Born: October 15, 1852, Brookfield, 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 1, pp. 272-273:
SEPTIMUS E. SCOVILLE, who is now a retired farmer and dairyman, residing in the beautiful little village of Vienna, Trumbull county, is a native of Brookfield township, this county, born October 15, 1852, a son of William Wheeler and Lovira (Alderman) Scoville. Both parents were born in Trumbull county, the father in 1820 and the mother in 1826, she dying at Sharon, Pennsylvania, in 1881. The grandfather, Merrill Scoville, a native of Connecticut, came at an early day to Ohio and was a prosperous agriculturist. He at first located in Howland township, but subsequently removed to Vienna township, where he finally died. William W. Scoville was born in Howland township and there reached his maturity. He was also a farmer and later moved to Brookfield township, where he died in 1853.
The grandfather, Alderman, was born in Connecticut, and at an early day came west, driving an ox-cart through the wilderness. He located in Brookfield township and there purchased a good farm from the old Connecticut Land Company and there developed his place to one of beauty and excellence. In all, he possessed about four hundred acres of choice land. There he continued to reside and cultivate his broad acres until called by death about 1856.
Septimus E. Scoville obtained his education chiefly at the schools of Brookfield township and Sharon, Pennsylvania, with two and a half years at Newton Falls. He remained with his mother until about nineteen years of age, then commenced the dairy business, in company with his uncle, Dexter Alderman. After sixteen years of successful operation in this line of industry he moved to Wichita, Kansas, and there in the golden West engaged in farming and dairying, remaining there eighteen years and three months, when he disposed of his western property and retraced his steps to Ohio, after having accumulated a six hundred and forty acre tract of land. Upon his return to the state of his nativity he purchased a neat residence--one of the best in the pretty village. Here he expects to spend the remainder of his years in quiet. He belongs to the order of Maccabees at Vienna. In his political views he reserves the right of voting an independent Democratic ticket. At present he is a trustee and has served on the school board at various times. Both he and his estimable wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
Mr. Scoville was united in marriage September 24, 1879, to Ada Lesher, born at Greenville, Pennsylvania, March 8, 1857, a daughter of Samuel and Amanda (Robinson) Lesher, both of whom were natives of Sheakleyville, Pennsylvania. The parents were Germans, who came from eastern Pennsylvania and are now deceased. The father was a carriage builder and worked at Sharon until his death, in 1877. the mother died October, 1906, at Vienna, Ohio, where she was making her home with Mr. and Mrs. Scoville.