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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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SAMUEL F. MEFFORD, farmer. P. O. Russellville. was born July 27, 1817. His parents were George and Polly Mefford. George was about eight years old when his father, John Mefford, with his family emigrated from Kentucky to Adams County (now Brown). After their arrival in Ohio, they were obliged, during the first night, to camp in the root of a large hollow Sycamore tree. The following day, they again started on their journey and arrived at their destination. They settled about one mile nearly east of where Pisgah church is located. The first thing done was to erect a log-cabin, after which they began to cut down the timber which surrounded them. Amid those scenes of pioneer life George Mefford remained at home till he was about twenty-five years of age; he then married Polly Ellis by whom he had seven children four of whom are still living. She died about 1832-33, and he married Mrs. Matilda Evans, a widow lady, who died in July, 1871. George remained on the farm which he bought before his marriage, located near the old homestead, until his death, which occurred in October, 1881. Samuel F. son of George Mefford and subject of this sketch, was reared to manhood on a farm, and like his father received but a limited education. In August 1837, he married Emma Davis, daughter of Samuel Davis. To them have been born seven children, four of whom are still living, viz.: John D., Melinda J., Vincent W. and Adaline. In 1849, he bought the farm on which he resides, located about one and one-half miles nearly south of Russellville. He has served as Township Trustee, is a member of the Christian Church, and the owner of 171 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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