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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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NOAH ARNOLD, farmer; P. O. Jaysville; another of the few remaining early settlers of Darke Co.; is the son of William Arnold, who was a brother of Moses, and was born in South Carolina, and came to Darke Co. in 1816; entered 332 acres in Secs. 11 and 32, of Greenville Township, which he improved and resided on for sixty years, and it is now the property of his children and still undivided. The subject of this sketch was born in Warren Co. Feb. 6, 1816, about six weeks before his parents came to Darke Co., and he has resided in this county ever since he first entered it, living on the farm continuously until he was 23 years of age; then tried merchandising a short time, but not being pleased with the business, resumed farming, which he has continued ever since; has been an enterprising and useful citizen; was Justice of the Peace nine years, and has been a Notary Public for the past twenty years; is still active in both public and private enterprises; was one of the charter members of the Farmers’ National Bank of Greenville, and is one of the present Board of Directors; has, charge of his father’s old homestead, besides superintending his own homestead, which contains 240 acres in an advanced state of cultivation, with fine improvements; he has acted on the maxim, “If a man would have a good home, let him have a good wife, for it is certain he has both.” He was married in 1839 to Emily Stingley, daughter of George and Barbara Stingley, who were early settlers of German Township; her death occurred in 1848; they had four children—Isaac N., Mary J., Effie A. and George; Isaac was a soldier in the late war, and lost an arm at Atlanta; has been in the employment of the Treasury Department at Washington for several years; Mary J. is now the wife of H. N. Arnold, of Greenville; Effie A. is now Mrs. L. E. Chenoweth, of Greenville, and George is married and a resident of Nebraska. Mr. Arnold was again married, April 11, 1850, to Martha (Larimore-Banfield) Bierly, daughter of Hugh and Nancy (Martin) Larimore, who came from Pennsylvania in 1817, and settled in the Arnold neighborhood, and are now both deceased; Martha was twice previously married; her first husband, John Banfield, was killed by a felling tree, while both were passing through the woods by a bridle-path during a storm; she escaped unhurt, although the horse upon which she was mounted was quite severely injured. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold have one child— Margaret E., now Mrs. William H. H. McCool, railroad agent and merchant at Jaysville.

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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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