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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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MICHAEL ZEECK, blacksmith and edged-tool manufacturer, New Madison. One of the old residents of Harrison Township; he is the son of Adam and Mary (Shaffer) Zeeck, natives of Virginia; his grandfathers, on both the father’s and mother’s side, came from Germany, and were soldiers in the Revolution; the subject of this sketch was born in Wayne Co., Ind., Feb. 22, 1814; during his minority he learned the blacksmith’s trade of his father, who made a specialty of edge-tool manufacturing; in 1835, he came to New Madison, opened a shop, and has lived here ever since; by industry and economy, he has succeeded in accumulating considerable property. He was married Oct. 25, 18__, to Fanny, daughter of John and Jane (Ballard) Beard, who were early settlers of Butler Township; she was born Oct. 2, 1822; her death occurred in 1879, after a severe and protracted illness during which her husband devoted almost his entire time to her care and in attention to her wants; Mr. and Mrs. Zeeck were the parents of eight children, six of whom are living, viz., Mary J., Rebecca B., Sarah P., George A., Abigail L. and John A.; the names of the deceased are Catherine E. and Nancy A. Mr. Zeeck has taken quite an interest in the public affairs of his county,, and has been somewhat prominent; he has served as Commissioner two terms, and held town or township offices, either one or both, almost constantly since he first became a citizen of New Madison, in 1835; was one of the petitioners for the incorporation of the town, and afterward served in nearly every one of the different town offices.

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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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