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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Biographical Souvenir of the Counties of Buffalo, Kearney, Phelps, Harlan and Franklin, Nebraska published in 1890 by F. A. Battey & Company.  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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JOHN W. GREENAMYER is one of the rising young men of Phelps county. He is a native of Ohio, and was born January 8, 1856.

His father, Eli Greenamyer, is also a native of Ohio, and is a shoemaker by trade. He served three years in the war of the rebellion, and received an honorable discharge.

John Greenamyer, the subject of this sketch, is one of a family of eight children, and enjoyed no educational privileges other than those afforded in the common district school. He began working out at the age of twelve and has “hoed his own row” ever since.

Mr. Greenamyer was married, December 25, 1879, to Mary Balyeat, daughter of Aaron and Martha Balyeat. She was born in Van Wert county, Ohio, April 20, 1859. They have five children — Lala, born September 20, 1880; Minnie, born March 12, 1882; Charles, born August 31, 1884; Lotta, born July 12, 1886 (deceased), and Flossie, born July 12, 1888.

Mr. Greenamyer removed with his family to York county, Nebr., in the fall of 1882 and remained there one year. He came to Phelps county in the fall of 1883 and purchased land in Williamsburg township, where he now lives. He now owns one hundred and sixty acres of splendid land in one of the best localities in the township. He is an extensive raiser of cattle and has almost three hundred head. He is a breeder of Short-horn cattle and is the owner of several fine specimens of this popular family. He is also a breeder of the famous Ohio Imported Chester hogs, and is the only man in the township who is making a specialty of this choice breed of swine. He has been treasurer of his township, and was also a member of the county board of supervisors at one time. He is a member of Mt. Pleasant Grange and is a stanch republican in politics.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the book, Biographical Souvenir of the Counties of Buffalo, Kearney, Phelps, Harlan and Franklin, Nebraska published in 1890 by F. A. Battey & Company. 

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