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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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AMOS ABLEY, manufacturer and dealer in boots and shoes, Piqua. Mr. Abley was born in Pennsylvania in 1837, and came with his parents, Philip W. and Margaret Abley, to Miami Co. in 1844; his parents settled in Piqua, and his father still resides here. The subject of this sketch commenced working at his trade as an apprentice when quite young, and has always followed that occupation; he first began business for himself in 1860, and has continued it successfully ever since; his shop and salesroom is located on Main street, south of Market space, where, in addition to his custom work, he keeps a good assortment of “ready-made,” and is doing a very creditable business. Mr. Abley is not only one of the substantial business men of Piqua, but is also one of its enterprising, public spirited citizens; he has been a member of the Council for the past three years, and has also held the office of Treasurer of the Fire Department for a number of years. In religion, he is a Catholic; in politics, a Democrat. He married, in 1860, Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Himken, formerly of Cincinnati, but at that time a resident of Piqua; and, after her decease, in 1877, he was united in marriage with Miss Veronica Becker.

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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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