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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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WILLIAM ESPEY, farmer and Justice of the Peace, P. O. New Hope, son of Eli Espey, was born in Indiana in August, 1821. He received a common school education, and has devoted the greater part of his life to farming, but spent six years in early life at wool carding, and five years as a storekeeper in White Oak Valley. In connection with his farm operations he operated a threshing machine for thirty seasons. He owns 141 acres of land, on which he recently completed a handsome residence. In 1846, he married Lorinda, daughter of Samuel Berry, a wealthy and influential farmer of Pleasant Township. Mr. and Mrs. Espey are both members of the Methodist Church, in which she has been a member since eleven years of age, and in which he has held several offices. He was appointed Postmaster of White Oak Valley in 1852, and served fourteen years. He is a Democrat, and now occupies the office of a Justice of the Peace.

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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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