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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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DANIEL BABB, farmer; P.O. Tippecanoe City; was born in Pennsylvania, on the Delaware River, near Philadelphia, Dec. 10, 1799. In 1820, he removed to Virginia, where he remained ten years, and then emigrated to Ohio. He stopped near Greenville, intending to go on to Indiana, to some of his relatives; but, becoming discouraged with the appearance of the country, having met some parties from Miami Co., who had been in Indiana, and who advised him to turn back and locate in Miami Co., he did so, stopping a short time in Troy; he then went to Piqua, where he found a man who took him and his family in till he could find a place to live; he finally rented a place north of Piqua. and stayed about one year; then came to Bethel Township and rented the mill on Honey Creek, known as Staley’s mill; this, and the farm of 143 acres on which it stood, he bought four years later; he run the mill for about twenty-five years, and did a flourishing trade for those times. Owing to ill health in his family he quit the milling business, and his mill has not been in operation for several years. He now owns about 310 acres of land, upon which he has made considerable improvement, and which he still oversees, but, being past 80 years, is not able to do much work himself. In 1823, Nov. 16, he married Leah Littler, a native of Virginia, born March 29, 1804. They have eight children— Almira, Eliza C. and Caroline M., the three eldest, deceased; Mary Ann, now the Widow Reed, living in Troy; Joshua L., living in New Jersey; Minerva, living with her father (is the only child yet unmarried), and Emma A., now Mrs. William Dimmit. Mrs. Babb departed this life Aug. 1, 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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