- He went by "Addison." He was living in Ohio in 1895 with his one daughter, according to the letter by Henry Hutton. I assume that this was Florence.
Here his his biography from the Commemorative, Historical and Biographical Record of Wood County, Ohio (Chicago, 1897) 2.937-38. Note that this narrative does not include mention of the son, Richard, who appears on the census for the family; he must have died young.
"ADDISON LANSDALE, who is well and popularly known not only in Montgomery township, where he resides, but throughout Wood county, was born April 7, 1821, in Champaign county, Ohio. His parents, Richard and Jemima (Hyatt) Lansdale, were married in Maryland in 1804, and in 1808 came to Ohio, settling in what is now Champaign county, on the banks of Little Darby creek, near Mechanicsburg, where our subject was born and where Mr. and Mrs. Lansdale both died. Their family consisted of eight children, of whom our subject was the youngest, and all of whom are deceased except himself and his brother Richard, the latter a resident of Olympia, Washington.
"Mr. Lansdale was an infant when his parents died, and he was reared by strangers. His schooling, which was somewhat meager, was obtained in a log schoolhouse of the rudest description. There was then no common-school system as today, and educational affairs were managed in a manner which seems very strange to us. Each pupil was required to furnish a load of wood to keep the schoolhouse warm, the teachers "boarded round," and very few of them were able to instruct their pupils beyond the " three Rs." Our subject was early put to work on the farm, and earned a shilling a day, riding horses for the men who were raking hay. When a boy of sixteen years he learned the trade of a mason, plastering and brick-laying included. The family had been scattered on the death of the parents, and one of the sons, Alpheus, who was a molder by trade, had located at Lower Sandusky, now Fremont. Here our subject went to visit him, traveling on the Mad River railroad-the first road built in Ohio-to Tiffin, and walking the remaining distance. He easily found work there, and was soon after married, in June, 1850, to Miss Martha, daughter of Elisha Moore, a farmer living near Fremont. At the time of his marriage, Mr. Lansdale was the proud owner of twenty dollars in gold, which represented his entire capital. In October of the same year the young couple took up their residence in Prairie Depot, where the wife died in the spring of 1851, and was buried in Bradner cemetery. She left one child, Martha, now Mrs. David Bovie, of Sandusky county. On November 18, 1852, Mr. Lansdale was married in Sandusky county to Miss Sarah King, who was born in Franklin county, April 13, 1831. Her father, Samuel King, was a pioneer of Sandusky county, having come there in 1832. Mrs. Sarah Lansdale died January 9, 1896. Two children were born to this union, Mary E., who became the wife of Franklin Palmer, and died January 15, 1879; and Florence, who married Samuel Pennell, and died, leaving one child, Mabel M., who makes her home with our subject.
"In the fall of 1850 Mr. Lansdale traded a horse and buggy for his present lot, on which there was then only a log shanty. He subsequently bought other lots, for one of which he gave a shot-gun, and, for another, $35. About this time he went into the grocery and clothing business, having a stock worth $200. His business increased steadily, and he carried it on for twenty-five years, when he sold out. In the meantime he had purchased a couple of farms in Montgomery township, where he carried on general farming. In 1861 he was elected county commissioner on the Union ticket, although he was a Democrat. Originally a Whig, he joined the Democratic forces on the dissolution of that party, but voted for Abraham Lincoln for his second term. Since 1880 Mr. Lansdale has retired from active work, and only attends to the supervision of his business interests. He owns two business rooms in Prairie Depot, and two dwelling houses. Beginning life a very poor boy, he has acquired his present comfortable competency by his own. unaided exertions. He is the pioneer of Prairie Depot, and is known over a large portion of Wood county. He is a jovial man, one who thoroughly enjoys life, and is a most agreeable companion and entertaining conversationalist. In his religious views he is a Free Thinker. As a citizen he is public-spirited, and greatly interested in the cause of education." [5, 6]