Biography of James C. Brandon
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

JAMES CALVIN BRANDON, for seven years trustee of Jefferson township, resides on his well improved farm of 80 acres, situated in section 8, and is numbered with the representative men of this locality. Mr. Brandon was born in Mercer County, Ohio, June 6, 1849, and is a son of David and Ella (Hole) Brandon.

James Brandon, the grandfather of James C., was one of the early pioneers of Darke County, Ohio, and there David Brandon was born and reared and acquired a farm of 80 acres. He died in Darke County and his widow: married a Mr. Walton and died when James C. Brandon was about 16 years old. The three children of the first marriage were: James Calvin; Lewis, who was accidentally killed at Celina, in 1905; and Mrs. Nancy Jane Fressinger, of Versailles, Ohio.

Since the age of eight years James C. Brandon has lived in Mercer County, and from the age of 10 years, with the exception of two years spent in Michigan, he has lived in Jefferson township. After his marriage, when he was about 24 years old, he worked in a sawmill in Jefferson township, and then moved to Celina, where he worked for two years in the handle factory. He then bought a farm of 80 acres of tirntberland and for some years the family lived in a round log cabin on the place. The old cabin still stands in the shadow of the fine new house which was completed in 1903. In 1893 the substantial barn and other farm buildings were erected. Mr. Brandon has met with a very gratifying amount of success. He has not given his entire attention to farming as a part has been devoted to the improving of his stock and he now owns io head of fine horses, several blooded ones among. them.

In 1873 Mr. Brandon was married to Caroline Beyer, a daughter of John Beyer, a farmer of Butler township, and they have had seven children, of whom Frank died aged two years and Shelby died aged six months. The others are: Mary, who is the wife of Lewis Gaus, of Butler township, and the mother of one child, Mabel Marie; and Charles, William, J. V. and Elsie, all of whom reside at home.

Mr. Brandon is a member of the Christian Church and one of the board of trustees. Politically he is identified with the Democratic party.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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