Birth: December 16, 1861, Vienna, Trumbull County, Ohio
From Harriet Taylor Upton, A Twentieth Century History of Trumbull County, Ohio, A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, Its People, and Its Principal Interests (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1909), Volume 2, pp. 243-244.
WILBER C. SCOVILL, one of the representative farmers cultivating the rich and productive soil of Vienna township, Trumbull county, is a native of the place on which he now lives, born there December 16, 1861, a son of Samuel and Mary A. (Kratzley) Scovill. His mother was born in Connecticut, November 26, 1818, and the father in New Jersey, July 5, 1817. When eight years of age he accompanied his parents to Ohio. The paternal grandfather, Obediah Scovill, located in the southeastern part of Vienna township, on a farm which he cleared up from out the forest land and there resided many years and finally died there. The maternal grandfather, Kratzley, came here when Mrs. Scovill was about five years of age; he located two miles east of Vienna Center on a farm. The grandfather died there and the grandmother died in Howland township about 1873, at which time she was residing with her son John. The grandmother Scovill died at the old homestead. The father remained at home until he reached his majority. He was a carpenter by trade, and married when about twenty-three years of age. He then bought a farm in Howland township and remained there until 1854, then sold and purchased the place on which his son, of whom this biography treats, now lives. Here the father continued to live until his death, May 5, 1881, aged sixty-three years and ten months. His faithful wife died October 12, 1889. this worthy couple were the parents of five children, as follows; Emma, wife of Lehman Ferry, who now resides in Tennessee; Lucius H., residing in Vienna township, a retired veteran; Frederick C., died at nine years of age in 1861; Marshall J., residing in Fowler and is in the undertaker's business; Wilber C., of this notice, the youngest in the family. Mr. Scovill's brother, Lucius H., served three years in the Civil war as a soldier from Ohio.
Concerning the career of Wilber C. Scovill it may be stated that he attended the common schools in Vienna township. He commenced the conflict of life for himself, when about nineteen years of age, by working on the farm for others for a time. he married when twenty-one years and purchased the old homestead of ninety-eight acres and a fraction on March 10, 1883. When he first left the paternal roof he worked at Youngstown, Ohio, and also did mill work until he bought the old homestead, since which time he has lived on it continuously and expects to spend his days there. He raises grain and some stock.
January 29, 1883, marked a new era in his life, for it was upon that day that he was united in marriage to Maggie Heaps, born in Hubbard township, Trumbull county, ohio, September 18, 1865, a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Russell) Heaps, both of whom were natives of Scotland and who came to America in the early sixties, locating in Hubbard township. the father was a miner. After about two years they returned to Scotland, remained there three and a half years and came back to Hubbard township, this county. In 1871 the father bought a farm in Vienna township, the exact date being July 3. The mother died there April 13, 1906, and the father still lives on the old place, which consists of fifty-seven acres. He has retured and this farm is carried on by his son. In the Heaps famly, of which Mrs. Scovill is a daughter, the children were: William engaged in the livery business in Salem, Ohio; Elizabeth, wife of John Schaffer, residing in Hubbard township, on a farm; Maggie (Mrs. Scovill); robert, residing with his father; John, residing in Vienna township, on a farm; Jennie, wife of Hugh Bartholomew, residing on a farm in Brookfield township; Mary, wife of Jackson Vasey, residing in Vienna township, where he is a blacksmith; Andrew, of Vienna township; James, residing with his father; Mary Jane, deceased.
In his church faith, Mr. Scovill is of the Presbyterian denomination. In politics, he is a firm supporter of the principles of the Republican party. The children born to Mr.. Scovill and wife are as follows: Grace Elizabeth, born February 7, 1884, wife of William Rimmel, residing near Vienna Center, where he follows teaming, and they have one child, born May 28, 1907; John Samuel, born January 20, 1886, unmarried and residing with his parents; Jesse Fremont, born January 9, 1888, unmarried, at home; Wade Earl, born June 18, 1891, at home.