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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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D. B. DENHAM, retired; P. O. New Madison ; was born in Denhamstown, on the Ohio River, Oct. 3, 1809; when about 6 years old, his mother died, and his father bound him to J. Lyon, a wagon-maker of Springfield, Ohio, when he was 14 years old, his master, Mr. Lyon, died, and Mr. Denham then engaged to learn the blacksmith trade; after completing his apprenticeship, he worked as journey man in Troy and Hamilton, Ohio, and different places in Indiana, and in 1838, returned to Troy, and married Miss Rebecca Marshall, a native of Pennsylvania, born in Bucks Co., Sept. 6, 1811; after his marriage, he continued to work at his trade in Troy and Staunton, until 1845, he removed to Pulaski Co., Ind., but not being satisfied here, he returned in a few months to Troy, Ohio, and resumed blacksmithing in partnership with a Mr. Daily; in 1858, removed to Darke Co., and purchased 127 acres of land in York Township; after living here one year, returned to Troy; a year or two later, he removed to Dallas, where he worked at his trade a short time, after which, he again went on to his farm in York Township, but only remained about one year, then removed to Brown Township, where he remained until 1866; he sold out in York Township and came to New Madison, purchased 80 acres in Harrison Township, near New Madison, also several pieces of property in New Madison, including the residence in which they now reside; upon one of these lots he built a shop, in which he carried on blacksmithing until, quite recently, he sold his shop, tools and stock, and is now living a quiet, retired life. Mr. and Mrs. Denham are the parents of six children, only one of whom is living—Charles M., a harness-maker of New Madison. The names of the deceased are Rachael J., Henrietta, Sarah E., Nancy T., and the first, who died in infancy; Rachael J. was married to Charles A. Reigle, Oct. 9, 1861, Uzeuno and Estell V., their son and daughter, are now of Mr. Denham’s family; Sarah E. was married to Charles D. Bevington, Nov. 21, 1867; Frank W. B., their son, is also with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Denham. It will be seen by this record that Mr. Denham has lived not so much for himself as for others.

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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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