Hiram Roads, farmer; P. O. Painter Creek. The gentleman whose name heads this sketch, was born in Montgomery Co., Ohio, in July, 1838, and is a son of Jacob and Barbara Roads, natives of Ohio; his father is yet living; his mother departed this life in 1846; they were the parents of sixteen children, fourteen of whom are living. Our subjectís boyhood days were spent on his fatherís farm, and not until he was 25 years of age did he leave the parental roof to become an actor on the stage in the great drama of life; in 1864, he began his career by locating in this township on 75 acres of land, where he still resides; prosperity has crowned his efforts, and he is one of the largest landholders in the township, having about 300 acres under his control, all of which is in a good state of cultivation and highly improved. He was united in marriage with Sarah, daughter of John Hittle, Feb. 8, 1863; her parents were natives of Pennsylvania, afterward residents of Ohio. Mr. Hittle resides in Dayton; Mrs. Hittle is dead; they were the parents of five children. Mr. and Mrs. Roads are the parents of six children, viz., Mary C., John, Jacob, George, Jonas and Franklin. Mrs. Roads is a member of the German Baptist Church, and a consistent Christian woman.