BROWN COUNTY, OHIO

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HAGAN, Harvey J. of Perry Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Harvey J. Hagan, farmer, plant grower and florist, P.O. Westboro, Clinton County, son of George and Jane (Barry) Hagan, was born in this township October 24, 1833. His grandparents settled in the northwestern part of this township, about 1831-32. When quite small, his mother moved with him to Blanchester, Clinton County, where they resided till 1847, when they returned to this township, and bought 100 acres of land. Mr. Hagan was married in Marion Township, Clinton Co., Ohio, March 5, 1861, to Amanda, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Carder, a native of New Jersey. In 1860, Mr. Hagan bought fifty-one acres of land where he now lives, two and half miles northwest of St. Martin's, where for the last five years he has been engaged quite extensively in raising various plants and flowers for the market. Mr. Hagan has 39 3/4 acres of land, adjoining the village of Blanchester, where he expects, to carry on his business still more extensively. He has been Supervisor in this township two terms.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 137.

HALL, J.M. of Perry Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

J.M. Hall, physician, Fayetteville, son of Jesse R. and Sarah M. Hall, was born near Winchester, Adams Co., Ohio, July 7, 1836. He was reared on a farm till twelve years of age, attending district schools part of the time, and was then sent to attend the Hillsboro Academy, Highland County, Ohio, where he remained about three years; he then commenced the study of medicine under the instruction of his brother, the late W.C. Hall, of Fayetteville; at the end of three years he entered the Starling Medical College, of Columbus, Ohio, and there remained one year, and then entered the Ohio Medical College of Cincinnati, and took one course, and then returned to the Starling Medical College, where he remained one year longer, graduating February 24, 1861. He was appointed, during two summer vacations, as one of the hospital physicians. After graduating, he associated in practice with his brother and former preceptor, W.C. Hall, till the time of his death, which occurred in 1872. He was also a volunteer surgeon during the late war, stationed at Camp Dennison, during part of the years 1862, 1863 and 1864. He then returned to Fayetteville where he now has a considerable practice. He was married March 4, 1863, to Miss Susan J., daughter of Edward and Esther A. Chaney, born near Edenton, Clermont Co., Ohio. They have three children—Nannie B., Edward J., and Gertrude M. Mr. Hall has been a member of the Ohio State Medical Society since 1868.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 137-138.

HANSON, Francis of Perry Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Francis Hanson (deceased), son of Thomas and Mary Hanson, was born in Albany, N.Y. He came to this place when a young man and was married to Ann, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Mitchell, born in Wexford County, Ireland. They had two children, one still living—Edward T., born December 29, 1871. The deceased was Mary E., born May 24, 1873, and died when seventeen months old. In January, 1870, he opened what is known as the Hanson House, which he carried on till the time of his death, which occurred in 1876. His widow succeeded him and is now having a considerable trade. She also keeps a livery, sale and boarding stable in connection.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 138.

HATFIELD, David of Byrd Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

David Hatfield, farmer, an old and worthy pioneer, was born in Byrd Township, October 15, 1805. His parents, Thomas and Martha (Adamson), were natives of Pennsylvania. They removed to Mason County, Ky., and April 4, 1804, came to Byrd Township, where Mr. Hatfield purchased a tract of 200 acres of land. This was all in woods, and he made the first improvements by clearing a spot and erecting a log cabin. They both died in Byrd Township, respected for their social traits of character. They were the parents of ten children, of whom only one, the subject of our sketch, is living, viz.: Thomas, John, Jonas, Isom, David, Mary, Sarah, Martha, Deborah and Betsey. David was married, in 1826, to Lettise Middleton, by whom he had ten children; of these four are living, viz.: Cornelia (wife of Russell West), David B., George E. and Ferdinand. Mrs. Hatfield died June 16, 1861, and May 30, 1869, Mr. Hatfield married Matilda Middleswart, who bore him two children, of these Mary L. is living. Mr. and Mrs. Hatfield are members of the Liberty Christian Church. Mr. Hatfield owns a farm of 118 acres of well improved land, and follows tilling the soil.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 302.

HENRY, John

submitted by James W. Henry

John Henry`s ancestors.........A pork producer in Ripley, Brn. Co. Ohio.Was married to Mary CARR on 17/03/1820.That same year they had a son, John Wilson HENRY, brn 19/03/1820. John Henry died that same year and burried on the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Twelve years later Mary(Carr)Henry married a William DIXON. They had three children: Vin, Susan and William A, Dixon M.D., who married Rebecca DeVore.John Henry`s son, John Wilson, was given the rank of Col.and was in charge of the Home Gaurd in Ripley, Oh., during the Civil War.

HENRY, Joseph of Perry Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Joseph Henry (deceased), was born in France, and was a farmer by occupation. He was married to Margaret Martin. They had four children—Catherine, Joseph, Polycarp and Mary. They came to the United States in 1831, and the following spring they came to this township, and bought a tract of land near Vera Cruz in company with Joseph Conrard. They remained there one year, and then moved to Clermont County, Ohio, where they lived till 1840, when they returned to this township and bought eighty acres of land three miles southeast of Fayetteville, where they both died. Joseph Henry died February 27, 1864, and his wife Margaret died May 4, 1872. Polycarp bought the interest of his two sisters in the homestead and at present owns nearly all of it; himself and brother still reside on the homestead. The family are members of the Catholic Church.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 138.

HENRY, Thomas C. of Byrd Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Thomas C. Henry, son of Col. John W. and Melinda Henry, was born in Byrd Township, April 16, 1852. He passed his early life on his father's farm, and was educated in the common schools. He celebrated his marriage, December 2, 1874, with Miss Josephine Wilson, a native of Union Township. She was born August 4, 1853, and is a daughter of John W. and Harriet Wilson. Three children were added to this union—Martha B., born August 13, 1876; George F., born May 6, 1878, and James W., born October 13, 1881. Mr. Henry located on his farm in 1880, and is by occupation a farmer and stock-raiser. He and wife associated with the Christian Church. He is identified with the Grange, and in politics is a Republican. He filled the office of Township Trustee one term, 1881. He is a young man of enterprise and energy.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 302-303.

HIGGINS, James D.

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

James D. Higgins was among the earlier settlers, having come to Pike township in 1818. He taught a school the first year he was here on the Allen farm. He was a native of North Carolina, and was married in 1822 to Nancy Fiscus. He settled on the farm now the property of Elizabeth Strain; died in 1837, and his remains were interred in the old Allen Graveyard, on the land now owned by Charlotte Carr. Nancy survived him many years and died in 1877. They had nine children--Robert, Mary, Dow, Sarah, William, Andrew, Nancy, John and James, all of whom are still living, five being residents of the township.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 561.

HOGGATT, Nathan of Perry Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

Nathan Hoggatt, farmer, P.O. Fayetteville, son of Nathan and Mary Hoggatt, was born in Clinton County, Ohio, February 14, 1836. He was married in this township August 25, 1859, to Elizabeth J., daughter of Wilson and Eliza (Hartman) Dunham, born in this township. They have had nine children, eight now living—Carey W., born in Clinton County, Ohio, the others in this township—William S., Emma B., Mary M., Gideon J., Albert, John H. and George A. The deceased was named Franklin. Mr. Hoggatt settled in this township in 1861. His wife received fifty acres of land from her father. They now have a fine farm of 122 1/2 acres near the western line of this township, about a hundred of which are in a state of good cultivation.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 138.

HOPKINS, Robert

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

Robert Hopkins (deceased) was one of the early pioneers of Brown County. He was born in Virginia, and was a son of Archie Hopkins, who removed with his family to this county when he was but a boy. He was reared and brought up on a farm, and was educated in the pioneer schools. He married Miss Fanny Gilliland, a native of Pennsylvania, and a daughter of James and Fanny Gilliland. Of the six children by this union, four are living. vis: Elizabeth, born November 9, 1821, married James McPherson; Mary J., born May 15, 1825, married Henry Bennington, and died December, 1869; Amanda, born August 15, 1827; James A., born December 6, 1833, married Mary Coulter; and Frances H., born July 13, 1838. Mrs. Hopkins departed this life July 16, 1869. Mr. Hopkins was by occupation a farmer and stockraiser. His death occurred September 30, 1874.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 68.

HOWLAND, George E.

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

George E. Howland, merchant, Decatur, son of Willis and Susan Howland, was born in Byrd Township November 20, 1849. His father dying when he was two years old, and his mother in his seventh year, he was taken by his grandfather, James Edwards, who cared for him and his wants till he was fourteen, when he started out in life working by the month, at $13 per month. He continued in this employment five years, then worked at blacksmithing two years. In 1867, he formed partnership with M.A. Neal in huckstering. In April, 1872, he engaged in the mercantile trade with a capital of $3,700, which he had accumulated in other pursuits. By close attention and careful management, he has achieved a good success, and has established a large business. In 1882, he erected a fine store building at a cost of $2, 500. He was married, June 12, 1879, to Miss Nannie Howland, a daughter of William and Jane Howland. She bore him two children—Orville Ray and Bertha Lee. Mr. Howland is serving his third term as Township Treasurer. Politically, he is a Republican. He is a young man of sterling business qualities, and well merits the success which he has acquired.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 303.

HUGHS, James

submitted by Lorraine Hatfield

James Hughs, a native of England, settled near Augusta, Ky., but soon left that state and came to Ohio. He married Sarah Cochran in 1819, and in 1823 purchased the farm on which William Hancock now lives in Pike Township, near the Pleasant Hill Schoolhouse, and there resided until his death in 1856. William Hughs, son of James Hughs, born in 1822, came with his father and has lived in Pike township ever since and now lives on his farm near where his father died.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 560.

HUGHS, John of Perry Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

John Hughs, farmer, P.O. Fayetteville, son of William and Rosa Hughs, was born in county Derry, Ireland, in 1828. When quite young, he came to British American with an aunt, where he remained about fifteen years, driving a delivery wagon the greater part of the time. He then came to Cincinnati, where he was married in 1868, to Bridget McLaughlin, by whom he has four children—Mary A., John, Catherine and Bridget. During the war, Mr. Hughs drove team about five years with the army. He came to this township in 1872, and bought fifty acres of land in the northwestern part, where he now resides. The family are members of the Catholic Church.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 138.

HYNDS, James of Perry Township

submitted by Yolanda Campbell Lifter

James Hynds, farmer, P.O. Fayetteville, son of Richard and Catherine (McGuire) Hynds, was born in Down County, Ireland, in 1797. He was married in Ireland when twenty-one years of age, to Susan Waterson, by whom he had ten children, five now living—Rose, Susan, Margaret, Richard and James. His two sons are in California. Mr. Hynds came to this township in 1851, and settled on Grassy Run. He now has two acres of land and resides near the western line of the township. His daughters also own fifty acres neary by. The family are members of the Catholic Church.

The History of Brown County, Ohio Containing 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. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883), 138.

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