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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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JACOB BEERY, retired farmer; residence Sec. 15; P. O. Union City; one of the oldest settlers of Jackson Township; born in Fairfield Co. Oct. 16, 1816; at 18 years of age, he commenced in life for himself, and learned and worked at the cabinet and carpenter’s trade until 1855, when he came to Darke Co., Ohio, and located in Neave Township, and in 1865 came to Jackson Township and purchased 160 acres of land upon Sec. 13, where he has since lived; he has now rented his old homestead and is erecting a residence upon Sec. 15, which he intends making his future home; he is Democratic in politics, but has never been an aspirant for office, and has held none, save the office of Township Trustee; for three years, he has taken a deep interest in the cause of religion, having, with his wife, been, a member of the German Baptist Church for upward of thirty years. His marriage with Esther Voght was celebrated in Fairfield Co. in 1838; she was born in the above county; ten children were the fruits of this union, of whom six are now living, viz., Aaron, Mary, Simeon, Absalom, Jacob F. and Almeda. The deceased were Jemima, Leah, Sarah C. and Isabella.

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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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