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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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CYRUS T. BROWN, farmer; P. O. Troy; was born in Miami Co., June 13, 1844, is a son of Daniel and Eliza H. (Telford) Brown; Mr. Brown was born in Rhode Island May 9, 1809, and his wife in this county Dec. 10, 1816; the grandfather, Arnold Brown, was also born in Rhode Island, emigrating to Ohio in 1834, and locating in Hamilton Co., where he remained about four years, then going to Miami Co., on the farm where Cyrus now lives; the farm was nearly all in the woods, with a log cabin on it. He was father of six children; here he and his son Daniel commenced to clear up and make a home. They started from the commencement in the dairy business, making butter and cheese, some of which they marketed near home and some in Cincinnati; there being no railroads, they had to go through with teams. Daniel, the son, was married June 13, 1843; by this union they had six children, viz., Cyrus T., Cornelia J., Mary B., now a physician in New York City; Rebecca O., now deceased; Arnold O. and Harry W. Mr. Brown, the father, always remained upon the home place with his father till his death, which occurred April 13, 1869, he being about 83 years of age, after which he still continued upon the farm till Dec. 24, 1877, when he, too, was called away by death. His sons now have the management of the place, which their fathers have improved and brought into a fine state of cultivation, with good buildings and many conveniences. Mr. Brown, the father, first bought 160 acres, and from time to time added more to it, by purchase, till he became owner of 1,000 acres; at various times portions were sold, until now they have 500 acres, one of the largest farms in Staunton Township. Mr. Daniel Brown was one of the moving spirits in the leading business enterprises, and one of the originators of the First National Bank of Troy, holding some $20,000 of stock in the same; was also one of the organizers of the Gas Company. He erected the “Beehive Corner,” or Brown’s Block, as it is usually known in Troy; during the building of this block, Mr. Brown met with an accident, from which his life was miraculously saved; he fell from the third story to the pavement below, striking on his feet and sliding into the cellar. The fall was caused by some mismanagement of the derrick in raising material to the top of the building at which he was working; he was thrown head foremost over the walls of the building, but catching by the ropes, turned himself, striking upon his feet; although badly hurt and jarred, his life was saved. Daniel Brown’s mother departed this life Sept. 21, 1862; The death of Mr. Daniel Brown was a great loss to the community, he being one of its most public-spirited men.

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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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