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Below is a family biography included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  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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ABRAHAM BYRD, Sr., farmer; P. O. Webster, Darke Co., Ohio; was born Feb. 18, 1804, in Shenandoah County, and raised in Rockingham Co., Va.; in 1840, he came to Ohio and stopped for a part of the first summer in Montgomery County, and then settled in Darke County; worked at his trade, bricklaying, for two years. He then married Emma Radefelt, who was born Nov. 17, 1820, in Adams County, Penn.; about the time of his marriage, he bought 80 acres of land in Sec. 36, Adams Township, on which he is still living; he has 65 acres cleared, all of which he accomplished but about 15 acres; they are the parents of ten children— George S., born June 2, 1843; Hannah C., Nov. 27, 1844; Jacob F., March 31, 1847; Sarah I., Nov. 11, 1849; Mary M., Jan. 17, 1852; Abraham and Emma, July 27, 1854; Henrietta, April 16, 1858; Lucy A., Feb. 27, 1860, and Silvester, Aug. 4, 1862.

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This family biography is one of 659 biographies included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  View the complete description here: Darke County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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