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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 G. BASHOR, farmer and stock raiser; P. O. Webster, Ohio. Jacob, his father, was a native of Pennsylvania, born in Schuylkill Co., on the 19th of January, 1801; was a carpenter by trade, and at the age of 25 he celebrated his marriage with Sarah Nauftsinger, who was a native of Pennsylvania, born in Berks Co., on the 2d of April, 1805; in the spring of 1828, he moved to Buckingham Co., Va., where they remained about six years, and in the fall of 1834, he emigrated to Ohio, locating one mile west of Covington, Miami Co., where he purchased 80 acres of land, for which he paid $800, and in 1840, he sold out for $1,800, and purchased 160 acres in the same township, paying $1,600; he remained here till his death, which occurred on the 3d of September, 1879; Sarah, his widow, is living on the old home place, with her daughter Fanny (Mote); they were the parents of seven children, of whom all are living, viz., Jacob G., Sarah, Benjamin, John, Anna, Catherine and Fanny. Jacob G., the subject of this sketch, is a native of Pennsylvania, born in Berks Co., on the 25th of January, 1827; came with his parents to Ohio, when he was about 7 years old; spending his boyhood’s days on his father’s farm, assisting him on the farm and at the carpentering trade; he obtained his education in the subscription schools; when he arrived at his majority, he hired with his father to work at the carpentering trade for two years, receiving a compensation of $180 for the first year, and $200 for the second. On the 15th of August 1847, he celebrated his marriage with Sarah Miller, daughter of Jacob and Polly Miller, who was a native of Darke Co., Ohio, born on the 17th of January, 1827; in 1850, he moved on his father-in-law’s farm (Darke Co., Adams Township), when he farmed one year, after which he removed to Wayne Township, Sec. H, where he had purchased 100 acres of land, for which he paid $2,000, and here is where he applied the $380 which he had earned in the two years in which he worked for his father; he has resided here ever since, making farming his business; he has added 85 acres, but sold 5 acres for town lots, leaving 180 in the farm; he also owned 80 acres in Marshall Co., Ind., his present place of residence which is well improved, on which is a bank-barn, 70x36, a large two-story brick house, with basement story, and a large tobacco shed, all of which he has accumulated by his hard labor, assisted by his good and amiable wife; he is strictly temperate in all his habits. Mr. and Mrs. Bashor are members of the German Baptist Church, being connected with that church for upward of thirty years; he has had his full share of township offices since his residence in the county viz.: served as Trustee of Wayne Township, three years; Supervisor four consecutive years; member of School Board twelve years. They are the parents of nine children of whom six are living, viz.: Jacob M., born Sept. 9, 1848; Susan, born May 6, 1851; Sarah, Dec. 19, 1853; John N., Nov. 17, 1858; Mary, Aug. 3, 1861; Anna, May 14, 1864. John N. has been teaching school since he was 17 years old, and is meeting with good success; he is a live, energetic teacher.

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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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