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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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ANSON ALDRICH, farmer; P. O. Laura, Miami Co. To the subject of this sketch we are pleased to accord a place in the front ranks of the early pioneers of Darke Co.; he was born in Rhode Island Oct. 16, 1820, and is a son of Varnum and Martha Aldrich, natives of the same place, who settled in this township in 1834 and were among the first settlers in the township, locating on land in Sec. 33, where they have resided continuously for forty-seven years. They are the parents of eight children, of whom five are living, viz.: Anson, Robert, Betsy, Waldo and Orin; the deceased are Amanda, Sarah and Lydia. Our subject’s early days were spent on the farm, and he has had his full share of hardships and privations to undergo; he informs us he has cleared up over 400 acres of heavily-timbered land; he stayed at home till he was 30 years of age, and then settled, in 1850, on the place where he now resides; he owned 80 acres at the time, and has since added by purchase, till his present farm contains 158 acres of highly cultivated land, and his improvements are No. 1 in every particular. He was united in marriage with Miss Clara Brown, daughter of Daniel Brown, Nov. 7, 1850; three children were given to this union, viz.: Lucy, born May 29, 1853, and departed this life Aug. 14, 1856; Erwin, born Dec. 20, 1851, and died Aug. 22, 1871; Martha E., born Nov. 27, 1855, nee Mrs. Dr. Brandon, who resides in Laura. Mrs. Aldrich departed this life Sept. 28, 1873; she was a member of the M. E. Church, and died as she had lived, trusting in the promises of the Savior. Mr. Aldrich was again united in marriage with Mary B. (Morrison) Dorwin, daughter of A. and Nancy Morrison, June 10, 1875; her parents are natives of Franklin Co., Penn., and were among the early pioneers of Ohio; her father departed this life in 1840; her mother is still living, and resides in Piqua; they were the parents of six children, all living, viz., Jane, John, Nancy, Belle, Robert, and Margaret. Mrs. Aldrich had two children by her former marriage with Mr. Dorwin, viz.: Cora, now Mrs. G. W. Horner, and resides in Olney, Ill.; Jennie, who resides with her mother; Mrs. A. has been a member of the Presbyterian Church for twenty years, and is a consistent Christian woman.

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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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