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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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DAVID S. HARNER, of Xenia Township, presents another instance of a native-born citizen of this county who has considered its soil sufficiently good for him to remain upon, and who has reflected credit upon himself for what he has accomplished in life. He was born June 27, 1840, in Beaver Creek Township, where he spent his early life upon his father’s farm learning the arts of agriculture and acquiring a practical education in the common schools. After his marriage he settled in Xenia Township of which he has since been a resident. His property includes one hundred and seventy-five acres of well-tilled land with good improvements and where have been expended much time and labor to excellent purpose.

In addition to being a thorough master of his calling as an agriculturist Mr. Harner possesses inventive genius of no mean order. Among the contrivances which he has perfected, is a machine for marking corn ground. He has in process of construction a machine for cutting and shocking corn by horse power and he has invented various attachments for the reaper and mower which are gradually coming into practical use. He thus employs considerable of his spare time and from the nature of his inventions it would be natural to suppose that he will in the near future be able to realize something substantial therefrom.

Mr. Harner was married in Beaver Creek Township, this county, October 25, 1865, to Mrs. Lavina (Wall) Koogler. This lady was the widow of Jacob Koogler who died of disease contracted in the army during the late Civil War. Her daughter, Anna, by her first marriage, is now living in Xenia. Mrs. Harner, like her husband, is a native of Beaver Creek Township and was born December 5, 1842. Of her union with our subject there are four children, Casper B., Mary L., Emma and Frank E. Mr. Hamer votes the straight Republican ticket while he and his estimable wife are members in good standing of the Reformed Church.

The parents of our subject were Daniel and Anna (Snyder) Harner, the former of whom is still living and a resident of Beaver Creek. The mother died about 1878. Their family consisted of four children.

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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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