William A. Eddy is a well-known farmer of Elizabeth township, whose entire life has been passed in Miami county. His father, William Eddy, was born near Reinersville, Morgan county, Ohio, January 24, 1823, and died June 20, 1879. Throughout part of his life he carried on agricultural pursuits and became one of the substantial farmers of the locality in which his son now resides. He was married, March 22, 1853, to Miss Caroline Head, who was born March 14, 1831, and died July 15, 1887, at their home in Elizabeth township. In 1873 he secured the farm upon which his son William now resides. Prior to this time he had engaged in agricultural pursuits in Perry county for some years, but taking up his abode in Miami county he became the owner of one hundred and seventy acres of rich and arable land, which yielded to him a golden tribute in return for the care and labor he bestowed upon it. His attention was given closely to his business interests, and his executive ability, indefatigable enterprise and resolute purpose brought to him success. In politics he was a Democrat. For some years prior to his death he was in delicate health, his demise being occasioned by the complication of dropsy and heart disease. His remains were interred in McKendree cemetery, two miles southeast of Miami city. His wife survived him eight years, and after his death she rented a portion of the farm, the remainder being operated by her son. Her life was devoted to her family, and her children did credit to her. She was a member of the Cove Springs Christian church, and her life was in harmony with her professions. Mr. and Mrs. William Eddy became the parents of five daughters and a son, namely: Sarah J., wife of Wakefield Bray, of Champaign county, Ohio; Nancy E., wife of Joseph Mumford, of Alcony; Alica A., wife of George Killenbarger, of Elizabeth township; Mary C. who became the wife of William H. Helmer and died at the age of thirty-four years; William A., of this review; and Rose E., wife of Elwood Macy, who is occupying a part of the old homestead.

    William A. Eddy, whose name introduces this sketch, was born September 10, 1865, and was only fourteen years of age at the time of his father's death. He then began operating the farm and remained with his mother until her demise. He inherited eighty- five acres of the old homestead, including the portion upon which the buildings were located. He then bought out the interest of the other heirs and now has a very valuable property. The farm is well drained, for he has laid over a mile of tiling, and all the modern accessories and improvements are there found. He carries on general farming and his labors result in bringing to him a comfortable competence.

    On the 18th of March, 1888, Mr. Eddy wedded Miss Anna Hagen, a daughter of Augustus and Catherine (Smith) Hagen. Her father, a native of Germany, came to America at the age of nineteen years and was married in Springfield, Ohio, to Miss Smith, whose birth occurred in the Buckeye state. They resided in Clark county, Ohio, until they removed to Minnesota, where their daughter Anna was born, near St. Paul. When she was three and a half years of age, they came to Miami county, locating in Elizabeth township, where the father still resides. The mother died July 3, 1892 and he afterward married Callie Clingan. He had six daughters and a son, four daughters being residents of Miami county, namely: Lillie, wife of Douglas Bray, of Staunton township; Anna; Lana, wife of John Singer, of Brandt; Bertia, wife of Warren Winters, of Troy; and Mrs. Eddy. Katie died at the age of seventeen years, Daisy at the age of sixteen years and the one son died in infancy. Mrs. Eddy is a member of the Cove Springs church. Mr. Eddy is a Democrat in politics, but has never sought or desired political preferment, giving his time and attention to his business interests, in which he is meeting with creditable success. He is a progressive and enterprising farmer, and a glance at his neat and thrifty place will indicate to the passer-by his careful supervision.

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