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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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ISAAC H. SMITH. The headquarters of Mr. Smith, who is located about four miles south of Xenia, comprises a well-developed farm one hundred and six acres in extent, which under his careful management is highly productive, yielding annually a handsome income. Like many of the successful men about him, Mr. Smith is a native of Greene County, and was born in Paintersville, September 7, 1851. He is thus still a young man, practically just commencing the sober duties of life, and with bright prospects for the future. He is the representative of an excellent family, being the son of Elijah E. and Susan (Probasco) Smith. Elijah Smith was born in Clinton County, this State, while his estimable wife was a native of Virginia.

To the parents of our subject there was born a family of seven children, viz: Hannah W., Rebecca F.; Zadie B., deceased; Lydia J., Isaac H., Charles A., and Anna. The mother departed this life at the old homestead in March, 1884; Mr. Smith is still residing on his farm.

The subject of this notice spent his boyhood and youth in the manner common to the sons of pioneer farmers, obtaining such education as was afforded by the district school. He was married December 23, 1875, when a youth of eighteen years, to Miss Sarah E., daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Ketteman) Saville, of Greene County. Of this union there have been born three children — L. Maude, Frederick B. S., and H. Mabel. Both Mr. and Mrs. Smith are members of the First Methodist Episcopal Church.

The father of our subject was born in Union Township, Clinton County, this State, October 8, 1812, and came to this county in 1850. He was a life-long farmer by occupation, an honest, hardworking man, who enjoyed the respect of his neighbors, and who did a kindly act as he had opportunity. The paternal grandparents of our subject were Joseph and Lydia (Walker) Smith, natives of Frederick County, Va., where they were reared and married. They emigrated to Clinton County, this State, in 1805, and Grandfather Sindh occupied himself as a miller, although in Virginia he had engaged in farming. In Ohio he secured two hundred and fifty acres of land upon which he settled and spent the remainder of his life, passing away in 1832.

To Grandfather Smith and his good wife, there was born a family of twelve children, eleven of whom lived to mature years, these being Mordecai, Samuel, Elizabeth, Polly, Mary, Rebecca, Edward, Lydia, Joseph, Henry, Elijah, and our subject. Mr. Smith retains as a valued relic the old cradle in which his uncles and aunts were rocked to sleep in their babyhood, and which has done good service for many other children since their time.

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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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