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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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JOHN BREWER, farmer, Sec. 16; P. O. Stelvideo. Peter, his father, was born in Pennsylvania in 1777; he married Holy Babe Larern, a native of Pennsylvania, born about 1779; they emigrated to Ohio in 1804, locating in Hamilton Co., and in 1819 he moved to Darke Co., where he resided till his death which occurred in 1855; his wife died in 1843. John, the subject of this sketch, is one of Darke Co. s old settlers; born in Pennsylvania on the 7th of October 1802 came with his parents to Darke Co. in 1819; his education, which is very meaner, he obtained by his own exertions; he lived with his parents till he was about 24 years of age, when, on the 8th of June, 1826, he celebrated his marriage with Elizabeth Coppess, who is a native of Greene Co., Ohio, born on the 2d of November, 1807; after his marriage, he rented a farm on Stillwater, where he remained for two years; he purchased 80 acres in Adams Township, for which he paid $50 erected a log cabin and moved, and began the task of opening up his farm, has added 93 acres more, making in all 173 acres, with 125 acres in a good state of cultivation, the whole valued at $11,000; he also owns a house and lot in Stelvideo. Mr. and Mrs. Brewer are among the oldest settlers of Adams Township and have lived to see the mighty forest disappear before the woodman’s ax; and where the old log cabin stood, a large two-story frame house is in its place; they have passed through the many struggles, dangers and incidents so common to the pioneer of the West, but with an indomitable will, associated with frugality, industry and correct business habits, they have accumulated considerable amount of property; ten children have been born to them, of whom nine are living viz.: Alfred, born March 10, 1827; Mahala, born Dec. 25, 1828; Peter, born Aug. 8, 1831; Adam, born Nov. 25,1833; Daniel, born Oct. 4, 1835; Jesner, born Aug. 29, 1840; Phoebe, born Oct. 9, 1843; John, born July 2, 1847; David, born May 30, 1850. Mr. Brewer is not a church member, but a true religionist, and is known as a man of good principle and full of humanity; he has raised six grandchildren, besides his own family—one for Mahala, two for Alfred, and three for Phoebe.

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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.  View the complete description here: Darke County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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