Thomas Cartmill, farmer, P. O. West Jefferson, is a son of William and a grandson of Thomas Cartmill. The latter with his family moved from Virginia, to Bath County. Ky., about 1788. He and wife both died in that State at advanced ages. Of their eleven children, William, the sixth, was born in Virginia, in 1788, but from early boyhood lived in the county where his parents died. About the year 1807 he was married, and five years later located near Georgesville, Franklin Co., Ohio. About 1821 or 1822, he settled near London, Madison County, where he buried his wife in 1859, and where he died in 1873. He was through life a farmer, an excellent marksman and a great hunter. One of the incidents of his life we record, though it occurred in Kentucky: "One evening, while watching a flock of turkeys, as they were going to their perch for the night he chanced to hear a slight noise behind him, and, turning, saw, several paces up the hill from where he stood, a panther lying flat, ready to leap upon him. His gun was immediately leveled on the panther, which had seemingly already began to leap, but the death shot entered the animal's heart, and so vicious was its leap, that, with a death-grip it clung fast to a tree several feel above Mr. Cartmill's head." He also passed through some narrow escapes while hunting in Ohio, being a venturesome pioneer. His wife was a noble assistant in rearing the seven children. She spun and wove the fabric, and made all their own clothing and attended to her domestic affairs besides. As a companion she was true and amiable, and as a mother kind and affectionate and highly esteemed by her neighbors. Of the seven children all save one are now living. Thomas, the first born, was a native of Kentucky, but, in 1812, when he was five years old, his father came to Ohio, since which Thomas has been a resident of the Buckeye State. After remaining on his father's farm until the age of twenty two, he entered upon the duties of the carpenter trade, which he followed continuously until 1857, in which year he erected a grist-mill on Little Darby. This he conducted until 1881, when his successor, the present owner, took charge of it. He has been a land-owner in this township since 1851, and superintended his farm in connection with the mill. He now owns 200 acres, highly improved and well cultivated. He is a well to-do citizen, and has his daughter living with him.


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