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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 B. FEE, Georgetown, attorney at law and ex-Mayor of Georgetown, was born in Scott Township, Brown County, Ohio, Aug. 15, 1853.  He is a son of Dr. E. B. Fee, Treasurer of Brown County, and a practicing physician in the county for the past forty years.  Mr. Fee's mother was Amanda Blair; both parents are living.  Mr. Fee resided on the old homestead, in Scott Township, till he was sixteen years of age, when he removed to Georgetown.  He attended college at Augusta, Ky., one year, and was subsequently placed under the instruction of a private tutor at Cincinnati.  He taught school in Brown County about one year, during this tie read law, finishing his studies with Devore & Thompson.  He subsequently attended the Cincinnati Law School, graduating in 1873.  In 1874, he opened a law office in connection with David Thomas, but the firm was discontinued a year later.  Mr. Fee then went to Cincinnati, remaining there in the practice of his profession about eighteen months.  He then returned to Georgetown and accepted the position of Deputy Treasurer under his father, which position he still holds.  He was elected a member of the Village Council in 1879, and the Mayor, J. T. Stevenson, dying three months later, he was elected to fill the vacancy.  In 1880, he was re-elected by the people, serving till the spring of 1882.  MR. Fee has met with very fair success in his law practice.  He is a member of the Masonic, Odd Fellow and Knights of Pythias Lodges, and has always been a Democrat.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  16
  Pleasant Twp. -
DR. ENOS B. FEE, ex- Treasurer of Brown County, Georgetown, was born in Clermont County, Ohio, Oct. 4, 1817.  His father, Elisha Fee, was probably a native of Virginia, and in early life resided in Pennsylvania and Kentucky.  He removed of Ohio about the date of the first settlement in what is now Brown County, locating in Adams County, and subsequently in Clermont County, where he died in the fall of 1812.  He was a farmer and miller through life.  He was a Major in an American regiment at the siege of Fort Meigs.  Dr. Fee's mother a was Nancy Brown, a native of Pennsylvania.  Her father was a member of Braddock's command, in the French and Indian war, and when Braddock was ambushed near Fort Du Queens, was shot through the thigh by a musket ball.  He immediately sought the friendly shelter of a log lying near, and by crawling partly under the same, caused the victorious savage to overlook him.  He lay in this position for six days, suffering the indescribable pangs of hunger and thirst, and the tortures of a shattered and bleeding limb.  On the third day, he caught a rattlesnake, skinned him, and eagerly devoured the raw flesh.  On the sixth day, he caught a loose horse, dragged himself to a friendly stump, mounted, and rode to the fort, where he was joyfully received, and his wounds kindly cared for.  Mrs. Fee departed this life in the spring of 1828.  Dr. Fee is the sixth child and fourth son of a family of eight children, himself being the only survivor.  He was reared on a farm in Clermont County, receiving the educational advantages afforded by the schools of that day.  When eighteen years of age, he commenced the study of medicine with Dr. Fee, of Williamsburg, in that county, remaining with him nearly four years.  He subsequently graduated from the Ohio Medical College of Cincinnati, and first commenced the practice of his profession at New Hope, in Scott Township, of this county.  Since that time, Dr. Fee has devoted almost his entire time to his practice, and is well known and esteemed throughout the entire county.  Politically, his views have always been Democratic, and, in 1849, he represented Brown County in the Ohio Legislature, serving a term of two years.  He was re-elected, and served in the same capacity during the winter of 1862-63.  In 1869, Dr. Fee removed to Georgetown, where he has since resided.  In October, 1878, Dr. Fee was elected County Treasurer, the office being unsolicited by him.  In 1880, he was re-elected.  In the practice of his chosen profession, Dr. Fee has always borne a high position among the physicians of the State.  He was appointed, in company with Drs. Ackley, Woods, Smith and Messrs. Cist and Gilliland to locate and build the Ohio Asylums for the Insane at Newburg and Dayton, and subsequently with Drs. Ackley and Woods, was appointed to finish and superintend the Asylums.  These appointments were made him by Govs. Wood and Medill.  Dr. Fee served but a short time while on the latter commission, and then tendered his resignation.  He is an active member of the Brown County Academy of Medicine and of Georgetown Lodge No. 72 (Masonic).  Dr. Fee was united in marriage Oct. 3, 1850, to Amanda Blair, a native of Maysville, Mason Co., Ky., and reared and educated at Lawrenceville, Ill.  They have seven children - Lillie, Charlie, Addie, Robert, Lucian, Mary and Willie.  Mrs. Fee is a consistent member of the M. E. Church.  Dr. Fee's health has been quite poorly for some time, and his professional and official duties have been carried on by mere force of will, resolving not to give up active labor till actually compelled so to do.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  15
  Pleasant Twp. -
ALBERT G. FITE, of Campbell & Fite, attorneys at law, Georgetown, was born in Scott Township, Brown Co., Ohio, Dec. 16, 1850.  His father is Jefferson Fite, a native of Brown County, and a farmer and miller of Scott Township.  Mr. Fite was reared on the homestead farm, and was engaged in farming until 1878.  He received a good education in the National Normal School at Lebanon, Ohio, where he attended in 1869 - 70 and 1870-72.  He was married, Oct. 30, 1873, to Flora F., daughter of Hiram and Wilhemina Day, pioneers of Scott Township.  After marriage, Mr. Fite engaged in farming in Scott Township till the fall of 1878, when he came to Georgetown and commenced the study of law with Thompson & Fite, the latter a brother.  In the fall of 1879, Mr. Fite attended a course of lectures at the Cincinnati Law School, graduating in May, 1880, and was admitted to practice at Columbus a few days later.  He remained at Cincinnati till the following fall, when he came to Georgetown and entered into a law partnership with R. E. Campbell.  The firm is meeting with good success.  Mr. Fite is a true-born Democrat, and in April, 1882, was elected Justice of the Peace of Pleasant Township for a term of three years.  In January, 1878, Mr. Fite suffered the loss of his estimable wife, leaving to his care two sons, Lucian, born Aug. 10, 1875, and George, born July 24, 1877.  He was again married, Sept. 5, 1881, to Mary E. Armstrong, a native of Georgetown.  Mrs. Fite (deceased) was a member of the M. E. Church, as is the present wife.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  17
  Clark Twp. -
D. W. FITE, farmer, P. O. Hamersville was born in Clark Township on the farm he now occupies.  He is the son of John W. and Millie (Cotterill) Fite, natives of Pennsylvania and Kentucky.  The former was in the American Army, and participated in its ignominious surrender at Detroit under Gen. Hull.  In 1820, they left Kentucky and came to Brown County, Ohio, locating in Clark Township, where he resided till his death.  Mrs. Fite still survives in her eighty-sixth year, and strong enough to do her own housework.  They were the parents of ten children, five daughters and five sons, all of whom grew to manhood and womanhood.  One son, B. F., enlisted in the Fifty-ninth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was killed at the battle of Mission Ridge. The subject of this notice was reared on the home farm, receiving a good common school education.  In early life, he engaged in teaching, and has followed that profession twenty-four years, in the meantime carrying on a farm of 110 acres, where he resides.  He has been successful in both his professional and farming operations.  Politically, he is Democratic.  He served as School Examiner six years, and once officiated as Trustee of the township.  Mr. Fite was united in marriage, in 1857, to Johanna Daugherty, born in Clermont County, Ohio, in 1841, and of Irish descent.  Eleven children have been given them, ten living, six daughters and four sons - F. W., G. P., Eva J., Clara, Alice, Millie, Martha, Elizabeth and Edward and Ella (twins).
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  184
  Clark Twp. -
O. P. FITE, Hamersville, of Kellum & Fite, saw-mill owners, was born in Nicholas Co., Ky., Aug. 15, 1823.  He is a son of John W. and Millie (Cotterill) Fite the former a native of Pennsylvania, of German ancestry, and the latter of Kentucky, of Irish parentage.  Mr. Fite was reared on a farm, and has been engaged in agricultural pursuits a portion of his life.  He is now engaged in running a sawmill in Hamersville, and is engineer in charge.  He has been a member of the firm of Kellum & Fite since 1860.  He was married in 1850 to Eunice, daughter of Benjamin Gardner.  They have two children - Cyrus L. and W. C.  Mr. Fite and wife are members of the Disciple Church, and he is Democratic politically.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  184
  Pleasant Twp. -
RUFUS L. FITE, Georgetown, attorney at law and ex-Mayor of Georgetown, was born in Scott Township, Brown County, Ohio, Aug. 15, 1853.  He is a son of Dr. E. B. Fee, Treasurer of Brown County, and a practicing physician in the county for the past forty years.  Mr. Fee's mother was Amanda Blair; both parents are living.  Mr. Fee resided on the old homestead in Scott Township till he was sixteen years of age, when he removed to Georgetown.  He attended college at Augusta, Ky., one year, and was subsequently placed under the instruction of a private tutor at Cincinnati.  He taught school is Brown County about one year, during this time read law, finishing his studies with Devore & Thompson.  He subsequently attended the Cincinnati Law School, graduating in 1873.  In 1874, he opened a law office in connection with David Thomas, but the firm was discontinued a year later.  Mr. Fee then went to Cincinnati, remaining there in the practice of his profession about eighteen months.  He then returned to Georgetown and accepted the position of Deputy Treasurer under his father, which position he still holds.  He was elected a member of the Village Council in 1879, and the Mayor, J. T. Stevenson, dying three months later, he was elected to fill the vacancy.  In 1880, he was re-elected by the spring of 1882.  Mr. Fee has met with very fair success in his law practice.  He is a member of the Masonic, Odd Fellow and Knights of Pythias Lodges, and has always been a Democrat.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  16
  Perry Twp. -
STEPHEN J. FITZPATRICK.  The subject of this sketch was born of humble, but honest parents, in the county of Down, Ireland, on Dec. 4, 1848.  He came to this country in November 1863, his father and mother having immigrated several years before, when he was but a child.  His early years were spent under the care and tuition of his grandfather, Lawrence Woods, a man of many excellent virtues, who discharged his duty faithfully and taught the youthful feet the ways of rectitude.  His father's name was Patrick and his mother's Bridget (Woods) Fitzpatrick, who first landed in New York, and after a stay of a year or two, moved to Fayetteville, Brown County, Ohio, were they finally settled.  They had three children, the first a son, the subject of our sketch, and two daughters - Maggie and Mary Ann.  The father was killed by an accident, and the care and support of the orphans devolved upon the mother and her only son, who was then in his fifteenth year.  The boy of fifteen assumed the responsibilities of the man of twenty-five, and faithfully maintained them.  Through years of labor, manual and mental, he found himself a graduate at the head of his class.  Since then his career has been onward and upward, and he has filled many lucrative and important positions.  He was book-keeper and paymaster on the Cumberland Division of the Cincinnati Southern Railway during its construction, with headquarters at Somerset, Ky.  It was here he met Lucy, daughter of Judge Fitzpatrick, and married her in May, 1878.  The fruits of this marriage are two sons - John, the oldest, was born on Jan. 20, 1880, and Laurence Emmett on Oct. 12, 1881.  In 1877, he established a fine drug, store in Fayetteville, having as partner Dr. Thomas M. Reade.  The business has proved prosperous, and his store is one of the neatest and most complete in the county.  He is still a young man and is just in the beginning of his career of usefulness and prosperity.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  135
  Jackson Twp. -
JAMES W. FRANCIS, farmer, P. O. Winchester.  Edward Francis, father of our subject, was born in Ireland, and when about three years old, his parents emigrated to America; they came to Brown County, Ohio, about the year 1818, and settled in Jackson Township, near Ash Ridge.  The neighborhood in which they settled, was that time considerable of a forest; the hardships and self-denials which they were obliged to undergo, are too well understood by the intelligent reader to demand a minute delineation of the same.  Edward was here reared among the stirring scenes of pioneer life, and received but a limited education.  He married Elizabeth Plummer of Adams County, Ohio, by whom he had four children, three of whom are still living - Hatnah A., James W. and William H.  After his marriage, he settled on the farm at present occupied by our subject, in the eastern portion of Jackson Township, where he remained until his decease in November, 1870.  HE was a man of sterling integrity and reliable character, and a member of the M. E. Church.  James W. Francis our subject, was born in January, 1846, on the old homestead in Jackson Township.  On Nov. 10, 1875, he married Maria McManis, daughter of Samuel and Martha McManis, of whom we have made mention in this work.  To them have been born two children, - Lulu and Ethel.  Politically, Mr. Francis is a Republican.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 277
  Jackson Twp. -
WILLIAM H. FRANCIS, farmer, P. O. Winchester, was born in January, 1848, in Jackson Township, Brown Co., Ohio.  His parents were Edward and Elizabeth (Plummer) Francis.  He was reared to manhood on a farm, and received but a limited education.  In October, 1871, he was united in marriage to Mary Kendall, daughter of Wilson and Elizabeth Kendall, of whom we have made mention in this work.  To them have been born five children, viz.:  Albert W. Ida B. Lettie M., Charlie E. and Arthur.  Mr. Francis is a liberal contributor to all enterprises having for their effect the rise and progress of the county and the elevation of humanity, a member of the M. E. Church, and the owner of sixty acres of land, located in the eastern portion of this township.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 277
  Perry Twp. -
JOSEPH FRITZ, farmer, P. O. Vera Cruz, was born in this township in 1850.  His father was an iron molder by trade, and emigrated to this county with his family about 1838, and worked at his trade at Pittsburgh, Penn., about two yeas.  In 1840, they came to this township, and bought 600 acres of timber land, at from $3, to $6 per acre.  They cleared up a large tract.  They both died in 1851, leaving a family of two children, one of whom, a daughter, died shortly after, and Joseph received the eighty-eight acres.  He now has 130 acres, one half mile north of Vera Cruz.  He was married in Cincinnati, Oct. 13, 1878, to Mary McManus.  They are members of the Catholic Church.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  136
  Pleasant Twp. -
JOSIAH FROST, (deceased), was born in Brown County June 10, 1809, the son of James and Elizabeth (Burgett) Frost.  His father was of English ancestry, his mother of German.  His education was received in the subscription schools of his neighborhood, and for a few months in early life he taught school.  His principal business however, was farming and trading.  He began life a poor boy, but accumulated a goodly share of property, though in his business transactions he did not escape reverses.  He resided in Ripley several years, and while there erected one of its finest residences.  He dealt in al kinds of produce, quite extensively in tobacco, but his greatest success was accomplished on the farm.  Margaret L. Armstrong, a native of this State, of German and Irish extraction, born Dec. 16, 1813, became his wife June 17, 1830.  Their family consisted of five children - Elizabeth, wife of Noah W. Ellis, of this township, and mother of four children; Cynthia, deceased; James, a boatman, married, and owner of a steamboat; Mary A., wife of Mr. Heizer, and mother of three children; and William E., deceased.  Mr. Frost died in 1880.  He was a consistent member of the Christian Church for fifty years, a Deacon of the church, and an unwearied Sabbath School worker.  His widow is a member of the same church, and resides on the farm two miles south of Georgetown, where she expects to spend the remainder of her life in peaceful retirement, and in the company of her granddaughter, Miss Allie Ellis.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  17
  Pleasant Twp. -
W. B. FROST, farmer, P. O. Georgetown.  Mr. Frost was born in Union Township, this county, July 20, 1818, the son of James and Elizabeth (Burgett) Frost.  His father was a native of Pennsylvania, and of Scotch and Irish descent; his mother was of German extraction.  His education was received in the rude, old-fashioned country schools, that then prevailed and farming became his life vacation.  His success in it is vouchsafed by the fact that he now owns a good farm of 208 acres.  He wedded Sarah Mitchell, a daughter of James Mitchell.  Their only child, James B., is now a prominent farmer of this township.  Mrs. Frost died in 1832.  Mr. Frost married in 1851, the sister of his former wife, and seven children have blessed the union; only three of them are now living - Ella B., residing in Unity Township, John B. and Ellen J.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  17
  Pike Twp. -
J. H. FRY, farmer, P. O. New Harmony, was born in Brown County Dec. 29, 1829, and is a son of James and Judith Fry.  She was a native of Pennsylvania, and came to this State with her parents.  J. H. Fry was married, May 25, 1850 to Sarah A. Newbury, and engaged in farming for himself as renter.  Thus he continued until 1852, when he bought thirty acres of land, and has since added eight acres more.  He had but $3 in cash when he commenced work for himself.  He acquired a limited education in the common schools.  He and his wife both belong to the Methodist Church at Salem.  Eleven children are the fruits of their marriage, of whom six are living - Mary, Sarah E., John, Martha J., Joseph and Fannie.  Mr. Fry. has been an industrious farmer thus far in life, and his record has been such that his children can point to it with pride.,
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  217
Sharon Wick's Note:   Found Death as follows:
James Fry - Spouse: Judith Hayes - Child: John H. Fry - Death: Mar. 8, 1909 at Pike, Brown Co., OH - Gender: Male - Age: 79 - Marital Status: Married - Race: White - Occupation: Farmer - Birth: 30 Dec. 1829 - Birthplace: Ohio - Burial place: New Harmony - Father's name: James Fry - Mother's name: Judith Hayes - Mother's birthplace: Virginia
Also:  1880 Census Pike Twp., Brown Co., OH - NARA Film: T9 - Pg. 191D includes: John H. Fry, Sarah Fry, John Fry, Fannie Fry, Thomas Fry, Martha J. Fry & Joseph Fry
Source:  www.familysearch.org
1900 Census includes John and Sarah
  Pike Twp. -
JAMES FRY, farmer, P. O. Surryville, was born in Kentucky Oct. 17, 1806, and is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth Fry, who were both natives of Virginia.  They were married in Virginia and emigrated to Kentucky, where James was born; when six years old, he, with his parents, emigrated to Ohio, and settled in Clermont County, where they remained until their death.  James Fry acquired a very limited education.  He is one of the old pioneers of Ohio.  He engaged in farming for himself as a renter at the age of twenty; thus he continued for twenty-four years, when he bought 120 acres of land, where he resides.  He has since added eighty acres, now owing a farm of 200 acres, which, through his management, is in a high state of cultivation.  He was united in marriage with Judith Hays, June 20, 1826, with whom he lived until her death, which occurred Jan. 21, 1871.  He remained a widower eight months, when he married Sarah A. Simpkins, his present wife.  His first wife bore him twelve children, of whom five are living; the last wife one.  Mr. Fry's record is such that his children can ever point to it with pride.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  217
Sharon Wick's Note:   Found Death as follows:
James Fry - Spouse: Judith Hayes - Child: John H. Fry - Death: Mar. 8, 1909 at Pike, Brown Co., OH - Gender: Male - Age: 79 - Marital Status: Married - Race: White - Occupation: Farmer - Birth: 30 Dec. 1829 - Birthplace: Ohio - Burial place: New Harmony - Father's name: James Fry - Mother's name: Judith Hayes - Mother's birthplace: Virginia
Additional Note: Found Marriage Record: 
James Fry and Sarah A. Simpkins, married Sep. 9, 1871 Brown Co., OH
Source: Source:  www.familysearch.org

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