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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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JOHN A. TWEED, grocer, buyer and dealer in leaf tobacco, Georgetown, was born in Union Township, Brown County, Ohio, December 1, 1842. He is a son of Samuel P. Tweed, a native of Brown County, and a farmer by occupation. He was born and raised in Union Township, and resided there till his death, in the fall of 1881. He married Rebecca Jones, a native of the same neighborhood, who yet survives him. They were the parents of six children, three living. John A. is the elder child, and was reared on the farm in Union Township. In 1862, he enlisted in Company C, Seventh Ohio Cavalry; was promoted as Sergeant, and during the latter part of service was on staff duty with Gen. Alexander. He had command of a detachment of volunteer troops for nine months, and with Sherman marched down to the sea. He returned to the old home farm, but subsequently removed to La Salle County, Ill., where he remained two years. During this period, he “farmed it” in summer and clerked in a store for his uncle in the winter months. In 1870, he came back to Brown County and commenced trading in tobacco. In 1880, his warehouse and scales were totally consumed by fire, involving a heavy loss. Mr. Tweed is one of the large dealers in Brown County, and has been fairly successful in the business. In 1882, he purchased of Calvin G. Turner the old Crawford farm of sixty-five acres, located in the suburbs of Georgetown, adjoining the fair ground, where he is engaged in farming, raising fruit, and the growing of tobacco. Mr. Tweed is a stockholder and Director in the First National Bank; a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge and Encampment at Georgetown; was a charter member of the lodge at Ripley. Is Republican in politics. He was united in marriage, June 12, 1873, to Ella, youngest daughter of Samuel and Mary (Brazelton) Burgett, of Pleasant Township. One child was born to them — Frank, a lively and cheerful boy, the joy of his parents, and the pet and pride of the whole neighborhood. Mrs. Tweed departed this life in 1875, and, in 1877, her little son followed her to the other shore, leaving the husband and father alone. Mr. Tweed resides with his mother, and is highly respected for his modest ways and kind and cheerful disposition.

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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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