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Below is a family biography included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1883.  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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DAVID BOLES, blacksmith, Higginsport, was born in Pleasant Township in 1824, and is a son of William and Martha (Dickison) Boles, who were both natives of Pennsylvania, where they married and had born to them five children. About the close of the war of 1812, they emigrated to Ohio and settled where our subject was born. Here he became a small land owner and conducted his trade (blacksmithing) until about 1850, when his age required him to retire. He was one of the early smiths of the county and filled an important space in its history as such. He buried his wife in 1837, by whom he had twelve children, nine now living in various parts of the United States. William married for his second wife Mrs. Elizabeth Neal, with whom he lived until his death in 1864, at which time he resided in Shelby County, Ind. The subject of this sketch, the tenth child, was born in 1824, and raised in his native county, obtaining a common school education. At the age of twenty, he engaged in the trade of his choice, which he still follows, and has been located in Higginsport since 1859. The early part of his mechanical life was spent in Indiana. He is now one of three smiths in town, and by his mechanical skill and courteous treatment to his customers has his share of trade. He has been thrice married — in 1848, to Mary J. Dixson, who was a native of this county, and died five years after their union, leaving one child, now living; his second marriage was celebrated with Catherine Dunham, of Indiana, who died in 1857, leaving two children, one now living; his third and present wife was Elizabeth A. Burgett, of Brown County, Ohio, by whom he has one child.

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This family biography is one of 992 biographies included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published in 1883 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Brown County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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