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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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ALFRED L. EDGINGTEN, farmer, P. O. Winchester, was born August 8, 1838, in Eagle Township, Brown Co., Ohio. His parents are Jesse and Elizabeth Edgingten, who settled in Fincastle, Brown County, about 1830. In or about 1864, they moved to Winchester, Adams County, where they still reside. They are the parents of nine children, seven of whom are still living, viz.: Alfred L., Turner, Franklin, Zerilda, Louisa, Effie C. and Robert. Our subject was reared to man’s estate on a farm, and received but a limited education. On August 22, 1861, he was united in marriage to Melinda Drake, an estimable lady; this union has been blessed with eight children, viz.: Ellsworth McLellan, Sarah E., Columbia E., Hiram J., Nancy J., Zerilda, Lewis A. and Mary. About 1869, Mr. Edgingten moved to the eastern portion of Jackson Township, where he now resides. He is a member of the Christian Church, a liberal contributor to all enterprises having for their effort the rise and progress of the county, and the elevation of humanity. Mr. Edgingten is strictly honorable in dealing with his fellow-men, always performing his part as per agreement, and the owner of 42 ½ acres of land. Hiram Drake, father of Mrs. Edgingten, was born about 1808, in what is now known as Brown County, Ohio; in 1831, he married Sallie Pollitte, by whom he had seven children, five of whom are still living — Elisha, James, Melinda, Nancy and Elizabeth. After his marriage, he lived near Eagle Creek in the eastern portion of Jackson Township, where he remained until his decease in January, 1851. Richard D. Edgingten, a relative of our subject, was born in September, 1819, in Adams County, Sprig Township. His parents were Jacob and Mary E. Edgingten. In February, 1836, he married Nancy Pollitte; in 1869, he moved from Adams County to the eastern portion of Jackson Township, where he still resides. He is a member of the Christian Church, the owner of seventy-nine acres of land. He is a man of sterling worth and reliable character, and worthy the estimation in which he is held by the community in which he resides.

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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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