William Vermilya (William J.) was born in Delaware County, New York, in the year 1803. January 21,1829, he was married to Ruth W. Benson, by whom he had nine children: Frances, Emily, Phila, Eliza, Sidney, Elkanah, Chancey, John and Albert. In 1838 he came to Ohio, and settled in Ruggles Township, three miles north of Savannah. He died at the age of seventy-six. But two sons survive. John was married January 2, 1868 to Mary Frizzel, and resides near Ashland. In the fall of 1879 he was elected justice of the peace, his father having held the office a number of years before he died.
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