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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890.  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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CHARLES F. EDWARDS, although still quite a young man, is numbered among the prosperous dealers of Xenia, Greene County, where he conducts a wholesale establishment for the buying and shipping of hides. He has been engaged in that business about twelve years, devoting himself to its details with untiring energy and prudence, and dealing honorably with his fellowmen. The private character of Mr. Edwards is irreproachable; he is a member of the Baptist Church, and of the Republican party, although he has not been in politics except in so far as to, cast his vote.

Mr. Edwards was born in Ohio, July 26, 1852, and until the age of seven years lived on the farm. He then accompanied his parents, J. V. B. Edwards and wife, to Xenia, where he completed his education, and has since been engaged in business. His paternal history appears on another page of this work, in the sketch of his respected father.

On March 23, 1876, Mr. Edwards was united in marriage with Miss Blanch McIntosh, of Xenia. The bride was born in Princeton, Gibson county, Ind., July 3, 1857, but grew to maturity in Xenia, where almost her entire life has been passed. She is a woman of intelligence, refinement, and estimable character, who is highly regarded by all who know her. She is the mother of one son, Fred.

The paternal grandfather of Mrs. Edwards was the first white male child born in Greene County, which he made his home during his entire life. He is numbered among its very earliest citizens, the name of William McIntosh, Esq., being historical in this vicinity. All of his male descendants are now dead, except one, Martin, of Monticello, Ill. One of his sons was William R., born in Xenia, who grew to maturity in Greene County, marrying Miss Kate Williams, of Cincinnati, July 7, 1847. Their home during the most of their wedded life was in this county. After the death of Mr. McIntosh, his widow married Samuel B. Cretors, whom she also survived, subsequently becoming the wife of E. Lindner, M. D. She now has her summer home in Clay Center, Kan., and her winter home in Florida. Her father, William G. G. Williams, (grandfather of Mrs. Edwards), was born in Pembrookshire, Wales, whence he came to Cincinnati, in that city marrying Miss Catherine Jones, also of Wales, who traced her ancestry back to Sir Owen Tudor. Mr. Williams was an attorney-at-law, and practiced his profession in Cincinnati for many years, and until his last illness. Three of his children grew to maturity — two sons and Mrs. Lindner.

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This family biography is one of the many biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890. 

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