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Frank A. (Francis) Dittoe
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DITTOE, FRANK A., born May 9th, 1849, merchant, Somerset, Ohio. On his birth day, 1882, was married to Miss Mary E., daughter of Hon. W. E. Finck, of Somerset. His father was Jacob Dittoe, a native of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, who came to Somerset with Frank's grandfather Joseph Dittoe, in 1813. The great grandmother, whose name was also Joseph, came from Alsace, France, where the name is spelled De Toe. Jacob Dittoe had an uncle John, who went to the State of New York,---Francis, who died in Pickaway county, Ohio; Anthony, who died in Perry county, Ohio; Peter, who lived and died in Virginia,---all of whom were brothers of Joseph Dittoe, the grandfather of Frank. The mother of Jacob, and grandmother of Frank, was, in her maiden days, a Miss Helen Grimm. The uncles of Frank A. Dittoe were: John, a farmer of Perry, who died up in ninety years of age, in Perry county, Ohio; Michael, a carpenter, who died single, in New Orleans, about the year 1829; Joseph, who was drowned in the Mississippi River a few years prior to the death of Michael, and Anthony
Dittoe, the youngest brother of Jacob, who died in Edgar county, Illinois. Frank's father, Jacob Dittoe, was married in 1826 to Miss Sarah Cain, by Rev. N. D. Young. The daughters born to this wedlock
were: Sarah and Mary, of Washington, D. C., where the latter deceased; Miss Lizzie and Eugenia, of Somerset, Ohio; Margaret, wife of William Dittoe, a lawyer of Davenport, Iowa; and Cecelia, wife of
Hon. T. P. Cox, of Lancaster, Ohio. The sons were: Frank A., the subject of this sketch, John, and William, who died at the family homestead, in Somerset, sole and unmarried, and M. J. Dittoe, who went to the City of New York nearly thirty years ago, engaged as carpenter and architect, never married, and amassed a large fortune, which he divides liberally with his only surviving brother, Frank A., and the kindred of his household. In 1879 the writer obtained the following facts from the lips of Jacob Dittoe, then in his seventy-eighth year: There was not a house on Columbus street, Somerset, in 1813, and not one brick house in all the town. It had two taverns, and one dry goods store. Then, too, there was not a house in Zanesville from the present site of the court house there to the river bank---all commons, cow pasture, etc. Then Lancaster had but two dry goods stores, and the "Ohio Eagle " newspaper, St. Joseph's being the first Catholic church in Ohio. There came thither, not only the sons and daughters of the church to worship, but to enter the holy bonds of wedlock. Then,
as now, no loyal daughter of the church would marry Catholic or Protestant husband who refused to be united in wedlock by a priest of Mother Church. Here the elder Thomas Ewing, afterwards the great
jurist, lawyer, and statesman, of Lancaster, came to marry his wife, a Catholic daughter of Hugh Boyle, Clerk of Fairfield Common Pleas Court. Mr. Ewing had no notion of doing without a beautiful and
charming wife because of such exacting rules of his wife's church, since these did not bind him to become a Catholic, but only the husband of a Catholic wife, which latter was agreeable to his preferences. It is a singular fact that the same priest. Rev. N. D. Young, who performed the marriage service, also performed the funeral service of this well known man. from this biography, we have the following:

Projenitor Joseph Dittoe aka DeToe from Alsace, France.

Peter, "lived and died in VA"
Joseph, m. Helen Grimm
John, "went to NY"
Francis, "died in Pickaway Co., Oh"
Anthony, "died in Perry Co., Oh"
Note: in addition to these children, Riley's book shows
Jacob, m. Catherine Finck.

The biography then continues with the children of Joseph Dittoe & Helen Grimm:
Anthony, "youngest brother of Jacob, died in Edgar Co., IL"
Joseph, "drowned in the Mississippi River a few years prior to 1829"
Jacob, "native of Lancaster, PA, m. Sarah Cain in 1826" - and was living, and gave testimony for the bio, in 1879.
John, "a farmer in Perry Co., Oh, died [prior to 1883] up in 90 years of age"
Michael, "a carpenter, died single in NY c. 1829"

Next the children of Jacob and Sarah Cain are shown:
John, "died [before 1883] in Somerset unmarried"
William, "died [before 1883] in Somerset unmarried"
M. J., "went to NY c. 1853, amassed a fortune, was carpenter and architect"...implies is only living sibling of Frank as of 1883.
Cecelia, "wife of Hon. T. P. Cox, of Lancaster, PA"
Margaret, "married William Dittoe, a Lawyer of Davenport, IA"
Frank A., subject of the bio: b. 9 May 1849, married Mary E. Fink in 1882
Sarah, "of Washington, DC"
Mary, "of Washington, DC, where she died [before 1883].
Lizzie, "of Somerset"
Eugenia, "of Somerset"



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