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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  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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A. C. BOBBS, physician and surgeon, Potsdam; born in Clermont Co., Ohio in the year 1838; is a son of Adam and Elizabeth Bobbs; his father was born in the State of Pennsylvania, and his mother in this State; his father is dead, but his mother is yet living and resides in Montgomery Co.; they were parents of four children— A. J., physician and surgeon, residing in Warren, Ind.; Elizabeth, now Mrs. John Henderson; Caroline, now Mrs. Dr. Tedrow. The Doctor’s boyhood days were spent on the farm, and, at the age of 15, he began the study of medicine under Dr. J. D. Gaines, of California, Hamilton Co., Ohio, who was his preceptor, and for three years he labored under his instruction, solving the mysteries and science of medicine; he then entered the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery, in which he studied two terms; then enlisted in the army as Assistant Surgeon, finally entering the Marine Hospital in Cincinnati, in which he remained three years, and here received a broad experience in the profession; in 1863 he entered a college in Buffalo, N. Y., in which he finished his studies, graduating from this institution in 1864 and receiving his diploma; he entered on the practice of medicine in Union, in partnership with Dr. Hawkins, with whom he practiced for one year; in 1865, he located where he now resides, and has built up a large and increasing practice, making a specialty of fevers and diphtheria. In 1865 he was married to Margaret Shellabarger, by whom he has had three children viz., Charles C, Samuel O. and E. A.; she is a daughter of Samuel Shellabarger, who is a native of Pennsylvania; the mother, Elizabeth, is a native of this State; both are living. When the Doctor settled here, he was without means, but, by strict attention to his profession, he has built up a good practice, and is also in the possession of a fine property; in 1878, he erected a residence in the village, which, for taste, beauty of design and finish, has no equal, thus making the Doctor and his most estimable wife a very desirable home; he owns 25 acres of improved land adjoining the village.

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This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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