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Below is a family biography included in the book, Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published by Chapman Publishing Company in 1895.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of 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.

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THOMAS B. ALBIN. The career of this gentleman has been marked by enterprise and industry, and his well directed efforts have been rewarded by the accumulation of a large amount of land and the machinery and stock necessary to carry on a first-class farm. He is one of those citizens of whom we have reason to be proud on account of the example they present of industry, morality and good citizenship. His estate lies on section 2, township 44, range 27, Johnson County.

Mr. Albin was born in Noble County, Ohio, November 28, 1849, to James and Julia A. (Cramblitt) Albin. The father was born January 15, 1821, in Morgan County, Ohio, and departed this life in Ross County, that state, April 12, 1895. He was married, March 8, 1849, to Miss Cramblitt, whose birth occurred in 1831, in Guernsey County, that state. They continued to make their home in Noble County until after the birth of our subject, and when he was an infant of six weeks moved to Clinton County. There James Albin purchased a quarter-section of land, on which he resided for eight years, during that time placing it under excellent tillage. At the end of that time he sold out and removed to Hocking County, that state, where he became the proprietor of a well improved farm and lived for a few years. Again disposing of his landed interests, he purchased a large estate in that county, whence he afterward removed to Ross County, and there lived until his decease. He was the father of twelve children, of whom Thoas B. was the eldest; John Wesley died at the age of nine years; Louisa married W. W. Sayler, and is now living in Hocking County, Ohio; Martha became the wife of James McNeil, and died in Ross County, Ohio; Daniel L. is a resident of Chilhowee Township, this county; Martin Henry is a resident of Halltown, Ross County, Ohio; Missouri married William Miller, and makes her home in Henry County, Mo.; Francis Marion resides near Chilhowee, this county; Mary is now Mrs. Samuel Cully, and occupies a good farm near Hazle Hill, Johnson County; William died at the age of four years; Joseph lives in Ross County; Hattie married Charles Ortman, and is also a resident of that portion of Ohio.

In politics the father of our subject was a Democrat. During the late war he was drafted into the service, but paid $1 ,000 for a substitute. Although reared in the faith of the Lutheran Church, after moving to Ross County, Ohio, he identified himself with the Society of Friends.

His parents being in limited circumstances when he was young, our subject was not given the best advantages for obtaining an education. Determined, however, to become well informed, he borrowed the money with which to pay his tuition in the normal school, and after some time spent as a student there, was qualified to teach, which vocation he followed very successfully.

The marriage of our subject occurred in 1871, at which time Miss Eliza A. Flaningham became his wife. She was born in Hocking County, Ohio, May 14, 1850, to Hiram and Mary (Strouse) Flaningham. She, too, is well educated, and it is the desire of both herself and husband to give their sons and daughters the best advantages in an educational way. After their marriage Mr. Albin erected a house on property which his wife owned in Hocking County, but in 1875 they sold it and, moving into Lowellville, established himself in the mercantile business, following the same for a period of five years. In March, 1881, he sold his stock of goods and, coming to Johnson County, determined to try his fortunes in farming. He accordingly purchased a tract of one hundred and twenty acres, including his present farm, and to this he added as he was prospered, until now he is the proud possessor of three hundred and forty acres.

A family of nine children was born to Mr. and Mrs. Albin. Charles was born in Hocking County, Ohio, February 3, 1873; Rosa Lee, March 26, 1874; Fred and Eddie, twins, February 7, 1876; James Marshall, November 29, 1881; Flora Belle, June 4, 1883; Otto C., February 14, 1887; Stella May, March 26, 1888; and Robert Earl, October 4, 1891.

Mr. Albin cast his first Presidential vote for Horace Greeley in 1872, and has ever since continued to vote for Democratic candidates. Together with his wife and two of his children, he is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He takes great interest in Sunday-school work, and is a teacher and assistant chorister in that department of church work. Socially he is identified with the Junior Order of American Mechanics.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Johnson County, Missouri portion of the book,  Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published in 1895 by Chapman Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Johnson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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