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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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CHARLES ELSCHLAGER, P. O. Wallsburg, a prominent German citizen of the western part of this township, born in Germany March 3, 1832. His parents, Caleb and Barbara (Masner) Elschlager, came to America in May, 1845, locating on Sycamore Run, in Franklin Township, two miles above Arnheim, where he bought thirty-three and a third acres of land. Eight or nine years later, they removed onto a farm of 160 acres, then in Franklin, now in Scott Township, and subsequently added thirty-two acres to their first purchase. They there resided till their death. Charles Elschlager is the oldest of six children, four sons living. He obtained a fair education in his native land, and when thirteen years of age, accompanied his parents to America. When young, he labored upon a farm in Kentucky, and at twenty-two years of age, rented land in Scott Township, where he “farmed it” for eight or nine years. He then removed to Jay County, Ind., residing there six years, but, suffering from the ague, came back to Brown County, and lived one year with his father. He then purchased 112 acres of his present farm, to which he has since added thirty-one and a half acres. Mr. Elschlager is Democratic in politics, and was formerly a member of the German Reformed Church at Arnheim. He was married, December 6, 1865, to Rosa Schulien, a native of Germany. Seven children were sent to bless this union, six living — Louisa (wife of Francis M. Lindsey, a farmer of this township), Charlie, Annie (wife of James Shaver, a farmer of Franklin Township), Caleb, Joe and Lydia. Mrs. Elschlager died in June, 1878. Mr. Elschlager was again married in June, 1879, to Mary Troutman, a native of this township. Two children have been born to them, one living — Jessie, aged two years.

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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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