HISTORY OF CLERMONT & BROWN COUNTIES, OHIO
By Byron Williams
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|HON. JOHN F. GAMES,
Representative of Brown county to the Ohio Legislature in 1857 and 1858, was
a man widely and favorably known in this section of the State as a man of
public affairs, a teacher and a farmer of Huntington township, Brown county,
Ohio, where his birth occurred Mar. 11, 1810, whose death took place Oct. 1,
1888. He was a son of John Wood and Sarah (Fryer) Games, both
natives of Jefferson county, Virginia, who came overland with a team and
wagon to Brown county in 1807, accompanied by Mr. Gilbert, a
John Wood Games was a gallant soldier in the War
of 1812 and was in the famous lake expedition. The death of Mrs.
Games occurred in 1840, having been the mother of six children, all of
whom are deceased. Mr. Games formed a second union with
Sarah Haynes, by whom he had two children. One died in infancy and
the other, Josephine, became the wife of Mr. Wilson, of
Huntington township. Mr. J. W. Games was a consistent member of
the Methodist church and died in the faith in 1856, at the age of seventy
John F. Games received a good practical
education in the subscription schools of Brown county and later taught
irregularly for some ten years with great success.
In the year of 1831, Mr. Games was united in
marriage to Mary A., daughter of Absalom Gardner, of Highland
county, Ohio, by whom he had three children: Evaline, deceased;
William B., of Ripley; and Absalom, deceased. Mrs. Games
passed from this life in 1836, aged twenty-five years.
For his second wife, Mr. Games chose Amanda,
daughter of D. W. Early, and to them were born eleven children, six
of whom are yet living: Sarah E., wife of William G. Housh of
Moscow, Clermont county, Ohio; David Watson, who married first,
Sarah J. Case, deceased, and second, Cora Atherton, and they
reside in Huntington township; Hon. John W., who married Cerelda
Porter, was formerly Representative from Miami county to the Kansas
Legislature and served as treasurer of Douglas county, Kansas, for five
years, being succeeded by his son. Another son, John I. Games,
is postoffice inspector for Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and resides at
Lexington, Ky.; Euphemia A. married Samuel Porter and she died
in Kansas, Mr. Porter being president of a bank at Waverly, Coffey
county, Kansas; Martha F., Johnson Martin, now deceased, and she
resides in Cincinnati, where her son, John Q. Martin, is engaged in
the practice of law; Maria Power, wife of Dr. William H. Evans,
a sketch of whom will be found on another page; Andrew E., who
married Mary Cooper, is now postmaster at Aberdeen, Ohio. Those
deceased are: Cordelia C., Mary Ellen, Charles F. and Gideon
Gilbert. The mother of these children was born Mar. 30, 1817, and
passed to her eternal reward Aug. 2, 1893.
Hon. John F. Games was a very successful and
prosperous farmer and owned a finely improved farm of three hundred acres in
Huntington township. He was scrupulously just in all his dealings and
was ever ready to assist in all worthy enterprises. He served in the
various township offices and as justice of the peace for a number of years.
Hon. Games embraced the belief of the Methodist
Church and was a consistent and prominent member of the Ebenezer Methodist
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|MR. WILLIAM M.
GARDNER, one of the prominent and reliable farmers and raisers of
fine stock in Brown county, is a resident living near Decatur in Byrd
township, on a farm which has been in the possession of some member of
descendant of the Henry family since 1854. Mr. Gardner
is an energetic and representative agriculturist and is well and favorable
known throughout this section of the county. He was born in Union
township, Brown county, Sept. 18, 1868, and is a son of John W. Gardner,
whose life record appears on another page of this work.
William M. Gardner resided at the home of his
father until his marriage, and thus obtained a good education in practical
farming, which has been of great help to him in his occupation of farmer.
Mr. William M. Gardner was united in marriage on
Dec. 7, 1904, to Miss Agnes Stevenson, who was born in 1874, her
parents being John and Mary Adeline (Henry) Stevenson, the latter of
whom was born in Brown county in October, 1823, and died in June, 1908, a
daughter of Samuel and Phoebe (Moore) Henry the former of whom was
born in 1798, and died in July, 1864, and the latter of whom was born in
1808, and died in September, 1892. She was a daughter of William
and Mary (Curry) Moore.
John Stevenson was born near Decatur, Ohio, Apr. 3,
1834, and departed this life Feb. 19, 1903. He was a man of more than
ordinary literary ability and was a contributor to the "Ripley Bee" for over
forty years, under the non-deplume of "You Bet!" He was prominent in
public life in Brown county for many years, and was well versed in the law,
although he did not engaged in the practice of the profession. He
served for years in the capacity of justice of the peace in a most
satisfactory manner. Sept. 16, 1861, found Mr. Stevenson a
member of Company C, Fifty-ninth regiment, Ohio volunteers, and for three
full years he served his country faithfully and well. In 1865, he
united with the Presbyterian church, and became one of its most active and
useful members. He was a son of Joseph and Nancy (Geeslin)
Stevenson, the latter of whom was born in 1812, on Lee creek, near
Washington, Mason county, Kentucky, and came with her parents to Ohio, in
1818, where she died in 1898.
Joseph Stevenson was born in Brown county in
1804 and died in 1882. He was a merchant and postmaster of Decatur and
was the youngest son of Robert and Elizabeth (Baird) Stevenson, the
former of whom was born in Maryland in 1759, and the latter of whom was born
in 1761. They came to Brown county from Hagerstown, Maryland, and
settled near Decatur, bringing with them one child, the others in the family
being natives of Brown county.
Mrs. Gardner has the following named brothers
Luella, who married Charles Henry,
resides in the home erected by Samuel Henry although there is no
Helen, who married C. P. Neel, he being
Joseph, of near Decatur;
John W.; and
Phoebe, wife of Earl Jackson, of Morocco, Ind.
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Mr. Michael Germann, for many years prominently identified with the
agricultural interests of Brown county, has been a resident of Ripley, Ohio,
since 1906, and is enjoying the retirement from active labor, surrounded by
all that tends to make the evening of life often the most pleasurable.
Mr. Germann was born in Bavaria, Germany, July 12, 1834, a son of
George and Mary (Mathias) Germann, the former of whom was a maker of
wooden shoes and passed away in 1838, aged thirty-two years, and the latter
of whom was about fifty years of age at the time of her death, in 1860, at
Michael Germann is one of four children, whose
names are as follows: Barbara (Hoover) died at Cincinnati in
1911; Elizabeth (Heitz), a widow, of Cincinnati; Mary (Lang),
a widow, residing at Ripley.
In company with his sister, Barbara Michael Germann
set out for America in 1852, and, settling at New York, he learned the trade
of a wagon maker. Three years later the rest of the family came to New
York, and soon after their arrival they removed to Boston, the home of our
subject until 1862, when he located at Ripley, Ohio.
His marriage occurred at Boston on the 4th of May,
1858, his union being with Miss Frances Thrane, who was born in
Wurtemburg, Germany, Mar. 9, 1836, a daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Beier)
Thrane, both of whom died in Germany, the former being a tailor by
business. Mrs. Germann is one of six children, all of whom are
deceased: Frank, Joseph; Christoff; Barbara, and Kate. Mrs.
Germann came to America when eighteen years of age, with her brother,
Christoff, and remained a short time in New York and Buffalo, after
which they came west to Boston, Mass., where she was married. In the
family of Mr. and Mrs. Germann have been ten children, of whom nine
are living: Frank and George of Ripley, Ohio; Frances,
wife of Frank Schwalia, a farmer of Union township; Lizzie (Lang),
farmers; William died in the fall of 1911 at the age of forty-three
years; John a farmer; Katie (Haucke), farmers; Lawrence,
a farmer; Michael, Jr., and Miss Anna, at home.
Mr. Michael Germann opened a wagon shop at Ripley, in
1862, making the first spring wagon in Brown county. He continued in
this business until 1865, when he sold out to Mr. Reinert and
purchased a small farm in Huntington township. He sold this farm and
bought another, a larger one, and until 1906 he carried on general farming
at this place, which until 1906 he carried on general farming at this place,
which he still owns. Removing to Ripley, he purchased the Renolds
home on Third street, which was erected in 1855.
In politics, Mr. Germann votes the Democratic
ticket. He is a member of St. Michael's German Catholic Church, of
Ripley, and to this denomination he gives a generous support.
Mr. and Mrs. Germann have fifty-six living
grandchildren, and three besides this number are deceased.
Mr. Germann and his family are much respected
and esteemed by al with whom they are associated, and are in every sense
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