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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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BENJAMIN E. DYER, farmer, P. O. Georgetown, son of Joseph and Mary (Hally) Dyer, was born in Henry County, Va., December 23, 1839; his parents were of Irish descent. He left home at the early age of sixteen years and engaged as bill poster for Robinson’s Circus, in which he traveled for two and one-half years; came to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1859, and to Brown County in 1860. He was married, May 3, 1861, to Jane, oldest daughter of Henry and Louisa Addinbrook, who were natives of England. Four children are the fruits of this marriage — Joseph A., Mary Lou, Thomas A. and Hattie. Mr. Dyer’s systematic business capacity will be best illustrated by a statement of the businesses he has been engaged in for the past twenty-years, viz.: Manufacturing tobacco in 1864; selling goods in Mt. Oreb in 1865; with Mann’s Company, shoe business, eighteen months; in the horse trade East, 1867-68; selling goods in Mt. Oreb, 1879, engaged on the public works in Brown, Highland, Clinton, Fayette, Adams, Clermont and Hamilton Counties from 1870 to 1878; served as Warden of Ohio Penitentiary from December 7, 1879, to May 6, 1880, and during this time ran his well-cultivated farm of 330 acres. He was the Democratic nominee for Sheriff of Brown County in 1874, but was defeated. In 1881. he was elected Treasurer of the county. He is an honorable member of Locust Ridge Lodge, No. 618, I. O. O. F.

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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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