James N. Converse, stock-raiser, P.O. West Canaan, was born in Darby Township, Madison County, Ohio, October 29, 1823, in a log cabin on his grandfather's farm. He is a son of Charles and Phebe (Norton) Converse. His father was a native of Vermont and died October 31, 1849, aged fifty-five years; he was of English descent. Our subject was married, November 22, 1846, to Julia Ann, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Carpenter) Calhoon, her father a native of Portage County, Ohio, of Scotch and Irish descent. By this union two children were born, viz.: Elizabeth Ann, born September 14, 1848, wife of Butler Smith, who died May 27, 1877, and she married Cary Milliken September 15, 1881. They reside in Jefferson Township. Henry B., born January 8, 1850, was married September 17, 1875, to Elizabeth Beach, daughter of Uriah and Elenor (Downing) Beach, by whom he has two children, viz.: Walter and Julie E.


From HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY - W. H. Beers [Chicago, 1883]