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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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WM. ARCHARD, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 20, P. O. Union City. The subject of this memoir was born in County Limerick, Ireland, Nov. 12, 1835; when 7 years of age, he was left an orphan, and at 10 years of age, he came to America with his uncle, Thomas Hoar, who located in Cincinnati, and placed William at school, where he remained two years. At 12 years of age, he obtained employment in the grocery trade, and followed the same for several years; in 1851, he went to Piqua, and, after clerking there some four years, he associated with his employer as partner, and located in Union City in 1855. This partnership continued some seven years, when Mr. Archard disposed of his interest and engaged in farming, which business he has since followed, owning 325 acres of land adjacent to Union City; in 1874, he laid out 40 acres of his farm, now known as Archard’s Addition to Union City; in 1877, he was elected and served one term as Trustee of Jackson Township, and in 1878 was elected County Commissioner, which office he now holds; he is one of the self-made men of Darke Co.; he commenced life without capital; upon arriving in Piqua, in 1851, his capital consisted of 25 cents, but he has since, by his own hard labor and correct business habits, placed himself among the large landholders and successful farmers of Darke Co. His marriage with Mary A. Mauzy was celebrated in Union City in 1857; they have one child by this union— Josephine, now Mrs. Webster Brandon.

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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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