The subject of this notice is fairly entitled to be considered not only one of the enterprising farmers of Washington
township, Defiance county, but one of its respected and honored citizens, and a man of more than ordinary ability.
A native of Ohio, he was born in Vernon township, Crawford county, May 5, 1834, and in a family of eight children
- four sons and four daughters, he is the eldest son and second child. His parents, Samuel and Margaret (Tarr)
Dean, were married and made their home in Crawford county for some years. There the father, who was a carpenter
by trade, was killed by falling from a scaffold, in 1849, but the mother is still living at an advanced age.
In the county of his nativity Washington Dean was reared and educated, continuing to make it his home until the
fall of 1857, when with his mother he came to Defiance county. In Washington township he purchased eighty two acres
of land, which he has since owned, although he worked in Indiana for a few years prior to his marriage. He now
has ninety four acres under a high state of cultivation, and improved with good and substantial buildings. The
neat and thrifty appearance of the place denotes the industry and progressive spirit of the owner, showing him
to be a painstaking and systematic farmer.
In Washington township, Defiance county, Mr. Dean was married, in March, 1872, to Mrs. Clara Whitcomb. They have
reared one child, Edith Boyer, now the wife of Harvey Borrick. The family have many warm friends, and are widely
and favorably known throughout the county.
Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Northwestern, Ohio Biographies
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