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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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O. J. GAMEL was born in Ohio in 1846, and is a son of Henry and Susanna (Davis) Gamel. Henry Gamel, also a native of Ohio, was born in 1819, and served under Gen. Fremont from 1861 to 1864, his death occurring in the year last named. Mrs. Susanna (Davis) Gamel was born in Ohio in 1823, was married in 1843, and died in 1863, the mother of seven children, namely — Orin (deceased), Malinda (deceased), O. J., Henry H., Amanda (deceased), Melvina, Thomas Jefferson and Cyrus P.

O. J. Gamel remained in his native state of Ohio until 1861, when he drove a flock of sheep through to Illinois, occupying fifty-two days on the way. In the latter state he lived with his maternal grandfather, Henry Davis, from 1861 until 1863, at which time his mother died and he returned to his home in Ohio, where he remained until 1867, when he again went to Illinois, where for eleven years he engaged in farming, and for six years in the mercantile business at Mahomet. In 1885 he came to Nebraska and for two years he lived on a rented farm in Fillmore county, from there he came to his present home in Phelps county, on section 33, township 5, range 17. Mr. Gamel began life with a horse, saddle and bridle, and came to Nebraska with a capital of $10,000; he now has four hundred and eighty acres of land, well stocked and unincumbered.

In February, 1868, Mr. Gamel married Miss Sarah A. Ehrlich, a native of Ohio, born in 1848. Three children now brighten his hearthstone and are named — William E., Cora Anna and Clarence Carl. In politics Mr. Gamel is a republican.

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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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