Melzer Tannerhill was born in Frederick, county Maryland, July 12, 1716.
He emigrated to what is now Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and located near Pittsburgh in the year 1777, during the Revolutionary war. He married Miss Eleanor Lile, March 23, 1790. He emigrated to Jefferson county, Ohio, in 1805, and in September, 1811, removed to Green township, in what is now Ashland county, and located on section twenty-three, where he resided over fifty years. He was one of the first commissioners of Richland County in 1813. In 1812 he was assessor of Knox County. He was subsequently a justice of the peace for Green Township. During the exciting scenes of 1812, after the assassinations on the Black fork, he took a vigilant part in preparing to repel any future assaults by the savages. He deceased April 24, 1851. He was an exemplary and upright man, and had been a regular attendant upon the services of the Presbyterian Church for many years. His family consisted of five sons and five daughters. Two sons and three daughters yet survive.
Charles Tannehill was born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, January 30, 1792. He emigrated with his father's family in 1811, and assisted in improving the homestead in Green Township. During the border troubles of 1812, he served as a soldier in a company recruited in Knox County, Ohio, by Captain Greer, and participated in all the dangers incident to border life. In June 1814, he married Miss Mary, daughter of Allen Oliver, and located on section twenty-seven, where he resided over fifty years. He died at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. Joseph Cathcart, in Portage County, Indiana, November 26, 1875, at the advanced age of eighty-four years. His remains were brought to Perrysville for interment, and now rest beside those of the wife of his youth, who had preceded him to the grave. He was a member of the Disciple church. His family consisted of twelve children, nine sons and three daughters. Four sons and two daughters survived him. Mr. Adamson Tannerhill, the oldest son, resides in Hicksville, Defiance County, Ohio. He was born July 1, 1815, and is the oldest living native Of Green township,
Melzer Tannerhill, jr., second son of Melzer sr., was born in Butler county, Pennsylvania, June 18, 1801, and removed with his father's family to Jefferson county, Ohio, and thence to Green township in 1811, and assisted in improving the old homestead. He is now seventy-five years old, and quite rugged. He writes a fair hand, and may survive many years. He is an influential farmer, and takes a lively interest in the improvement of the county. His recollections of the days of the pioneers are quite vivid. At the organization of the pioneer and historical society of Ashland County in 1875, he communicated many interesting incidents, and became a member. He says the following pioneers were citizens of Green township at the arrival of his father's family in 1811: George Pierce, John Davis, George and Abram Baughman, John Murphy, Joseph Jones, Sylvester Fisher, Ebenezer Rice, Solomon Hill, Josiah L. Hill, Moses Adsit, Thomas Coulter, Allen Oliver and Jeremiah Conine, and their families. In the fall of 1812, when the Indians became hostile, the settlers erected strong cabins and blockhouses for their protection. Some three or four families having friends at Clinton, Knox County, removed there for greater safety. There was no stampede, as some state. All the settlers except the ones named, remained and occupied their own place of defense.