John Emerick born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 1781 came to Ohio in 1821, and settled on the farm now owned by Lewis Chesroun. He was a wagon-maker and blacksmith by trade, and followed that business about twelve years in Ohio; when he gave it up and was engaged in farming until the time of his death, which occurred in 1874. He married Mary Troutman, of Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
For several years he held the office of trustee in Lake Township, and although not a member of any church, contributed largely to the building and support of all the churches in his vicinity. He was the father of nine children, six of whom are living: Drusilla, wife of William North, Mary, wife of George Cornell, Christina, wife of Simon Topper, George, who married Sarah Guthrie, Rebecca, wife of Michael Otto, and Alexander, who married Mary A. Yocum.