HISTORY OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

SURNAMES BEGINNING WITH "O"

     OLIVER,. W. W., blacksmith, Baltimore; born in the city of New
York, February 9, 1826; son of Thomas and Sarah (Lamberson)
Oliver. Was married to Eliza Bury, June 28, 1849, who died 
February 27, 1867. They had six children, viz. : William H., born June
27, 1851 ; Edward W., born February 25, 1853 ; John O., born May 14,
1859; Olie O., born February 18, 1860; Francis B., born January 18,
1862, and Tillie, born June 18, 1866. Mr. Oliver was married to Mary
Baker, June 26, 1869; had two children, Rosa E., born January 22,
1872, and Charles F., born October 1, 1876. Mr. Oliver was in Company 
K, Seventeenth Ohio Regiment; was with Sherman on his march
to the sea. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. both subordinate and
encampment.
     ORMAN, HENRY, builder and contractor, Lancaster. He was born
in Maryland, June 15, 1804. After acquiring a common school education, 
at the age of fourteen he commenced an apprenticeship of seven
years and combined the trades of cabinet maker and carpenter. Before 
fully completing it he started on foot for Ohio, in 1823, reaching
Somerset, Perry county. He remained there until April, 1824., when he
came to Lancaster, working as journeyman. He then worked on the
old market house then in course of erection, receiving eighteen dollars
per month and board. He began the building and contracting business
in 1826, and continued successfully until retiring from active life in 
recent years. He is a vigorous and genial old gentleman. Although
never desiring public office he was a member of the city council one
term. He has been a member of the Masonic order since 1826, and is
an exemplary member of the English Lutheran church. He was united 
in marriage February 23, 1828, to Ann Beck. Mrs. Orman was
born in Lancaster in 1808. To them have been born eight children, of
whom five are living, viz. : Henry Jr., is a carpenter and resident of
Arcadia, California; Jacob B., Thomas and George, compose the firm
of J. B. Orman & Brothers, and Ellen still at home. Jacob B. Orman,
the senior member of the enterprising firm of Orman Brothers, was
born in Lancaster, January 14, 1834, where he acquired a fair education, 
subsequently learning the carpenter trade, which he followed until
1862, when he was appointed Quartermaster of the Ninetieth O.V.I., and
with that regiment took part in many hard fought battles, including
Stone River, Chickamauga and the campaign to Atlanta. He was
also at Franklin, and at Nashville was promoted to the captaincy in the
Quartermaster's department in 1864, serving until the close of the war.
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in 1868. This firm deals extensively in lumber, sash, doors, blinds and
building material, also conducting a plaining mill. Mr. J. B. Orman is
an active member of the order of Free Masons, also the G. A. R.
George, the youngest son of Henry Orman, was also a member of a
Fairfield county regiment during the rebellion, and served during the
war, the greater part of the time being on detached duty at Columbus
and Washington.
     ORTMAN, SIMON, retired. Walnut township. He was born in 
Frederick county, Maryland, April 28, 1811; the only son of Jacob and
Mary (Brown) Ortman. Jacob Ortman, a native of Maryland, was
born September 17, 1783, and came with his wife and three children to
Ohio in 1825. They settled in Walnut township on the place now owned
by Frank Foster. He purchased one-fourth section of land, partially
improved. In 1832 he built the residence still occupied on the place.
He raised a family of three children. He was a member of the Methodist 
Episcopal church. He owned at his death some two hundred and
fifty acres of land. He died October 2, 1849; his widow in April, 1854.
Simon Ortman, after completing his education, engaged in farming.
He married May 22, 1834, Miss Elsie, daughter of Rev. James Hooper,
a former itinerant preacher in the Methodist Episcopal church, and a
resident of Perry county. Mrs.Ortman was born in Perry county,
September 26, 1813. Mr. Ortman became a resident of Perry county
after his marriage, until 1868, when he came to New Salem and lived
three years. In the spring of 1872 he returned to the farm and
lived there five years, when he returned to New Salem and built the
fine residence in which he resides. To his first marriage were born
three children, viz.: Maggie, who is the wife of M. C. Bugh; she
died in 1878, in her twenty-second year; Benson C., a merchant of
New Salem, and one who died in infancy. The first Mrs. Ortman died
October 1, 1875. In 1877 he was united in marriage to Louisa Baker,
who lived three years after marriage; she died September 22, 1880.
June 1,. 1882, he was married to Mrs. Mary E. Darnell, daughter of
John R. Connell, of Adams county, Ohio. Mr. Ortman was licensed
as local preacher of the Methodist Episcopal church in 1852. Mrs.
Ortman, when married to Mr. Ortman, was the mother of one son,
Wilber M. Darnell, born September 9, 1863, who resides with his 
parents.
     OUTCALT, JAMES, Lancaster. He is the oldest son of John and
Mary A. (Clark) Outcalt. John Outcalt was born in New Jersey in
1812. He came with his parents to Ohio in 1820. They settled in
Hocking township, where they lived for a number of years; thence
removing to Liberty, and purchasing the farm now owned by Joseph
Snider. In 1853 John Outcalt changed his place of residence, selecting 
for his home the farm. It is now owned and occupied by his son,
and there his widow still resides. Mrs. Outcalt is a lady of sixty-five
years, though appearing many years younger. She is a lady of fine
culture, and held in the highest esteem by her many friends. John
Outcalt died September 22, 1878. James secured a good education.
During the winter months he taught school, and in the summer assisted
at home. In 1858 he engaged in clerking in Morrow county. He
remained here until the fall of 1861, when he enlisted in the Seven-

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teenth O. V. I. He was in active service three years, and participated
in the battles of Stone River, Chickamauga, and Atlanta. He was
also with Sherman on his famous march to the sea. When his term of
enlistment had expired, he re-enlisted and took part in the grand review 
at Washington. At the close of the war he had attained the rank
of First Lieutenant, and was also Acting Quartermaster a part of the
time while in the service. . He returned to civil life in July, 1865. Mr.
Outcalt engaged in mercantile business in Crawford and Morrow counties 
until the spring of 1880. when he returned to Fairfield county. He
was united in marriage in May, 1868, to Miss Mary J. Lyon, of Morrow
county. Mr. and Mrs. Outcalt are the parents of three children-
Bertha M., Edwin C. and J. Milton. The family are members of the
Baptist Church. Mr. Outcalt is also a member of the Masonic
order.
     OUTCALT, GILBERT, farmer, Liberty township. He was born in
Middlesex county, New Jersey, October 12, 1803; son of John T. and
Mary (Taylor) Outcalt. He came with his parents to Ohio in 1820,
settling in Liberty township, on the farm now owned by G. W. Reelhorn. 
Gilbert improved such educational advantages as were offered in
New Jersey. In Liberty township he assisted his father in clearing
their farm, remaining at home until his marriage to Miss Nancy Campbell, 
in March, 1826. She was born in Rockingham county, Virginia,
January 10, 1808. For some years the young couple resided on the old
Campbell farm, Mrs. Outcalt falling heir to a portion of the old place
at the death of her father. Mr. and Mrs. Outcalt removed to
Columbus in 1868, remaining there until their return to their former
residence in 1878. The home farm contains one hundred and fifty
acres, finely cultivated. Mr. Outcalt is engaged largely in raising and
selling stock. Of the ten children in this family, two died in infancy;
Andrew, who was born in 1827, died in August, 1863; Mary Catharine
is now the wife of  G. Zone, of Columbus ; Harvey C. is a resident of
Columbus; Henry D. resides upon the home place; Thomas J. is an
assistant in the post office at Columbus ; A. Judson and Hiram are 
connected with the Deaf and Dumb Asylum at Columbus ; Sarah was the
wife of Alfred Farranger. She died in February, 1876, leaving one
son, Claude, who is now residing with his grandparents. Four of Mr.
Outcalt's sons rendered able assistance during the late war. Thomas,
Henry and Judson enlisted in the Seventeenth O. V. I., and participated 
in all the engagements of that regiment for three years. A. Judson 
was wounded at the battle of Lookout Mountain ; Thomas lost an
arm in the engagement at Murfreesboro. Hiram served with the one
hundred day men. The family are members of the Baptist Church.

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