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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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CHARLES BURDELL. This young gentleman, in partnership with H. W. Owens, owns and operates a large planing mill and wood-working plant at No. 333 South Detroit Street, Xenia. Mr. Burdell has charge of the mill, which is furnished with the latest improvements in wood-working machinery, the amount being greater than that in any other mill in the city. The two gentlemen have been in business here for the past four years, and have established an excellent reputation for reliable workmanship and honorable business methods.

Mr. Burdell is a son of Asa and Harriett (Morris) Burdell, both of whom were natives of New Jersey, but who grew to maturity in Columbus, in this State. Asa Burdell was born in 1830, and is now living in this county, his wife having been removed from him by death some time since. He was engaged in the saddlery business at Columbus, after having been a conductor on the Little Miami Railroad for twenty-five years. All of the family except our subject are in railroad employ, having latterly been contracting and superintending the work with construction parties. There were nine children born to the parents of our subject, and six are now living.

The natal day of Charles Burdell was August 22, 1859, and the place of his nativity Morrowtown, Warren County. He grew to maturity in Xenia, to which he had come about 1860. He finished his education in Shawnee Agricultural College, after which he became foreman of Hilliker’s planing mill, retaining the position for eight years and until he formed his partnership with Mr. Owens. At the home of the bride, in Yellow Springs, January 15, 1881, he became the husband of Miss Agnes McCann, an estimable young lady, who has borne him two children — Frank and Pearl.

Mr. Burdell exercises the right of suffrage in behalf of the Republican party. He belongs to the social orders of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Improved Order of Red Men. He is a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, and is endeavoring to model his life by correct principles of conduct.

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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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