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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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LEVI DUNN, P. O. Arnheim, an honored pioneer citizen of Franklin Township and Brown County, was born in this township Aug. 27, 1813. His father, Henry Dunn, was a native of Monongahela County, Va., coming to Ohio at an early date. He located near Arnheim, in this township, but in 1832 sold his farm and went West. Being dissatisfied with his new location he came back to Brown County, and located in Washington Township, where he resided till his death, probably about 1869. He was married in Virginia to Nancy Pindell, a native of the “Old Dominion.” Twelve children were born to this union, six sons and six daughters, nine of whom are living, the youngest being fifty-two years of age. Mrs. Dunn departed this life about twenty years ago (1862). Levi Dunn was the fifth child and third son of this large family, and, as schoolhouses were scarce in the time of his youth, and money in proportion, his educational facilities were very limited. He assisted his father on the farm until of age, when he was united in marriage to Margaret Lucas, a native of this county. Soon after marriage, he purchased 112 acres of swamp land, located near Sardinia, in Washington Township, for which he paid 75 cents an acre. This was in 1834. Mr. Dunn resided at this place twenty years, improving and adding to his possessions, until when he left, he owned about 390 acres, 200 of which he had cleared. At the expiration of twenty years he sold his farm, and purchased his present farm of 287 acres, on the Ripley & Arnheim pike, most of which is under cultivation. “Uncle Levi,” as he is familiarly known, began the active duties of life with nothing but a plentiful amount of brain, muscle and tireless energy. During his almost seventy years’ sojourn on this earth, he has been a constant tiller of the soil, and his labors have not been unfruitful. Financially, he has been moderately blessed, having gained a competency sufficient for old age and its attendant wants; socially, no man in Franklin Township stands higher. He is honored and respected by all, and justly deserves this place in the history of Brown County. Mr. Dunn is a Democrat politically, and has officiated in several township positions. His marriage occurred January 30, 1834. Of the six children born to this union, only two are living — R. B. (residing at Carlisle, in Jackson Township), and Isaac (a farmer of this township, residing near his father). Mrs. Dunn departed this life February 5, 1840. Mr. Dunn was subsequently married to Rebecca Kratzer, also a native of Brown County. Four children are the result of this union — Elsie (wife of a farmer of Scott Township), Roanna (widowed wife of Nimrod Lindsay, keeping house for father and mother), Jane (wife of Peter Wall, of Wallsburg, Scott Township), and Philip (who married Nancy Hendrixson, and resides on the home farm).

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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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