Jerome B. McCutchen, justice of the peace of Troy Township, was born in Franklin County, Penn., May 24, 1840, and is the son of James and Catherine (Shook) McCutchen, both natives of the same county. By trade the father was a stonemason and a bricklayer, and, in 1856, he emigrated with his family to Troy Township, Wood Co., Ohio. He continued to make his home until his death, January 14, 1896, at Stony Ridge, where his wife departed this life September 12, 1888. They were parents of three sons, who grew to maturity, Jerome B., of this sketch, being the eldest. Samuel enlisted in Company K, 111th O. V. I., under Capt. Day, and was mustered into the United States service at Columbus, Ohio; like so many brave boys, he laid down his life on the altar of his country, being killed at Franklin, Tenn. James, who became a member of the same company in 1862, and served throughout the war, is now an engineer for Mr. Wagoner, at Stony Ridge.
In the common schools of Franklin county, Penn., Jerome B. McCutchen acquired his education, and at the age of sixteen came with his parents to Troy township, Wood county, where he has since continuously engaged in farming and school teaching. In 1861, in that township, was celebrated his marriage with Miss Catherine Furry, a native of Lake township, this county, and a daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Butler) Furry, who, at a very early day, came from the Keystone State to Lake township, where they passed away. Six children have been born to our subject and his wife; Margaret A., wife of Eugene C. Calkins, of Stony Ridge; Elizabeth, who died in 1892; Emma J.; Samuel A.; Carrie M., wife of E. H. Williams, of Pemberville; and Charles H.
With the exception of three years, Mr. McCutchen has been justice of the peace since 1866, discharging the duties of the office in a creditable and acceptable manner. Politically he is an ardent Democrat, twice being candidate of that party for probate judge, and for a number of years held the position of town clerk. Socially he is a member of Phoenix Lodge No. 123, F. &. A. M. For forty years he has witnessed the development and progress of the county, has aided materially in its advancement, and is numbered among its most popular and enterprising men.
“Wood county Ohio, Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1897”