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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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JOSEPH REES, farmer, P. O. Emerald, Adams County, was born November 17, 1810, in Berkeley County, Va. When about four years of age, his parents emigrated to Harrison County, Ohio, where they remained some eight years. They then moved to Highland County, where they remained about four years; from Highland they moved to Winchester Township, Adams County, where they remained until their decease. They were the parents of nine children, two of whom are still living. Our subject was reared to man’s estate on a farm, and received but a rudimentary education. In August, 1840, he married Melsena Shipley, born October 16, 1814, in Fayette County, Penn. She was the daughter of Henry and Nancy Shipley. To them have been born nine children, five of whom are still living — John N., Joseph W., Mary B., Angeline and Nancy E. After their marriage they lived in Adams County fourteen and a half years. In March, 1857, they moved to Eagle Township, where they still reside. Mr. Rees contributes liberally to all enterprises which are beneficial to the county, and is the owner of 210 acres of land.

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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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