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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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ALBERT C. BESOM, merchant and dealer in agricultural implements, Ginghamsburg; is a person of note in the village of Ginghamsburg; his pleasant address and correct business habits have made his name familiar to all as a person of known honesty. The firm of Besom & Evans are the only ones doing business at Ginghamsburg. He was born in Concord Township, June 30, 1850; his parents, Christian and Rebecca Besom, were parents of five children—Montgomery, John C., Albert C., Amanda and Catharine; Christian commenced business at Ginghamsburg in 1855, continued it for two years, when Albert took charge of it, and has conducted it successfully since. His marriage to Miss Harriet Cotterman occurred in 1869. They have three children—Warren H., Clarence H. and Norah B. Mrs. Besom’s parents, Henry and Sarah Cotterman, emigrated from Pennsylvania in 1831, and were the parents of twelve children, eight of whom are living Margaret, Elizabeth, Mary A., Harriet, Sadie, John, Adam and Franklin. Mr. Besom is a Republican, and a prominent member of Vandalia, No. 657, I. O. O. F.; he is also a member of the Christian Church, and, as he was never known to utter an oath or take a dram in a saloon, we feel a just pride in placing such facts upon record; he is also Postmaster of the village, and fills that position with credit.

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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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