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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 W. MEFFORD, farmer, P. O. Ripley, is a son of George and Polly (Ellis) Mefford. He was born in Union Township February 3, 1814. His father, a native of Pennsylvania, was born November 22, 1786. His father, John Mefford, was born April 19, 1764, and in 1787 removed with his family to Mason County, Ky., where he lived a short time; then came to Levanna, Brown County. Their immigration from Pennsylvania was by flat-boat. They descended the Ohio River to Roup’s Run and spent the night in the hollow trunk of a monster sycamore tree. Mr. M. purchased a tract of 500 acres and located on it. He died April 21, 1834. George, the father of our subject, was reared to manhood on the farm. He engaged m transporting produce, and provisions to New Orleans, and made eighteen trips. He was for several years a member of the Board of Township Trustees, and sas also identified with the Baptist Church. His death occurred October 30, 1872. His wife preceded him in 1832. John was reared a farmer boy. September 25, 1834, he was united in marriage with Anna Pangburn, daughter of Lyons and Rebecca Pangburn. She was born in Union Township August 31, 1817. Fifteen children were the fruits of this union; of these, twelve are living — George W., Melissa (wife of Perry Drake), Clamenza E. (wife of David Smith), Lyons P., Elizabeth H. (wife of Aaron Burgett), John W., Joseph P., Flora D. (wife of Jacob White), Emma C. (wife of N. Burnett), Thomas E., William P. and Emma C. Mr. Mefford has occupied the Mefford homestead since 1842. He owns 131 acres and is engaged in agriculture. He and wife are members of the Christian Church. He has served as Deacon for thirty-five years. Politically, he is a Republican.

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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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