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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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SAMUEL BEERY, farmer, P. O. Georgetown, was born in this township, south of Georgetown, November 15, 1801, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Shick) Berry. His father was of Irish descent. His maternal grandfather, Louis Shick, emigrated from Germany and was bound out, on his arrival here, for several years to pay his passage, and settled in Straight Creek among the first pioneers. Samuel was raised on the farm and in his earlier life was a great hewer of wood. He prepared the timber for many a dwelling, and cut many cords of wood from the land, that Georgetown now occupies. To chop, split and cord four cords of wood was only an average day’s work for him. By his unceasing toil, he obtained a start in this world’s goods, and labored long and hard to increase it. He purchased the farm of his father from the other heirs and still occupies it in the northwest part of the township. His politics are Democratic. In 1827, he was married to Rebecca, daughter of Joseph and Dilly (Hannars) Hamilton. Mrs. Berry was born in 1808. Their children are Lorenda, wife of William Esby; Jane W., wife of Joseph Ward; Deliverance, wife of Jacob Petacord; Mary E., wife of James W. Herron; Amanda, wife of Joseph Richard; Robert, married, M. D. L., married; Anna, wife of John Purcell. Mr. and Mrs. Berry were both members of the M. E. Church, of which he has been class leader. He remembers the time in early days when tea sold for $3 a pound.

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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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