BROWN COUNTY, OHIO

OHGenWeb Project

Biographies

R

RALSTON, Henry

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

Henry Ralston, a relative of Mrs. Robert Curry, came about the same time the Currys did. He was originally from Rockingham County, Va., but like most of the settlers had lived awhile in Kentucky before coming here. He had a family of six children--John, Robert, Jesse, James, Mrs. Abbie Derough and Mrs. Phoebe Jolly. His brother, James Ralston, settled in the western part of Pleasant township on the V.M. Loudon place.

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), 375.

RALSTON, Joseph

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

Joseph Ralston was born in Pittsburgh, December 6, 1793 and in 1794 came with his father (who was a blacksmith in Wayne's army) to Manchester, where he remained until 1807, when he removed to White Oak, and settled at the mouth of Miranda's Fork, on the northwest corner of Entry No. 901. There he resided until his marriage with Eleanor Smith, September 5, 1813, after which he resided on the Smith farm until his death, February 18, 1869. When twenty-eight or thirty years of age, his back was injured at a log rolling, and he was afterward unable to do hard work; he taught school with eminent success for forty years. He had three sons and seven daughters, but three of the latter died while small. The sons were Christian Smith, Andrew Jackson and Oliver Perry, and the girls were Orphia, Zorilda, Almira and Matilda Jane. Christian was born November 4, 1814, married Sarah Martin in 1836, removed to Ripley County, Indiana, in January 1841 and died September 27, 1869. Andrew was born September 8, 1818, married Nancy J. Perry in 1839, moved to Fulton County, Illinois in 1848 and died February, 1875.

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), 522-523.

REES, Joseph

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

Joseph Rees, farmer, PO. Emerald, Adams County, was born November 17, 1810 in Berkeley County, Va. When about four years of age, his parents emigrated to Harrison County, Ohio where they remained some eight years. They then moved to Highland County, where they remained about four years; from Highland they moved to Winchester Township, Adams County, where they remained until their decease. They were the parents of nine children, two of whom are still living. Our subject was reared to man's estate on a farm, and received but a rudimentary education. In August 1840, he married Melsena Shipley, born October 16, 1814, in Fayette County, Penn. She was the daughter of Henry and Nancy Shipley. To them have been born nine children, five of whom are still living--John N., Joseph W., Mary E., Angeline and Nancy E. After their marriage they lived in Adams County fourteen and a half years. In March, 1857, they moved to Eagle Township where they still reside.

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), 229.

REMLEY, Henry

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Henry Remley (deceased) was born in Kentucky in the year 1828, where he received a good common school education. He was a farmer and moved across the Ohio River into Brown County in 1861. December 29, of that year, he married America Ellis, born in 1821, daughter of Samuel Ellis. Their one child is Samuel E., born June 11, 1863. Mr. Remley died June 11, 1868. He had been a Democrat in politics, but never let his political views produce any ill feeling between himself and his fellow-men. He was respected by all who knew him. Mrs. Remley still lives on the farm in the southern part of the township.

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), 38.

RHOTEN, William

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

William Rhoten, farmer, P.O. South Fincastle, was born June 23, 1819, in Jackson Township, Brown County, Ohio. His parents were Josiah and Mary Rhoten, who came to Ohio about 1817 and settled in what is now known as Jackson Township, Brown County. In January, 1844, William married Thurza Pindell, by whom he had nine children, eight of whom are still living--Carey W., Rachel A., Michael, Ethan, Melinda, Nancy, Mary and Chiltron. In 1844, he moved to the southern portion of the township, where he still resides.

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), 229.

ROSSELOT, Francis

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

Francis Rosselot, farmer, P.O. South Fincastle, was born in Alsace, Germany, in August, 1833. In 1837, with his parents, Henry and Frances Rosselot, he emigrated to America, and, by way of New York, came to Ohio, and settled in Clermont County, where his parents remained until their decease. In August, 1862, our subject married Catharine Amey, by whom he had ten children, eight of whom are still living, viz., Leah, Benjamin, Frank, Ella, Catharine, Julia, Charles and James. After their marriage, they located for a short time in Clermont County; subsequently in Highland County; from Highland they moved to Brown County, where they remained two years. They then went to Rice County, Minn., where they remained four years; then returned to Brown County, Ohio, and located in the southern portion of Eagle Township where they still reside. Mr. Rosselot has been succesful in business, and is the owner of fifty-three and a half 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), 229.

ROUNDS, Stewart of Sterling Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Stewart Rounds (deceased), son of Daniel and Martha (Richardson) Rounds, was born in the State of Maryland March 1, 1808, of English descent. Mr. Rounds was married, November 11, 1840, to Rebecca M., daughter of Samuel and Phoeba (Williams) Trahoon, and a native of Kentucky. They raised seven children, viz., William C., who served during the war in the Fifty-ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and is now a resident of California; Mary J., wife of George B. DeWitt; Amelia, wife of George W. Wilson; Charles A., married Jenny Hesler; Steward, married Irene Hatton; Julia A., wife of William Wright; and Samuel W., inspector of material on the C. & S.E.R.R., Kentucky. Mr. Rounds was raised on a farm, and was in the grocery business twelve or fourteen years in Maysville, Ky., after which he came to Ohio in 1849 and settled on this farm in 1856. He was a member of the F. & A.M., and Mrs. Rounds of the M.E. Church. Since Mr. Rounds' death, Mrs. Rounds cultivates the farm.

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), 300.

Brown County, Ohio

Yolanda Campbell Lifter, Brown County Coordinator

Copyright 2005-2010 Yolanda Campbell Lifter
This site may be freely linked to but not duplicated in any fashion without my consent.