One of the substantial and successful farmers who has been a lifelong resident of Cedarville township is Andrew H. Creswell, who was born on the farm adjoining the one where he now lives on January 2, 1856, the son of Samuel and Eliza (Huffman) Greswell, pioneers of Greene county.

andrew criswellSamuel Creswell was born on the same farm where his son Andrew H. was born, in the year 1820, and lived to the advanced age of ninety-three years on this same farm, his death occurring in 1912. His wife, Eliza (Huffman) Creswell, died in 1914, at the age of eighty-four years. They were the parents of ten children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the sixth in order of birth, the others being as follows: Martha Ann, the widow of J. S. Turnbull, of Ross township; Sarah, the wife of Alexander Kyle, a farmer of Cedarville township; Mary, living at home; James H., a farmer of Cedarville township; Julia, the wife of W. R. Sterrett, of Cedarville; William H.. also a farmer of this township; George H., living on the old home farm; Nettie, the widow of James Ervin. of Xenia, and Ida, who is now living in Cedarville township, widow of J. H. Stormont. Samuel Creswell inherited one hundred and fifty acres of land at the time of his father's death, and at the time of his death was the owner of two hundred acres. He and his wife were members of the Reformed Presbyterian church at Cedarville. Mr. Gresswell was a Republican during most of his long and useful life, but for twenty years before his death espoused the cause of prohibition. He always took an active interest in the civic and social affairs of his community and was for years a director of the school board of his township.

samuel creswell
The paternal grandparents of Andrew H. Creswell were James Creswell and wife, who emigrated from Kentucky to Ohio in a very early day, coming here in 1804 with the Rev. Robert Armstrong, and in the then new country established the Associate Reformed church, of which he and his family were devout members. They were the parents of four sons and one daughter, all now deceased. A complete sketch of the ancestry of Mr. Creswell will be found elsewhere in this volume.

samuel creswell homeAndrew H. Creswell received his early education in the district schools of Cedarville township, later attending the high school at Cedarville. He was reared to the life of a farmer, and upon leaving the paternal home purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land in Cedarville township, two miles southeast of the village of the same name, and has lived there ever since. He is engaged in general farming and stock raising, and ranks among the progressive farmers of the county. He has rendered public service as a member of the board of township trustees.


On November 26, 1896, Andrew H. Creswell was married to Rachel Kyle, the daughter of Joseph and Hanassah (Kennedy) Kyle. Mrs. Creswell is a member of a family that has been connected with this portion of the state for nearly a century and is a sister of the Rev. Joseph Kyle, D. D., now president of Xenia Theological Seminary. Mr. and Mrs. Creswell are adherents of the Reformed Presbyterian church at Cedarville and Mr. Creswell has served as trustee of the local congregation most of the time for forty years.

 

From History of Greene County Ohio, Its People, Industries and Institutions, vol. 2. M.A.Broadstone, editor. B.F.Bowen & Co., Indianapolis. 1918