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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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DANIEL BROUGHER. This gentleman occupies a prominent position among the successful farmers of Bath Township, Greene County and has one of the finest homes within its limits. This comprises one hundred acres of well-developed land, and is pleasantly located on section 4. The residence, which was erected in 1882, is a fine, large frame structure, with attractive surroundings, while adjacent, is a commodious barn, which was erected in 1886, upon the site of one equally as fine which was struck by lightning, and burned to the ground. Mr. Brougher evidently has a thorough understanding of his chosen calling, and is now in a condition to take life easy, and enjoy the fruits of his labors.

A native of Cumberland County, Pa., Mr. Brougher was born near the town of Carlisle, February 24, 1831, and there spent the days of his boyhood and youth. He was reared on the farm, and learned blacksmithing of his father who operated a shop. At the age of fifteen years he was master of the art, working with his father, but he disliked the business and persuaded his father to abandon it for farming. He remained under the home roof until a young man of twenty-three years then, in 1854, struck out for himself, coming to Clark County, this State, and employing himself on a farm until after the outbreak of the Civil War. As a member of the State Militia he assisted in driving the raider Morgan from Ohio, and afterward, in 1863, rented his father’s farm upon which he remained until 1877, when he became the purchaser. He has since occupied it, and has instituted many important improvements. He raises various kinds of grain and stock, which find a ready market at Enon, four miles away.

Mr. Brougher remained a bachelor until approaching the thirty-fourth year of his age, and was then joined in wedlock with Miss Catherine Rynearson, the wedding taking place at the bride’s home near Columbus City, Whitley County, Ind., December 28, 1865. Mrs. Brougher was born September 17, 1843, in Mad River Township, this State, and is the daughter of William and Mahala (Brown) Rynearson, who were natives of Ohio. Her parents removed to Indiana about 1863. Mr. and Mrs. Brougher have no children of their own, but have an adopted child. Pearl, who is now ten years of age. Politically Mr. Brougher supports the Democratic party, and in religion is a Lutheran. He carefully refrains from assuming the responsibilities of office, preferring to give his time and attention to his farming interests. He is an advocate of the Grange principles, and thinks it will ultimately lead to great good to the masses of the people.

The father of our subject was Nathaniel Brougher, a native of Cumberland County, Pa., and a son of an old hero of the Revolutionary War. Nathaniel Brougher learned shoemaking in his younger years, but the trade being distasteful, he abandoned it and took up blacksmithing. This latter he followed for a period of thirty years, then engaged in farming in Cumberland County, Pa., until 1855. That year he emigrated to Ohio, and purchased the land which his son, Daniel, now owns and occupies. Upon this he labored until called hence in 1876, when seventy-two years old. He was a Lutheran in religion, and a Democrat in politics. His wife bore the maiden name of Catherine Camp. She was likewise a native of Cumberland County, Pa., and the daughter of Peter Camp, who was also born there, and who followed farming all his life. Mrs. Catherine Brougher is still living, and makes her home with her son, our subject, and is eighty-seven years old. The parental family included four children, viz.: Isaac, a farmer of Champaign County, this State; Daniel, our subject; Susan, Mrs. Ritner, who died in Pennsylvania; and George, a resident of Cumberland County, that State.

Mr. and Mrs. Brougher are steadfast supporters of all that is good and worthy, and their portraits, which are shown in connection with this sketch, represent a couple possessing the esteem of the entire community.

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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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