Moses H. Ailes, of Welsh descent, was born in Salem, New Jersey, in 1793. He served through the war of 1812 in a Virginia regiment. Moving to Ohio he settled in Franklin Township, Shelby County, where he reared a family of five children. Of these children Hezekiah S. Ailes is the only survivor. He was born in Harrison County, Virginia (West), May 19, 1840, before the removal of his parents to Ohio in 1842. From his eighteenth year he was engaged chiefly in the profession of teaching until August 18, 1862, when he enlisted in Company I, 118th Regiment O. V. I. He entered the service as a private, was wounded at the battle of Resaca, May 14, 1864. He participated in the battles of Franklin and Nashville, and the other important engagements in which his regiment took part. He was promoted to sergeant-major of his regiment, and was mustered out at the close of the war. Returning home he resumed teaching, which he followed until 1875, when he was appointed deputy auditor of Shelby County, and served five years, at the expiration of which period (1880) he was elected auditor. He is at this time the candidate of the Democrats for re-election to the same office. He was married in October, 1867, to Miss Jane Elliott, of this county. Three sons and four daughters are the result of this union.



History of Shelby County, Ohio; R. Sutton & Co, Philadelphia PA, 1883