Among the energetic and progressive farmers living in Greenfield township is Jacob Claypool, who makes his house on section 34. He was born on section 21, in the same township, August 26, 1846, and is the oldest son of Isaac and Nancy (Mason) Claypool, who are represented on another page of this work. On the family homestead he was reared and the sun shone down on many a field which he plowed and planted in his youth. During the winter months he attended the district schools and afterward spent about fifteen months as a student in the schools of Pleasantville, thus largely supplementing his early educational privileges. He remained at home until his marriage, which important event occurred on the 7th of October, 1868, Miss Truphena Wiest becoming his wife. She was born in Greenfield township October 29, 1847, and is a daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Miller) Wiest, who were early settlers of the county, coming from Maryland to this portion of Ohio in pioneer times. Mrs. Wiest was a daughter of Frederick Miller and is still living, having passed the ninetieth milestone on the journey of life. She was twice married, her first husband having been Mr. Baugher, by whom she had one son and one daughter. Mr. Wiest was also twice married, his first union being with Miss Wildermuth, by whom he had four daughters. By the marriage of the parents of Mrs. Claypool there were four children born, three daughters and a son, namely: Amanda, Truphena, Susan and Oliver J. Mrs. Claypool was educated in the common schools and in the Fairfield Academy at Pleasantville. She afterward successfully engaged in teaching for a number of years. In her home she was a devoted and loving wife and mother and her death, which occurred on the 11th of February, 1899, was deeply mourned by many of her friends as well as her immediate family. She left three children, Mary, Estella, Maude and Florence, who are still with their father. The only son, Harry Wiest, had died in infancy. Florence married Lewis W. Marks on April 17, 1902.

After his marriage Mr. Claypool took up his abode in a log cabin, eighteen by twenty feet, which stood upon the farm on which he yet lives. In 1889 he erected his present modern and attractive residence at a cost of three thousand dollars. He has long successfully engaged in stock raising and dealing, and has cultivated the greater part of the farm of one hundred and fifty-five acres which he owns. His methods are progressive and modern and his efforts bring to him annually good crps as well as good returns from his stock interests. He served for two terms as president of the Fairfield County Agricultural Society and did much to promote the farming interests of his community. He was also honored with the office of township trustee for nine years, being chosen to the position on the Republican ticket. He is a member and trustee of the Presbyterian church and is a citizen of worth whose life is at all times honorable, upright and worthy of high regard.

 

 

From A Biographical Record of Fairfield County, Ohio, J. S. Clarke Publishing, New York and Chicago, 1902