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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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S. W. ALLREAD, farmer and merchant; P. O. Delisle; the son of Isaac and Lucy Allread; Isaac was born in Maryland, and moved with his parents to North Carolina, where he remained till he came to Butler Co. when he was 18 years of age; he was in the war of 1812, and served all through it, and then returned safely home. Lucy, his wife, was born in the State of Vermont, and came with her parents to Butler Co., Ohio, when 9 years of age; they were united in marriage in 1816, and raised seven children, four boys and three girls. Mr. Allread, the subject of this sketch, was the eldest of his father’s family; he left home when 11 years of age, and worked at various places until 16 years of age, when his father bound him out to Capt. Samuel Dick, till 21 years of age, in Butler Co., Ohio, where he lived till he became of age, then worked for him two years longer for wages; he then worked here and there and rented farms till he was 27 years of age, which was in 1843, when he was united in marriage with Martha Ann Van Lieu, who was born and raised in Butler Co.; they followed farming in that county for twelve years, or till 1855, when they moved to Darke Co., Van Buren Township, where he still followed the life of a farmer for four years, when he entered into the mercantile trade, which, together with farming, he has followed to the present time; he has bought and sold several farms, and by these transactions made considerable money; he is now the owner of 87 acres of good land in Delisle, where he now lives; he is associated in the mercantile trade in Delisle with W. Reed, and is also carrying on an extensive trade in buying and shipping grain. Mr. Allread started in life a poor man, and with but little education, and has worked his way up to the possessions and prominence he now has—all accomplished by his good management and industry; he is now 63 years of age, with good health, and will doubtless still climb upward and onward, and enjoy the society of his family; he is the father of nine children, seven now living, viz., Isaac F., Elvira, Oliver M., George D., Amanda, John E. and Tabitha J.; five are married and two single at home. Mr. Allread has taken quite an active part in political matters, being a stanch Democrat, and having held several offices of trust, as Township Trustee, Assessor and Treasurer, and in the county has been Infirmary Director for six years, thus showing that he has the confidence of the community.

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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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