Jonathan Arnett, surveyor and civil engineer, London, was born in Ross County. Ohio, August 30, 1819. His father. William D. Arnett, was a native of Eastern Maryland. and a farmer by occupation. He came to Ohio in 1817, locating in Ross County, where he resided twelve years. He then removed to Jefferson Township of this county, and lived there till his death in 1859. He married Margaret Vickers, also a native of Maryland. They had twelve children, six now living. Mrs. Arnett departed this life December 30, 1874. Jonathan Arnett was the sixth child of this large family, and grew to manhood on the home farm. His early educational facilities were those of pioneer days, and rather limited. He was engaged in farming until twenty-two years of age, and then attended what was termed the " Ohio Conference High School," at Springfield, Clark County, remaining there two years. He then taught school in this and adjoining counties for about ten years. During this time, he spent his leisure moments in studying his present profession, and finally engaged in that occupation. From 1854 to 1864, he was engaged in mercantile transactions in this and adjoining counties. He was Acting Chief Engineer of the Dayton & Michigan Railroad for eight years surveying the line from Springfield to Troy, Ohio, and subsequently to Union City, Ind. He has been a resident of London since 1866, and during this period has devoted the daytime to his labor and the evenings to the study of his profession. He was Surveyor of Madison County two terms; has been School Examiner of Madison County for sixteen years; of Union School, London, same length of time, and was a member of the London School Board for nine years. Mr. Arnett is a member of Chandler Lodge, No. 138. Masonic, and a Master Mason. Politically, he has always held the views adopted by the Democratic party, but on local questions votes for the man and not for or with the party. He has never been an aspirant for office. Mr. Arnett was married in March, 1847, to Esther M. Fellows, a native of Hanover, N. H. Two children were born to them, one living-Delia A., wife of Clinton Morse, County Surveyor. They have one daughter-Edna. Mrs. Arnett was a member of the M. E. Church, and died in that faith, August 25, 1871. Mr. A. was again married, April 22.1874, to Mrs. Permelia Morse, daughter of Dr. Colliver, of Jefferson, Ohio. She is a native of Kentucky and a member of the Baptist Church.
From HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY - W. H. Beers [Chicago, 1883]