John McConnell was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, and settled in Orange Township, Ohio, in 1818. He settled near his brothers, William and Thomas. During the war of 1812 he served three months and was a brave defender of the cause, for which he received a land warrant about 1856. Mr. McConnell had been a border scout from 1790 to Wayne’s great victory at Fallen Timbers in 1794. He became famous as a hunter and Indian fighter. At the hands of the red men he hah lost many friends, and felt bitter toward the whole race, and never let an opportunity to avenge his wrongs pass.
The Delawares, Miamis, Shawnees and Wyandots often fell before his unerring rifle. He ranged the forest far and near on his hunting excursions, and was as much feared as Brady, Sprott or Poe. He became quite famous as a hunter and often camped in the forests along Black River and the Mahoning for weeks, and when the settlers became numerous, like Kenton and Wetsel, he became restless and pushed off to northwest Ohio, and finally sought a home in the forests of Michigan, where he could indulge his tastes in pursing the wild deer and other game. His fame as a hunter still followed him as he ranged the forests. Often he camped out during the hunting season, weeks at a time. Finally the old man, weary of hunting, was gathered to his fathers about 1863, aged about eighty years.
Thomas McConnel was not so noted as a hunter. He was a lover of fine horse and was fond of caring for that noble animal. He settled in Michigan, choosing the wild scenes of that country, like John, in preference to the more thickly settled parts of Ohio, where he survived until he has arrived at the age of seventy-five years.
William died when about forty-five years of age, and left a young family. Hon. George McConnell, the oldest son of William, resides in Orange Township. He is a thrifty farmer, and by good management and industry has accumulated a valuable homestead of nearly eight hundred acres. For the last few years he had dealt largely in sheep. He is a leading farmer in his part of the township. In politics he is influential and has been twice commissioner of the county, and made an efficient and prudent officer, guarding well the treasury of the people. During the war of 1861-5 he was elected a member of the legislature, and sustained his reputation as a careful and discreet member of that body. He was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania March 15, 1811, and married Miss Narcissa Cox about 1850. They have two living sons, Elza and John.
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