text-books began farming. He remained at home until twenty-five years of age, after which he purchased ninety acres of land on section 31, Pittsfield township, where he now resides. He carries on general farming and stock-raising, making a specialty of hogs and cattle. He keeps thoroughbred Poland China hogs and also raises a high grade of cattle. In all of his work he has displayed close application and unremitting diligence as well as good business discernment.
In 1877 Mr. Mays was married to Miss Cenith Townsend, who was formerly a school teacher. She was born in Pike county and is a daughter of William and Nancy R. Townsend, both of whom are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Mays have no children of their own, but have reared an adopted daughter, Esther McClintock Mays, who has received from them the care, love and attention which would have been given to an own child. She became a member of their household in 1895, when seven years of age. She is a great lover of music, possessing much natural talent in that direction, and she is a graduate of the Pike county schools. Mr. Mays was formerly a democrat, but is now independent in his political affiliation. He belongs to lodge No. 453, A. F. & A. M., of New Hartford, and to Summer Hill camp, No. 1053, M. W. A. He and his wife are members of the Methodist church. He is now taking life in a somewhat easy manner, having acquired a competence that relieves him from the most arduous cares of farm work. His excellent qualities of manhood endear him to those with whom he has come in contact and he is one of the representative citizens of his community. He has read extensively, keeping well informed on questions of the day, political and otherwise, and is a pleasant companion and gentleman of genial and social disposition, who has gained many friends.
WILLIAM H. DUNHAM
William H. Dunham has since 1891 resided upon his present farm in New Salem township and in connection with general agricultural pursuits he is engaged in buying and selling hogs and cattle. Numbered among the native sons of the county, his birth occurred near Maysville, on the 9th of July, 1859, his parents being Nathaniel and Mary (Kiser) Dunham. The father came from Ohio to Pike county about 1844. His birth had occurred in Warren county, Ohio, on the 14th of February, 1834, and he was therefore a youth of ten years when he accompanied his parents on their removal to this state. The paternal grandfather, Lewis Dunham, was born September 12, 1802, and was a cooper by trade, but devoted the greater part of his time and attention to agricultural pursuits after removing to the west. He died September 14, 1866. As a pioneer resident he was well known in the county and he aided in the early development and substantial improvement of this part of the state.
Nathaniel Dunham was here reared and educated. He bore the usual hardships and privations of pioneer life and shared with the family in the arduous task of developing a new farm. On the 26thof October, 1854, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary A. Kiser, a daughter of Daniel Kiser, who settled in Pike county in 1844. Mrs. Dunham was born in Warren county, Indiana, on the 3d of May, 1838, and remained under the parental roof until she went to her husband's home. She has been to him a faithful companion and helpmate on life's journey. Mr. Dunham for many years engaged in general farming and stock-raising. He owned about four hundred acres of rich and productive land and for many years resided in the vicinity of Maysville, while at the present time he and his wife make their home in a town, where he is now retired from active business cares. He votes with the democracy and both he and his wife are members of the United Brethren church, in which Mr. Dunham is serving as a trustee. They take an active and helpful part in the work of the church and are interested in all that tends to the moral development as well as the material progress of the community. Mr. Dunham has reached the age of seventy-two years, while his wife has passed the sixty-ninth milestone on life's journey. In their family were seven children, five of whom are yet living: Daniel, who resides in New Salem township; William H.; Louis O.,