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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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W. W. ELLSBERRY, Georgetown, a prominent, practicing physician of George town, was born in Scott Township, Brown County, December 18, 1832. He is a son of E. M. Ellsberry, a well-known regular physician of Brown County for over fifty years. He died at New Hope, in this county, November 25, 1854. Dr. Ellsberry’s mother was Eunice Morris, a daughter of John Morris, of Clermont County, Ohio, who was among the first to settle on the bottom land of the Little Miami River, and was subsequently Associate Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, of Clemont County. Mrs. Ellsberry was also a niece of Thomas Morris, who was a cotemporary of Webster, Clay, Calhoun and Benton, in the United States Senate, and who introduced to first abolition resolution in that learned body. He was also the law precepter of Hon. Thomas L. Hamer, so well known in the early history of Brown County. Mrs. Ellsberry departed this life in August, 1876. She was the mother of nine children, eight reaching maturity, and three of whom yet survive — our subject, Elizabeth (wife of A. J. Beaman, of New Hope), and B. F. Ellsberry (a merchant of Ironton, Ohio). The subject of this notice was reared a “a farmer’s boy,” obtaining a fair literary education in the public schools of Brown County, and a private school at Batavia, Clermont Co., Ohio. When eighteen years of age, he commenced the study of medicine with his father, who died while our subject was attending his first course of lectures at the Starling Medical College, Columbus, Ohio. He subsequently graduated from the Cincinnati Medical College, and, in 1875, from the Ohio Medical College. Dr. Ellsberry first commenced his practice at New Hope, where he remained eleven years; he then removed to Georgetown; he has always been a sound Democrat, and, in 1862, was elected Auditor of Brown County, serving a term of two years; he then went to Russellville, where he was engaged in the practice of his profession five years. In 1871, he removed again to Georgetown, where he has since resided. Dr. Ellsberry is a member of the Brown County Academy of Medicine, State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He was formerly connected with I. O. O. F. fraternity, and is an active member of the Masonic order. Dr. Ellsberry was married, in 1856, to Helen M. Porter, a native of this county. Six children have been given them; four living — Clara M. is the elder. She attended a course of lectures at the Medical Department of the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, and subsequently visited a hospital in Boston, Mass. She is a practicing physician of Cincinnati, a member of the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati, and Vice President of the Obstetrical Society of that city. The other children are John E., M. J., and a little daughter, named Frank. Harriett died of consumption in November, 1879, and a little son in infancy. Mrs. Ellsberry departed this life in 1872, mourned by a large number of friends and acquaintances.

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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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