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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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DANIEL W. BICKEL, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 17; P. O. Hill Grove; was born in Clermont Co., Ohio, Nov. 11, 1838, and is the eldest son of Tobias Bickel, of Sec. 18, Washington Township, who was born in Centre Co., Penn., May 6, 1811, and married Elizabeth McAdams, of Hamilton Co., Ohio, in June, 1837; she was born in that county Nov. 15, 1815. Tobias Bickel moved to where he now resides in 1848; he followed teaming in Cincinnati until he was 25 years of age; he had no advantages for an education in his youth, but has given all his children good opportunities, which they have improved; they have had eleven children, viz.: Daniel, Margaret, Hamilton A., Sarah E., deceased; Catherine, deceased; John J., Nancy J., Joseph, Elijah, Stephen R, deceased, and Marcus D. Mr. T. Bickel has been a successful and thrifty farmer ever since he came to Darke Co., and owns, free and clear, 240 acres, which he has redeemed from a wilderness of swamps, by open and blind ditching, as well as clearing of heavy timber. The subject of this sketch, at the age of 20, commenced teaching school, and followed it four years; has been Assessor of the township for two years, and Clerk one year. He married Rebecca Chenoweth, daughter of John Chenoweth, deceased, of this township, Sept. 28, 1861; she was born May 25, 1838. They have had three children, viz.: the first died unnamed; John H., born Oct. 29, 1863, and Ira E., born Feb. 28, 1866. He owns a fine home and 156 acres of land; himself and wife are members of the Methodist Church.

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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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