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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
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Published:  Chicago:  W. H. Beers & Co.



  Clark Twp. -
O. P. RALSTON, farmer, P. O. Hamersville.  Oliver Perry Ralston, youngest son of Joseph and Eleanor (Smith) Ralston, was born in Brown County, Ohio, Mar. 11, 1824.  As was common in those days, he received only a common school education, but such was his love and talent for mathematics, that at one time he was considered the best mathematician in the county.  He was raised on a farm and has followed that occupation without interruption up to the present time.  On Apr. 27, 1844, he was married to Martha Ann youngest daughter of John and Catharine Pitzer, also a native of this county.  There were born to them six boys and two girls, viz.: James Polk, who married Permele Jacobs, and is now a citizen of Colorado Springs, Colo.  He served three years as Principal of the Deaf Mute Institute of Colorado, and is now prospecting and mining among the Rocky Mountains Serepta Jane, wife of Dr. R. B. McCall of New Hope; Thomas Hamer, who was born Apr. 27, 1849, and went to Kansas in the fall of 1868, and died of typhoid fever Oct. 8, 1871, in Livingston County, Mo.; Lewis Warren, born Jan. 7, 1851, read law with Marshal & Thomas, was admitted to the bar in 1872, married Lutitia Case, and now resides in Hamersville; Almira Evaline, born Oct. 28, 1852, still single; Eugene Archimedas, born July 12, 1856, and after spending two years in the South, is now farming the old homestead; Edgar Lee, born July 7, 1860, and now in Crystal Basin, Colo., silver mines; Orlando Frank, born Aug. 4, 1862, also in the prospecting and mining business.  Mr. Ralston's public career is a fellow:  Was appointed School Examiner in 1854, elected County Surveyor in 1857, and re-elected in 1860, elected Justice of the Peace in 1864, served as Township Clerk during the latter part of the war, and was treasurer of the fund raised by Clark Township to fill her quota of men.  He was elected, in 1880, to represent Clermont and Brown Counties in the State Board of Equalization.  Martha A., first wife of O. P. Ralston, died of consumption Feb. 9, 1866, aged thirty-nine years and eight days  Mr. Ralston was married, Apr. 17, 1867, to Ann J. (Brownfield) Stratton, daughter of James and Mary Brownfield, and widow of William B. Stratton, also a native of Brown County.  She had one child - George W. Stratton, who was a member of the Forty-ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was a prisoner at Andersonville.  Mr. Ralston still surveys and is often called to settle disputes, and his honesty and known ability make his decisions nearly always final.  He has been a Notary Public for the last twelve years.  He is one of the most prominent Odd Fellows of the county, was D. D. G. M. in 1871-72, when the district included Adams, Brown and a part of Clermont Counties, represented this district in the Grand Lodge of Ohio in 1877-78-79-80, and was Grand Guardian in 1881.  He is noted one of the strong friends of education in the county, although not a regular teacher, having only taught three or four quarters, but has always been found giving the cause aid and support when most needed.  He was a member of the Patrons of Husbandry, represented Brown County four years in the State Grange, and was the first Master of Clark Grange.  He was the first Odd Fellow in Clark Township, and his kind heart prompts him to be first always in the relief of distress.  (For parentage, see Clark Township History.)
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 190
  Sterling Twp. -
MARTIN REDDICK, farmer, P. O. Marathon, a native of Clermont County, Ohio, was born Jan. 22, 1812, and is a son of Richard and Mary Miller Reddick, who came to Ohio about the year 1800.  His days were spent on a farm until sixteen years old, when he went to Cincinnati and drove team nine years.  He was married Mar. 23, 1837, to Matilda, daughter of William and Catharine Nitzer, who was born Mar. 30, 1812, in Essex County, N. J., and came to Ohio with her parents when five years old.  Mr. Reddick and wife raised eight childrenóRichard P., married Esther Cramer; Emily Jane, wife of P. P. Applegate; William M., married Mary Jane Birsall; Elisha, married Sarah Reed; Theodore, married Evaline Boose; Mary Elsie, wife of Abram Liming; Maria Louisa, wife of Alexander Work; and Hannah A., wife of Walter GordonMr. Reddick bought the farm where he now resides in 1839, and moved on it.  Besides his own family, he has raised three orphan children.  His boys made the following honorable record during the war of the rebellion.  Richard Reddick was in the Seventy-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry; William in the First Ohio Volunteer Cavalry and went with Sherman to the sea; and Elisha was in the Forty-eighth, I and wounded at Shiloh, in three places.  Mr. Reddick is an old school Democrat and served in the capacity of Supervisor and School Director for some time.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 300
  Green Twp. -
ANTHONY RESIBOIS, farmer, P. O. Five Mile, was born Apr. 1, 1825, in Belgium, and from his youth up has been engaged in agricultural pursuits.  In September, 1847, he emigrated to America, and, by way of New Orleans, came to Cincinnati, Ohio, from whence he came to Perry Township, Brown County, where he remained six weeks.  He then returned to near Cincinnati, where he worked two years; from thence to Tennessee, where he remained a short time, when he again returned to Cincinnati, and remained there three years.  He married, in Cincinnati, Miss Mary A. Etnne, by whom he had four children, two of whom are still living - Mary C. and Augustus.  Mr. Resibois has always been industrious and persevering in his habits, qualities which characterize his native country.  He is likewise a self-made man, having comparatively little when he started in this world for hiself.  Politically, he is a Democrat; he owns 158 acres of land, well cultivated.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 269
  Franklin Twp. -
HUSTON RHOTEN, P. O. Arnheim, a life resident of Brown Co., and a prominent farmer of the northeastern part of this township, was born in Jackson Township, Brown Co., Ohio, July 26, 1822.  He is a son of Josiah Rhoten, a native of Pennsylvania, who located in Kentucky, and, in 1814, settled on a farm on the present site of Carlisle, in Jackson Township, this county.  He lived there about one year, and then removed to Franklin Township, where he resided until 1833.  He then went back to Jackson Township, where he lived till his death, in 1865.  He married Mary Perrine, a native of New Jersey.  Mrs. Rhoten departed this life in 1855.  Huston Rhoten is the seventh child and fifth son of a family of nine children, five of whom are yet living.  He was reared on the home farm in both Jackson and Franklin Townships, remaining with his father till twenty-six years of age.  He was married, Feb. 10, 1848, to Mahala Pindell, a native of this township, born on the farm where she now resides.  After marriage, Mr. Rhoten rented the farm now occupied  by Lee Spencer, and two years latter purchased it.  The farm contained 115 acres.  He there resided from 1848 till the fall of 1873, when he purchased 125 acres of his present farm, and subsequently added forty-two acres to it.  Mr. Rhoten has since made another purchase of 107 acres, mostly woodland, his landed possessions now numbering 274 acres.  Mr. and Mrs. Rhoten have six children - Michael H., William A. (married Hattie Pindell, Mary Jane (wife of William G. Waters), James B. (a farmer of Jackson Township), George T. and Cary H.  Mr. Rhoten and wife are members of the Christian Union denomination, which meets in the school house near his farm.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  208
  Eagle Twp. -
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.  William was reared on a farm, and received a rudimentary education in a district school.  In January, 1844, he 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 Chil_on.  In 1844, he moved to the southern portion of the township, where he still resides.  Mr. Rhoten has been successful in business during life.  Is a member of the Christian Union Church.  Is the owner of 405 acres of land in a high degree cultivation.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page  229
  Clark Twp. -
ROBERT D. RICE, farmer, P. O. Hamersville, son of Michael and Lutitia (Ham) Rice, was born in Bracken Co., Ky., Feb. 27, 1837, of Welsh descent.  He was raised on a farm and in the low state of schools in that part he only attended school six weeks in his life.  He was married, Dec. 8, 1859, to Hannah M., daughter of Joseph Metzger of Lewis Township.  They have had three children, viz., Joseph H., Elijah F. (died when eight years old) and Susanna.  He came to Ohio in 1862, and to Clark Township in 1879.  He owns a beautiful farm of 100 acres near Hamersville.  He and his wife are members of the Christian Church, in which he has been Superintendent of Sabbath schools for the last ten years.  He is a model man for piety, morality and sobriety - never in his life having sworn an oath, tasted intoxicating liquor, kept lewd company or gambled in any shape or form.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 190
  Clark Twp. -
JOSEPH PERRY RICHARDS, farmer, P. O. Georgetown, was born on the farm which he now owns and where he resides.  His father, Charles Richards, was born in Virginia Jan. 7, 1804, and died in Ohio in 1871.  His mother, Elizabeth (Connell) Richards, was born in Ohio Dec. 6, 1809, and is still living.  His grandfather, Richards, came to Ohio in 1829, and settled in Brown County.  He was a soldier in the war of 1812.  The subject of this sketch was educated in the common schools of his native county, and having chosen farming for an occupation, has since followed it with marked success.  He is a Democrat in politics, and for four years was Township Trustee.  He is President of the County Agricultural Society, and has occupied that position for five years.  He has been twice married, first to Rebecca C. Norris, of this township, who died in 1863, leaving three children - William, Charles C. and Marion Lee.  His second wife, whom he married in 1867, was Amanda Berry, daughter of Samuel Berry, of Pleasant Township.  By her he has one child - Samuel F.  Mr. and Mrs. R. are both members of the M. E. Church.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 190
  Clark Twp. -
WILLIAM LEE RICHEY, farmer, P. O. Feesburg, was born in Lewis Township, Brown Co., Ohio, Sep. 7, 1848.  He is a son of John L. and Elizabeth (Trout) Richey.  John L. Richey was a son of William and Sophia Richey, of Franklin Township, Clermont County.  Elizabeth Trout was a daughter of William and Sarah Trout, of Lewis Township, Brown Co.  The subject of this sketch was married Jan. 1, 1871, to Emma, daughter of James and Matilda (Coffman) Swope, of Clermont County.  To them were born two children - George and Alpha.  Emma Richey died Feb. 27, 1874, and Mr. Richey married Jenney, daughter of Benjamin and Abigail Day, of Lewis Township, and to them were born three children - Thomas,  Robert & Hattie.  Mr. Richey is of German descent, was raised on a farm and only received a common school education.  He and wife are members of the Christian Union Church.  Mr. Richey is a Democrat, and serving his second term as Township Trustee.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 191
  Clark Twp. -
A. J. ROBINSON, farmer, P. O. Locust Ridge, was born in Clermont Co., Ohio, Nov. 28, 1856.  His father, Dr. Thomas Robinson, is a prominent physician of Clark Township, widely and well known as a successful practitioner and a graduate of Cincinnati Medical College.  He has practiced his profession in Brown County for thirty years, and has also been an extensive farmer, now owning 700 acres of land.  He has been twice married, his first wife being Mary Ann Wall, a native of Ohio, by whom he had three children, all sons - our subject, a young man of good address, of a mechanical turn of mind and of industrious habits, and who attended the Lebanon Normal School one term; Charles and George.  The Doctor's second wife was Minerva Blair, and by her had two children - Frank and Oscar Lee.  In politics, Dr. Robinson is a Democrat.
Source: The History of Brown County Ohio - Chicago - W. H. Beers & Co. - 1883 - Page 191



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