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ABBOTT, Charles of Pleasant Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Charles Abbott, farmer, P.O. Georgetown, is the son of one of the earliest pioneers of Brown County, John Abbott, who was a native of New York, of English ancestry, and came to this county toward the close of the last century. The wife of John Abbott was Hannah Reynolds, also of New York. Charles was born in this county July 15, 1809, and has always resided within its bounds. His school days extend back to the times when the instruction was only rudimentary, and even this not regular, and the buildings in which the schools were held of the rudest description. Mr. Abbott applied his energies to farm work, and has made it a decided success. The farm he occupies and owns in the northeast part of the township, consists of 166 acres. By careful management he has perserved the fertility of the virgin soil, and now raises large crops. His farm was the seat of the first court, and he remembers the term of court held there, when he was a boy of nine or ten years. He recollects that he was attracted by the unwonted occurrence and creeped up to the rude log structure and peered in seeing the attorneys engaged in writing and loud confab, a scene very impressive to the backwoods boy. Mr. Abbott is a man of positive mind and resolute purpose. His politics are Democratic. In 1830, he married Sarah Brown, and by this marriage had three children. His son, E.C., is married and leading an agricultural life in this township. Another son, Lewis, also married, is farming in Union Township. The wife of Charles Abbott died in 1856, and, in 1865, re-united in wedlock by his marriage to Mrs. Arnhart, whose maiden name was Frankie Winters. Himself and wife are members of the Christian Church.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 3.

ABBOTT, E.C. of Pleasant Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

E.C. Abbott, farmer, P.O. Georgetown, was born in Pleasant Township December 23, 1833. His parents, Charles and Sarah (Brown) Abbott, were natives of this county. His father still lives in what is known as the old county seat. The subject of this sketch received a common school education, and then selected his father's occupation as his own, and applied himself earnestly to farming. Quiet and unassuming, and ever attentive to his business, he has made it very successful. He favors the Democratic party. Sarah F. Davidson, who was born in this county in 1831 became his wife in 1855. They have six children, all living—Flora K. (wife of Isaac Rainey), Charles W., Henry T., Frank, Hester A. and Lena M.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 3.

ABBOTT, Levi of Union Township

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

Levi T. Abbott, farmer, P.O. Ripley. Among Brown's native-born citizens is the subject of this sketch, who added one to the population of Pleasant Township in 1835. His parents, Charles and Sarah (Brown) were among those of its earliest pioneers, where he is, at this present time, yet living, in the enjoyment of a ripe old age. His respected companion passed to the better land in 1856. They raised a family of six children, and Levi was reared on the homestead farm. He was married, March 1, 1859, to Miss Mary Jones, a native of this county and a daughter of Samuel Jones, a pioneer relic, who died in this county May 20, 1880. Mr. Abbott is associated with the Methodist Episcopal Church at Ripley, and, although he had the disadvantages of educational privileges, he has, by his own ambition and economy, secured a good home and made life a success. Politcally, he is a man bound to no party or power, but acts entirely from principle, and is a man of his own choice.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 51.

ADAM, Henry of Eagle Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Henry Adam, farmer, P.O. South Fincastle, was born in November 16, 1843, in Prussia. His parents were Daniel and Margaret (White) Adam; they emigrated to America in 1845; came to Ohio and settled in Jackson Township, Brown County, where they remained until their decease, he having died in October, 1879, and she several years prior to his death. Our subject was two and one-half years of age when his parents came to Brown County. He was reared to manhood on a farm and received but a rudimentary education. On February 16, 1871, he married Charlotte Wohlleber, by whom he had four children—Henry W., George D., Sarah M., and Matilda. She died in June, 1879. He married in November, 1880, Margaret E. Wilson, daughter of Jeremiah Wilson, of Eagle Township. To them have been born one child—Anna C. Mr. Adam is a member of the Presbyterian Church at Arnheim, and the owner of 167 acres of land.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 222-223.

ALLEN, Elizabeth of Perry Township

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Elizabeth Allen, Fayetteville, daughter of Richard and Catherine (Hull) Allen, was born in North Carolina, in 1812. When four years of age, her parents came West, and in 1824 they came to this township, and settled near Fayetteville. Elizabeth was married in this township to Phineas Allen, by whom she had eleven children, eight now living—John, Catherine, Lucy, Sarah, Hannah, Louis, Leonidas and Elizabeth. Her husband died, and she afterward moved to the southeastern part of this township, where she bought 107 acres of land. She afterward bought forty acres more on the Georgetown pike. The family are all members of the Catholic Church.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 128.

ALEXANDER, John M. of Jackson Township

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John M. Alexander, farmer, P.O. Ash Ridge. Samuel Alexander father of our subject, was born February 17, 1803, in Virginia. His parents were Andrew and Agnes Alexander, who emigrated to Kentucky about the year 1802 or 1803, and subsequently to Adams County, Ohio, about 1805. They settled on Brush Creek, Wayne Township, where they remained until their decease. Samuel was there reared to manhood amid the scenes of pioneer life; he married Jerusha Baker, by whom he had two children—John M. and Sarah. About 1834 or 1835, he moved to Brown County and settled on Brush Creek, in Eagle Township, where he remained until his decease in October, 1857. His widow survived him until May, 1876. He has served as Trustee for Eagle Township. He was considered a man of sterling integrity and reliable character. In his death Brown County lost one of her most worthy and respected citizens. Our subject was born in Eagle Township, Brown County, in May, 1838; was reared to manhood on a farm and received a fair English education. In August, 1861, he married Angeline Bowin, by whom he has two children—William F. and Myrtle B. He lived in Eagle Township till 1865, when he moved to Russellville, where he remained one year, then returned to his farm in Eagle Township, where he remained until 1869. He then moved to Carlisle Village, where he still resides. He has served as Township Trustee, also as Treasurer. He has been successful in business, mainly owing to his energy, perseverance and industry. He believes in supporting enterprises which are for the benefit of the county and the elevation of humanity. He is the owner of 168 acres of land, in a good state of cultivation.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 273-274.

ALLEN, James

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

James Allen was born October 20, 1806 in Pennsylvania; was married in 1827; came to Pike township in 1837 and settled on the farm which is now the property of his son, Jerome. He served for sixteen years as Justice of the Peace and died on his farm in 1858. He was buried in the Hendrickson grounds in Scott Township. The children of James were Milton, Martha, Robert, one child who died in infancy and Jerome.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 561.

ALLEN, John

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

John Allen was probably the first man to settle in the eastern part of Pike township. He was born in Westmoreland County, Penn., October 15, 1785 and located on the farm now in the possession of Jerome Allen in 1810. He was Colonel of the militia, which mustered on his farm in pioneer days; during the latter part of his life he lived in Georgetown, Ohio, where he died in 1879. He has three sons and four daughters--Sanford (who was probably the first white person born in the township), William, John, Eliza, Melinda, Rhoda and Nancy.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 559.

ALLEN, William B. of Perry Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

William B. Allen, farmer, P.O. St. Martin's, son of William P. and Sarah Allen, was born in Fayetteville June 17, 1840. His parents emigrated from New Jersey to this township about 1830, and bought a lot and built a residence in Fayetteville. In 1846, his father, John P. Allen, was elected Sheriff of this county, and moved to Georgetown, and filled that office four years, and was then sent as representative to the State Legislature at Columbus, two years. He then purchased a farm of 100 acres, three miles south of Georgetown, where he resided three years. After the death of Judge Campbell, Mr. Allen served as Probate Judge, the remainder of his term, which was nearly three years. He was elected Mayor of Georgetown, and also Justice of the Peace, several years. In 1869, he returned to this township, and settled on a farm of 375 acres in the northeastern part, owned by his wife. He died May 11, 1872, member of the Masonic Fraternity.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 128-129.

AMIOT, Francois of Perry Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Francois Amiot, blacksmith of Chasetown, P.O. Fayetteville, son of Mathias and Jane Amiot, was born in France March 22, 1822; when seventeen years of age, he served two years as an apprentice with a blacksmith. He was married in France, in 1851, to Jane Lhuillier. In June, 1845, he came to Fayetteville, this township, and worked at his trade for Phillip Brulport two and one half years. He then came to Chasetown, and bought a shop, where he has remained ever since doing all kinds of general blacksmithing, horseshoeing, repairing, &c. He also has a wagon shop near his blacksmith shop. He owns his residence, and nearly two acres of land in Chasetown, and fifty-five acres near the village. Mr. and Mrs. Amiot have had a family of five children born unto them—Joseph, Alice (deceased), Frank, Augustus and Mary; the eldest two born in France. The family are members of the Catholic Church, of Vera Cruz.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 129.

ANDREWS, George of Clark Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

George Andrews, farmer, P.O. Georgetown, was born in Devonshire, Eng., in 1844. He was reared in his native country, and when fourteen years of age, came to America. Upon his arrival at Columbus, Ohio, he was stricken down with the small-pox, probably contracted while coming across the ocean. Upon his recovery, he went to Maysville, Mason Co., Ky., where he went to work at $6.50 per month, remaining there over four years. He was then employed in a saw-mill, and soon rose to be engineer. After twelve years at this business, he had saved enough to go to farming. He now owns forty-two acres of land, and by industrious habits is likely to become a large farmer at no very distant day. He was married in 1877, to Sally, daughter of Samuel Smith, and a native of Cincinnati. They have two children—Henry S. and Samuel B. Mrs. Andrews is a faithful member of the Catholic Church. Mr. A. is Democratic in politics.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 179.

ANDREWS, Henry of Clark Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Henry Andrews, farmer, P.O. Georgetown, was born in Devonshire, Eng., May 27, 1841, and emigrated to America with his brother George in 1859. He was a son of John and Mary Ann (Dyre) Andrews. Upon his arrival in this country he commenced working by the month on a farm. He has since acquired considerable land of his own, and is now considered one of the most enterprising and successful farmers of this township. He was married in 1869, to Miss Ann Applegate, who died in 1873, leaving two children—Thomas J. and Grace, and, in 1874, he married Mary Ellis, by whom he has had three children—Mary, John and Eva. In politics, Mr. Andrews is a Democrat.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 179.

ANDRIOT, Emile of Green Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Emile Andriot, dealer in liquors, Five Mile, was born September 20, 1845, in France, and when seven years old, with his parents, Anslem and Mary Andriot, he emigrated to America. After arriving, they spent one year at Yonkers, N.Y., then went to Tioga County, Penn. where they remained seven years; thence came to Hamilton County, Ohio, where they spent nearly one year. From Hamilton County they came to Fayetteville, Brown County, where they remained a few months; thence located at Five Mile for one year; thence located on a farm ten years, near where William Dennford at present resides. Our subject then moved to the western portion of Green Township, where he at present is located. He deals in groceries and liquors of all kinds. His father died in July, 1872, and his mother in March, 1876. To them were born three children, two of whom are now living—Emile and Eufrase. In November, 1873, our subject married Miss Josephine Muel, by whom he had five children, three of whom are now living—Catherine, Emily and Ellen. Mr. Andriot has been successful in business in a financial sense, and is the owner of thirty-six acres of land.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 259.

APPLEGATE, Benjamin Franklin of Sterling Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Benjamin Franklin Applegate, farmer, P.O. Eastwood, fifth child of Vincent and Ann (Lemon) Applegate, was born in Mason County, Ky., July 5, 1834. His father was a native of Kentucky, and his mother of Maryland. His grandfather, Richard Applegate, a native of Virginia. The subject of this sketch was married in 1856, to Frances Cardie, daughter of Thomas McLain, of Sterling Township. They had one child—Wesley O., now a resident of Illinois. Mr. Applegate emigrated to Kansas in 1856, and was there during "the border raids," and went with the first excitement to Pike's Peak; was on the border eleven years, then went to Utah and remained three years, and then returned to Ohio. In 1879, he married a second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Frank and Johanna Vanbelt, and a native of Holland; they have one daughter—Stella. Mr. Applegate is a member of Locust Ridge Lodge No. 618, I.O.O.F., and his wife of the Catholic Church. He is an energetic farmer.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 294.

APPLEGATE, Daniel W. of Scott Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Daniel W. Applegate (deceased), son of Benjamin and Rebecca (Wall) Applegate, natives of Mason County, Ky., was born in Mason County in June, 1816. He was reared on a farm, and followed farming and trading most of his life, being at the time of his death possessed of 600 acres of land. He was a prominent Democrat, and at the time of his death was Sheriff of Brown County. In 1841 he married Miranda Teshune, who was born February 19, 1819. They were the parents of seven children, five of whom are living, viz.: William M., Rebecca, Mary B., Samuel and Flora. Mr. Applegate was an intelligent, affable gentleman, honest in all his dealings, and highly esteemed by the people of the county, who experienced in his death the loss of a valued citizen, a good farmer and an efficient officer.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 245.

APPLEGATE, Vincent

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

Vincent Applegate was born in Mason County, Ky., in 1795; came to Pike Township in 1836, and settled on the land now in possession of his heirs on the Williamsburg & New Hope Road. He served as Justice of the Peace six years. His wife, originally Anna Lemon, whom he married in 1824, was a native of Maryland, born in 1808. Vincent died in the fall of 1869; Anna survived him twelve years, and died in the spring of 1881 at the old home. They had four sons and three daughters, namely, Milton, Frank, Mahlon, Newton, Amanda, Cordelia and Eliza. Eliza, Cordelia and Milton are dead; the rest, through living, are non residents.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 559.

ARNOLD, John J. of Perry Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter
John J. Arnold, merchant, St. Martin's, son of John and Elizabeth (Marquits) Arnold, was born in France in 1836. He came to the United States in 1847, and settled in Dodson Township, Highland Co., Ohio, where he farmed till 1855. He then learned the harness-making trade. He enlisted at Baltimore in September, 1857, in Company B, First Dragoons, Regulary Army. When the war broke out, the name of the regiment was changed to First United States Calvary, being the first regiment of mounted troops. While with his regiment, he was through Mexico, Arizona and California. He was present and helped build the monument in commemoration of the Mountain Meadow Masacre. He served under Gen. McClelland nine months, after the breaking out of the rebellion. He was discharged at Brookville, Md., and returned to Cincinnati. In the fall of 1862, he opened a general store at Webertown, Highland Co., Ohio, where he remained one year, and then came to St. Martins, and opened a general store, where he keeps a well selected stock of goods for country trade, and is doing a good business. He was married in St. Martins, November 22, 1864, to Margaret, daughter of John and Catharine Scanlan. They have seven children—Mary, Agatha, Frances, Annie, Joseph, Theresa and Martin. Mr. Arnold owns his store building and residence. The family are members of the Catholic Church. Mr. Arnold is also member of the St. Joseph's Society.


The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 129.

ARTHUR, Columbus S. of Pike Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Columbus S. Arthur, saw-miller, P.O. White Oak. Among the business industries of White Oak, we mention that of Columbus Arthur, which was established about 1881, since which he has been favorably known as manufacturer of all kinds of sawed lumber. Mr. Arthur was born in Brown County on November 15, 1852, and is a son of John and Susan Arthur. Columbus was raised to agricultural pursuits, and received a common school education. He began business for himself at eighteen years of age. He first engaged in farming; after farming a short time, he next engaged as turner in a chair factory. He was married, March 24, 1880, to Adda M. Dunn. To this union one child has been born, viz., Clara Belle, born January 6, 1881.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 213.

ARTHUR, John of Sterling Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

John Arthur, farmer, P.O. Eastwood, a son of Jonas and Margaret (Reed) Arthur, was born in Clermont County, Ohio, October 6, 1825. His parents were natives of Kentucky. Isaac Reed, father of Mrs. Arthur, settled near Bethel, Clermont County, in 1800. Mr. Arthur married, in, 1845, Elizabeth D., daughter of Edward and Mary (Lilly) Hughes. They had one child—Olive (wife of Elsworth Salisbury, of Indiana). First wife died of small pox, May, 1850, and he married, December 24, 1851, Susan, daughter of Jacob Waits. They had six children, viz.: Columbus (married Ada, daughter of Ira B. Dunn), Eratus (still single), Arminda (wife of Samuel Robinson), Ohio (died at two and a half years of age), Katie (wife of Charles Hutchins), Leander and Esdras. Mr. Arthur was a Sergeant in Company K, One Hundred and Sixtieth Regiment National Guards, and in active service over five months. James Arthur (grandfather) was in the Revolutionary war, and James (father) was in the war of 1812. Mr. Arthur is a member of the Baptist Church, and Mrs. Arthur of the M.E. Church. Mr. Arthur is a farmer and mechanic.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 294-295.

ARZENO, Lawrence of Pleasant Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Lawrence Arzeno, watchmaker and jeweler, Georgetown, was born in Italy December 23, 1845. He is a son of Joseph Arzeno, a native of Italy, and a small farmer of that country. He came to America in 1847, locating at Cincinnati, where his wife and only son (our subject) joined him the following year. Mrs. Arenzo died in 1865. Mr. Arzeno is still living in Cincinnati, and engaged in the confectionery business. When fifteen years of age, Mr. Arzeno learned the jeweler's trade, serving as apprenticeship of three and one-half years. He worked as a "jour" two years and after the death of his mother assisted his father in business for six months. In the fall of 1865, he commenced business for himself at Laurel, Ind., and, in December, 1867, came to Georgetown, where he has since resided. In 1872-73, he was engaged in the stove and tin trade, which did not prove a financial success. With this exception, Mr. Arzeno has been very successful in his line of trade, and enjoys the largest trade of any in the village. Mr. Arzeno is a member of both lodge and Encampment in the Odd Fellow fraternity. He is also a Republican in politics and a member of the M.E. Church, these two latter positions being almost with precedent in a person of like nativity. His parents were members of the Catholic Church. Mr. Arzeno was married in June, 1866, to Emma Green, a native of Indiana. They have been blessed with four daughters—Zoe, Ada, Ora L. and Iona. Mrs. Arzeno and daughter Zoe are also members of the M.E. denomination.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 3-4.

ASKREN, Richard of Jackson Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Richard Askren, farmer, P.O. Winchester, was born April 2, 1820, in Adams County, Ohio. His parents were John and Martha Askren, who were among the early settlers of Adams County; they were the parents of twelve children, six of whom are still living—James, Richard, Robert H. Dorcas, Martha J. and Elizabeth. Our subject was reared on a farm, and received a good English education, the means of which enabled him to teach school for perhaps thirty-three years. In March 4, 1846, he married Sarah McManis, born September 20, 1817, daughter of James and Rachel McManis (deceased). Her parents emigrated from Pennsylvania and settled near Georgetown, Brown County, about the year 1817. This union has been blessed with seven children—Martha J., Charles J., John N., David C., Rachel M., Joseph H. and Sarah E.D. In 1846, Mr. Askren, with his family, moved to Brown County, and located in the northeastern portion of Jackson Township, where T.J. Jacobs at present resides; he remained there until 1851, when he moved to the farm on which he is at present located. In 1871, he was appointed Census Commissioner. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church at Winchester, in which church he officiates as Elder. Is the owner of 178 acres of land.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 274.

ATWOOD, John S. of Union Township

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

John S. Atwood, livery stable, Ripley, was born in Wilcox County, Ala., in 1840. When thirteen years of age, he came to Ripley and diligently attended to his studies at school, and, in 1859, entered Iberia College, and was graduated from that institution the same year. At the close of his term, he went to the gold regions of California prospecting, and, meeting with some success, returned in 1861 and engaged a short time in teaching school. Before the close of the year, he enlisted in the United States Navy, on board the gunboat Choctaw, of the Mississippi Squadron, and served one year; he participated in the battles of Vicksburg, Shreevesport, Red River, and in the attempt to capture the rebel ram Webb. Returning to peaceful pursuits to this city, he engaged for one year in the grocery business, when he disposed of his stock, and, in company with his brother, Julius M. and R.C. Rankin, contracted with the county for the construction of the Georgetown Turnpike. This work occupied two years, after which time he was engaged in repairing pikes in various portions of the county. In 1872, he opened a livery stable on Main Street, and in 1879 erected the commodious stable which he now occupies. He has made other purchases of real estate in the city, and, in all the enterprises in which he has been engaged, his efforts have been entirely successful. Among other purchases is a tract of land embracing 4,000 acres of land in Michigan, a portion of which has been fenced. He was married, December 31, 1875, to Miss Catherine McCaskill, a native of Alabama. Mr. Atwood has served as Councilman six years, and is a member of the Masonic fraternity. He is a man of social and gentlemanly deportment, with qualifications of mind and character that develop elements of energy and enterprise; a straight businessman, who stands in the community respected by all who know him.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 51.

AUBRY, Bray of Perry Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Bray Aubry, farmer, P.O. Fayetteville, son of John B. and Annie (Mony) Aubry, was born in France in 1827. In 1834, his parents came to this country, and settled near Columbus, Ohio, where they remained about three years. In 1837, they came to this township, and bought 148 acres of land, where Mr. Aubry now resides, fifty-eight acres of which he now owns, forty acres under cultivation. He was married in this township in 1854, to Adeline Ferry, by whom he has one daughter, Rosa, wife of Joseph Barber of Chasetown, this township. Mr. Aubry's wife died in 1855, and he again married, in 1856, to Margaret Denny. They have seven children—Mary, John, Annie, Margaret, Peter, Joseph and Elizabeth. The family are all members of the Catholic Church.

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AUBRY, John of Perry Township

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John Aubry, farmer, P.O. Fayetteville, son of John B. and Annie Aubry, was born in France May 15, 1817. In 1834, his parents came to this country, and in 1837, they bought a farm in this township, north of Fayetteville, where Bray Aubry now lives. Mr. Aubry was married in this township in 1839, to Frances Bedaine, a native of France, born March 16, 1817. They had five children, three now living—Augustus, Mary A. and Elizabeth; the deceased was Francis, who died in the army; he enlisted in Cincinnati in Company A, Seventh Ohio Volunteer Calvary, served two years and seven months, and while on his way home, on board the steamer Sultana, was blown up with 2,300 souls, 1,700 of whom were either killed or drowned. Francis was burned, and injured so badly that he soon died at Gayoso Hospital, Memphis, Tenn. The other deceased child was named Morris. After his marriage, Mr. Aubry received twenty-five acres of the old homestead from his father, which he sold, and bought the fifty acres where he now resides, and has a comfortable home in which to spend the remainder of his days. Mr. Aubry and family are all members of the Catholic Church.

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