RYNER, JOSIAH (deceased); farmer and stockraiser; Cold Brook Township, (postoffice address Cold Brook); was of German and Pennsylvania Dutch stock, which have pro vided two strains of our national blood which have been potent for our material and intellectual progress.
He was born in Montgomery County, Penn., November 19, 1820, a son of Jacob and Rachel (Spencer) Ryner, both natives of that county, where James and Elizabeth (Smith) Spencer, his mother's parents, were born. Nicholas Ryner, father of Jacob Ryner and grandfather of the subject of this sketch, lived out his days in Pennsylvania, and after his death Jacob farmed in Livingston County, New York, until 1828, when he removed to Ohio, where he prospered eleven years. July 28, 1839, he located eight miles northeast of Monmouth, where he died aged sixty-five years, his widow surviving him until she was eighty- six years old.
Josiah Ryner was educated in the district schools near his father's home, and began farming for himself in 1845 on eighty acres of land in Section 35, Kelly Township, which he purchased and on which he lived until 1869, when he bought in addition 160 acres in Section 3, Cold Brook Township. From time to time he added to his landed estates until he finally owned twelve hundred acres. A Democrat in polities he was elected Highway Commissioner and Township Trustee.
His wife, who is a member of the Adventist Church and whom he married in Kelly Township, April 21, 1847, was Julia Ann Paddock, who was born in Harrison County, Ind., December 3, 1824, a daughter of Joseph and Mary (Gilliand) Paddock. Her father was born August 5, 1779; her mother, May 9, 1781, and they were married September 9. 1799. He died January 29, 1865; she June 10, 1847. Mr. Paddock served in the War of 1812 with the rank of Colonel and, in the 'thirties and 'forties, did considerable surveying in Illinois and Iowa. He was a son of Jonathan and Keziah (Smith) Paddock and a grandson of Reuben and Rebecca (Hand) Paddock. To Mr. and Mrs. Ryner were born ten children as follows: F. M., Rebecca, Emeline, Sherman, Marshall, Imogene, Albert, George and one who died in infancy. Imogene, Albert and George are also dead.
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