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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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DAVID BARR, farmer, P. O. Higginsport, son of Peter Barr, and grandson of Christopher and Christian Hoss Barr, all of whom are represented in the pioneer pages of this work. David, his father’s eldest son, was born February 8, 1807, in Lincoln County, N. C., and since October, 1811, has been a resident of Lewis Township, Brown County, Ohio. He well remembers the journey with the teams over the mountains, and many incidents of note. On arriving, the parents found (though not unexpected), a dense, unbroken wilderness, which David assisted in transforming into productive fields. He has been a hard worker through life, a good manager, and is now possessed of 360 acres of good land. In early life, his school privileges were limited, but he was apt, and by close application and self-exertion, he acquired a medium education. These possessions, combined with his honor and trust, are, no doubt, the cause of him having been chosen to fill the various important positions — such as Township Trustee, twenty years; Justice, three years; Local School Director, thirty-six years; and many times a member of the Board of Education. He is an enterprising citizen, and always stands ready to advance anything that he thinks will benefit the county. He is a man of medium size, through life has possessed fair health, and now, at the age of seventy-six years, labors as hard as if only in the meridian of life. Politically, he is a Democrat, casting his first vote for Jackson. His first wife was Christena Powell, born in Kentucky March 18, 1813, and died in Ohio May 4, 1849. Her eight children are all living. Mr. Barr’s present wife was Melissa, daughter of Samuel Ellis. She was born in Brown County, Ohio, November 18, 1821. The issue of this union is three children, all living.

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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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