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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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JOHN S. ATWOOD, livery stable, Ripley, was born in Wilcox County, Ala., in 1840. When thirteen years of age, he came to Ripley and diligently attended to his studies at school, and, in 1859, entered Iberia College, and was graduated from that institution the same year. At the close of his term, he went to the gold regions of California prospecting, and, meeting with some success, returned in 1861 and engaged a short time in teaching school. Before the close of the year, he enlisted in the United States Navy, on board the gunboat Choctaw, of the Mississippi Squadron, and served one year ; he participated in the battles of Vicksburg, Shrevesport, Red River, and in the attempt to capture the rebel ram Webb. Returning to peaceful pursuits to this city, he engaged for one year in the grocery business, when he disposed of his stock, and, in company with his brother, Julius M., and R. C. Rankin, contracted with the county for the construction of the Georgetown Turnpike. This work occupied two years, after which time he was engaged in repairing pikes in various portions of the county. In 1872, he opened a livery stable on Main street, and in 1879 erected the commodious stable which he now occupies. He has made other purchases of real estate in the city, and, in all the enterprises in which he has been engaged, his efforts have been entirely successful. Among other purchases is a tract of land embracing 4,000 acres of land in Michigan, a portion of which has been fenced. He was married, December 31, 1875, to Miss Catherine McCaskill, a native of Alabama. Mr. Atwood have served as Councilman six years, and is a member of the Masonic fraternity. He is a man of social and gentlemanly deportment, with qualifications of mind and character that develop elements of energy and enterprise; a straight business man, who stands in the community respected by all who know him.

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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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