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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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ALEXANDER B. BRANDON, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 27; P. O. Versailles; was born in Wayne Township, Darke Co., Dec. 14, 1820; his father, James R., was born in West Virginia April 14, 1792, and married Anna Hole, Sept. 15, 1818; she was born in Butler Co., Ohio, Jan. 22, 1798; he came to Darke Co. with his sister Elizabeth in 1818. Mrs. J. R. Brandon’s father, Zachariah Hole, moved to this county the same year. Mrs. Anna (Hole) Brandon died near Hill Grove, in 1857, and J. R. Brandon died Feb. 24, 1876, in this township. Alexander, the subject of this sketch, has always worked hard to dig out a home for himself and family; since 1846, he has cleared, almost lone-handed, upward of 60 acres of heavily timbered land; by his untiring industry, aided by his good wife, he is blessed with a good home, and a favorable promise of comfort in their declining years. He married Anna Shafer, April 9, 1846, daughter of John Shafer (see Job M. Shafer’s biography in this work); she was born in Bedford Co., Penn., April 30, 1826; they have had ten children, viz.: John T., born March 24, 1847, and died while in the service of his country, at Cumberland, Md., Aug. 22, 1864; Riley M., born March 18, 1849; Job S., born Aug. 25, 1851, and died Aug. 8, 1866; Dorothy A., born Jan. 29, 1854, and married Nathaniel Kershner; Eugene, born Nov. 29, 1856; Aaron, April 20, 1859; James F., Oct. 9, 1861; Noah, Feb. 2, 1864; Arthur M., born July 12, 1866, and Retha Belle, born April 7, 1872; he owns 212 acres of good land and a fine home.

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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.  For the complete description, click here: Darke County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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