For thirty years Peyton Randolph Emery has been one of the prominent men in his home county of Madison. He is an attorney with a large private practice, and for a number of years has also been engaged in banking at London.

He was born in Range Township of Madison County, September 1, 1868. His father, Benjamin Emery, of old Virginia ancestry, was born in Virginia in 1836, and as a young man came to Ohio and settled in Madison County. He engaged in farming, and when the Civil war came on he enlisted and served four years as a Union soldier. Later in life his name became associated with public affairs. In 1890 he was elected and served four years as sheriff of Madison County, and was then elected and served four years as county treasurer. After leaving office he looked after his farming and other interests until his death in 1916.

Benjamin Emery married, in 1867, Miss Caroline Chrisman, of Madison County, who died in 1915. They had three sons and four daughters.

Peyton Randolph Emery after graduating from the high school at London attended Ohio Wesleyan University about three years, and then enrolled in the law school of Ohio State University. He was graduated and admitted to the bar, and, with offices in London, has participated in some of the most important litigations in the courts of the county and district. While still practicing law he has served as president of the Madison National Bank since 1919. Mr. Emery is a republican, a member of the Episcopal Church, and is affiliated with the Masonic and Knights of Pythias fraternities.

He married at London, in 1907, Miss Anna Gould, daughter of Edward and Anna Gould, of London. Their two children are Georgiana, born in 1908, and Theodore, born in 1910.


From HISTORY OF OHIO - C. B. Galbreath [Chicago: American Historical Society, 1925]



The subject of this sketch is a native of Madison county, and was born in Range township in 1867. His early education was obtained in the district schools, and in the London high school from which he graduated in 1888. Two years were spent in the Ohio Wesleyan, and he then entered the Ohio State University — graduating therefrom with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. His admission to the Bar followed, and he began the practice of his profession in London, forming a partnership with Judge Durflinger which continued until the latter's election to the Common Pleas bench. Mr. Emery then joined forces with Hon. M. S. Murray, which partnership still continues.

Mr. Emery has won honors at the Bar and glory on the field of battle. He served as first lieutenant Co. E. O. V. I., in the Spanish War, and his valor in action won him special mention. Before judge or jury he is still the intrepid fighter for his client's cause and as advocate or counselor his reputation is high. He enjoys a large practice and has the confidence and esteem of clients and friends.


From Madison Democrat 50th Anniversary - Published by the Madison Democrat, 1908