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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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D. J. BUCHANAN, retired farmer; P. O. Covington; one of the old residents of Newberry Township; is a son of Geo. Buchanan, who was a native of Rockingham Co., Va., and married Nancy Cassady, a native of Rockbridge Co., Va.; they came to Ohio in 1803, and located at Deerfield, Warren Co.; removed to Milton, Miami Co., in the fall of 1807 or spring of 1808, where he remained until the war of 1812, in which he was a soldier, being Captain of a company of “frontier guards,” and in charge of the supply depot at the junction of Greenville Creek and the Stillwater — then called Fort Rowdy, now Covington; in the beginning of the war, he removed his family to the east side of Stillwater, just over the county line, into Montgomery Co., which place continued to be his home until 1830, when he removed to a farm in Sec. 6, Newberry Township, where he spent the remainder of his days; he was a carpenter and cabinet-maker by trade and the son now has some articles of furniture that were both designed and made by him, which indicate originality of genius as well as a good degree of workmanship, valuable relics of olden times; he was promoted Colonel of militia after the war in “training days,” and was an active and respected citizen; both he and his wife were members of the Christian Church, and he was identified with the interests of Miami Co. from its formation until his decease, which occurred in 1862, he being in his 83d year; his widow survived him nine years, and died in her 88th year; they had a family of two sons and six, daughters, four of whom became residents of this county and three of them still reside here. D. J., one of the younger children, was born in 1817, and grew to manhood during the formation period of Miami Co.; was raised on a farm, and has been actively engaged in farming all his life until about four years since, when he retired from active labor and removed to his residence in Covington, which is a substantial, commodious structure, handsomely located at the intersection of Wall street and the Piqua pike; he has also been an active and respected, though unassuming, citizen; was Trustee three years, and has repeatedly refused offers of office; is now living a quiet, retired life; his farm is now carried on by his oldest son. Mr. Buchanan married, in 1846, Minerva, daughter of John Hershbarger, who was also a native of Virginia; came to Ohio in 1824, to Miami Co. in 1833, and located in the north part of Newberry Township, entering a tract of canal land; Minerva was born in Augusta Co., Va., in 1818; they have raised a family of five sons, two of whom are living on his farm—one being a carpenter and the other farming the place; one is a music teacher, another a school teacher, and the younger is now engaged in an art establishment in Cleveland.

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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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