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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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ALFRED PEARSON, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Troy; born in the place where he now resides, in the year 1831; is a son of Robert and Mary Pearson. His father was born in Virginia, and with his parents came to Ohio in a very early day, being among the first settlers in this township. His grandfather settled in Newton Township, in which he resided till near his death, which occurred in this township when upward of 80 years of age. Robert Pearson settled on the farm, on which his son and our subject now reside, at a time when the magnificence and splendor of the great forest were unmarred. On this land Robert made his home till his decease, which occurred in 1852, at the age of 51 years. His wife is still living at the advanced age of 74 years. They were parents of eight children, three of whom are living, viz., Alexander, Alfred and Martha J., now Mrs. Dibra; the deceased are Eliza, aged 10 months and 27 days; David, aged 4 years 3 months and 14 days; Sarah, aged 4 years 5 months and 2 days; Abijah, aged 2 years and 26 days; Carry, aged 27 years 11 months and 27 days. Mr. Pearson’s early boyhood days were spent on his father’s farm, on which he labored till he was 21 years of age, at which time his father died. He remained with his widowed mother for three years, and assisted in the duties of the farm. Jan. 25, 1855, he was married to Susanna Long, by whom he had five children, four of whom are living, viz., William L., Joseph L., Webster E. and Amanda; Robert H. died Jan. 11, 1871, aged 15 years 2 months and 26 days. Mrs. Pearson departed this life Dec. 20, 1879, aged 42 years 3 months and 3 days. She was an exemplary member of the Christian Church, with which she had been connected sixteen years. She was a daughter of William and Elizabeth Long, both deceased. With the exception of one year, which was spent in Concord Township, he has lived exclusively on the old home farm, on which he now resides. He owns 120 acres of land, which is all in a good state of cultivation and well improved. He is a member of the Christian Church, with which he has been connected fourteen years. Mrs. P. was born Sept. 17, 1837.

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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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