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    ALONZO J. FURROW, deceased. The subject of this notice was a native son of Miami County, born in Staunton Township, October 18, 1842. His parents were Jeremiah and Sarah (Covault) Furrow, and he was a grandson, on the paternal side, of Adam Furrow, who was a native of the Old Dominion. The father and grandfather came to Ohio from Virginia in or about the year 1811, making the journey with a four-horse team. Adam Furrow entered a tract of eighty-three acres of land from the Government, which tract afterwards became the farm owned and operated by the subject of this sketch. Here he built a log cabin and afterwards erected a part of the house which in later years became the residence of his grandson, Alonzo. At that early date this tract was heavily timbered and most of the land around was in its primeval condition. Indians were still numerous, but usually not hostile to the settlers. Adam Furrow died September 30, 1854, having attained the advanced age of eighty-nine years. He and his wife, whose maiden name was Mary Grimes, were the parents of eight children, namely: Abel, David, Jacob, John, James, Jeremiah, Elijah and Elizabeth.

    Jeremiah Furrow was brought up on the homestead in Miami County, where he resided most of his life. His time was not all devoted to agriculture, however, as he aided in building the canal and was lineman and paymaster of the canal for forty years. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and also a valued member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He died September 5, 1890, his wife having previously passed away on June 6, 1888.

    Alonzo J. Furrow was about four years old when his father returned to the homestead, and he subsequently resided there all his life, except for a period during the Civil War, when he was in the army. On August 11, 1862, he became a member of Company A, 110th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The first engagement in which he participated was at Winchester, Virginia. He later took part in the battle of Mine Run and in the Wilderness campaign, being captured in the latter by the enemy. He was sent to Danville Prison, where he remained for a week, and was then transferred to Andersonville Prison, where he spent four months of hardship and semi starvation. At the end of that time he was transferred to Florence, South Carolina Prison for three months, his total imprisonment lasting seven months to the day, he being captured May 6th and paroled on the 6th of October. Receiving a twenty days furlough, he spent it in a visit home, afterwards reporting again for duty at Camp Chase. He was honorably discharged June 10, 1865, and returning home, devoted himself to agriculture and to the improvement of the homestead, on which he subsequently resided until his death. The latter event occurred on August 17, 1908.

    Mr. Furrow was a man of industry and intelligence keeping well informed on the leading issues of the day. In politics he was a Republican. He was a member of Alexandria Post, G.A.R., and was held in high esteem, not only by his comrades who wore the blue with him through the trying days of the great struggle for a united country, but also by his neighbors and the residents of this and neighboring townships generally. This esteem he justified by his sterling character as a man and citizen.

    Mr. Furrow was married February 1, 1866, to Miss Louie Riddle, a daughter of Manning Riddle. Six children were born of this union: Edna, Nellie, Charles, Bertha P., Effie Maud, and Henry R. Edna, born March 4, 1867, is now the wife of Harry Cecil, and has two children Earl K. and Lester L. Nellie, who was born October 12, l869, died January 7, 1871. Charles, born June 4, 1872, married Jennie DuBois, who died May 3, 1908. They had two children: Bernice, born January 21, 1899, and Ralph H., born January 16, 1906, both of whom are living. Bertha P., born December 16, 1875, died September 27, 1876. Effie Maud, born November 29, 1878, married F.M. Holmes, wlio died December 20, l907. She has two children: Gladys, born June 2, 1899, and Robert P., born September 4, 1903. Harry Furrow, born April 9, 1883, was married November 26, 1902, to Lola Carson, and has two children: Dorothy, born June 3, 1903, and Aileen C., born September 26, 1904.

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