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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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G. L. ELLIS, Recorder of Brown County, Georgetown, was born at Pleasant Township, Brown County, Ohio, December 13, 1850. His grandfather, Noah Ellis, was a native of Virginia, and came to Ohio when a boy. He was a farmer of Brown County till his death, in his seventieth year. Mr. Ellis’ father is John B. Ellis, also a native of this county, and at present a farmer of Pleasant Township. His mother was Mary Wright, a native of this county, and a daughter of John Wright, also a native of Virginia. Mrs. Ellis is also living. Our subject was reared on a farm, and when fourteen years of age, was taken with a severe attack of intermittent fever, and white swelling, from which he was a constant sufferer for three years. During this period, he lived in a darkened room, seeing the light of day but very little. His disease prostrated him to such an extent, that on two occasions he was supposed to be dead, and his grave ordered dug by his father. Upon final recovery, he was too weak to do any labor for the succeeding three years. He then attended school, and subsequently taught steadily for six years, attending school in the spring months. On September 11, 1879, he married Clara A. Snedaker, a native of Feesburg, Lewis Township, this county. Mr. Ellis has been a Democrat through life, and in October, 1881, was elected Recorder of Brown County. He took possession of his office January 2, 1882. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis had one daughter born to them, now deceased.

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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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