Wesley J. Mast

Wesley J. Mast[1, 2, 3]

Male 1825 - 1914  (89 years)    Has 25 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Wesley J. Mast 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 13 Feb 1825  Montgomery Co., OH, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Sep 1914  Paris, Union, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 27 Sep 1914  West Milton, Miami Co., OH, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I203054  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2001 

    Father Absalom Mast,   b. Nov 1796, Randolph Co., NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1877, West Milton, Miami Co., OH, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Mother Mary John,   b. 5 Mar 1799, Bedford, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1846, Union, Montgomery, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Married 11 Sep 1817 
    Siblings 9 siblings 
    Family ID F83296  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Pickering,   b. 26 Oct 1831, West Milton, Miami Co., OH, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1908  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 7 Jul 1847 
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2001 
    Family ID F83297  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Wesley worked on his father's farm until age 21. He started life by opening a Hotel in West Milton, which building still stands across the street from the McDonalds Restaraunt in West Milton, Ohio. His home was where the McDonald's was built about 1994. They have a beautiful oil painting of his home in that fast food restaraunt.

      After a ten year period, he change to dealing in stock and a livery stable. He is in the deed records for Union Twp., Miami Co., Ohio in 1850, 1851, 1860. He appears to have two wives in the county records. He and Nancy sold lot 38 in Milton, Miami Co., Ohio in 1851. In 1860, he and Sarah sold land in Union Twp., Miami Co., Ohio. This does not coincide with the marriage date I have for him and Sarah of 1847, so it's a mystery yet to be determined. In 1855 he was in a criminal Probate Court case in that same county. In 1859, he became a dealer in lightning rods. (C-670)

      An account of this families life and their lightening rod business comes from a large article in the Troy Daily News entitled "First Lightning Rods made at Early West Milton Shop". I'll quote the most significant parts.

      "When in 1801 the group of Quakers and their friends decided to quit North Carolina and seek new homes in the Northwest Territory, among them was David Mast. He brought along with him, his wife Nancy and their six children, the youngest, Absalom, being about 5 years old. In 1817 Absalom married Mary John and they became the parents of four sons and five daughters. Two of the sons, Wesley J. and Johnson P. became early businessmen of the village....

      Wesley J. Mast , together with his brother Johnson P. became interested in Rayburn and the lightning rod business and came to the aid of this man with financial backing and started what is believed to be the first plant in the world for the manufacturing of lightning rods. ... The concern grew and prospered, and in the hey-dey of its career, boasted of having more than thirty lightning rod wagons traversing Ohio and adjoining states. Thousands of residents of the middle west can remember these long, narrow wagons, loaded with bright and shining copper rods, glistening weather vanes and prancing steel horses in miniature, the latter serving as ornaments of rods erected above the roofs of those considered "well-to'do".

      For years the name of "Mast" led the field, despite the fact that competition sprang up throughout the east. ... Always the West Milton plant ... kept steadily ahead of all others in the way of new inventions and patents. ... To get raw materials from the Pennsylvania mills where it was rolled, the Masts had to bring it in ... down the Ohio River and up to Dayton by canal boat.

      Louis LaVake Mast, in the year 1900, succeeded his father, taking over the plant bearing his name with which he was quite familiar, since he was born and brought up with the business. ... " (C-374) (Note, the Mast family seemed to own the plant through the undated time of this article at least 1943 or later, and had spread their business to include the making of sign posts and other patents.)

  • Sources 
    1. [S1692] Beers, W.H., History of Miami Co., OH, (W.H. Beers & Co., 1880).

    2. [S1698] Miami Valley Index, Preble County Library.

    3. [S2332] Montgomery Co. OH Chancery Records, (copy located at the Ohio Historical Society Library in Columbus, Ohio).


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