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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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ALLEN H. MIARS, a leading farmer and stock-raiser of Spring Valley Township, Greene County, has contributed his full quota toward its growth and development.

He is a native of the Buckeye State and was born in Union Township, Clinton County, April 21, 1828. He is a son of Samuel and Hannah (Haines) Miars, the former of whom, it is supposed, was a native of Hampshire County, Va., and born October 29, 1799. The mother was born in Clinton County, this State, about 1803.

Samuel Miars, in 1812, was brought by his parents to this State, they stopping for a short time at Wilmington. Thence they removed to Union Township, Clinton County, where the father spent the remainder of his life, dying in April, 1875. He was first a Whig and then a Republican, and became a noted breeder of Short-horn cattle. He was prospered, financially, and accumulated somewhere in the neighborhood of nine hundred acres of land. The parental family consisted of six children, viz: Allen H., our subject; Mary Jane, the wife of William F. Oglesby, of Clinton County; Isaac, also a resident of that county; John M., of Sedgwick County, Ivan.; Martin M., of Clinton County, this State; and Louisa, the wife of Alfred McKay, of Wilmington.

The paternal grandfather of our subject was Martin Miars, a native of Virginia, and who married Miss Jane Summers. Their children were named respectively: David, John, Samuel, Martin, Jacob, Elizabeth, Polly and James. All were married and reared families, and all lived to be over fifty years old. Grandfather Miars made the journey from the Old Dominion in wagons, and after settling in Clinton County occupied himself as a blacksmith and accumulated two hundred acres of land. He died about 1844, having survived his wife a number of years. The Miars family originated in Germany.

The mother of our subject only survived her husband twelve days. She was a daughter of Jacob and Mary (Leonard) Haines, who came to Ohio from North Carolina about 1800, settling near what is now known as Center Church, in Clinton County. Their children were named respectively: Jonathan, Isaac, Joshua, Zimri, Lydia, Hannah and Abigail.

The subject of this notice was reared and educated in his native county and remained a member of the parental household until thirty-two years old. In the meantime he was married, March 7, 1859, to Miss Mary M., daughter of Jonas and Prudence (Smalley) Stump. The parents of Mrs. Miars were natives of Virginia and Ohio respectively, and located in Spring Valley Township in the pioneer days. They are now living, at an advanced age, in Spring Valley. Of this union there was born one child only, a son, L. Fremont. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Miars located on a farm near Wilmington, where they lived until 1882. That year they removed to their present farm near Barrett’s Mills, where they have two hundred and seventy-six acres of land, and also thirty-eight acres which belong to Mrs. Miars. This forms one of the finest estates on the Little Miami Bottom. Mr. Miars is looked upon as a good citizen and is a liberal contributor to the churches and other worthy institutions. He is a Republican in politics.

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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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