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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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ANDREW PATTERSON, retired, Piqua; is a son of William P. and Jane (Hamilton) Patterson, both natives of Pennsylvania; their marriage occurred about 1796; he died in 1831, and she in 1838. Their children were nine in number, of whom three are now living, Andrew being the eldest; he was born in Fayette Co., Penn., June, 1806, where he grew to manhood; in his boyhood days he obtained his education in the subscription schools, as the free-school system was not then known in Fayette Co.; his earlier life was that of a farmer’s son; in 1834, he came West, locating in Spring Creek Township, Miami Co., and Oct. 27, 1835, he married Rebecca Craig. In October, three years later, she died, leaving one son, William C. Andrew afterward married Mrs. Elizabeth (Stewart) Sayers; in 1841, he located in Piqua, and not seeing fit to remain there he returned to Spring Creek Township, where he continued farming until the spring of 1854. Having had (shortly before) bestowed upon him by the citizens of Miami Co., the Treasurer’s office, this necessitated him to locate in Troy. This office he duly and honorably filled with credit to himself and satisfaction to the county; in addition to this, he has held the most prominent offices of his township; in 1865, he returned to Piqua, opening out a hardware establishment, which he conducted until 1872, then retired from its duties, and now resides in his quiet home unmolested with business thoughts. The children, by his last companion, now living, are John S., engaged in the Piqua National Bank, and Andrew H., engaged in the Railroad office of the D. M., at the crossing of the C., C. & I. C.

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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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