ALONZA HAVINGTON ENNES—OLIVE BIRD
Hivington Ennes, eldest son of William and Margaret SnellEnneswas born
at Schenectady, York State, November 17, 1819. In 1834 he moved with his
parents to what later became York Center, York township, Union County,
Ohio. Here at the age of sixteen, he taught school and helped his father
19, 1846, Alonzo H. Ennes married Olive Bird in Union County. Rev. D. Dudley
performed the ceremony.
parents came from York State in 1819, to Cuyahoga County, Ohio, near Cleveland.
There they lived for several years, Then they moved to Logan County, Ohio,
where on November 17, 1827, Olive was born. She was an only daughter in
a large family of boys. In 1839, the Bird family moved from Logan County
to a farm in Washington township in Union County, Ohio, about five miles
southeast of Mount Victory. Here the family grew. Many Birds served, and
two died as Union soldiers in the Civil War. One of Olive Bird’s brothers
Gorham, became one of Union County’s prominent citizens.
marriage, Alonzo and Olive Ennes lived in Union County until 1865. He taught
school and farmed. Here they had the following children:
They then moved to Henry County in February 1865,
where Sarah Olive Ennes was born September 11 of that year.
1860’s, Texas Henry County, Ohio was a thriving village with mills and
factories. Texas was located on the Miami and Erie Canal which ran from
Toledo to Cincinnati. It was about 25 miles up the Mammee River from Toledo.
Here on April 14,1865, Alonzo Havington Ennes and wife Olive purchased
204 acres for $7000.00 cash from Buel G. Fish and his wife Elizaaccording
to the records in the office of register of deeds, in volume 11, page 309,
at Napoleon, Ohio.
property in Washington township, north of the Canal and bordering Texas
on the east, Alonzo and his wife Olive lived and died.Olive Ennes and her
baby died here in childbirth on the sixth of June, 1869, at age of 41.
It is said that her death inspired her son, Lincoln, who was only 9 at
the time to become a doctor for there were no doctors available at his
mother’s death. As a result, Lincoln graduated from two of America’s medical
schools, Michigan and Long Island College of Medicine.
Havington Ennes died Jan. 6, 1879. On New Years Day that year while butchering
hogs, he cut his hand and blood poisoning set in. Doctor Hag was out of
town. His son Lincoln was in medical school and no other doctors were available.