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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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B. F. BLESSINGER, dealer in dry goods, groceries, etc., Brandt; is a son of George W. and Mary (Keting) Blessinger; they were natives of Berks Co., Penn., but came here in an early day; at the present time they are residents of Adams Co., Ind. B. F. was born in Brandt, Miami Co., Jan. 8, 1849; he worked on farms through the summer, and attended school during the winter seasons, and received a good education; he carried on farming for several years, and in 1875 engaged in the grocery business in Dayton, handling staple and fancy groceries; in 1878, he located in Brandt, and established a general store; in connection with this, he runs a branch grocery store at Grange Hall, String Town, which was established in 1880; he is doing a thriving business at both places, and carries on farming at the same time. On the 13th of October, 1869, he was united in marriage with Zerada Bodiker, who was born in Bethel Township, Miami Co., Ohio, Oct. 7, 1852; she is the daughter of William and Catharine Bodiker, old residents of Bethel Township. Mr. and Mrs. Blessinger are the parents of two children— Charles W., born Jan. 24, 1871; Blanche Viola, Dec. 6, 1872.

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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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