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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. J. PENNY, farmer; P. O. Pleasant Hill; a descendant of the early pioneers of this county; born in Darke Co., Ohio, April 3, 1840, and is the son of Dennis Penny, of Kentucky. He emigrated to this State when quite a boy. He married Mrs. Condon, formerly Miss Michael. She is a native of Hamilton Co., Ohio., and daughter of William Michael, who lived to the age of 101 years. He was also an early settler on the Miami. After the marriage of Mr. P. he settled in Darke Co., and reared eight children, of whom five are living. We find this family full of the true spirit of patriotism, and, when the country demanded soldiers for her protection, the father and five sons were quick to respond. Mr. P. enlisted in Co. E, 48th O. V. I., and died at Pittsburg Landing, with a fever contracted while in the service. Two of his sons, Jason H. and our subject, were in the 48th O. V. I.; Jason served a term of three years, and participated in twenty-six battles. Another son, Oliver, was a member of the 44th O. V. I., and was shot dead from his horse in the battle of Louisburg, Va.; Steven Condon, a step-son, was a member of the 94th O. V. I., and was severely wounded; John Condon, another step-son, served in the 152d O. N. G. After the battle of Pittsburg Landing, our subject was stationed most of the time at Cincinnati, Ohio, where he received a commission to recruit a battery of heavy artillery for the Adjutant General of Kentucky. After recruiting 100 men, they were organized into a company of cavalry, serving a period of three years and three months. He was honorably discharged, and returned home. Since then, he has been variously employed, at shoemaking. selling sewing machines, dry-goods, and a short time as an agent in a lightning rod company. Jan. 18, 1880, he purchased the farm where he now lives, and has since been engaged in farming. He was married to Miss Margaret Weddle Oct. 11, 1863. She is the youngest child of Isaac Weddle, one of the early settlers in this township; they have six children. Mr. P. is a charter member of the West Milton Encampment, No. 127, and a member of the I. O. O. F., No. 165, Stillwater Lodge. Politically, he is a Republican.

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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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