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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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LORENZO R. ST. JOHN. Among the prosperous farmers of Greene County may be properly mentioned Mr. St. John, who has a finely-located body of land, one-half mile south of the city. He is a native of this county, and was born in Caesar Creek Township, August 8, 1851. To this region at an early day came his parents, Daniel W. and Eliza (Bone) St. John, who were likewise natives of this State, and both born near New Lebanon. There also they were reared and married, and soon after settled upon a one hundred-acre farm in Caesar Creek Township.

About 1863 the parents of Mr. St. John changed their residence to the place where he now resides, and which lies on the Wilmington Pike. There they spent the remainder of their lives, the father dying in January, 1873, and the mother in April, 1874. Both were leading members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which Daniel St. John had officiated as a Class-Leader for many years. They were the parents of the following children, the eldest of whom, Cyrus B., resides near Albany, Jay County, Ind.; Joseph M. died after attaining to manhood; John Washington is a resident of this county; William Harrison, deceased; Daniel Morgan resides in this county; Sarah is the widow of James McNair, of Dunkirk, Ind; Jeniah F. is in this county; Eva J. is the wife of Frank Peterson, of Kansas; Isaac W. is a resident of Dunkirk, Ind.; and Lorenzo R., our subject. The father, in early manhood, was a Whig and later identified himself with the Republican party.

Mr. St. John has resided upon his present farm since he was a lad of thirteen years. The associations connected with it naturally make it far more valuable to him than any amount of money he could name. It is one hundred and thirty-seven acres in extent, embellished with substantial buildings and is the source of a comfortable income. He brought a bride to the old roof-tree in 1873, being married May 28, that year, to Miss Alice M. Smith. This lady was born May 6, 1855, in Greene County, and is the daughter of Daniel and Lucinda (Sparr) Smith, the father being now deceased. Of this union there was born one child only, Myrtie L. Mr. St. John, politically, is a Republican, and both he and his estimable wife are members in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Ex-Governor St. John, of Kansas, was one of the offshoots of this branch of the St. John family.

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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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