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HISTORY OF BROWN COUNTY, OHIO
A History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Churches,
Schools, Etc.; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of
Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the
Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of
Brown County; Constitution of the
United States, Miscellaneous
Matters, Etc., Etc.
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Published:  Chicago:  W. H. Beers & Co.
1883
 
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Eagle Twp. -
JESSE J. BAIRD, physician, Fincastle, was born Mar. 1, 1854, in Jefferson Township, Brown Co., Ohio.  His parents are James and Martha Baird, of whom we have made mention in this work.  After receiving a rudimentary education, in the fall of 1872, he entered the Miami University, where he pursued his studies until the following June.  In the fall of 1874, he again entered the Miami University, this time pursuing a classical course until the following June.  In September, 1875, he entered Hamilton College, N. Y., where he continued his studies until date of graduation, June, 1877.  He then returned home and for one year studied medicine with Dr. Salisbury, of Russellville, this county.  Having received his diploma from a proper medical institute, he located in October, 1880, at Fincastle, and began the practice of medicine.  Although a young physician, he has secured a good patronage, and which is continually on the increase.  Mr. Baird is of a sociable, clear disposition, and is a rising young physician.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  223
Clark Twp. -
ROBERT A. BARNES, P. O. Hamersville, a prominent land-holder of Clark Township, was born in this township Dec. 5, 1837.  He is a son of Joseph and Asenath (Peddicord) Barnes, the former a native of Kentucky, of Irish descent, and the latter of Ohio, of German parentage.  Joseph Barnes came to Brown County when twenty-two years of age, and lived there many years.  He now resides in Smith County, Kan., in his seventieth year.  Our subject was reared on a farm, and has always been engaged in agricultural pursuits and the raising of stock.  He is well known throughout the township and well respected by all.  Mr. Barnes' political principles are purely Democratic.  In 1862, he was married to Asenath Applegate, a daughter of Adam and Naomi (Wall) Applegate, natives of Pennsylvania, who located in this county over one-half century ago.  Mr. and Mrs. Barnes are the parents of three children - George C., Charles A. and Clarilla.  Mrs. Barnes is a member of the Presbyterian Church of Feesburg.  Mr. Barnes is a member of the Democratic party, and is the owner of 250 acres of good land, the old homestead on which his wife was born.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  179
Pleasant Twp. -
JOHN P. BIEHN, Georgetown, attorney at law, was born at Neidersteinbauch, Alsace, Lorraine, France (now Weisenburg County, Germany), June 17, 1827.  His father was Henry Biehm, a Burgeomiester, or Mayor, of that village, and for twelve years a soldier in the French Army.  He was subsequently a merchant there.  He married Katherine Yockey a native of Alsace, Lorraine, and while Burgeomiester of the village, had six sons born to him.  During this period, the French and German empires were constantly quarrelling over the possession of his native villages, and each had it garrisoned at frequent intervals.  The first son was born while the town was under German rule, the other while under French, and so on, alternately, till our subject, the sixth son, was born, the town at that time being a French possession.  Of the six sons born in one house, three were German by birth, and three French.  Mr. Biehn had a good position in his native country, and was a man well to do in life.  He did not like the cramped position which liberty was forced to occupy, and a hope of freedom, coupled with a strong desire to find, a better home for his children, induced to him to come to America.  In 1835, he made the journey, and located in Washington Township, Brown County, Ohio, where he was engaged in farming.  He died in February, 1862, and is buried on the homestead farm.  Mrs. Biehn died one year previous.  Three of their children still survive - Henry Biehm, who has been Postmaster of Ripley for the past thirty years; a sister, Katherine, unmarried, and residing at Carson, Nev., and our subject.  Judge Biehn was reared on the old homestead.  He had attended a German school for two months previous to coming to America, and after arrival in this country was an attendant at the district school for three winter terms.  He remained on the farm till twenty years of age, and then went to Maysville, Ky.  Here he secured a position in the principal hotel of the village, remaining there three years.  His older brothers having married, or moved away, Judge Biehn returned home to assist his father on the farm.  In 1850, he was elected Recorder of Brown County, on the Democratic ticket; he was re-elected, serving two terms of three years each.  He was subsequently Deputy Sheriff, under Charles Oursler, for two years.  During his official career, he applied himself vigorously to the study of law, and was admitted to the bar in 1857.  Soon after, he formed a law partnership with William H. Sly of Georgetown, and remained with him in law practice seven years.  When the war commenced, Judge Biehn sided with the Government, and became a strong "War Democrat."  His was President and Secretary of the County Military Committee, and also served as Secretary of the Congressional District Military Committee.  When the drafting commenced, he was appointed Drafting Commissioner of Brown County, holding that position one year.  He subsequently took affidavits of damage done by "Morgan's Raid," while passing through Brown County.  In 1864, Judge Biehn was chosen Elector at Large for Ohio, on the Lincoln and Johnson ticket, and stumped the State during the succeeding canvass.  After the war, he resumed his practice, leading a quiet and uneventful life until 1875.  In the fall of that year, he was nominated and elected to the office of Probate Judge of Brown County, serving two terms in this position, and until his successor took the bench, in February, 1882.  Judge Biehn speaks German fluently, and in 1872, during the Greeley campaign, stumped the State for the Liberal party, making thirty-six speeches in thirty days, both in English and German.  He was Secretary and member of the Democratic Executive Committee of Brown County for many years.  In the practice of his profession, Judge Biehn has been very successful, having accumulated considerable wealth, and a large amount of valuable village property.  He is connected by membership with the Masonic Lodge, Chapter and Council, at Georgetown; Confidence Lodge 307, I. O. O. F., of Georgetown, and the Knights of Pythias Lodge, at Russellville, in Jefferson Township.  Judge Biehn's parents were members of the German Protestants, and the Judge was reared in that faith.  He was married, Jan. 4, 1853, to Elizabeth, daughter of Matthias Arn, a prominent farmer of Franklin Township, residing near Arnheim.  Five children have been born to this union, three living - Mary A., who served as Deputy Probate Judge under her father; Henry, and Lisette, operator in charge of the Western Union Telegraph office at Georgetown.  The eldest daughter, Lillie D., was an excellent musician, but died of consumption, contracted while attending a conservatory of music at Cincinnati.  The other child, Howard G., died at the age of six months.  Mrs. Biehn is a member of the Presbyterian Church.  In 1869, Judge Biehn was suddenly attacked with small pox, probably contracted through correspondence.  He suffered severely during the winter months, and in the spring of 1870 decided to pay a visit to his birthplace, and the scenes of other days."  He left New York for Ireland thence to England, having come business to attend to in each country.  He next visited Belgium, Brussels, Aux la Chapelle; thence to Cologne, and up the Rhine to Alsace, Lorraine, his native country.  The Franco-Prussian war was in progress, and Judge Biehn, visited Sudan three days after the battle; was at Strasbourg next day after the surrender, and subsequently visited the battlefield of Woerth, which is only six miles from his native town.  While in the latter place, he was pointed to a large granite schoolhouse, built by the village while his father was its chief officer, and which bore the latter's name over the door.  Since retiring from office, Judge Biehn has become a Director of the First National Bank, and also a Director and Treasurer of the Columbus & Ohio River Railroad Company.  In these latter positions, he has worked faithfully and earnestly to secure for Georgetown and Brown County a railroad on which to ship the many products, and to decrease the cost and time of freight landed within the county's borders.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  4
Perry Twp. -
FLORIN BERGER, farmer, P. O. Blanchester, Clinton Co., Ohio, son of Lucien and Annie Berger, was born in Baden, Germany, May 5, 1829.  In 1837, his parents came to this country and settled in this township with seven other children.  His parents both died here; his father in 1862, and his mother in 1857.  Mr. Berger was married here, July 29, 1852, to Nancy, daughter of John B. and Eleanor Gus_in, born in Clinton County, Ohio.  They have eleven children - Peter, Sarah, Jemimah, Enoch, John, Andrew, Benage, Flora, Ellen, Fannie and Joseph.  Mr. Berger now has a fine farm of 70 acres, one mile northwest of Ferristown, 20 acres of which he received from his father.  He has been Township Trustee several years, and Supervisor a number of years, and is at preset a School Director.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  131
Perry Twp. -
JOSEPH L. BERGER, farmer, P. O. Fayetteville, son of Lucien Berger, was born March 19, 1818, in Germany.  In 1835 or 1836, he came to this country and settled in this township, two miles south of Fayetteville.  Several years later, he bought a farm of 160 acres in the northwest part of the township.  He was married in this township, at the age of twenty-seven years, to Lugard Berger, by whom he had eleven children, nine now living - Martin, Joseph, Mary, Elizabeth, Frances, Annie, Christina, Ellen and Peter.  His wife died in 1864, and he again married in this township, in 1865, to Margaret Heitzelman.  They have three children - Louis, Margaret and Matilda.  Mr. Berger received through his wife, who was an only daughter, 100 acres of land.  He afterward bought 63 acres adjoining.  In 1867, he bought 117 acres of land where he now lives, on which he moved in February, 1882.  He now owns 432 acres of fine land, about two hundred of which are under cultivation.  Mr. Berger has held numerous township offices.  He is at present serving his third term as supervisor; was Township Trustee about nine years and County Commissioner three years.  The family are all members of the Catholic Church of Fayetteville.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  131
Franklin Twp -
ABRAM BERRY, farmer, P. O. Georgetown, was born in Pleasant Township, Brown County, Ohio, Feb. 27, 1824.  His father, Samuel Berry, was a native of Pennsylvania, who came to this county when a young man.  He located in Pleasant Township, where he resided till his death.  He was an engineer by trade, and worked at that through life.  He married Catharine Sowers, also a native of Pennsylvania, who bore him ten children, six of whom are living.  Our subject was reared a "farmer's boy," and has always been engaged in agricultural pursuits through life.  His educational facilities were limited; and, when quite young, he left the parental roof and went to Ripley, obtaining employment on a farm near that place.  Some time after, he purchased a farm of forty nine acres near his present one, where he resided thirty years.  He then bought his present farm of seventy-one acres, a portion of which is woodland.  Mr. Berry is a firm believer in the principles set forth by the Democratic party, and has served his township as Road Supervisor.  He was married, in 1847, to Elizabeth Abbott, a native of this county.  Of the eight children born to them, six are living - Mary Ann, wife of Ira Hendricks, a farm of Lewis Township; George, a farmer of Pleasant Township, who married Sarah Morrow; Belle; Alice, Mary; and Charlie.  Mr. Berry, wife and eldest daughter are members of the Christian Union Church.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  197
Franklin Twp. -
S. P. BERRY, P. O. Ash Ridge, a well known and enterprising agriculturist of Franklin Township, is a native of Pennsylvania, where he was born Apr. 19, 1833.  His father, John Jacob Berry, was born in Germany, and emigrated to the United States about 1831.  He first located in Pennsylvania, where he married Susan Rice, a native of that State, and a daughter of Andrew Rice.  In 1837, he came to Brown County, Ohio, settling on a farm adjoining that now occupied by his son, where he lived till his death, Oct. 26, 1881.  Mr. Berry was the father of three children, two living - Elizabeth, wife of George Houck, of this township, and S. P.  The subject of this notice was reared in Franklin Township, and what education he obtained in boyhood days was picked up during leisure hours.  He lived with his father till attaining his majority, and then went to work on a farm by the month.  Some time after, he learned the carpenter trade, which he followed as a business for many years.  When about twenty-four years of age, he bought forty-six acres of his present farm, and has since added to it at different periods, until its present acreage numbers 233, mostly under cultivation.  The buildings on the farm where erected by himself, and betoken the successful farmer.  Mr. Berry's politics have always been strongly Democratic, and for four years he was annually elected to fill the office of Township Treasurer.  He was married, Sept. 16, 1855, to Mary A. Gwinner, a native of this county.  Of the ten children given them, seven are living - Michael, Simon, Edward, Charlie, Lottie A., Louis F., Lafayette, Lizzie, Cora and Matilda F.  Mr. Berry, wife and family, are members of the Protestant Evangelical Church of Arnheim.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  198
Pleasant Twp. -
SAMUEL BERRY, farmer, P. O. Georgetown, was born in this township, south of Georgetown, Nov. 15, 1801, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Shick) Berry.  His father was of Irish descent.  His maternal grandfather, Louis Shick, emigrated from Germany and was bound out, on his arrival here, for several years to pay his passage, and settled in Straight Creek among the first pioneers.  Samuel was raised on the farm and in earlier life was a great hewer of wood.  He prepared the timber for many a dwelling, and cut many cords of wood was only an average day's work for him.  By his unceasing toil, he obtained a start in this world's goods, and labored long and hard to increase it.  He purchased the farm of his father from the other heirs and still occupies it in the northwest part of the township.  His politics are Democratic.  In 1827, he was married to Rebecca, daughter of Joseph and Dilly (Hannars) HamiltonMrs. Berry was born in 1808.  Their children are Lorenda, wife of William Esby; Jane W., wife of Joseph Ward; Deliverance, wife of Jacob Petacord; Mary E., wife of James W. Herron; Amanda, wife of Joseph Richard; Robert, married; M. D. L., married; Anna, wife of John Purcell Mr. and Mrs. Berry were both members of the M. E. Church, of which he has been class leader.  He remembers the time in early days when tea sold for $3 a pound.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  4
Sterling Twp. -
GEORGE W. BINGAMAN, farmer, P. O. Marathon, oldest son of Solomon and Rebecca (Hook) Bingaman, was born in Highland County, Ohio, Aug. 15, 1825.  His father, Solomon, was born in Pennsylvania July 6, 1795, and came to Ohio in 1797.  His mother, Rebecca Hook, was born in Brooke County, Va., in 1804.  They married in 1824.  The subject of this sketch was married to Nancy A., daughter of Benjamin Hook, of Highland County; they had one daughter, Catharine, wife of William Creager.  Mrs. Bingaman died when her child was an infant, and Mr. Bingaman still remains single.  He has led an active and varied life, sometimes as a contractor on public works, and sometimes trading in anything he thinks there is money in.  He has traveled in almost every State east of the Rocky Mountains.  He was drafted during the war and paid $700 for a substitute.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  295
Clark Twp. -
S. W. BLAIR, agent C. G. & P. R. R., Hamersville, is the son of Samuel Blair and a native of Clark Township, where he was born Oct. 24, 1847.  He received a common school education in his native township, and at the age of twenty years commenced teaching school, at which he continued nearly five years, a part of the time in Woodford County, Ill.  He subsequently returned to Hamersville, where he engaged in mercantile business with his brother under the firm name of C. C. Blair & Bro.  They met with good success in their enterprise, and, on the retirement of his brother, our subject continued the business until 1876, when his store was destroyed by fire.  His loss was considerable, but by industry and economy he has succeeded in recovering his financial standing.  He received the appointment of railroad agent at Hamersville, and in that capacity is giving universal satisfaction.  He was married, in 1872, to Miss Isabelle Price, by whom he has had two children - Daisy Irene  and Elmer Hamer.  Mr. and Mrs. Blair are members of the Disciple Church.  He is a Democrat, has acted as School Director, and is an earnest supporter of the public schools of his village, in which he takes the greatest interest.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  180
Pleasant Twp. -
GUSTAVUS A. BOEHM, farmer, P. O. Higginsport, was born in Saxony, Germany, July 18, 1841, the son of Frederick Joseph and Caroline (Sonday) Boehm, who emigrated to America in 1851.  He received a common school education in Germany, and chose farming as his occupation.  In it he has been successful, and now owns a farm of 158 acres, under a high state of cultivation, well adapted for tobacco raising.  He enlisted in Company G, Fifty-ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in 1862. under Capt. Kautz, and was discharged in 1865.  They have one child, Caroline Rosa.  Both are members of the Lutheran Church.  Mr. Boehm commenced life by working by the month, and has accumulated his property by his own industry.  He is a Republican.  His father died in Lewis Township in 1881.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  6
Clark Twp. -
JOSEPH BOWERS, farmer, P. O. Hamersville, was born in Dauphin County, Penn., Sept. 9, 1819.  His parents, John and Margaret (Weaver) Bowers, were of German Descent.  Mr. Bowers left the parental roof and started to make his own living at the early age of sixteen years.  He embarked at Pittsburgh on the steamer Oswego as cabin boy; the boat froze up on the first return trip from Louisville at Hanging Rock, and he had to walk to Pittsburgh.  On the opening of navigation he shipped on the Dolphin as bar-keeper, and continued three years, then went to school a short time in Pittsburgh, then worked awhile in a blacksmith shop, and then worked at steamboat building for a couple of years, the most of the time in the finishing shop.  All this time he was preparing himself for an engineer.  He shipped for his first trip on the steamer Lilly as assistant engineer, and continued in the Wabash trade about three years on different boats.  He then went on the Lower Mississippi trade, and was on the Mattamora when she sank in Cyprus Bend.  He was in the Government service during the Mexican war on the steamer William R. McKee, on the Rio Grande, for nearly a year.  He then went back to the Mississippi trade, where he continued on the different rivers of the South up to within a short time of the rebellion.  During the civil war, he was enrolled as an engineer in the United States service, but was not called into active service.  During his long and eventful career as a steamboat engineer, not a single life was lost by the carelessness or incapacity of the officers.  Mr. Bowers was married in 1850 to Rehab Higgins, daughter of Wesley Higgins, a native of Brown County, and soon after, in 1854, settled in Clark Township, where he has since resided.  He was in the huckster and grocery business for several years, and then bought his far and went to farming.  He raised three children, all girls - Emma B. (wife of Charlie De Vore), Sarah Ada (wife of George W. Moore), and Dora M.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  180
Jackson Twp. -
BENJAMIN BRADY (deceased), was born May 22, 1813, in Franklin Township, Brown County; he was reared on a farm and received but a rudimentary education.  In October, 1849, he married Abigail Shaw, born in September, 1812; this union was blessed with ten children - William A., Mary J., Thomas H., Sarah A., Nancy E., Elizabeth T., Arminda, Joseph K., Benjamin D. and George E.  Mr. Brady has served as Trustee of Jackson Township, and was held in high estimation by the community in which he resided; his death was regretted by all who knew him.  He was a kind and loving father and indulgent husband, and departed this life in June, 1875.  Not only is his presence missed by neighbors and friends, but by loved ones of his own family who mourn their irreparable loss.  His widow still survives him, now in her seventieth year, and resides in the northwestern portion of the township.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  274
Pleasant Twp. -
CAPT. JOHN T. BRADY, farmer, P. O., Georgetown, was born in Jackson Township, Brown Co., Ohio, Sept. 17, 1836, the son of John and Mary (Moore) Brady, both of whom were natives of this county.  His grandfather, Thomas Brady, settled in Brown County in 1800.  The subject of this sketch received his education in the common schools, and adopted farming as his life pursuit.  He has carried it on with complete success, and is the proprietor of a fine farm of 290 acres, near Georgetown.  In 1861, he enlisted as a private in Company A, Seventieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served throughout the war.  He was with Sherman in the grand march to the sea.  He rose form the ranks to the command of his company, and was discharged with it at Little Rock, Ark., in 1865.  In 1875, he was elected Sheriff of Brown County, and served two years.  His marriage to Rachel Rhoten was celebrated in 1873.  They have three children - Rosa, Belle, Sarah A., and John W.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  6
Eagle Twp. -
JOHN C. BRECKENRIDGE, farmer, P. O. Fincastle, was born Apr. 14, 1830, in Eagle Township, Brown County, Ohio, near where he at present resides.  His parents were Samuel and Mary (Cross) Breckenridge.  They settled in Eagle Township about the year 1829, and were the parents of nine children, four of whom are still living - John C., Mary J., Eliza R. and Sarah T.  Samuel died in October, 1878; his widow survives him, now in her seventy-ninth year.  Our subject was reared to manhood on a farm, and received but a limited education.  In March, 1857, he married Elizabeth J. Duffy, by whom he had one child - Mary C.  She died in May, 1858.  He subsequently married Ella Blair, daughter of William and Louisa Blair, of Pike Township, Brown County.  This union has been blessed with four children, viz., William J., Robert W., James S. and Sarah L.  Mr. Breckenridge has served as Treasurer one year, and Justice of the Peace nine years, for Eagle Township.  He is the owner of seventy-five acres of land, located near Fincastle.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  223
Clark Twp. -
A. E. BROOKS, farmer, P. O. Hamersville, was born in Clark Twp., Mar. 6, 1834.  His parents were John and Nancy (Curliss) Brooks, the former born four miles south of Lexington, Ky., and the latter a native of Pennsylvania.  They were among the early settlers to Brown County.  Our subject received a good common school education, and spent six years of his early life in teaching.  He now owns the farm upon which he resides, and is devoting his time to farming, making tobacco raising a specialty.  He was married, in 1858, to Miss L. Neal, a daughter of John and Betsey Neal, who were early settlers in this vicinity.  Seven children are the surviving issue of this union - Nancy V., John, Sherman, Ida, Thomas, Ora and Albert.  Mr. and Mrs. Brooks are members of the M. E. Church, in which he has been a classleader and Steward.  He is an Odd Fellow, a Democrat and for six years was a Justice of the Peace.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  180
Pleasant Twp. -
JOHN E. BROSE, farmer, P. O. Georgetown, was born in Baltimore, Md., Sept. 19, 1829.  His parents, John G. and Maria (Kober) Broe, emigrated from Wurtemburg, Germany, to the United States, in 1827.  They lived in Maryland four years; then came West to Cincinnati, and in 1833 to Brown County, settling seven miles north of Georgetown.  John G. Brose was a baker and confectioner by trade, and became a highly respected citizen of Brown County, and a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity.  His death occurred in 1877.  John E. worked with his father at the baker's trade till he was twenty-three years old, then commenced the business of farming, and has followed it with success since.  In 1852, he was married to Miss M. E. Fyffe, a daughter of Perry Fyffe, of this county, and has the following children: Lucinda J. (the wife of J. D. Richards, of Clark Township), Frank A., John P., George, and E. K.  Mr. and Mrs. Brose are members of the Presbyterian Church.  He has served his township as Justice of the Peace, and Trustee; is a Democrat, and prominent Freemason, and member of the lodge of United Workmen.

Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  6

Pike Twp. 
E. E. BROWN, farmer, P. O. Surryville, was born in Russellville, Brown Co., Ohio, Feb. 24, 1860, and is a son of James E. and Minerva Brown.  James E. Brown was born near Russellville, Brown Co., Ohio.  He was married Nov. 9, 1858.  He was a school teacher, and taught until Sept. 7, 1864, at which time he died, being the thirty-eighth year of his age.  Mrs. Brown remained a widow until Apr. 9, 1870, when she married Thomas Robinson.  Young Edwin Brown commenced business for himself while very young; he first engaged in farming, and thus continued until he purchased forty acres, where he now resides.  He was married Feb. 24, 1882, to Georgia Donley.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  214
Clark Twp. -
JAMES C. BROWN, farmer, P. O. Hamersville, was born in Franklin Township, Brown Co., Ohio, Feb. 3, 1837.  He was the son of D. D. and Elizabeth (Abbott) Brown, early settlers of Brown County, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Ohio.  The father came to Ohio in 1800, and located in Franklin Township.  He died in 1879, leaving a widow who still survives him.  Our subject received his education in the common schools, and early commenced the occupation of farming, at which he continues.  He owns land in Illinois and in Clark Township.  He is a Democrat and has been a school director.  He is an energetic and enterprising young man, capable of filling almost any office in the county.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  180
Franklin Twp. -
JOHN E. BROWN, farmer, P. O. Russellville, was born on Straight Creek, in Franklin Township, Apr. 26, 1828.  His father, David D. Brown, was a native of Brown County, Ohio, and an agriculturist through life.  He married Eliza Abbott, also a native of Franklin Township, who bore him eight children.  Mr. Brown departed this life in 1879.  Mr. Brown still survives, and resides in Clark Township, four miles from Bethel.  John E. Brown, attained his majority on his father's farm, obtaining the benefits of good English education.  He early learned the carpenter's trade, and followed it for about twenty years, erecting all the buildings on his own farm, and many of the substantial residences and barns in that portion of Brown County.  He also worked at his trade in New Orleans for two winter seasons; but not liking the country, came back to Ohio.  On February 9, 1857, he purchased 111 acres of land - his present farm - which is located on both sides of Straight Creek, and the Ripley & Arnheim pike.  A short time since, Mr. Brown gave one-half acre of his land to the school district in which he resides; upon which was erected a handsome frame schoolhouse.  Mr. Brown has been fairly successful in life; is Democratic on National questions. but locally votes for the man who will best serve the community; and has officiated as School Director.  He was married, Mar. 6, 1856, to Sarah E. Coombes, a native of Southern Indiana.  They have eight children - William M. (who married Annie Kendall), Levi E., Clement A., Annie May, Addie Ora, Lee Owen, Eddie E. and Lora Eliza.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  213
Pike Twp. -
R. A. BROWN, retired farmer, P. O. White Oak.  To another of the early settlers of Pike Township we are pleased to allot a space to the biographical album of this work.  He has been a resident of this county since his birth, which took place June 11, 1819, and has been schooled in the pioneer days of Brown County, passing through the trials of those days.  He was raised to farm life, and shortly after his marriage he began farming as a renter.  Thus he continued for a few years, when he bought fifty-three acres; not liking the location, he sold and purchased two other tracts, and neither of these tracts suiting him, he sold and bought 126 acres where he now resides.  His marriage with Elizabeth Wardlow, was solemnized Sept. 30, 1840.  The following children were the issue of this marriage, eleven in number, of whom seven now survive:  Mary, Martha, William R., Adda, Robert L., Jackson J. and James H.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  214
Eagle Twp. -
REASON R. BROWN, farmer, P. O. Emerald, Adams Co., was born in September, 1813, in Adams County, Ohio; son of Thomas and Catharine Brown, who were among the early settlers of Adams County.  Our subject was reared to manhood on a farm, and received a rudimentary education in a district school.  In November, 1841, he married Elizabeth Gutridge, daughter of Benjamin and Rachel Gutridge.  To them have been born five children, three of whom are still living, viz.:  Robert F., Lucinda J. and Franklin W.  In March, 1842, Mr. Brown located in the eastern portion acres of land, pleasantly located, and in good state of cultivation.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  223
Green Twp. -
SAMUEL R. BROWN (deceased), was born June 20, 1817, in Antrim County, Ireland.  His parents were Allen and Margaret E. Brown, with whom, when he was seven years old, he emigrated to America, and by way of Baltimore came to Kentucky, where they remained but a short time.  About the year 1825, they came to Ohio, and located at Point Pleasant, Clermont County, where they remained but a short time.  They then went to Highland County, where they engaged in the mercantile business several years.  They then spent one year in Brown County, when they went to Oxford, Butler County, and engaged in the mercantile business several years; from Butler County, Mr. Brown moved to Hillsboro, Highland County.  In April, 1868, he located in Brown County, Green Township, where his son Charles E. now resides.  He was one of the most prominent stock-raisers in Southern Ohio, his farm, known as the "Sterling Stock Farm" is now judiciously managed by his son Charles E. Brown, who, since his father's death, has sustained the reputation of the Sterling Stock Farm which his father established.  Mr. Brown was greatly given to hospitality and kindness, and his marked success in a financial view is apparent, having left to his family a fine estate of 550 acres of land.  The homestead farm is pleasantly located in Green Township, and is one of the finest in Brown County.  He died at the homestead Dec. 22, 1881.  His wife died Dec. 12, 1880.  They were the parents of eight children, seven of whom are now living - Margaret E., John A., Anna M., Charles E., Edward W., James D. and Mary B.  Mr. Brown was a man of sterling integrity and reliable character and in his death Brown County lost one of her most worthy citizens.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  259
Huntington Twp.
JOHN BUCHANAN, farmer, P. O. Ripley, was born in Balfron, Scotland, in the year 1823.  His early life was passed in his native village, where he received the rudiments of his education in the common schools of the town.  After becoming of proper age, he was apprenticed to a shoe-maker and, after he had acquired the trade, he commenced business on his own responsibility.  On June 6, 1849, he emigrated from Glasgow to New York, which latter place he reached after a voyage of forty-nine days.  From New York he came by way of Buffalo and Eire to the Ohio River, then to Ripley, Ohio, on the old Mayflower.  The latter place he reached August 6, following.  He made his home in Brown County, Ohio, and for nearly three years followed his trade in Maysville, Ky.; after which he engaged in farming, having purchased an interest in 198 acres of land, where Thomas Buchanan now lives.  Here he carried on farming for several years, when he purchased his present farm of 184 acres, which is the result of different purchases.  On this land he located in 1860, and it has since been his home.  He has been successful in his business operations, and has a well improved and highly cultivated farm.  He has been Trustee of the township three terms and held some of the minor offices, such as School Director, etc.  He has been a member of the School Board since 1861, and Superintendent of the Colored School Fund since its organization.  He is a member of the Union Lodge No. 71, F. & A. M., Ripley Chapter, and Cincinnati Commandery No. 3.  He and wife are members of the Huntington Presbyterian Church, of which he is a Trustee.  He was married Dec. 13, 1860, to Isabella, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Hiett, old settlers.  To them have been born nine children, namely - Sadie J., Thomas S., Mary E., Swinton J., Anna Y., Margaret M., George H., Elizabeth S. and Samuel H., deceased.  Mr. Buchanan returned to Scotland in 1854, and again in 1858, making five times he has crossed the ocean.  Mrs. Buchanan was born in this township August 7, 1837.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  151
Huntington Twp. -
THOMAS BUCHANAN, farmer, P. O. Ripley, was born in Scotland in the year 1833, and is a son of Thomas Buchanan, Sr., a native of Scotland.  Our subject resided in his native land until 1849, when he came to this country, and found work with one John Thomas in this township.  His industry and economy enabled him, in 1851, to buy sixty-six acres, where he now resides; and at the present time (1882) he owns 324 acres of land.  He is a Free and Accepted Mason, belonging to Union Lodge, No. 71, Commandery No. 3, and Cincinnati Consistory.  Apr. 13, 1853, he was married to Ellen, the daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Gilbert) Hiett, by whom he was married to Ellen, the daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Gilbert) Hiett, by whom he has had ten children, viz., John, Thomas, Sarah A., Janet, George, Griffith, Elizabeth, Ruth, William, and Samuel (deceased).  Mr. Buchanan has been very successful, and is one of the foremost in improvement and prosperity.  Samuel Hiett, father of Mrs. Buchanan, was a son of William and Mary (Daniels) Hiett, of Virginia, who settled in this township in 1806, buying 300 acres of land in the Hite Survey.  Seven children were born to them, three of whom are living.  Mr. Hiett was born July 14, 1803.  He died in 1868.  Mrs. Hiett died in 1866.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  151
Pleasant Twp., -
GEORGE BURGETT, farmer, P. O. Georgetown.  Mr. Burgett was born in this township Mar. 24, 1840.  His parents are Samuel and Mary (Brazelton) Burgett, the former a native of this county, the latter of Gibson County, Ind.  He attended school in his own township, and has followed the avocation of farming.  In 1863, he united in marriage with Louisa Mitchell, the daughter of George Mitchell, an early settler of Brown County.  Five children have blessed their marriage  Emma, Felix S. (deceased), Everett Lewis, Ella and Samuel.  The religious connections of Mr. and Mrs. Burgett are with the New Light Church.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  7
Pleasant Twp. - 
JOHN V. BURGETT, farmer, P. O. Georgetown.  Mr. Burgett was born in this township in 1842, and is the son of Samuel and Mary (Brazelton) Burgett.  He received a good common school education in his home district, and then gave his attention to farming.  He has a pleasant little home of sixty-eight acres, and has recently erected a neat and substantial residence.  In politics, he is a stanch Republican, and is outspoken in the expression of his political opinions.  His marriage to Mary Milburn, of Gibson County, Ind., occurred in 1865.  Three children have blessed this marriage  Clara Lee, Clark Milburn and Cordelia Florence.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  7

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