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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the History of Miami County, Ohio and published in 1880 by W. H. Beers.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

JOHN JONES, farmer; P. O. Piqua; born in Dauphin Co., Penn., Sept. 28, 1830; is the son of Josiah and Catharine (Oliman) Jones; his father was born in the State of Delaware, his mother in Pennsylvania, where they lived and died; they were parents of eight children, of whom three only are now living, viz., John, our subject; Louisa, now Mrs. Chatham, living in Philadelphia; and Elizabeth, now Mrs. Keohler, living at Union Deposit, Penn.; Mr. Jones, the subject of this sketch, lived with his father till about 21 years of age, at which time, Jan. 16, 1851, he was united in marriage with Louisa Wagoner, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Dick) Wagoner, who was born March 5, 1832, in Dauphin Co., Penn.; born by this union they had born to them ten children, viz., Elizabeth, Oct. 16, 1851, she is now Mrs. Wilkinson, living on the home place; Henry, born March 20, 1854, now married to Anna Bell McKinney, also living on part of the home farm; Josiah, born Jan. 17, 1857, married to Anna Elizabeth Booher, and living on the home farm; Catharine, born Aug. 18, 1859, and died Nov. 17, 1860; John, born Nov. 30, 1861; Emma, born June 24, 1864, died Dec. 30,1869; Mary, born April 12, 1867; Willie, born Feb. 12, 1871; Laura, born Jan. 15, 1875; and Louisa, born Feb. 19, 1877, dying in 1878; Mr. Jones after his marriage lived in Pennsylvania about seven years, when he emigrated to Ohio and located in Miami Co., April 8, 1858, on the farm where he still resides; he first bought 90 acres of land, since which he has added to it by purchase from time to time, till now he owns 314 acres, of which about 250 acres are in cultivation; he has made great improvements, has a fine house and a very large brick barn and numerous comforts and conveniences; this has mostly been accomplished by his own industry and economy; Mr. Jones and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Lockport; they have a large family of children, all living with and near him, with a good competency for all.

This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in the History of Miami County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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