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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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HENRY BAUGHMAN, retired farmer; P. O. Ansonia; one of the early pioneers of Darke County; born in Germany Dec. 20, 1822; he emigrated with his parents to America, landing in Baltimore in the fall of 1832; after living in Virginia three years, they came to Ohio and located in Richland Township in the fall of 1835; his father, John H. Baughman, was born in Germany, and, upon locating here, entered Government land, upon which he lived some thirty years; he died in Brown Township, in September, 1875; Mrs. Baughman died about the year 1858; they were the parents of eight children, of whom three sons and two daughters are now living. Henry remained with his father until 15 years of ager when he started in life for himself by hiring out as farm-laborer, the first year at $4 per month and the second year at $8, and the following seven years he cropped with his former employer, Jacob Studabaker; he entered first 160 acres of canal land, for which he paid $300; after farming the same a few years, he disposed of 40 acres for $1,000, and now has the balance left; he has refused $800 for 8 acres of the same land; he now owns nearly 300 acres, with good buildings, aside from his residence and lots in Dallas. Mr. Baughman commenced in life without means, and, after years of toil, has placed himself among the large landholders and successful farmers of Darke County, and accumulated a handsome fortune; in 1865, he rented his farm and purchased a residence in Dallas, where he has since lived, retired from active labor. His marriage with Mary Studabaker was celebrated in Darke County in 1846; nine children were born to them, of whom two sons and six daughters are now living, viz., Emily (now Mrs. Walter Reed), Caroline (now Mrs. Joseph Reed), Juliette (now Mrs. Jefferson Hostetter, of Dallas), Mary Ann, Franklin, Ida, May and Lawrance; the deceased died is infancy. Mr. Baughman has been a member of the Presbyterian Church since childhood; his wife and nearly all the family are also church members. When Mr. Baughman first located here, the place where Dallas now stands was a wilderness, and he assisted to erect the first building in the town.

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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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