James R. Dye, farmer, sec. 30, Sheridan Tp., was born Oct. 5, 1829, in Medina Co., Ohio, and is of Irish descent. He is a son of Amos J. and Deborah (Scranton) Dye, natives of Saratoga Co., N.Y. The father was born Feb. 20, 1808, and was married in March, 1829. The mother was born July 15, 1810, of Welsh parentage, and is residing with her son James R. Amos J. Dye died in September, 1864.
Mr. Dye is an unmarried man, and is the oldest child of his parents. He enlisted in the Mexican war in 1846, and was in the service four months. He also enlisted in the Union Army, Feb. 1, 1862, for three years, veteranized, and was honorably discharged in October, 1865. He enliste din Mercer Co., Ohio, in Co. K, of the regiment known as the "Bloody Fortieth," and was a participant in some of the hardest-fought battles of the war.
In politics he belongs to the National or Greenback party. He has figured somewhat conspicuously in local politics, and has been Justice of the Peace 10 years. He settled in Sheridan Tp., March 1, 1866; owns 100 acres of land, and now has 45 acres under cultivation.