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 Ephriam Quinby,  practically the first settler and founder of Warren, was born in New Jersey, May 11, 1766. He married Ammi Blackmore, at Brownsville, in 1795, and settled in Washington county, Pennsylvania; then removed to Trumbull county in 1799, at which time the family consisted of three children, Nancy, Samuel, and Abrilla. Seven children were born in Warren - Elizabeth, William, Mary G., James, Warren B., Ephriam Jr., Charles A., and George. Mr. Quinby during his lifetime was a man of considerable prominence in the community and acquired considerable wealth by the fortunate location of his land. He served several years as associate judge of the common pleas court and took an active part in organizing the county. His life was devoted chiefly to dealing in real estate and farming. His death occurred June 4, 1850. Mrs. Amma Quinby died March 16, 1833. Four of the family are yet living - Nancy, wife of Joseph H. Larwell, Wooster, Ohio; Mary G. Spellman, Wooster, Ohio; Warren B., Warren, Ohio, and George, Wooster, Ohio. Warren B. Quinby has always made his home in Warren. He married in 1840 Rebecca Hixon, daughter of Timothy Hixon, who settled here in 1812 on a farm, and died in 1868. They have had two children, both dead - Ephraim and Amma Elizabeth. Samuel Quinby, oldest son of Ephraim Quinby, was born in Pennsylvania, November 27, 1794. His name is first found in business annals in 1814, as a member of the firm of James White & Co., publishers of The Trump of Fame. He was again connected with the paper from 1817 to 1819.

Having received the appointment of receiver of moneys derived from the sale of United States public lands, Mr. Quinby removed to Wooster, Ohio, in 1819. The land office for the district of Northwestern Ohio was then located at that place. The office was abolished during Van Buren's administration in 1840. Mr. Quinby returned to Warren. While at Wooster he had been a candidate on the Whig ticket for Representative in Congress, but the district being Democratic he was defeated. On returning to Warren he was chosen secretary and treasurer of the Ohio and Pennsylvania canal, which office he held for several years. Outside of official business Mr. Quinby was otherwise actively employed. He dealt largely in real estate, and directed farming operations. He was on of the original stockholders in the Western Reserve bank, as was also his father, and was elected to the directorship in 1817. Considerable outside business, such as the settlement of estates in probate, was transacted by him. Mr. Quinby was an active politician. He served two terms in the Ohio Senate, first in 1844-45, and again in 1862-1863. He married at Steubenville, December 30, 1819, Lucy Potter. Two daughters by this marriage are living, Elizabeth (Stiles) and Abigail (Haymaker), both of Warren.

Elizabeth Quinby, the daughter of Ephraim Quinby, Sr., was married to Dr. Heaton, of Warren. She died in Warren. William Quinby was recorded of Trumbull county a number of years and afterwards engaged in mercantile business in Warren, where he died. James was also in trade in Warren, then removed to New Lisbon, where he died. Ephraim, Jr., settled at Wooster, Ohio, being at the time of his death the wealthiest man in the place. Charles A., died in Warren.

History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties, Ohio - 1882

Chapter X - Biographical Sketches p.306-307

Submitted by Theresa Davids

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