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J. N. Bishop, dealer in stoves, hardware, furniture, farming utensils, etc., at Ironton, was born at Yellow Springs, Ohio, March 6, 1852, and is the son of Noah and Mary J. (McClellan) Bishop. The father was born in Litchfield, Conn. and graduated at Yale College as a Presbyterian minister. He then immigrated in Ohio, where he married Miss Mary J. McClellan, a native of Ohio and there remained for several years. He preached the gospel for a number of years, and was president of the young men's seminary in Connecticut, for some time.  He immigrated to Springfield, Ill., where he remained a few years, then moved to Jacksonville, where he again preached the gospel.  In 1869 he, with his family, moved to Iron County and located in Ironton, where he lived a retired life the remainder of his days. He died in the fall of 1869.  The mother died in June 1872.  They were the parents of three children: Anna L. Smith now resides in st. Louis; Belle Moser, resides in Oakdale, Neb., and John N. who is the youngest of the family.  He was reared, principally, in Illinois, receiving a good education in both the common and high schools. He was about seventeen years of age when he came with his parents to Ironton, and after reaching this place; he attended the Arcadia College for about three years.  He then worked at this trade one year, and then went to St. Louis, where he remained engaged in his trade for four years.  He then went to the Black Hills, South Dakota., and was engaged in mining for something over a year.  In 1877 he came back to Iron County, and engaged in merchandising, which occupation he has since continued.  He is doing an extensive business and is succeeding well. In October 1886, he married Miss Laura Brown, a native of Iowa.  She is a member of the Baptist Church, and Mr. Bishop is a member of the city council.