George Washington TESTER
occ; Farmer, Horse breeder
b.22 January 1830, Hocking, OH
d.17 Feb 1902 Liberty, Henry, OH
Sophia SPANGLER (b.Aug 1831 OH)
m.19 June 1851 Allen, OH
Jacob TESTER (b.~1800 VA)?
children: TESTER

  1. Charles (b.~1853 OH)
  2. Jacob (b.~1855 OH)
  3. Mary Ann (b.~1858 OH)
  4. Peter (b.~1860 OH)
  5. Emma (b.~1862 OH)
  6. George Washington (b.~1865 OH)
  7. John (b.1867 OH)
Siblings: TESTER
  • Frederick (b.~1825 d.1894)
  • Catharine (b.~1825 d.1899)
  • Margaret (b.~1827 d.1892)
  • John (b.~1832 d.1893)
  • William (b.~1834 d.1912)
  • Elizabeth V. (b.~1837-d.1919)
  • Jacob Jr. (b.~1834/8? d.1903)
  • Samuel (b.~1840 d.1904)
  • Mary Ann (b.~1844 d.1917)
  • fact sources and writings about this individual:
    Transcribed records, from the research of Kevin Everingham of MI, 2012

    interesting circumstantial evidence; since George was born in Hocking County, Ohio in 1830, it's interesting to note that the only Tester in that area, was Jacob Tester in; Falls, Hocking County, Ohio according to the 1830 Census, having a total family of 4 males, & 4 females. So, Jacob is almost certainly George's father... In 1840 there were 4 Testers in Ohio; George, Samuel, William & Jacob,.. Jacob Tester was in German Township, Allen County, Ohio, and had 6 males and 5 females in his family... By 1850 the only Jacob Tester I can find is working on a farm in Moulton, Auglaize, Ohio and was born about 1834, I believe he is likely a son of the older Jacob Tester and probable brother of George. I am not sure where Jacob Tester Sr. was in 1850. The information above is my rationale linking George Washington Tester to Jacob Tester.

    1851 Marriage Record (Pg.69 #362)... George W. Tester & Sophia Spangler married 19 June 1851 at Allen, Ohio.

    1860 CENSUS Liberty Township, Henry, OH (pg 59)... George Tester.. (hard to read this census) NOTE: in 1860, "J. TESTER".. age 60 lived in German Township, Allen, OHIO and was born in Virginia... This may be George's father. (see George's marriage location & 1900 Census)

    1870 CENSUS Liberty, Henry County, Ohio ... G.W. Tester 40,.. Sophia 39,.. Charles 17,.. Jacob 15,.. Mary 12,.. Peter 10,.. Emma 8,.. George 6,.. John 3. (all born in OHIO)

    1880 CENSUS Liberty, Henry, Ohio (Page 46C #4199)... George Tester 50, b.OH,.. Sophia 49, wife,.. George 15, son,.. John 12, son.

    1882 The Democratic Northwest Newspaper, May 4th, 1882, Napoleon, Ohio... "The horse known as "Norman Bill", from Fremont, Ohio, is now owned by G.W. Tester, and will stand for the season of 1882 in Henry county. He is one of the finest all-purpose horses in the State." (see NORMAN BILL ad in this same paper)

    1885 Democratic Northwest Newspaper, April 9, 1885 (page 8).. "You should not fail to come and see the young Norman horse Taupe, No.2416 N.R.N.H., he is also recorded in the Perchan stud book of France as No.390. He is the first imported draft horse ever owned in Henry County. he is now owned by G.W. Tester & Son. We have also just purchased the $50 board Buckshot which we intend to use at the head of our herd and we also have some very fine sow pigs for sale, one of them is with pigs from the boar mentioned." G.W. Tester shows up in several newspapers in the 1880's buying and selling horses at county fairs.

    1891 Democratic Northwest Newspaper, Aug 13, 1891.. "social section; George W. Tester of Liberty township was in Napoleon Saturday."
    1891 Democratic Northwest Newspaper, Oct 8, 1891, Napoleon, OH.. "Patrons of Henry County meet in Napoleon... assembled in mass convention at the court house Saturday and placed in nomination by acclamation; Treasurer, Geo. W. Tester of Liberty."

    looks like George decided to retire in 1896
    1896 Democratic Northwest & Henry County News, August 20, 1896.. "Public sale - Having decided to quit farming, I will offer for sale at public auction, at my residence on the farm of G.W. Tester, 7 miles northeast of Napoleon, and 5 miles northwest of Liberty Center, on Tuesday, Aug 25th, 1896... one span of mares, 1 gelding 5yrs old, & one 6 yrs old, 2 cows, 1 brood sow, with pig; 8 head of shoats, 17 head of Oxford sheep, about 12 ton of hay, 10 acres of corn, a 2 horse wagon, 1 spring wagon, 1 shop made buggy, cultivators, harrows..etc."

    1900 CENSUS Liberty Township, Henry, Ohio (Page 9A, family #185).. George W. Tester 70, b.Jan 1830 OH, parents b.VA,.. Sophia Tester 69, b.Aug 1831 OH, wife, father b.PA, mother b.MD.

    1902 Henry County Death Record (Vol.5 pg.530)... Geo. W. Tester, 72, b.1830 Hocking, oH, occ: farmer, married, died 17 Feb 1902 at Liberty township, Henry County, Ohio . linked record;... 1902 Youngs Cemetery, Liberty Center, Henry County, Ohio.. "George Washington Tester, b.22 Jan 1830, died 17 Feb 1902., buried on his same lot is wife; Sophia Spangler Tester (1831-1922)." This gives us George's middle name and birth/death dates of him and Sophia.

    1915 OH Marriage Record ... George Tester "Jr." 50, b.Liberty, OH, s/o George Tester & Sophia Spangler, ... & .. Aria Cheeseman 51, b.New Berman, NY, d/o James Cheeseman & Julia M. Howe,... married 7 July 1915 at Lucas, Ohio.

    1939 Henry OH Death Record ... Geo. Washington Tester 74, married "Aria C. Tester",.. b.25 Jun 1865 at Liberty Center, OH,.. died 17 Nov 1939 at Liberty Center, Henry, OH, occ: carpenter,.. son of: Geo. Tester & Sophia Spangler... burial; 19 Nov 1939 at Young Cemetery. Youngs Cemetery, Liberty Center, Henry, OH ... NOTE: George Washington Tester (1865-1939) is buried next to Aria Cheeseman Tester (1863-1940) and Nellie M. Seymour Tester (1874-1912)... I believe Nellie was likely his first wife.

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