Edward Ulm, a farmer and stock-raiser, residing in Range Township, Madison County, was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, June 8, 1823, and is a son of Samuel and Hannah (Funk) Ulm. His father was born in Virginia, of German parentage, and his mother was a native of the Keystone State. When he was about six years old, they emigrated to Ross County, Ohio, where our subject made his home until 1881. Mr. Ulm was married December 7, 1848, to Miss Julia A. Counts, daughter of Peter and Mary Counts. He engaged in operating his father's land in Ross County, and after three years purchased ninety-six acres of the homestead. Subsequently, he sold that, in 1861, and bought another seventy-five acres of his father.
On the 4th of May, 1864, Mr. Ulm enlisted in Company E, One Hundred and Ninetieth Ohio Infantry, and was in the second battle of Manassas Junction, where he had a ball shot through his hat and came near being taken prisoner. After his one hundred days of service had expired, he was discharged, August 28, 1864. Returning to Ross County, he there continued farming until 1881, when he came to Madison County, and has since resided upon the farm which is now his home. He had married Mrs. Martha Ann Rector, and as his wife had an interest in this farm, he purchased the interest of the other heirs, and now has one hundred and fifty-seven and one-half acres.
Mrs. Ulm was born in Deer Creek Township, Pickaway County. Her father, John Wiggins, was born in Ross County, December 24, 1810, and married Amy Toweleger, who was born in Ulster County, N. Y., March 3, 1813, and came to Ohio with her parents when five years old. Mr. and Mrs. Wiggins were married March 31, 1831, and resided upon a farm in Pickaway County. Their daughter Martha was the fourth in a family of eight children, all of whom are now married and doing well. Her father died in Pickaway County, April 28, 1889, at the age of seventy-nine years, and her mother is still living at the age of seventynine.
Mrs. Ulm was born July 24, 1840, and when sixteen years of age, on the 9th of November, 1856, became the wife of Amos D, Rector, a widower with four children. He was born in Pickaway County, May 5, 1820, and was a farmer in good circumstances. He died at his home in his native county, September 1, 1880, and was buried in Pleasant Cemetery. Six children were born unto Mr. and Mrs. Rector: Florence P., wife of Edwin Blacker, a harness maker of Range Township, by whom she has two children; Ora I. married Reason Phebus, and, with their two children, they reside in Pickaway County; Joseph S. makes his home in Pickaway County; Amy Etta is the wife of William Eckert, of Kosciusko, Ind., and has two children; Matilda H. is the wife of Thomas Hancock, of Polk County, Mo., by whom she has two children; and Vista S. is at home.
Mr. Ulm received $1,500 from his father's estate, and the remainder of his property he has acquired through his own efforts. His life has been characterized by industry and enterprise, and he is now a well-to-do farmer. He voted for Henry Clay in 1844, for J. C. Fremont in 1856, and is now a Prohibitionist. He has never been an office-seeker, preferring to devote his time and attention to his business interests.
By his first marriage, Mr. Ulm had one son and two daughters: Margaret E., wife of Andrew Wilkins, of Ross County, by whom she has seven children; Clarinda, wife of Robert Eggleston, a machinist, of Peoria, Ill., by whom she has one child; and Edward J., at home. Mr. Ulm and his two daughters are members of the Methodist Church, with which he united when fourteen years of age. Socially, he is a member of the Grand Army Post.
From PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF FAYETTE, PICKAWAY AND MADISON COUNTIES, OHIO - Chapman Bros. [Chicago, 1892]