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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the History of Noble County, Ohio and published in 1887 by L. H. Watkins & Co.  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.

Matthew West, born in Kings County, Ireland, in 1827, came to America to seek his fortune at the age of fourteen, and in 1842 located in Marion Township. After working twenty years as a farm laborer he bought land of William Danford, and began work for himself. His first purchase was 136 acres, but he added to it from time to time until he owned 723 1/2 acres, all the result of his own industry and economy. He has given 136 acres to his son and eighty-one acres to his daughter, and still owns about 525 acres. In 1854 he married Martha Shook; children: Eliza A. (Danford), William H., Jane M. (Thomas), and John A. The family are members of the Protestant Episcopal church. Mr. West is one of the leading farmers of the township. At one time, when refused credit for a chip hat in Freedom,, he said he would some day be able to buy all the merchants there, and his success has verified the prediction.

This family biography is one of 592 individuals and families with biographical information included in the History of Noble County, Ohio published by L. H. Watkins & Co. in 1887.  For the complete description, click here: Noble County, Ohio History and Genealogy


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