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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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JAMES R. ERVIN, of the firm of Ervin & Kennedy, manufacturers of lumber, Sardinia, was born near Hillsboro, Ohio, April 25, 1843. His parents were Francis B. and Mary (Houp) Ervin. James was reared to manhood on a farm, and was educated in the common schools. He farmed up to 1888, when he formed a partnership with Stephen Hickel, of Hillsboro, and engaged in the saw-mill business. He remained a partner with Hickel nine years, running as high as three mills at a time. In 1877, he came to Sardinia, and the following year formed partnership with Mr. Kennedy. He married, May 20, 1873, to Margaret M. Wright, a native of Brown County, and a daughter of Seth and Sarah Ervin. She was born November, 1844. They have one son — Frank C. born March 8, 1874. Mr. Ervin and wife are associated with the M. E. Church. In politics, he is a Democrat. In 1881, he was elected a member of the Board of Township Trustees, and re-elected in 1882. He owns a one-half interest in a farm of 147 acres, located in Washington and Eagle Townships.

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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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