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Surnames: JELLISON, ADAMS, HARTING
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Rev. John Jellison, residing on section 19, Howard Township, Wayne County, was born
September 30, 1827, a native of Mercer County, Pennsylvania, the eldest of ten children of
Joseph and Nancy R.(Adams)Jellison. He passed his youth in assisting with the work on his
father's farm and in attending the subscription schools of his native county, where he
lived till eighteen years of age. In 1845 he removed with his parents to Wood County,
Ohio, where they resided about fourteen years, removing thence to LaFayette County,
Wisconsin, and engaged in farming. Our subject was engaged in the hotel business for some
time at Warren, Jo Daviess County, Illinois. In 1871 he removed to Ellsworth County,
Kansas, where he improved some town property, and for some time was engaged in dealing in
cattle. In 1875 he traded his property in Kansas for his present farm in Howard Township,
which contains 206 acres of well-improved land, this being one of the oldest farms in the
township. When f!
ourteen years of age Mr. Jellison united with the Presbyterian church, beginning to preach
the gospel at the age of forty years. In 1881 he joined the Methodist church. He has
been an earnest and devoted worker in the cause of religion, having been a successful
minister of the gospel. Mr. Jellison was united in marriage September 21, 1848, to
Barbara Ann Harting, of Pennsylvania, a daughter of Jacob and Susan Harting. Eight
children have been born to this union, of whom five are living-E. W., Florence L., Ida L.,
Eva and Albert. Celesta E., Alica A. and William J. are deceased.
Biographical and Historical Record of
Wayne and Appanoose Counties P-285
Interstate Publishing Co.