Ohio Biographies

Milton Liggett

Milton Liggett, now a highly esteemed retired citizen of Scioto Township, has long been one of its most substantial and progressive men. He was born on the farm on which be lives, in Delaware County, Ohio, August 28, 1835, and is a son of Joab and Mary (Carr) Liggett.

Joab Liggett was born in 1806, in Hanly County, now West Virginia, and was a child when his parents. James and Susan (Carr) Liggett, came to Delaware County, Ohio, and settled south of the present town of Ostrander. James Liggett was born in Virginia in 1770 and died in 1864. His wife was born in 1782 and died in 1856. James Liggett, Solomon Carr and George Bean purchased 600 acres of land when they came to Delaware County, and a large part of Ostrander stands on land that once belonged to the Liggett heirs. James Liggett served in the War of 1812. His children were: Job, Joab, Aimer. Absolom, William. Amelia, Susan, Jarries, Conrad and Gideon. The mother of the above family was a devoted member of the Christian Church.

Joab Liggett was a successful farmer and representative citizen. At the time of death he owned 256 acres. He served as trustee of Concord Township, which then included a part of the present territory of Scioto Township, He married a daughter of Solomon Carr, and they had the following children: Sarah Jane, now deceased, who married Hamilton W. Rittenhouse; Milton, subject of this sketch; Henry, Joseph and Priscilla, all now deceased; and Mary, who married Dr. D. C. Fay, residing at Ostrander. The maternal grandparents of the above family, Solomon and Priscilla (Dean) Carr. were natives of Virginia. The Carrs were members of the Baptist Church.

Milton Liggett attended the district schools during boyhood when work on the farm did not press too heavily, for at that time the present well-cultivated acres belonging to Mr. Liggett were in many parts still covered with native timber, and he assisted in clearing and developing the place. He recalls when the busy town of Ostrander was a belt of woodland. Mr. Liggett owns 200 acres of fine land. on which he formerly raised grain and livestock, but for some years he has rented out both of his farms.

On July 3, 1856, Mr. Liggett was married to Ann Carr, who died February 9, 1907, having been born in Scioto Township April 25, 1845, a daughter oi Gideon A. Carr. They had two children, Maretta A. and William. The former, now deceased, was the wife of Milo Howey. She left two children: William Earl and Clyde L. William rents one of his father's farms. He married Anna McKirgin, and they have two children, Olgy and Frank.

For a period covering thirty-six years Mr. Liggett has been a Mason, entering the fraternity at Marysville and demitting from Palestine Lodge No. 158. to Ostrander Lodge, No. 594, of which he is one of the surviving charter members. He has been a member of the Baptist Church since 1857, his late wife having also been connected with this religious body, in which she was an active worker. Mr. Liggett killed the last deer that was found in this section, and can remember when it was no rare sight to see a herd of them.


From 20th Century History of Delaware County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens by James R. Lytle