Messmore Biographical Sketches


William Clay Bostwick one of the most energetic farmers in this county, is the third son and fifth child of Oliver and Malinda Thomas Bostwick of this county. He was born in Madison Township, near his present residence, May 28, 1844.

William Bostwick, the grandfather of William C., came to Ohio from Vermont about the year 1805, settling on lands in the vicinity of Yankeetown from which circumstance this place took its name. He was the father of Adoniram, Frederick C., Joseph, Sarah, William, Lucy Ann and Adley Bostwick. William's siblings were Morton, Francis, Marion, Annette, Eliza, Elvira, Sarah and Jane.

Our subject was ordinarily educated and at the age of 18 enlisted under Captain H..Z. Adams in Co. G, 113th

R.O.V.I. in August, 1862. He served with his regiment with efficiency until the close of the war and was discharged at Columbus, Ohio July 6, 1865. His regiment campaigned in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Caroline and participated in the grand review at the nation's capital at the close of the war.

Mr. Bostwick was married November 6, 1873 to Clara, daughter of Isaac N. and Margaret Hidy Beatty of Pickaway County. She has but one brother, Scott Beatty, living in Pickaway County. A sister died in infance. Her grandfather, James Beatty, came to this county from Virginia in 1818. He was a son of Charles Beatty and a grandson of George Beatty. James Beatty was a soldier in the War of 1812 and about the year 1847 served as associate judge. He died in 1879 at an advanced age.

To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Bostwick have been born two children: Harley Oscar born October 10. 1875 and Oliver Newton born May 6, 1880.

Mr. Bostwick owns a large farm of excellent land lying in this a Pickaway counties and its condition indicates careful oversight. Mr. Bostwick is a staunch Republican and is always outspoken and decisive in his views on public topics.


Son of Shrieve and Cynthia Barton Gaskill. Born September 19, 1839 and died August 4, 1851at age 12. His parents are buried in Waterloo/Pancoastburg Cemetery.


The parents of John Messmore were natives of Pennsylvania and came to Ohio in the year 1809 settling in Licking County. Our subject was born in 1808. He is of a family of seven children: Susanna, Mary, Laban, John, Eliza and Rhoda.

Mr. Messmore was brought up to hard labor and in his youth learned the business of carding and fulling. At 22 years of age he came to the neighborhood of Waterloo and established himself in the woolen-mill business and carried it on for 40 years, keeping pace with the many improvements that pertained to the trade in that time. In 1866 he sold his factory to his son and in 1871 bought the Pancoast Mills on Deer Creek, above Waterloo, where he has since carried on the flouring business.

He was married December 13, 1829 to Jerusua, daughter of Isiah and Lettice Pancoast, born June 4, 1805 and fifty years afterwards, December 13, 1879, celebrated with a multitude of friends their golden wedding. Just one year later, December 13,1880, his esteemed companion died. They were the parents of seven children who grew to maturity :Mariamie, Flavius J., Alvin L., Aurelius B., Otis B., Rienzi W., and Francenia. Of these, only three survive. Alvin L. married Evaline Leach of this county. He served in the war as captain of Co. G, 113th OVI and was an officer of more than ordinary soldierly bearing. He is now a resident of St. Louis. Aurelius B. married Sarah Lindsey and resides in Kansas. Rienzi W. married Mary F. Kelley and resides in Waterloo.

Uncle John Messmore is a man of steady habits and unswerving Christian character. For the past 40 years he has lived a consistent member of the Old School Predestinarian Baptist Church. The society of which he is a member was established at the house of Isaiah Pancoast in the year 1813.

(Burial at Messmore Cemetery and moved to the New Holland Cemetery in the 1960's: Flavius J. Messmore a son who died August 17, 1863 at 36 years, Jerusua Pancoast Messmore wife of John and daughter of Isiah and Lettice Pancoast and Mazael who died September 2, 1842 at age 1 year and was son of John and Jerusua Pancoast Messmore.)

John Wade Loofbourrow, the grandfather of Laban H., was a Virginian, a minister of the Baptist Church and born April 28, 1748. He married Mary Haff September 10, 1767. Their children were: Abigail, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Mary, David, John, Benjamin, Wade, Ebenezer, Thomas and Nathan.
Nathan, the youngest son and father of Laban H., was born in Virginia December 22, 1794 and when a small boy came to Ohio. He married Hannah Pancoast of this county April 13, 1815 and became the father of Laban H., Lemuel P., Sophronia, Amanda, Naomi, Pamelia and Cecelia and Mary (twins). (Note from LDS implies Hannah was the daughter of Isaiah and Lettice Gaskill Pancoast.)
Laban Haff, our subject, was born at the site of Washington C.H. July 27, 1816 and in 1835 moved with his father's family to Madison County near Mt. Sterling. He married Elizabeth Alkire September 16, 1837. She was the first daughter of Jacob and Polly Phebus Alkire of Madison County. To this marriage was born one son, Madison on February 28, 1839. Mrs. Loofbourrow died January 5, 1879. Mr. Loofbourrow married his second wife, Christina Beatty, December 15, 1879. She was the seventh daughter and youngest child of Elijah and Anna Miller Beatty who were natives of Virginia. She was born in Ohio June 20, 1837. Her grandfather, Charles Beatty, was a Baptist minister and came to Ohio in 1818. He died in 1852.
Mr. Loofbourrow has been very successful as a farmer and trader. Besides being the owner of a fine farm of 255 acres on the Deer Creek pike, he owns some valuable lands adjoining Mt. Sterling and is a large stockholder on the Farmers Bank of Mt. Sterling.
(Buried in Messmore and removed to the New Holland Cemetery in the 1960's: Cecelia Loofbourrow who died in 1860 at age 23, Hannah Pancoast Loofbourrow who was Laban's wife and Nathan Loofbourrow who died in 1863.)
Daughter of Shreve and Polly Pancoast and died Oct. 10, 1822. Her body was probably moved to the New Holland Cemetery in the 1960's but a stone for her wasn't found.

Genealogical Data collected and assimilated in part by Mary Lou Stiverson.