George W. Botkin, farmer, P. O. South Charleston, was born near South Charleston, Clark Co., Ohio, October 10, 1829. His grandparents came to Ohio from Virginia, in 1802, and settled for a time in Warren County, but afterward moved to Clinton County, near Todd's Fork, three miles from Wilmington, where they remained until 1808, when they permanently settled in Clark County. The father of our subject, Jeremiah Botkin. came West with his parents and followed their fortunes to their settlement in Clark County. He married Anna Elsworth, December 9, 1800, and had by her nine children, viz.: Jesse, Levi S., Ruhama, Margaret, Amos, Moses E., George W., Annie and William I. Our subject remained with his father, farming in summer and teaching school in winter, until April 5, 1849, when he married Eliza Maxey, daughter of Stephen and Fanny Maxey. By her he had six children, viz.: Frances E., Albert C., Mary E. (wife of Henry H. Snyder, London), Florence J. (deceased, wife of Franklin Pierce, of Franklin County), Stephen H. and Annie J. After marriage, our subject engaged in farming for himself, and has so continued, now owning 180 acres of good land. He is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and of the Grand Army of the Republic.



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