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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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JOSEPH D. ST. JOHN. This young gentleman is the owner and occupant of a pleasant estate four miles south of Xenia, which was purchased by him in 1886. It adjoins his father’s former home, and though not so large as many in the township, containing but sixty-two acres, furnishes a comfortable maintenance, and forms an attractive place of abode. Mr. St. John is a dealer in horses, and is becoming well known to the lovers of equines in this locality. He was born in the eastern part of Caesar’s Creek Township, March 19, 1856, was reared on a farm, and received an excellent education in the common schools of the town.

On March 20, 1876, the rites of wedlock were celebrated between Mr. St. John and Miss Luvinia Ruth Anderson, a young woman whose intelligent mind and estimable character had won his regard, as they had the respect of many more. She is a daughter of John and Charity (Stanfield) Anderson, of Spring Valley Township. The happy union has been blessed by the birth of one child, Dellorise C. Both Mr. St. John and his wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he enjoys the esteem of his fellow-men, by whom he is considered honorable, energetic and capable.

Going back to the third generation prior to our subject, we find Joseph St. John, of New York, who was one of the first settlers in Warren County, Ohio. One of the members of his family was Daniel Wood St. John, who was born near Lebanon, where he married Elizabeth Bone. Immediately after their marriage, they came to this county, settling on one hundred and fifty acres of land in Caesar’s Creek Township. During the war they removed to a location south of the Orphans Home near Xenia, where Mr. St. John operated two hundred acres of land. There he breathed his last in 1873, his widow dying two years later. His family consisted of nine sons and two daughters: Joseph M., the father of our subject having been born in Caesar’s Creek Township, in December, 1829.

Joseph St. John adopted farming as his life-work, about 1870 locating on one hundred and fifty acres adjoining the property of our subject. In 1886, he removed to Coffeeville, Montgomery County, Kan., where he breathed his last in January, 1888.

His widow still survives. She was also born in Caesar’s Creek Township, the date of her birth being in July, 1831. Her maiden name was Juley Ann McNair, and she is a daughter of Ward and Catherine (Haines) McNair, whose family included four sons and six daughters. Mr. McNair came to this county from Virginia in an early day. The mother of our subject is the fourth in the family circle, which includes also William, Martha, James, Edward J., Jane, Mary C., Eveline, David, and Estaline. She is the mother of four children, namely: William Ward, of Dayton; Eliza Catherine, the wife of Zero Anderson, of Pittsburg, Kan.; our subject; and Mary Pearl.

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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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