Joseph Achemire, farmer, Hardy Township, was born in Prairie Township, Holmes Co., Ohio, in 1839. His father, Andrew Achemire, was the eldest of six children of John and Elizabeth (Sournelat) Achemire, and was born in Northumberland County, Penn., in 1813. In 1825 John Achemire and his family came to Ohio, and lived one year in Jefferson County. In 1826 he came to Holmes County, and for a time resided in Berlin Township; thence moved to Hardy Township, where he bought 100 acres of land, and lived until his death, which occurred when he was sixty-four years of age; his wife lived to be seventy-eight years of age.
Andrew Achemire accompanied his parents to Ohio, and made their house his home until he was twenty-six years of age, in the meantime assisting his father in clearing and cultivating the frontier farm. He married Margaret, daughter of Daniel Lower, also of Northumberland County, Penn., and to them werre born several children, all of whom are living, viz: Joseph, Riley, Mary, Daniel, Lucinda, Amanda and Samuel. Joseph Achemire spent his early life on a farm, and on reaching manhood engaged in agricultural pursuits on his own account. He has been sucessful, and now owns one of the best farms in Hardy Township. He was married in 1862 to Mary Ann, daughter of Peter and Caroline (Hay) Biggs, and to them have been born seven children: Margaret C., Peter A., William B., Mary E., Daniel, Nora and Amy L. Mr. Achemire has served his township as school director; he affiliates with the Democratic party.
Biographical Record of Holmes County, 1889