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By Byron Williams



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 brother-in-law.
     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 years.
     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 Church.
* Source:  History of Clermont & Brown Counties, Ohio - Volume II - By Byron Williams - 1913~ Page 141
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 and sisters:
     Luella, who married Charles Henry, resides in the home erected by Samuel Henry although there is no relationship;
     Helen, who married C. P. Neel, he being deceased;
     Samuel Henry;
, of near Decatur;
     John W.; and
     Phoebe, wife of Earl Jackson, of Morocco, Ind.
* Source:  History of Clermont & Brown Counties, Ohio - Volume II - By Byron Williams - 1913~ Page 514
MICHAEL GERMANNMr. 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 Boston, Mass.
     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 good citizens.
* Source:  History of Clermont & Brown Counties, Ohio - Volume II - By Byron Williams - 1913~ Page 483




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