|Birth: ||Oct. 12, 1797|
|Death: ||Sep. 22, 1873|
Portrait Biographical Album Google Books Vol.1042
Reuben Drinkwater (1840), a veteran of the late war who is identified with the farming interests of Clarendon Two, is Justice of The Peace and Notary Public, and for several years has been well-known in the civic life of this section.
He was born in Adams twp , Seneca Co, Ohio, November 14, 1840.
His father, whose name was like his own, was a native of Maine and was born in Cumberland, October 12, 1797.
He was sea captain, following the sea for more than twenty years, and visiting many of the ports of South America, Europe, England, Frances and Germany in his various voyages across the water.
The paternal grandfather of our subject, Daniel Drinkwater, was born in North Yarmouth, Ma.in 1754 and was a ship master, as were his six sons.
He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and was pilot of the French Fleet that was on the coast under command of DeGrossc.
Having been taken prisoner by the British he was conducted to Halifax, but broke away from his captors and returned to his home in Maine in the winter.
The mother of our subject bore the maiden name of Sarah Wilcox, and was a native of Guernsey Co. Ohio. Her father, Amos Wilcox, was a native of New York, and a pioneer farmer of Ohio.
The parents of our subject were married in Seneca Co Ohio and located in Adams Twp, where they spent their wedded life. the father dying in 1873 and the mother in 1856.
They were worthy people and universally esteemed for their many virtues and kindness of heart.
They were the parents of eight children, namely: Reuben of this sketch;. Mrs Rebecca Metzger, who lives at the old home in Ohio: James, a minister and a farmer, who resided in Clarendon Twp, Reuel F,. a farmer in Sandusky Co Ohio. Mrs Catherine Metzger who lives on a farm in Kansas; Mrs Sarah J Baker, who resides on a farm in Ohio;William E , a farmer living in Ohio. and Addison, who lives on a farm in Hillsdale Co Mi.
James Drinkwater was a loyal soldier during the Civil War, enlisting November 8.1861 and after two years re-enlisting in the same regiment, the 72 Ohio Infantry. He participated in the battle of Shiloh or Pittsburg Landing, the siege of Vicksburg and was with the regiment in all their marches until captured at Guntown, Miss.
Four months he was a prisoner, being most of the time in Andersonville. He was honorably discharged in 1865, after a long and faithful service. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic at Litchfield, Michigan.
He of whom this biography is written is the eldest child of this father's family and obtained his education in the local district school and in the Seneca County Academy.
He continued to live on the home farm until he was twenty years old.
When the war broke out he was about the first to respond to his country's call for aid and enlisted in the three months service in Capt. Way's company, when President Lincoln issued his call for seventy-five thousand men. His regiment was sent back as the quota was all ready filled. November 8, 1861, he again enlisted becoming a member of Company A. Seventy-second Ohio Infantry. In the trying days that followed he showed himself to be possessed of excellent soldierly qualities and did good service in fighting the battle of Shiloh, or Pittsbury Landing but the hardships and privations that had to endure were too much for his constitution and he was taken sick and was subsequently honorably discharged January 27. 1863 on account of disability.
After he retired from the army Mr. Drinkwater returned to this old home in Ohio and two years his physical condition was such that he was unable to do a days work. He subsequently came to Michigan and was married October 19 1865 to Miss Clarissa Rosecrantz. She is a native of this county and township, born November 30,1842, on section 35, in the pioneer home of her parents Richard and Irene (Hayes) Rosecrantz, who were natives of New York, she being the eldest of their three children-one son and two daughters. The father came to the State some time in the 30's and the mother came few years afterward with her people. They were married in Clarendon Twp, March 2. 1842, and first located here, them moved just across the line to Branch County. They now reside on a farm on Section 2. which they took possession of in 1846.
Their Daughter, Nrs Orissa Bowers, lives in Butler Twp,. Branch County and their son Ranson W Resided in Pearson, Mi
After his marriage our subject returned to Ohio, and devoted himself to farming for some years. In 1871 he came again to Michigan and took up his residence on his present farm on section 34, Clarendon Twp. He has forty-six acres of land here and a farm of sixty acres in Butler Twp, Branch County. upon which his son lives. He has his homestead well equipped and attends to its management while at the same time he faithfully discharges his official duties. He and his wife are happy in their married life which has brought to them two children: Merle E who married Estella Drinkwater and resided on the farm in Butler Twp and Elmer R , who lives at home with his parents.
Our subject is a man of thoughtful mind; well informed and has strong opinions on all subjects with which he is conversant:especially is this true in regard to politics and his sympathies are with the Republican party. He is well fitted by intellect and executive ability to fill any office to which his fellow-citizens call him, and his public record is one of a useful career as a civic official and is without blemish. He was a member of the County Board of Supervisors in 1875-1877/ He had been prominent in educational matters as School Director, Assessor and School Treasurer. In 1876 he was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace and has held it continuously since, performing its duties fearlessly and without favor, and to the general satisfaction of all concerned. He is like wise a Notary Public. He is a man of honor, is conscientious and straightforward in all things and his many friends and acquaintances regard him with confidence and esteem,
Mr and Mrs Drinkwater are members of the Baptist Church, of which he has been trustee since 1880. He is identified with the Grand Army of the Republic as a member of the Post of Litchfield.
Information provided by:
Sarah Wilcox Drinkwater (1823 - 1857)*
Reuben Drinkwater (1840 - 1919)*
James Drinkwater (1846 - 1926)*
Ruel F. Drinkwater (1847 - 1926)*
Sarah J Drinkwater Baker (1851 - 1941)*
William Eldridge Drinkwater (1853 - 1934)*
Created by: TASM
Record added: Mar 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49086773
Added: Sep. 29, 2010