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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890.  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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SAMUEL DINGLEDINE. A snug little farm of forty-seven acres, in German Township, Clark County, is the home of the gentleman above named, and under his thorough tillage is producing a better income than many estates of greater extent but less careful management. Both grain and stock are raised upon the estate, every part of which bears evidence of the taste and thrift of its owner. In connection with his agricultural labors Mr. Dingledine is engaged more or less in teaching vocal and instrumental music, of which he formerly made a specialty. He is a native of Clark County, in which he was born October 22, 1837, but was reared to manhood and educated principally in the schools of Champaign County. Having a love and talent for music he took a special course of instruction at an institution in Xenia, in 1872, and for a number of years taught both instrumental and vocal music. His reputation as a teacher and performer is widespread, and he will long be remembered throughout this section of the country for the sweet strains with which he has charmed his auditors.

Mr. Dingledine chose for his wife Miss Catherine A. Myers, with whom he was united in marriage January 22, 1863. This estimable lady is a daughter of Jacob N. Myers, of Dialton, and possesses those qualities which make womanhood honored. She is the mother of five children, two of whom have left the parental roof for homes of their own. Lida A. is the wife of Charles V. Blose; Sarah C. married W. E. King. The other members of the family are: Mary B., Charles A. and Edson G. Mr. Dingledine belongs to the Reformed Church at Tremont City, and to the Grange Lodge at the same place. His political adherence is given to the Prohibition party.

In the Shenandoah Valley, Va., lived Phillip Dingledine and his good wife, to whom, on July 13, 1810, a son was born, who was given the name of Jacob. This son grew to manhood in his native place, receiving but a limited education, as his advantages were not equal to those of the present day. He acquired an excellent knowledge of farm pursuits, which he made useful in securing a comfortable estate as years rolled by. In 1832 he emigrated from his native State to Clark County, Ohio, where for a short time he was in the employ of a Mr. Gard, on Mad River, as a farm hand and laborer in a sawmill. Having purchased land near Terre Haute, Champaign County, he settled upon it, remaining there a number of years, but returning permanently to Clark County in 1863. He settled in German Township, on the farm now occupied by Henry Rockel, and resided there until 1877, then selling this he purchased the William Baker farm, where he lived until 1887, when he removed to Tremont City, where he died January 16, 1889. He was ever a hard-working man, and during his earlier life did more or less of the labor incidental to the development of a comparatively new country. He was noted for his hospitality and kindness toward the poor, while the interest which he took in the advance of civilization was equally well understood. He served as Trustee, Treasurer and Assessor, and as a public officer and private citizen endeavored to discharge every duty in a worthy manner. In politics he was a Democrat. He was a member of the Reformed Church, in which he served as an Elder a number of years. His death removed from the county a reliable citizen, and from his family one who had been affectionate and kind to wife and children.

The first wife of Jacob Dingledine was Elizabeth Baker, a native of this State, who bore him seven children. Of these the survivors are: John E., whose home is in Darke County; Rachael A., wife of Simeon Jones, of Tremont City; and he whose name introduces this sketch. The second wife was Sarah Baker, who still survives, her home being in Tremont City.

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This family biography is one of the many biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890. 

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