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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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E. A. STANSBERRY, farmer, P. O. Wahsburg. John Stansberry, the father of our subject, and one of the oldest settlers of Scott Township, was born in New Jersey November 18, 1792, just when the country was mourning over the sad defeat of St. Clair by the Indians in the Northwest. When an infant, John’s parents carried him to Virginia, where he lived till the age of eighteen; then thinking to better his fortune he emigrated to Ohio, settling in Clermont County in 1810. In 1812, he enlisted in the service of his country, joining the command of Capt. Lockhart. Under this brave officer, he faithfully performed the arduous duties of a soldier till the date of Hull’s disgraceful surrender at Fort Detroit, where, with 1,800 brave militiamen, he was handed over to Gen. Brock, the British commander. Mr. Stansberry was married, July 1, 1812, to Rebecca Washburn and settled on Straight Creek, in Franklin Township, two miles below the village of Arnheim. In March, 1819, he moved to Scott Township, where he purchased land in the northwestern part, and began to cut off the timber preparatory to farming. He erelong had the pleasure of beholding the fruits of his industry in the smiling harvests that sprang up in his footsteps, when he underwent the hardships and privations of a frontier life; there he remained till the day of his death, some sixty years in all. He died January 3, 1880, aged eighty-seven years, one month and sixteen days. His son, E. A. Stansberry, the subject of this sketch, was born in Scott Township May 15, 1830, and attended the common schools of his township. At the age of twenty-one years, he rented his father’s farm and operated it several years, after which he purchased ninety-one acres near Sardinia, which he worked three years. In 1869, he traded it for a part of his present farm of 237 acres. He was married, in 1850, to Elizabeth Hughs, a daughter of David Hughs, and by her has had ten children — Corinta J. (wife of J. Harris), John G., Lydia E. (wife of Thomas M. Pitzer), Sabina E., Mary R., Emma E., Clinton Allen White, David P., George W., and the youngest (deceased). Mr. S. is an intelligent and industrious farmer, a Democrat in politics, and a member and officer in the Masonic fraternity. He has served his township in the capacity of Justice of the Peace, and is now prominently identified with the society of Grangers.

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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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