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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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CHARLES F. BEALL, dealer in stoves and tinware, West Milton. The subject of this memoir was born in Greene Co., Ohio, Sept. 20, 1842, and is a son of John I. Beall, who was born in Maryland in 1802, and settled in Greene Co. in 1813, where he resided until his death, which occurred in 1867, aged 65 years. Mrs. Beall was born in Greene Co. in 1805 — is still living, and resides in her native county. They had eleven children, of whom eight are living, three having died after gaining man’s estate. Our subject’s boyhood days were spent on his father’s farm, where he assisted in agricultural pursuits until his 18th year; when the war broke out, he enlisted in Co. G, of the 54th O. V. I, and was transferred to the front in February, 1862; his regiment was in Gen. Sherman’s gallant division which did its duty so nobly at Shiloh; here he received a severe wound in the left hip which kept him in the hospital at Cincinnati for some time; he was discharged July 12, 1862; Jan. 12, 1864, he enlisted in the United States Navy, and was placed on board the Cricket in the department of the Mississippi; from this vessel he was transferred to the Champion, thence to the Benton, and finally to the Gamage. On all these vessels he held the commission of a 1st Lieutenant, and was among the youngest commissioned officers in the navy; he was in the naval encounter at Fort Harrison, where four vessels were engaged, and after a severe fight, every gun in the fort was dismounted, the works captured and the town laid in ashes. After the close of the war, he received his discharge, Oct. 27, 1865; he returned home, and was employed by Shilato & Co. as salesman, remaining one year, when he engaged with Orr & Co., tobacco manufacturers; in their employ he remained one year; he soon after studied medicine for two years, under John C. Fall, a very prominent physician of Xenia; he drifted back to his former business in which he is still engaged, and removed to this place in April, 1879. His marriage with Carrie Keeler, a daughter of John Keeler, occurred Jan. 25, 1876; she was born Dec. 9, 1852. They have one child, Elsie Fay, born Oct. 13, 1877. Mrs. Beall was a distant relative of the Hon. C..L. Vallandigham.

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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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