Miami County, Ohio Genealogical Researchers -- Sponsored by the Computerized Heritage Association


    John M. Deweese, farmer; P. O. Box Casstown; was born on the farm where he now lives in February, 1841; he is a son of William and Anna (McDowell) Deweese; Mr. Deweese is a native of Virginia and Mrs. Deweese of Ohio; the grandfather, Lewis, came to this county with his son, William, about 1806; being among the early pioneers of the county; William and his wife were the parents of ten children, of whom John M., Mary Ann, and Harriet E. survive; the father located on the farm, where John now lives, about 1831; commencing in the woods in a log cabin, in pioneer style; he toiled and labored for years to subdue the forest, enduring the hardships and deprivations which only those old settlers knew and experienced; his industry and energy overcame all obstacles and, before his death, he was able to enjoy the fruits of his labors, having a fine farm of 160 acres, 120 acres in cultivation, with a good brick house and other buildings, constituting a pleasant and comfortable home; his death occurred Feb. 17, 1874, age 69 years, and his wife died Dec. 16, 1873. John lived with his parents till their death. On Feb 11, 1875, he married Miss Sarah M., daughter of William and Deborah Hearst (see sketch of Matthew Hearst); Mr. Deweese has taken the home farm; has bought out part of the heirs, and intends to make this his permanent home. Here we add a record of another pioneer family to the many honored ones, those whose lives and labors were spent in opening out the wild forests of Miami County, and whose memories will be cherished by their descendents for generations to come.