Biography of Miss Sylvia Dean
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Miss Sylvia Dean is well known throughout Knox County, and especially at Fredericktown, where she has spent her entire life. She was born on a farm two miles west of this place, the daughter of William Hanson and Alice (Clark) Dean.

James H. Dean, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was a native of New York and came to Ohio in 1867 and settled in Knox County. He purchased a farm of 245 acres in Wayne Township, where he spent the remainder of his life. He died in 1887 and his wife died in 1908. Both are buried in Fredericktown. They were the parents of four sons: William Hanson, mention of whom is made below; Benjamin F., deceased; Morris, deceased; and John J., lives at Bloomfield, Ind. The old Dean homestead in Wayne Township is now owned by two grandsons of James H. Dean, Lewis and Dwight Dean.

William Hanson Dean was born in Richland County in 1848 and lives retired at Fredericktown. He is a member of the Grange and has been an elder of the Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. His wife was born in Holmes County in 1851. They located on a farm in Knox County in 1871 and came to Fredericktown in 1909. Their children are: Fred, deceased; Dwight, who lives on the old homestead; Sylvia, the subject of this sketch; and Margaret, both living with their parents at home.

Sylvia Dean received her education in the public schools in Fredericktown. She now holds the office of clerk in the local postoffice. She is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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