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Below is a family biography included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1883.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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C. P. O’HARA, buyer, shipper and dealer in leaf tobacco, Georgetown, was born at Russellville, Jefferson Township, this county, April 28, 1827. His father was Arthur O’Hara, a native of Pennsylvania, and of Irish descent. He removed to Brown County with his family at an early day, being the second family to locate at Russellville. He was a school teacher by profession, and a pioneer in the early educational history of Brown County. He married Sarah Lane, a native of this county, whose parents came to Ohio from Kentucky. Our subject is the youngest of eight children, six of whom are living. Mr. O’Hara never obtained much schooling, but at an early age learned the cooper’s trade, working at it about eight years; he was a clerk in the general store of Nolant & Devore, at Russellville, for one year, and, in 1849, came to Georgetown; he soon after secured a situation as clerk in the general store of W. G. Galbreath, remaining there two years; he clerked for G. D. Evans one year, and subsequently, in company with A. Applegate, engaged in the dry goods trade, the firm of O’Hara & Applegate, doing a good business for six years; he afterward farmed it awhile, and then clerked in a dry goods store owned by Cyrus Newkirk, now a banker of Sedalia, Mo. In 1864, he commenced the manufacture of plug tobacco with J. P. Kimball, continuing at that business only six months; soon after, he commenced dealing in leaf tobacco, and has since continued in that business. In this, he has been moderately successful, and now ranks among the largest shippers in Brown County. In politics, Mr. O’Hara was formerly a Republican, but of late years has placed himself among the Prohibitionists — the party that is striving to suppress the whisky traffic — that most cursed American evil. He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has officiated as Trustee and Class Leader in the Georgetown denomination; he is also connected with the Masonic fraternity. Mr. O’Hara was married, April 14, 1852, to Lydia Stableton, a native of Brown County. Of the eight children given them, three are living; — R. Amanda, John W., an attorney at law of Georgetown, and Eliza. Mrs. O’Hara, daughters and sons, are also members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. O’Hara is a stockholder in the First National Bank of Georgetown. A brother of Mr. O’Hara, Presley, now a resident of Rome, Adams Co., Ohio, was the first white child born in the present corporate limits of Russellville.

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This family biography is one of 992 biographies included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published in 1883 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Brown County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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