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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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CLARK ADAMS, retired farmer; P. O. Covington; a son of Philip and Phoebe (Travis) Adams, natives of New York State, who were married there in 1808; came to Warren Co., Ohio, in 1823; removed to Miami Co. in 1831, where he purchased a number of tracts of land east of Covington, nearly a section being in Washington Township. Mr. Adams resided in the Harrison’s Creek neighborhood two or three years, during which time he built on his land, and then removed to Washington Township, and remained a resident of that township until his decease, which occurred in 1874, he being in the 91st year of his age. His wife survived him about six years, and died quite recently at the age of 89. They had a family of eleven children, ten of whom grew to maturity, and nine are now living, seven of whom are residents of this county. Mr. Adams, Sr., was an industrious, useful citizen; he improved about half of his original purchase and sold the balance unimproved; he took an active part in politics. His father was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and he of the war of 1812, and there were three sons and seven grandsons in the war of the rebellion. Mother Adams was an active member of the Methodist Church, and both were very much respected. Clarke was next to the youngest child; was born in 1827, and remained on the farm with his parents during his minority. He was married in 1854 to Miss Mary E., daughter of Marshall and Elizabeth (Boggs) Morgan. Her father was a native of Kentucky, her mother was born and raised in Miami Co. Their decease occurred in Iowa after the daughter’s marriage. Mr. Adams remained at the old homestead, and had the care of his aged parents; in 1862, he built a fine residence on the old homestead. During the war, he left his farms to the care of his wife, and served in the Ohio National Guards, of which he was a member five years. In 1878, he built his present neat and commodious residence, which is situated on the North Piqua Pike, near the eastern limits of the corporation of Covington; he still owns the old homestead in Washington Township, and also a 58-acre tract in same neighborhood; his time is now occupied in looking after his property and such money speculations as may offer the best opportunity for profit. Mr. and Mrs. Adams are both worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and respected, useful members of society. They have three children living— Annie, now Mrs. Andrew Orr, of Illinois; Luella, now Mrs. Andrew Frank, of Washington Township, and Clara, a young lady at home.

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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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