Job Calvin Thornton “Joseph” Painter

Job Calvin Thornton “Joseph” Painter

Logan County, Ohio, USA
Death 20 Aug 1908 (aged 56)
Lima, Allen County, Ohio, USA
Burial Lima, Allen County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 123317889 · View Source
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Job Calvin Thornton Painter, elder son of Emeline (née Sharp) and William McKendree Painter, was born in Ohio. He was named after his maternal grandfather, Job Sharp. Job Painter's family moved to Iowa, where his brother Jacob was born in 1856, and sister Sarah was born in 1861. His father enrolled in August 1862 in a regiment of Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and died of disease in January 1863. Job, his widowed mother, and two siblings returned to Ohio by 1865.

Job C. T. Painter and "Arvilla C. S. Amrone" were married on 26 June 1881 in Union County, Ohio.

Job Painter worked as a carpenter. The various places in Allen and Logan Counties, Ohio, where his children were born suggest he was itinerant in the 1880s and 1890s.

The 1900 census and later city directories for Lima, Ohio, record his name as "Joseph" instead of Job.


An 1867 "CLAIM FOR MINORS' PENSION" confirms the full name and date of birth: "Job Calvin Thornton Painter, born July 1st 1852."

In a 30 March 1863 affidavit for a pension application, "Emeline Painter a resident of Clay Township, in the county of Washington, and State of Iowa," swore that she was the widow of "William M. C. Painter," and provided information about his military service and death, and their marriage. "She further states that at her husband's decease she had three children living – Job, born July 1st 1851; Jacob born 12th November 1855 and Sarah born May 18, 1861." Job's year of birth was subsequently corrected to 1852.

According to a 10 September 1865, Logan County, Ohio, affidavit of "Wm T Sharp a physician of good moral character and & Practice," "Job Calvin Thornton Painter was born on the first day of July, 1852. Further that he attended on the children Jacob & Sarah Painter in their last sickness & certified that they both died in the month of August 1865." Job Painter was granted a minor's pension of $8 per month.

1856 Iowa state census, Clay Twp., Washington Co.; dwelling 83, family 88, lines 26-29, pp. 202-03 (printed), pp. 14-15 (written), 1856.
26. "F" Painter, 26, Ohio, engineer.
27. E Painter, 23, Ohio.
28. J C Painter, 3, Ohio.
29. J E Painter, [3], Iowa.
The family had been Iowa residents for 1 year. Emeline's brother-in-law and sister, Rolland and M. A. Gowey, in dwelling 99, and brother Joseph Sharp in dwelling 100; both on pp. 204-05 (printed). The Goweys and Sharps had been Iowa residents for 2 years. Clay Twp. borders both Brighton and Brighton Twp.

1860 U.S. Census, Clay Twp., Washington Co., Iowa; dwelling 34, family 34, lines 30-33, p. 6 (written), 5-6 Jun 1860.
30. W. C. Painter, 30, farmer ($100; $90), Ohio.
31. Emeline -----, 30, Ohio.
32. Job C. -----, 8, Ohio.
33. Jacob E. -----, 3, Iowa.
Preceding household headed by Joseph Sharp, Job's maternal uncle.

1870 U.S. Census, Zane Twp., Logan Co., Ohio; dwelling 176, family 174 lines 22-23, p. 306 (printed), p. 21 (written), 19 Jul 1870.
22. Painter Emiline, 49, keeping house (-0-; $100), Ohio
23. ----- Job T., 18, farm laborer, Ohio.

1880 U.S. Census, E.D. 26, Lewisburg Precinct, Rush Twp. Champaign Co., Ohio; dwelling 67, family 69, lines 47-49, p. 327B, (printed), p. 6 (written), 3 Jun 1880.
47. Tallman, Joseph, 46, [head], shoemaker; born in Pennsylvania, parents in NJ.
48. ----- Emeline, 48, wife, keeping house; born in Ohio, father in Va., mother in NJ.
49. Painter, Job C., 27, step son, carpenter; born in Ohio, parents in Ohio.

"Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1997," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 31 Aug 2014), Union Marriage records 1880-1889 vol D image 95 of 366.

Lydia Painter (née Lewallen) married John Bishop in 1840, and Aaron Oram in 1874. Her 1890 will listed her next of kin, including: "Job Painter | Grandson | Lima O[hio]." ("No. 2973 The last Will and Testament of Lydia Oram," Champaign Co., Ohio. "Ohio, Probate Records, 1789-1996," images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 Jan 2014), Champaign Wills 1889-1897 vol G-H image 175 of 663.)

Hardship may explain why Job "Joe" Painter's family seems elusive. A Lima newspaper ran a Christmas-season human-interest story describing: "A Deserving Family of Nine Destitute Persons." The family of Joseph Painter, living near Lima, "was in destitute circumstances and suffering from need of food"; the father had been denied temporary aid. A city detective went to investigate, loading a sleigh with groceries for the family. "A woman and seven children were found at home, and the little fellow who met the detective at the door, said: 'Pa was away huntin' work.' The oldest offspring was found to be bright but frail lad of 15 years of age, while the youngest was a tot who was asleep in an old-fashioned cradle. The interior of the house and its occupants were as neat and cleanly in appearance as circumstances would permit. The mother was found to be an intelligent, comely woman, while the children were bright and displayed evidences of good teaching [...]" ("Charity in its Sweetest Form," The Times-Democrat, Lima, Ohio, 23 Dec 1897, p. 8, col. 2.) Unemployment remained high for years following the Panic of 1893, then the deepest recession the U.S. had experienced.

1900 U.S. Census, E.D. 14, Ward 3, Lima, Bath Twp., Allen Co., Ohio; dwelling 210, family 217, lines 71-81, p. 232 (printed), p. 10B (written), 8 Jun 1900.
71. Painter, Joseph Jay, head, Jul 1851, 48, married 19 years, "Michigan," carpenter.
72. ----- Arvilla C., wife, Apr 1864, 36, married 19 years, 9 children (8 living), Ohio.
73. ----- Morris C., son, Jun 1882, 17, Ohio.
74. ----- "Adda" B., daughter, Jan 1883, 16, Ohio.
75. ----- James M., son, Oct 1885, 14, Ohio.
76. ----- Mary A., daughter, Dec 1888, 11, Ohio.
77. ----- Ralph L., son, Aug 1891, 8, Ohio.
78. ----- Jennie V., daughter, Feb 1893, 6, Ohio.
79. ----- Joe McK., son, Oct 1896, 3, Ohio.
80. ----- Owen C., son, Mar 1899, 1, Ohio.
81. ----- Harry D. Amrin, brother-in-law, Oct 1866, 33, divorced, Ohio, laborer.

Job Calvin Thornton Painter appears to have adopted the name "Joseph Jay." The "J" of his middle name on the census sheet appears to have been written over a "C." His and his wife's birthplaces appear to have been transposed: for all of the children the father’s birthplace is Ohio, the mother’s Michigan.

The date of birth is off by 1 year, but, according to an Ohio birth record, Ada Bell Painter, born 4 Jan 1884 in Zane Township, Logan County, was the daughter of Job C. Painter and Arvilla Amrine. James Martin Painter's 1906 marriage license reports that he was the son of Job T. Painter and Arvilla Aussire.

"Painter Joseph C.," carpenter, listed along with (spouse) Arvilla, (son) Morris C., and (daughter) Ada B. in a 1902 city directory for Lima, Ohio.

"Painter Job," carpenter, listed along with (spouse) Arvilla, (son) Martin, and (daughter) Mary in a 1906 city directory for Lima, Ohio.

"Brights' Disease Causes Death of Jobe T. Painter Yesterday Afternoon," The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, 21 Aug 1908, p. 6, col. 4.

Arvilla Painter remarried in 1909.

1910 U.S. Census, E.D. 36, Ward 4, Lima, Ottawa Twp., Allen Co., Ohio; dwelling 300, family 300, lines 25-33, p. 221 (printed), p. 15A (written), 30 Apr 1910.
25. Fisher, Harry B., head, 46, second marriage, married zero years; born in Indiana, parents in Indiana; labors, shop.
26. "Aravella" A, wife, 44, second marriage, 11 children (10 living); born in Ohio, parents in Ohio; no occupation.
27. ----- Martin P., step son, 24, Ohio, labor, com. labor.
28. ----- Ralph F., step son, 18, Ohio, labor, steel plant.
29. ----- Jennie V., step daughter, 16, Ohio, candy mak[er], factory.
30. ----- Joseph W., step son, 14, Ohio.
31. ----- Clifton O., step son, 11, Ohio.
32. ----- Robert T., step son, 8, Ohio.
33. ----- Cletis C., step son, 6, Ohio.

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