease which terminated the lives of his children the second year of their stay in the new country.

Margaret married Martin Caston, and at her death left two children — Maggie C., the surviving one, is cared for by her grandparents, and is an unusually bright and interesting child. Emma married James K. Beatty and resides in this towmiship. Mr. Beatty is an insurance agent and does an extensive business. Alice J. married Warren Taylor, a large carriage manufacturer at Zanesville. Susan F. married Josephus Caston, a farmer of Jefferson Township. Lucy became the wife of James C. Johnston and resides with her parents on the home farm. Morton M. is unmarried and lives in the West.

The first vote Mr. Cartwright cast in Jefferson Township was challenged, he, with four others, casting their votes for Hale, the Free-soil candidate for President. The Free-soil party and the Whig party united formed the Republican party. His vote was afterward accepted, and he acted and voted with that party, then voted the Whig ticket, and was one of the first Republicans forming a party organization in this county. Himself and wife have been members of the Methodist Episcopal church for more than forty years.

Mrs. Cartwright's grandfather, Thomas McCoy, was a native of Scotland, and landed in America three days before Independence was declared, being one of the first to enlist in the struggle. He served through the entire war. His wife was Mary Stewart, a native of Ireland and a member of the celebrated Stewart family who possessed fabulous wealth. Her father was a soldier in the war of 1812, and participated in most of the noted battles. Mr. Cartwright was one of the first men made Master Masons by Ossian Lodge, No. 297, A. F. & A. M., and has since retained a membership with the fraternity. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Cartwright (1797 - 1870)
  Margaret McCorkle Cartwright (1801 - 1867)
 
 Spouse:
  Sarah Shaffer Cartwright (1825 - 1901)*
 
 Children:
  Henry J. Cartwright (1844 - 1868)*
  Andrew J. Cartwright (1847 - 1930)*
  Emma Jane Cartwright Beatty (1855 - 1942)*
  Morton M. Cartwright (1856 - 1892)*
  Alice J. Cartwright Taylor (1858 - 1946)*
  Leander C. Cartwright (1861 - 1862)*
 
 Siblings:
  James S. Cartwright (1817 - 1894)
  Margaret Cartwright Johnston-Oswald (1828 - 1905)*
  Mary Cartwright Gorrell (1835 - 1894)*
  Nancy Caroline Cartwright Metts (1837 - 1908)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Lawn Cemetery
Ossian
Wells County
Indiana, USA
 
Created by: Jim Cox
Record added: May 28, 2010
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