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BIOGRAPHIES

(Source: History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio - Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1884)

Newton Twp. - Page 832
L. D. BANCROFT was born Sept. 7, 1830, in Chenango County, N. Y., and lived on the farm till he was eighteen years of age.  He then went to the fisheries on Lake Michigan, where he was engaged some years, after which he was a Captain on a canal-boat for several years.  He then engaged in farming, which avocation he still follows, and owns a farm in Newton Township of 223 acres.  During the war he was a photographer, and carried on an extensive business. He was married June 1, 1856, to Susan E., daughter of Eli Smith.  They have had seven children, of whom five are living - William, George, Gertrude, Dora and Dellaphine.  Mary E. and Frank are deceased.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1884
Mifflin Twp. -
WILLIAM GERRY BEEKMAN, son of Aaron and Beersheba Beekman, was born June 9, 1828, in Pike County.  His father was born in Virginia and was a soldier in the war of 1812.  He is still living at the age of ninety years; his wife died in 1860.  Our subject has followed farming through life.  When twenty-one years of age he joined the Christian church and soon became Elder of the church, which position he filled till 1866, when he was ordained as a minister and has since been engaged in the ministry in connection with his farming pursuits.  He has been Township Trustee two terms, Assessor seen years, Justice of the Peace six years, and Director of the Pike County Infirmary three years.  He was married Jan. 16, 1848, to Margaret, daughter of George and Elizabeth Nace, of Pike county.  They have had ten children - George E., Winslow P., Aaron A., Elizabeth J. (wife of Jesse Shanks), James B., Nathaniel G., Mary C. L. V., Verna A. M., Virginia P. and Margaret F. who died in infancy.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1884 - Page 850
Marion Twp. - Page 810
WILLIAM H. BENNETT, farmer, was born in Madison Township, Scioto Co., Ohio., July 4, 1818, a son of John and Rebecca Bennett, who were among the early pioneers of Scioto County.  He resided at home till twenty-three years of age, and then built a house on his father's farm and worked a part of the old homestead several years; then entered a tract of Government land, where he lived till 1849, when he went to Allen County, Ind., and remained eight years.  Returning to Ohio, he purchased the farm of 100 acres in Pike County, where he still resides.  He was married Sept. 15, 1842, to Elizabeth Beauchamp, of Pike County who was born Aug. 16, 1821, and died Feb. 14, 1882.  She was a member of the Methodist church from childhood.  Of a family of nine children seven are still living.  Mr. Bennett enlisted in the war of the Rebellion, and in the spring of 1864, while serving as a guar under General Thomas, was taken sick, from the effects of which he has never recovered.  He has been a member of the Methodist church since fifteen years of age.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1884
Jackson Twp. - Page 796 -
CHARLES BLAIN, youngest son of Charles and Sarah (Gaines) Blain, was born in Ross County, Ohio, in 1833.  When sixteen years of age he began to learn the cooper's trade, and subsequently had charge of the coopering department at the Portsmouth distillery, now known as George Davis & Co., nearly seven years.  He was married in 1856 to Sarah Hess.  They have had a family of ten children, but seven now living - Millie F., Effie, Charles, Edwin, Carrie, Stanton and Morton.  Sarah, Howard and Sumner are deceased.  In May, 1863, Mr. Blain enlisted in the 100 days' service, and was appointed Captain of his company.  After he returned home he recruited over 260 men in Portsmouth and Ironton and again entered the service as Captain of Company I, One Hundred and Eighty-ninth Ohio Infantry, and served till the close of the war.  He was on guard duty the greater part of the time, and was in no serious engagements.  He now, in company with Henry W. Pancake, owns and operates an extensive spoke and rim factory at Sharonville, Ohio.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1884
Jackson Twp. - Page 796 -
JOHN BLAIN, son of Charles and Sarah (Gaines) Blain, was born in Ross County, Ohio, in 1825.  He learned the cooper's trade when a young man, and worked at it till 1864.  In 1867, in company with his brother Charles, he purchased the flouring and saw-mills at Sharonville, and conducted business under the firm name of J. & C. Blain.  They were contracting and building largely in the town of Sharonville.  In 1881 Mr. Blain withdrew from the firm, selling his interest to Henry W. Pancake, and has been engaged in contracting.  He has built a number of the principal depots on the Scioto Valley Railroad.  Since the construction of that road he has been ticket and freight agent.  Politically he is a Republican, and has served as Justice of the Peace nearly twenty years.  He was married in 1849 to Anna M. Slane.  They have one adopted son.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1884
Newton Twp. - Page 832
GEORGE W. BRODBECK, Commissioner of Pike County, was born Nov. 2, 1842, in Portsmouth.  His parents, Stephen and Rosa Brodbeck, were natives of Germany, and came to America in 1832, and several years later engaged in the mercantile business in Portsmouth, being one of the leading merchants there till his death, which occurred in July, 1873.  His wife died about 1858.  George W. attended the public schools of Portsmouth until he was sixteen years old, and during vacations was engaged in his father's store.  He then attended the Commercial High School in Portsmouth until he graduated, after which he obtained a position as bookkeeper, but was obliged to leave on account of his health.  He was then engaged in boating on the canal and river for several years, when he bought 100 acres of land near Jasper, Ohio, and has since followed farming.  He was married May 24, 1864, to Mary J. HallMr. Brodbeck has held several offices of trust, and in October, 1883, was elected County Commissioner on the Democratic ticket by a majority of 382 votes.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1884
Marion Twp. -
DAVID J. BROWN was born Oct. 21, 1837 in Marion Township, Pike Co., Ohio, a son of John H. and Sarah (Beauchamp) Brown.  He was married Mar. 16, 1859, to Catherine Ray of Pike County.  They have a family of six children - John W., Sarah E., Stephen N., Thomas W., Louise May, and Lelia G.  Aug. 9, 1862, Mr. Brown enlisted in Company G, Ninety-first Ohio Infantry.  At the battle of Winchester, July 24, 1864, he was wounded and disabled from further duty.  He was in the hospital at Chester, Pa., till May, 1865, when he received his discharge.  He carried an ounce ball in his hip twenty-two months, and still suffers from the effects of the wound.  Since his return home he has been engaged in farming.  He and his family are members of the Protestant Methodist church.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1884 - Page 811
Marion Twp. -
FRANKLIN BROWN, deceased son of David and Sarah (Hubbard) Brown, was born Mar. 5, 1817, near Portsmouth, in Scioto County.  He resided with his parents till he grew to manhood, and was married Jan. 30, 1838, to Rebecca, daughter of Jacob and Tryphena Rickey, who came to Ohio in 1814 from New York, in which State Mrs. Brown was born.  They were the parents of nine children, of whom eight are living - Minerva, wife of Enoch Crabtree; Eunice R., widow of I. P. Sanders; Mary M., wife of J. M. Parks; Elizabeth H., wife of A. W. Gilliland; Nathan Wesley, married to Maria L. Rhea; Anna M., wife of Isaac N. Carson; Hattie A. and Rebecca J.  After his marriage Mr. Brown purchased a farm in Madison Township, Scioto County, where he resided twenty years.  He then purchased another farm in Marion Township, where he lived till his death, which occurred Feb. 25, 1877.  He was an active member of Wesley Chapel Protestant Methodist Church.  His widow and family are still members of that church.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1884 - Page 811
Marion Twp. -
JOHN B. BROWN was born in Marion Township, Pike Co., Ohio, July 13, 1835, the second son of John H. and Sarah (Beauchamp) Brown.  He was married May 15, 1856, to Elizabeth Samson, daughter of Samuel and Jane (McDowell) Samson, and located on 200 acres of land given him by his father.  Aug. 11, 1862, he enlisted in Company G, Ninety-first Ohio Infantry, participated in many hard-fought battles, and was discharged July 1, 1865.  After his return home he bought his flouring mill at California.  He makes a fine grade of flour, making a specialty of custom work.  Mr. and Mrs. Brown are members of the Methodist Protestant church.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1884
Marion Twp. -
JOHN H. BROWN, deceased, was born in Grafton County, N. H., Mar. 15, 1809, a son of David and Sarah (Hubbard) Brown.  When he was eight years of age his parents removed to Auburn, N. Y., and subsequently to the Northwestern Territory, settling in Scioto County, Ohio, where he was reared and educated.  He was married Apr. 15, 1832, to Sarah, daughter of John and Elizabeth Beauchamp.  She was born in Delaware and came with her parents to Ohio when six months old.  They located in Pickaway County, and four years later, in 1812, removed to Pike County.  Her father died in October, 1823, and her mother, May 10, 1871.  After his marriage Mr. Brown settled on a farm in Marion Township, and ten years later removed to Rocky Fork, Scioto County, but after seven years returned to Pike County and purchased the farm on which Mrs. Brown still resides.  In connection with farming he was also engaged in the mercantile and milling business many years.  He died Aug. 18, 1859.  He was a member, as it is also Mr. Brown, of the Methodist Protestant church.  Of a family of twelve children six are still living - Stephen, John B., David J., Wesley B., James N. and Charlotte E.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1884 - Page 811
Marion Twp. -
ROYAL BROWN, was born in Vermont, Aug. 18, 1811, a son of David and Sarah Hubbard) Brown, who removed to Auburn, N. Y., where he was reared and educated.  Upon reaching manhood he purchased the farm in Marion Township, Pike County, where he has since resided.  He was married Aug. 18, 1833, to Rachel, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Prettyman) Beauchamp, of Pike County.  They have had ten children born to them, eight of whom are living - Milton W., Francis A., John S., Royal B., David T., William B., Harriet A. and Rachel E.  Those deceased are - William B. and Elizabeth B.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1884 - Page 811
Marion Twp. -
STEPHEN BROWN, the eldest son of John H. and Sarah S. (Beauchamp) Brown, was born in Marion Township, Pike Co., Ohio, Aug. 18, 1832.  Jan. 20, 1853, he was married to Nancy, daughter of John and Isabel (Kinnear) Halterman of Jackson County.  He then engaged in farming till 1859, when he became established in the mercantile business, which he carries on in connection with overseeing his farm.  His farm contains 160 acres of fine, will-improved land.  He has been prominently identified with the Protestant Methodist church thirty-six years, and for the past eight years has been a local preacher.  He has a family of two sons and five daughters.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1884 - Page 12
Marion Twp. -
WESLEY B. BROWN, son of John H. and Sarah S. (Beauchamp) Brown, was born in Marion Township, Pike Co., Ohio, Apr. 7, 1840.  Nov. 28, 1861, he was married to Icy. Bennett, daughter of Caleb and Eliza Bennett, early settlers of Scioto County.  Aug. 12, 1862, he enlisted in Company G, Ninety-first Ohio Infantry, and served till the close of the war.  At the battle of Winchester, Oct. 19, 1864, he was severely wounded in the right breast, disabling him two months.  He was discharged June 28, 1865.  Mr. Brown has a fine farm of eighty acres.  He and his wife are members of the Protestant Methodist church, and he is an inveterate worker in the Sabbath-school, being Superintendent for many years.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1884 - Page 12
Union Twp. -
PETER BRUSHART, son of Lawrence Brushart, was born Aug. 5, 1823, in Bavaria, Germany, where he attended school till he was fourteen years of age.  In 1851 he emigrated to America, and after remaining a short time in New York he went to Jackson County, where he lived till 1858.   He then moved to Pike County and now lives in Union Township.  He was married Feb. 19, 1847, to Phoebe, daughter of Charles and Catherine Shy. They have had six children born to them, of whom four are living - Caroline, wife of Martin Shwart, John F., Peter and Jacoab.  Henry died Apr. 23, 1882, and Louis was killed by the blowing up of an engine.  Mr. Brushart lives on a farm but is engaged in the mercantile business, which eh established Sept. 5, 1865, and now carries a stock of about $1,200.  In politics he is a Democrat.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1884 - Page 822
Jackson Twp. - Page 796 -
LORENTZ BRUST, son of John and Christina (Ranck) Brust, was born in Germany, Aug. 10, 1815, and in 1837 came with his father to the United States.  His father made his first purchase of lands in Beaver Township, Pike County, where he remained till his death, at the age of seventy-two years, surviving hi wife about twenty years.  Lorentz remained at home till twenty-six years of age and then was employed in building locks and aqueducts on the Ohio Canal.  He subsequently purchased a farm in Beaver Township, but afterward lived in Jackson, Union and Seal townships and spent a year in Twin Township, Ross County. In 1874 he bought the farm where he now resides.  He owns 1,200 acres of fine, improved land.  He was married in 1841 to Elizabeth Gehres, and to them were born twelve children - Elizabeth, Conrad, Charlotte, Catharine, Lorentz, Phoebe Ellen, Christina, Godfrey, Magdelena, Mary, Peter, William, the two latter deceased.  Mrs. Brust died Sept. 21, 1881, and Mr. Brust afterward married Mrs. Gergens.  Mr. Brust is one of the most influential citizens of Pike County.  He and his wife are members of the Lutheran church.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1884
Mifflin Twp. -
JACOB BUTLER, youngest child of Leonard and Sallie (Hurt) Butler, was born Oct. 25, 1832, in Highland County, Ohio.  He was engaged in farming till 1859, when he purchased a farm near Latham, Pike Co., Ohio, where he has since followed agricultural pursuits.  He was married Oct. 6, 1859, to Rachel, daughter of Jacob and Sallie (Scowden) Porter, of Pike County, Ohio.  His children are Sallie, Richard P., and Arie A.  Richard P. was born Apr. 13, 1865, and attended the common-school until 1879 when he attended a graded school.  He also attended teh same school in 1881, and in 1883 attended the National Normal College, at Lebanon, Ohio.  He intends to follow the profession of teaching.  He is also a member of the Missionary Baptist church.  Mr. Butler served as Lieutenant in the late war.  He has served as Township Trustee several years, which office he now holds.  He is a member of Sinking Spring Lodge, No. 365, A. F. & A. M., Highland County.  His father was a son of Daniel Butler, a native of England, who settled on Staten Island in 1765.  He was also a soldier in the Revolutionary war, serving first as Sergeant and Aid-de-Camp under General Washington.  He was a sailor and ship-carpenter by occupation, and his son Leonard Butler, the father of Jacob Butler, was born about the year 1790.  He was in the war of 1812.  He moved to Highland County in the year 1808 and settled near Sinking Spring, where he remained until his death in 1872.
Source: History of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio - Publ. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. - 1884 - Page 852



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