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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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  Pleasant Twp. -
CHARLES ABBOTT, farmer, P. O. Georgetown, is the son 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 extended 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 preserved 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 and 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.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  3
  Pleasant Twp. -
E. C. ABBOTT, farmer, P. O. Georgetown, was born in Pleasant Township Dec. 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 the 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.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  2
  Union Twp. -
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 Mar. 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.  Politically, he is a man bound to no party or power, but acts entirely from principle, and is a man of his own choice.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 51
  Perry Twp. -
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 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 ore on the Georgetown pike.  The family are all members of the Catholic Church.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  128
  Perry Twp. -
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.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  128
  Perry Twp. -
FRANCOIS AMIOT, blacksmith of Chasetown, P. O. Fayetteville, son of Mathias and Jane Amiot, was born in France Mar. 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.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  129
  Clark Twp. -
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 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 habitats 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 a Democratic in politics.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  179
  Clark Twp. -
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.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  179
  Sterling Twp. -
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.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  294
  Scott Twp. -
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 Feb. 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.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 245
  Pleasant Twp. -
LAWRENCE ARZENO, watchmaker and jeweler, Georgetown, was born in Italy, Dec. 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 in Cincinnati, where his wife and only son (our subject) joined him the year following.  Mrs. Arzeno 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 an 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 lie 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 Republican in politics and a member of the M. E. Church, these two latter positions being almost without 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.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  3

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