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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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BENJAMIN BOBENMOYER, retired farmer; P. O. Arcanum; a native of Pennsylvania, and a resident of Ohio for the past fifty years, and of Darke Co. nearly one-fourth of a century; is a brother to Charles Bobenmoyer, whose biography also appears in the Butler Township list. The subject of this sketch was born in Berks Co., Penn., in 1805; was brought up on a farm, and received but little education and that in German; was married in 1826 to Sarah Rhinesmith; they removed from Pennsylvania to Butler Co. Ohio, about the year 1833; came to Darke Co. in 1853, and purchased the farm in Sec. 11, Butler Township, where they now reside; his farm then had an “opening” and a cabin on it, but was mostly woods and very wet and swampy; since then, he, with the other settlers, have, by means of clearing and ditching, made this to rank with the best lands in Darke Co.; he now has a pike in every direction from his place, good buildings, and in every way pleasantly situated and prepared to enjoy the remainder of his days, the fruit of his early toils and sacrifices. Mr. and Mrs. Bobenmoyer are substantial, respected people; are the parents of thirteen children, ten of whom are living, five sons and five daughters—Eliza, now Mrs. William Banois, of Cincinnati; Mary, now Mrs. Clarke Robinson, of Neave Township; William, a resident of Middletown, Ohio; Christena, now Mrs. Fred. Wagner; Frederick, now a resident of Allentown, Penn.; Sophia, now Mrs. John Bridenstine, of Hamilton, Ohio; John, now a resident of California; Nathan, a resident of Port Jefferson; Kate, now Mrs. Abram Baker, of Twin Township, and Benjamin, Jr., now married, and residing on and farming the homestead.

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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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