John Berlett, who resides on his valuable farm of 60 acres, is one of the representative men of Delaware Township and belongs to an old pioneer family of this county.  Mr. Berlett was born in Scioto Township, Delaware County, Ohio, October 8, 1851, and is a son of Peter and Mary Ann (Rupp) Berlett.

Peter Berlett was born in 1816, in Canton Blamonz, France, and he accompanied his parents to America in 1833.  For some years he was handicapped by reason of not understanding the English language, but this disadvantage he overcame while assisting his father in getting settled in the new country, necessarily meeting many people and learning in the course of business transactions.  He had learned the wagon-making trade in his own land, but mainly followed farming after coming to Ohio.  Peter Berlett, grandfather of John Berlett, settled first in Stark County, but five years later came to Delaware County.  He was a blacksmith but engaged in farming after coming to America.  He was successful in his undertakings, being a type of thrifty French settler, one whose characteristics were inherited by his descendants, all of whom proved to be men of character and of good citizenship.  The venerable grandfather lived to within five years of the century mark, dying in 1877.  Peter Berlett, the father of out subject, became possessed of a tract of 200 acres of timber land after coming to Delaware County, and after clearing it, raised cattle and sheep quite extensively.

John Berlett remained at home until his marriage, when he moved to his present farm, on which he had previously built his comfortable residence.  He continued to improve his property, and in 1903 he built his present substantial barn, a commodious building with dimensions of 50 by 40 feet, with 22-foot posts.  He rotates his crops, having 50 acres under cultivation, raising corn, oats, wheat and hay.  He feeds his stock all he grows except his wheat.  He keeps 10 head of cows, selling his milk to a local creamery, has about seven head of horses and 25 head of Chester White hogs.

Mr. Berlett married Annie Eliza McFarland, who is a daughter of William G. McFarland, of Scioto Township, and they have had three children, of whom two survivors are:  Augusta May, who married Walter Freece, residing at Delaware; and Harry Thurston.  Mr. And Mrs. Berlett are members of the United Brethren Church, of which he has been a trustee.  In politics, Mr. Berlett has identified himself with the Republican party, and on numerous occasions he has been elected to Township office.  For three terms he served as township assessor, during this time working faithfully for the good of the community.


20th Century History of Delaware County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, Edited and compiled by James R. Lytle, Delaware, Ohio, Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, 1908