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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 C. BRISTLY, carpenter; P. O. Arcanum. The subject of this sketch is the son of Charles Bristly, a native of Germany, and Elizabeth Olivine, of Pennsylvania; was born in Pennsylvania Sept. 7, 1826; his parents removed to Montgomery Co. in 1853, where his father died in 1857, aged 76 years. After a residence in this county of one year subsequent to the death of his father, his mother took up her abode with her son (Henry C.), where she remained till her death, Jan. 9, 1873, aged 77 years and 6 months. At the age of 21, Mr. Bristly left the old roof that had sheltered him all these years, and began life for himself by learning the carpenter’s trade, which he has closely followed up to this time. He was united in marriage with Miss Delila, daughter of Jacob Baker, Esq., a resident of Montgomery Co., Ohio, Oct. 18, 1855; eight children have been born, to wit: Elizabeth, Susanna, Mary, Levi, Sarah, Samuel, and two died in infancy. On the 2d of March, 1857, Mr. B. located on the land where he now lives, which at that time was covered by timber; by hard work, energy and industry, he has made great changes, and today has a fine residence, first-class farm buildings, and a farm in a high state of cultivation. Mr. Bristly has been School Director for years, and is at this time filling the office of Township Trustee. Is a member of the Lutheran 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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