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William A. Russell

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 603

     for many years has been a representative man in Shelby county, O., teacher, farmer, stock raiser and public official and is well known, particularly in Clinton and Turtle Creek townships, and in the former of which he owns twenty-seven acres of good land and in the latter has 297 acres. He was born here March 30, 1837, and is a son of Joshua and Jane (McClure) Russell.
     Joshua Russell and wife were born in Virginia and after coming to Ohio he engaged during all his active life in farming and stock raising. He was one of the leading members and liberal supporters of the Presbyterian church. His children were as follows: William A.; Moses James; Cyrus H.; John A.: Mary J., who married Adam Russell; Margaret E., who is deceased; and Martha E., who married William E. Russell.
     William A. Russell attended the district schools and afterward taught school very acceptably for six years and many of his old pupils have lived to reflect credit on him. He then turned his attention to farming and stock raising and these industries he successfully followed for many years. In his political views he is a Republican and at different times he has been chosen for important political offices in the township and has served as land appraiser of Turtle Creek township and through two terms was treasurer of that township.
     Mr. Russell was married in September, 1865, to Miss Laura A. Beck, who is a daughter of Edward Beck of Turtle Creek township. Her one sister, Martha E., is the wife of James Russell, brother of William A. Russell. To William A. Russell and wife the following children were born, all of whom are prominent socially and otherwise.  Edward J., who formerly represented this district in the state senate; Jennie; Cora, who is now deceased, was the wife of Edison Richards; Nathan A., who is in the leather business at Sidney, O.; Chester B., who is connected with a western business house; Nettie, who is a trained nurse, now at Minneapolis, Minn.; and Maude, who is an educator connected with the schools of Cincinnati, O. The family attends the Presbyterian church.

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