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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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MOSES BLACKBURN, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 21; P. O. Potsdam, Miami County. The subject of this memoir was born on Aug. 22, 1848, and is a son of Moses and Lydia Blackburn; his father was born in Lancaster Co., Penn., Sept. 22, 1812, and removed to Ohio in 1836, and settled on 80 acres of wild land, where he resided until his death, which occurred March 31, 1877, aged 64 years and 6 months; his mother was born near Hamilton, Ohio, March 25, 1811; they were united in marriage in 1833. Mrs. Blackburn is still living, and resides on the old home place. They were the parents of twelve children, of whom six are living, viz.: Daniel, John, Sarah, William, Abner and Moses; the deceased are Margaret, Benjamin, Elmira (died Aug. 15, 1879), Lydia, Edward and Hannah. Our subject was reared on the farm, and at the age of 15 he began life for himself, and was engaged in various pursuits until 1865, when he made a trip to McLean Co., Ill., where he remained about one year, and then returned to Ohio; he purchased 45 acres of land where he now resides, in October, 1873; he was united in marriage with Miss Mary E., daughter of Jacob and Martha Isenbaugh, Dec. 21, 1871; her parents were residents of Miami County and natives of Ohio; her mother departed this life June 14, 1855, aged 27 years 4 months and 4 days. Mr. and Mrs. Blackburn are the parents of four children, viz.; Charley, born Nov. 19, 1873; George, born Oct. 10, 1875; Anna, born Nov. 4, 1877; Cora, born Aug. 24, 1872, and departed this life Aug. 26 of the same year, and Harvey, born Jan. 17, 1880. Mrs. Blackburn was born May 23, 1850; Mr. Izenbaugh was born May 14, 1822; Mrs. Izenbaugh was born Oct. 10, 1827; they were the parents of three children, viz.; Matilda J., Martha A. and Mary E.; his second marriage was consummated with Mary E. Knee, who was born March 22, 1836, and are the parents of six children, viz.: Joseph, now deceased, Awdine, Catherine B., Laura E., Florence M. and Jesse. Mr. and Mrs. Blackburn have been members of the Brethren-in-Christ Church for three years; they are leading members of the church, and are exemplary Christian people. This denomination have a regular organization, just below Georgetown, of eighty visible members, and are presided over by the Rev. George Wright; Abraham Wright, Elder; Moses Blackburn, Deacon. Mr. Blackburn has recently purchased the east half of the David Heckman farm, 50 acres in Sec. 16, also a 5-acre lot in Sec. 21.

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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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