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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890.  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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ALBERT GARINGER is one of the largest land-owners of Greene County, his home being in Silver Creek Township, adjoining the boundary line of Fayette County. Here he owns a magnificent property consisting of more than thirteen hundred acres of well-improved land. The land lies well for farming and stock-feeding to which purposes it has been devoted, the cropping being well and carefully done, and the stock of excellent breeds, a goodly number being kept upon the place at all seasons.

In the southern part of Fayette County, March 21, 1834, Mr. Garinger opened his eyes to the light, being reared to manhood near his birthplace. He was made acquainted with agricultural affairs in his boyhood, also acquiring a good fundamental education upon which he has reared an excellent structure of knowledge in various lines of thought. In 1856 he came to the section in which he now lives, his first labor here being to clear up two hundred and fifty acres of heavy timber land, after which he began to purchase other lands, making large improvements upon the various tracts, until the estate had reached its present fine condition and extensive acreage.

In Jefferson Township, Fayette County, Mr. Garinger celebrated his marriage to Miss Angeline Little, who was born in that county in 1841, and who is of Virginia parentage and ancestry. Her parents, Adam and Mary (Ballou) Little, came to that county from the old Dominion when quite young and at an early period in the history of this section. There they were reared and married and have lived to the age of about seventy-five years, their present home being in Jasper Township. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and are good old people who are thoroughly respected by those to whom they are known.

The Garinger family is of the old Virginia stock, David Garinger, the father of our subject, having been born in that State. He was brought to Ohio by his parents when quite a small child, and in Fayette County grew to manhood. There he married Miss Serena Yeoman, who had also become a resident there when quite young. They became the parents of nine children, all born in that county and all yet living, the subject of this sketch being the fourth in order of birth. David Garinger died when sixty-six years old, his widow surviving to the age of eighty-three years. Both were members of the old school Baptist Church.

To our subject and his estimable wife twelve children have been born, all yet living but Sophronia A. Five of the survivors are married and living in homes of their own: David A., Ida M., Stephen, James W., Louie I., and Mary, yet dwell under the parental roof. Simeon married Rebecca Straley and lives on a farm in this county; William F. married Ella Rittenour and their home is a farm in Silver Creek Township; Flora is the wife of William Rittenour, a farmer in the same township; Oliver O., married May Straley and occupies a farm in Fayette County; Albert B. married Jenny Johnson and occupies a farm in Silver Creek Township, this county.

In his political opinions and affiliations Mr. Garinger is a Democrat. He and his wife are active members of the old school Baptist Church. The edifice used by that society in this section, was built by Mr. Garinger on his farm. The splendid estate owned by our subject has been accumulated by him through honest industry, unflagging zeal and wise economy since he became a resident in this county. It affords a striking example of the results that may be obtained by persistent effort, and should encourage all who are lacking in energy to renewed exertions. Mr. and Mrs. Garinger are numbered among the best class of citizens and have a reputation second to none in the vicinity.

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This family biography is one of the many biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890. 

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