JAMES DEAN, a highly respected farmer of Wells township, was born in Jefferson county, February 6, 1831. He is the son of Samuel and Mary (McCurdy) Dean, natives of Ireland, who came to this country with their parents in childhood, and were married in America. Samuel Dean died June 24, 1844 aged about seventy years. His wife survived him until November 14, 1870, dying in her eightieth year. Her mother, Mary McCurdy, lived to the remarkable age of one hundred and five years. Samuel and Mary Dean had four sons and four daughters: Jane, who married Hugh White, and after his decease, married John McCullough and died August 25, 1880 aged sixty-five years; Polly, now deceased, who married Joseph Porter, and was the mother of six shildren; Robert, who married Miss Hamilton, had three sons and two daughters, and after that wife's decease, married Miss Given, and now lioves in Coshocton county; Margaret, who was married to John Burriss, of Harrison county, and has had four children; John, died October 2, 1863; William, a prosperous farmer of Coshocton county, father of eleven children; Eliza, late wife of Jesse Forsythe, of Harrison county, died January 17, 1890 leaving six children, one a Methodist minister; and James, the subject of this mention. The latter has been engaged in farming all his life, in which he embarked on his own account at the age of thirty-three. He has been successful and is one of the prosperous people of the township. October 24, 1861, he was married to Mary J., daughter of Robert and Theresa Graham, of Washington county, Penn. Mrs. Dean's parents removed to Jefferson county, where the father died September 23, 1868, at the age of seventy years. Her mother is still living. Mr. and Mrs. Dean have been devout members of the Presbyterian church for nearly twenty-five years.
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