The late Henry Darst, who died at his farm home in Beavercreek township in 1914, was born at Dayton in the neighboring county of Montgomery on November 16, 1830, and was but eighteen months of age when his father, Jacob Darst, came over into Greene county with his family and settled in Beavercreek township, where he established his home and where he eventually became the owner of several hundred acres of land. Jacob Darst was twice married and by his first marriage was the father of eight children, Polly, Sallie, Susan, Betsy, John, Jacob and two who died in infancy. His second wife was Mrs. Ruhamah Licklighter and by that union he was the father of four children, Rollo, Abraham, Martha and Henry. The latter, as noted above, was but an infant when he was brought to this county and here he spent the remainder of his life, the proprietor of the farm now owned and occupied by his daughter Mary and the latter's husband, James E. Andrew. Henry Darst married Margaret Glotfelter, who was born on September 23, 1835, and who died on May 11, 1910. He survived his wife four years and was eighty-four years of age at the time of his death in 1914. He and his wife were the parents of five children, namely: Edward W., deceased; William H., who is now living at Omar Park, a suburb of Dayton; Martha, who died when three years of age; Mary, born in 1864, who married James E. Andrew and is still living on the home farm of one hundred and ninety-five acres in Beavercreek township, and Emma Ruhamah.

Mary Darst and James E. Andrew were married on November 12, 1891. Mr. Andrew was born in the neighboring county of Montgomery in 1863 and has been a farmer practically all his life. His father. J. W. Andrew, was born in Greene county and for a time farmed here, but later moved to Montgomery county. He was one of six children, five sons and one daughter, born to his parents, who were pioneers of Greene county. Mr. Andrew is a member of the United Presbyterian church and Mrs. Andrew is a member of the Church of Christ at Dayton. They have five children, namely: Herbert L., who married Esta Batdorf and is now engaged as county agent of Vanwert county; Alma, wife of Lester Gerhard, of Montgomery county; Ralph H., who is assisting his father in the operation of the home farm, and Emma C. and Margaret, who are still in school.

 

 

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