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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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SAMUEL BILLHIMER, farmer; P. O. Painter Creek. The subject of this memoir was born in Augusta Co., Va., Jan. 8, 1824, and is a son of Jacob and Susannah (Erbaugh) Billhimer, natives of the same place; they removed to Montgomery Co., Ohio, in 1835; Mr. Billhimer, Sr., was born Jan. 22n 1781, and departed this life April 9, 1840; Mrs. Billhimer was born april 12, 1789, and died Jan. 7, 1870; they were the parents of twelve children, of whom only two are living, viz., Solomon and our subject; the rest all lived to manhood and womanhood, then quietly passed away. Our subject was reared on the farm and assisted his father in the duties of the same till his decease, and he then labored for his widowed mother’s support till his 19th year, when he began life for himself and worked for his brother, doing carpenter work by the month for one year; he then followed various pursuits, anything and everything that was honorable, to gain a livelihood. His marriage with Esther Miller was celebrated Sept. 13, 1846. Her father, Henry Miller, was killed by accident when yet a young man. Mr. and Mrs. Billhimer are the parents of ten children, of whom eight are living, viz., George M., John, Levi, Susannah, Mary C., Esther, Henrietta and Rachael; the deceased are Alta E. and Samuel. Mr. Billhimer is one of our self-made men, as he began life without capital, but energy and good management, combined with the assistance rendered by his amiable wife, have made them a good home in which to enjoy their remaining years; he owns 60 acres of land, which is all in a good state of cultivation and well improved. They have been members of the German Baptist Church for thirty years, and are every-day Christian people, and take a lively interest in the church.

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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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