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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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SAMUEL M. MALLOW. A pleasant and well-improved farm about five miles southeast of Xenia, in Greene County, is the home of the gentleman above named, and under his able management produces crops which rank among the best both in quantity and quality. The estate comprises one hundred and fifty-nine broad acres, and forms a part of Caesar’s Creek Township. The owner is an enterprising farmer, and a citizen whose worth is understood by his fellowmen, by whom he is esteemed accordingly. He began his career in life empty handed and has reached a comfortable financial standing through his own determination and industry.

The birth of Mr. Mallow took place in what is now Jasper Township, Greene County, May 6, 1831. His father, Col. George Mallow, was a native of Rockingham County, Va., and came to Ohio with his parents, their first settlement being made near Springboro, Warren County. He afterwards become a resident of Greene County, where he died in 1861, at the age of about three-score and ten. His father, George Mallow, Sr., was of German origin, and also died in Greene County. The Colonel served in the War of 1812, and was afterward placed at the head of a militia regiment from which rank he derived his title. He married Miss Elizabeth Fudge, a native of the same county as himself, who lived to the age of seventy years, dying in 1864. They reared six children, named respectively: John, Clarissa, Amanda J., Elmira, Samuel M. and Henry M., the latter of Huntington County, Ind. Col. Mallow was a Whig and later a Republican.

The subject of this sketch was reared upon a farm, and obtained as good an education as was possible in the common schools of the period and vicinity. He learned the trade of a blacksmith, but at the age of twenty-one years began life as a farmer. In 1858 he located on seventy acres of land to which he has since added, bringing up the acreage to the amount mentioned above, and placing the entire estate under good cultivation and improvement. In the spring of 1886 he was elected Trustee of the township, and has since filled the office very acceptably. He is a stanch Republican.

On November 5, 1852, Mr. Mallow led to the hymeneal altar Miss Amy H. Adsit, who was born in Dutchess County, N. Y., July 30, 1831, and whose fine character and useful habits had won his regard. She is a member of the Reformed Church, is highly respected by her neighbors and acquaintances and devoted to the interests of her husband and children. She is the mother of one son and one daughter. George F. is still unmarried and at home; Susan A. is the wife of Charles McKay, of Clinton County, Ohio.

The parents of Mrs. Mallow, Hiram and Susan (Butts) Adsit, were born in Dutchess County, N. Y., and came to Ohio in the spring of 1833, Mr. Adsit located where our subject now resides, on one hundred and fifty acres of land, to which he afterward added fifty. He died September 7, 1847, at the age of forty years, his natal day having been June 4, 1807. His widow, who was born August 19, 1807, survived him, becoming the wife of Jesse Boots, now deceased, and is yet living. Mrs. Mallow is the youngest of three children reared by her parents, to whom six had been born. The other survivors are Daniel and Silas. Hiram Adsit was the son of Elias Adsit, of the Empire State, who was twice married. His first wife was Amey Howe, who bore him three sons and one daughter; his second wife was Lucy Harrington, who had no children. Grandfather Adsit came to Greene County, about 1830, and died in Xenia in 1856. He was of English origin. The mother of Mrs. Mallow is a daughter of Daniel and Isabelle (Gardner) Butts, both of whom died in the Empire State, and whose family included six sons and six daughters.

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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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