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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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ANDREW & BRO., the leading dealers in grain and produce in Greene County, are also engaged extensively in the grocery, hardware and agricultural implement business, and for some years have been closely identified with the growth and importance of Cedarville. The brothers, James H. and T. Beveridge, are the sons of T. S. Andrew, who came to this county at an early day, and was married to Miss Jane McClellan, daughter of John McClellan, of Xenia, in which place various members of the family still reside.

James H. Andrew spent his younger years on the farm, and when about twenty-six years old entered the employ of Charles Houston & Co., remaining with the firm until the death of Mr. Houston. The business then passed into the hands of David Beal, who conducted it six months and then sold out to Cleaver & Mormon, who made an assignment in July, 1875. It then went into the United States Court, where litigation was carried on for over a year, when the assignees disposed of the goods, and in 1877 the Andrew boys, in company with Houston Bros., of South Charleston, opened up another stock of goods in the same place under the firm name of Andrew & Co.

The business was thus conducted until February, 1882, when Andrew Bros, purchased the interest of the other partners and have since controlled the business. At first they made a specialty of grain, and later added to their transactions and now do a business of $150,000 per annum. This speaks well for their enterprise and push, as they commenced with comparatively nothing. They are recognized as “hustlers,” and have been phenomenally successful. They own the brick building in which they do business, this being two stories in height and covering an area of 36x92 feet. The large hall over the store proper is utilized as a wareroom for their farm implements and carriages.

Andrew Bros., besides this property, have three hundred acres of land and a half-interest in the Cedarville Tile Works — a large enterprise which is extensively patronized throughout the county. Each of the brothers owns and occupies a fine residence in the village, and James has property in Findlay, this State. They likewise conduct a profitable loan business, and have realized large profits by being able to discount all their bills. Their early partnership cost them $4,500, this being the profits accruing to the other members of the firm who never took any active part in the business.

In the fall of 1880 James Andrew was united in wedlock with Miss Nannie Barber. This lady is the daughter of Martin Barber, an old resident of Cedarville. She was born in 1855. Of this union there are no children.

T. Beveridge Andrew was born in 1852, and like his brother acquired his education in the common school. They grew up together, and in their business relations have preserved a remarkable harmony, which has contributed largely to their success. He was married in 1883, to Miss Mary White, and they have one child. J. H. leans toward prohibition, and T. B. is Trustee of Cedarville Township, and adheres to the Republican party. While they stand pre-eminent among the best and most successful young business men of the county, and attend strictly to business during business hours, they still wisely devote a proper amount of time and attention to recreation, and are among the most noted checker-players in this part of the State. James is especially expert at this game, and in a series of games played was seldom ever beaten, he is also an expert chess player.

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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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