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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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THOMAS CURREY, farmer, P. O. Sardinia, was born on his father’s farm on the line of Brown and Adam Counties, about ten miles from Aberdeen, October 28, 1808; he is a son of Thomas Currey, who was born near Redstone, Penn. He was a son of Thomas Currey, who emigrated from England prior to the American Revolution and settled in Pennsylvania. He participated in the achievements for our National Independence under Gen. George Washington. Mr. Currey’s mother, Polly David, was a daughter of Zebediah and Jane David, the former a native of Wales, and the latter of London, Eng. Her father came to America previous to 1776, and served from beginning to end in the war of the Revolution. Mrs. David, his wife, came to the United States about the same time. They were married and removed to Washington, Ky., at a very early day. Mrs. David taught the first school in Washington. Mr. Currey, the aged subject of this sketch, is the second son and third child of a family of nine children, of whom three sons are living. He was reared to manhood on a farm and received such an education as the pioneer schools afforded; the houses were log structures of the rudest sort and furnished with slab-seats, greased paper window lights, and heated with a huge fireplace. At the age of twenty years he learned the trade of bricklaying in Maysville, Ky. He made the first brick in Aberdeen and built the first house of that material. He followed his early chosen trade for fifty years, and is doubtless the oldest bricklayer in Brown County. In 1856, he located on the farm of his present residence. Since 1868, he has followed the pursuits of farming. His marriage occurred April 7, 1830, with Miss Elizabeth Goldsborough, a daughter of Benson and Elizabeth Goldsborough. Mrs. Currey was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, September 13, 1808. Of five children by this union, four are living — Benson G., Thomas J., Newton W. and Low E. B. America J. is deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Currey have been identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church sixty and fifty years respectively. Mr. Currey and his aged lady have borne the toils and hardships of over threescore and ten years, and have led successful and useful lives. The vast changes of Brown County in the last half-century are still distinct in their memories. They are much-esteemed pioneers in the community and well merit the good estimation of the people.

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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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