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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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M. A. BROADSTONE, of the firm of Moore & Broadstone, undertakers, of Xenia, is a native of the county in which he is building up an excellent reputation among the business men. He was born in the western part of the county, October 30, 1852, and was left an orphan when quite young. He worked on a farm and attended the common schools, finally becoming a student in the Female Seminary at Xenia. He then taught at Cedarville and in the western part of the county for several winters, husbanding his resources until he had saved the means which would enable him to complete a course of studies at Lebanon.

After being graduated from that place, Mr. Broadstone entered the employ of L. H. Everts & Co., Philadelphia, for whom he traveled for about eight years. He then, in 1882, returned to Xenia and engaged in business with John Shearer, in the undertaking line. About three years later the present firm was established.

An important step in the life of Mr. Broadstone was taken March 8, 1881, when he became the husband of Miss Ella Critors. She was born and reared in this city but at the time of her marriage was employed as a teacher in the State school at Coldwater, Mich. She is a daughter of Samuel Critors, of this city, was graduated from the Xenia Female Seminary, and is a cultured, refined and loveable woman.

In 1883, Mr. Broadstone was elected to the City Council and has served two terms during both holding the office of President of that body. In 1890, he was appointed Coroner to fill a vacancy. His agreeable manners, intelligence, good citizenship, and honorable character gain him their deserved meed of respect from his fellow-men.

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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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