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MEMOIRS OF LENAWEE COUNTY BIOGRAPHICAL - CONTINUED
Buckeye state. They were zealous members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in his political proclivities the father was a Democrat. Of the children who attained to years of maturity only two are now living Jeannette, who is the wife of Harmong Mansfield, of Medina town-ship, this county, and Fletcher J., who is the immediate subject of this sketch. Those deceased are: Rebecca, William, Harriet, Sarah J. (wife of James R. Gilkey, of Adrian), Emily and Cordelia (wife of Cyrus Baldwin, of Morenci). Fletcher J. Bishop was reared on the old homestead farm in Fulton county, Ohio, where he enjoyed such educational advantages as were afforded in the common schools of the period. He continued to be engaged in farm work until 1859, when his venturesome spirit led him to make his way across the plains to Pike's Peak, Colo., to which point he made the journey on foot for nearly the entire distance. After his return to Ohio he continued to be identified with farm work until the outbreak of the War of the Rebellion, when his youthful patriotism and loyalty prompted him to tender his services in the cause of the jeopardized Union. In October, 1861, at which time he was twenty-four years of age, Mr. Bishop enlisted as a private in Company H, Third Ohio cavalry, with which gallant command, whose record is one without blemish, he proceeded to the front, where the regiment became a part of the Army of the Potomac. The history of this regiment practically stands as the record of the army career of Mr. Bishop, who participated in virtually all conflicts in which his command was involved. He took part in twenty battles, besides numerous skirmishes and other minor engagements, and continued in active field duty until December, 1864, when he received his honorable discharge. After the close of the war Mr. Bishop was engaged in the operation of saw mills in Ohio for a period of three years, and he then turned his attention once more to agricultural pursuits. He became the owner of a fine farm in Chesterfield township, Fulton county, Ohio, and to the management of this estate he continued to give his active supervision until 18go, when he took up his residence in the village of Morenci, where he has since lived a retired life and where he is held in high esteem by all who know him. His political support is given to the principles and policies for which the Democratic party stands sponsor, and while residing on his farm he served for several terms as supervisor of Chesterfield township. He is a member of the Morenci post of the Grand Army of the Republic, and has been incumbent of several official stations in the same. He is a member of the United Brethren church, as was also his wife, who died Oct. 30, 1905, and whose mortal remains rest in beautiful Oak Grove cemetery at Morenci. Aug. 21, 1866, stands on record as the date which marked the marriage of Mr. Bishop to Miss Julia Ann Smith, who was born and reared in Fulton county, Ohio, and who was a daughter of Henry L. and Eunice (Dunlap) Smith, both of whom were natives of New Jersey, whence they removed to Fulton county, Ohio, in the pioneer days. Mr. Smith became one of the representative farmers of Chesterfield township and was a citizen of distinctive prominence and influence in the community. He remained on his old homestead until his death, as did also his wife_ In politics he was a staunch advocate of the principles of the Democratic party. In conclusion is entered-the following brief record concerning the children of Mr. and Mrs. Bishop, and it will be noted that all but one survive the loved and devoted mother: Arthur C. is a successful farmer in Chesterfield township, Fulton county. Ohio; William II. is identified with business interests in the village of Morenci; Charles F. died in childhood; James H. is a representative farmer of

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