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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 G. DEUBNER, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 13; P. O. Greenville; one of the old settlers of Darke Co.; born in Saxony, Germany, July 2, 1825, where he received a good German education and followed farming and working in woolen mills until 23 years of age, when he emigrated to America, landing in New York in May, 1848; he immediately came to Darke Co., and was employed working in the Broadway Hotel, Greenville, some five years, and, in 1853, he located upon Sec. 13, where he has since lived for a period of twenty-six years; he now has 82 acres under a good state of improvement, with good farm buildings; when locating here, there were only 15 acres cleared; he has since cleared 35 acres and brought the same to a good state of cultivation; when Mr. Deubner purchased his first land, he had a capital of about $50; he has since accumulated all the above property by his own hard labor, and it can be truly said of him that he is one of the self-made men of Darke Co. He is a Democrat in politics, and always labors for the success of the party; he has held the office of Township Trustee of Greenville Township for three years during his residence here. His marriage with Wilhelmina Bildemeyer was celebrated March 8, 1853; she was born in Hessen, Germany, Sept. 11, 1835; they were the parents of thirteen children—John C., born Nov. 21, 1853; Frederick H., born Sept. 17, 1855; Charlotte, Feb. 25, 1858 (died Aug. 10, 1871); Lewis H., July 19, 1859; John W., Sept. 10. 1861; Wilhelmina P., Nov. 29, 1863; Charles A., July 14, 1866; Caroline S. and Louisa (twins), born Sept. 25, 1868; Sophia, March 6, 1871 (died July 20, 1874); Powell G., born Feb. 14, 1874; Mary, June 11, 1876, and Amelia M., Dec. 3, 1878.

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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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