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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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WILLIAM BROWN, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Brinley Station; was born in Virginia Nov. 21, 1807; his parents came to Ohio in 1808, traveling on horseback, and first settled in Washington Co., afterward in Clinton Co.; about the time of becoming 21, his parents removed to Warren Co., when he began life for himself; having had but little education, he worked out by the day or month, as he had opportunity, until 1840, when he came to Preble Co. and took charge of a farm belonging to his sister, her husband having died March 17, 1842. He was married to Susanna Shuman; she was born in Preble Co. Nov. 29, 1823; they settled on a farm he had previously purchased in Harrison Township, Darke Co.; after remaining about two years he removed to Preble Co., where he purchased a farm; they remained here until 1853; he purchased 151 acres in Darke Co., where they removed and have since lived. Mr. Brown now owns two 80-acre tracts in Preble Co., under good cultivation, besides the home farm, which is well improved, and altogether worth at least $15,000. Mr. and Mrs. Brown are the parents of eight children—Hannah, born Jan. 6, 1843, now Mrs. Milton Thomas, of Preble Co.; Joseph, born Nov. 25, 1844, now living in Preble Co., on Sec. 25, Harrison Township; Sarah J., born Feb. 5, 1847, now Mrs. Geo. Miller, also of Harrison Township; Wm. S., born April 14, 1849; John H., born Oct. 9, 1851; Thomas M., born July 9, 1854; Franklin J., born Oct. 23, 1856; Jacob S., born May 12, 1859; all of whom are now living.

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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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