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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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MRS. DANIEL BRELSFORD; P. O. Fletcher; Daniel Brelsford was born in Montgomery Co., Ohio, March 2, 1823, and was brought up to farm life, receiving a common education; in 1840, he came to Miami Co., where he engaged in carpentering. Jan. 8, 1846, he married Nancy Hand; she was born in Greene Co., Ohio, Oct. 23, 1825; they had eleven children, viz., William H., Martha A., Melissa F., Mary E., Alonzo T. (deceased), Benjamin F. (deceased), George W., Arthur J., Charley L., Maude D. and Claudie M. F. Daniel Brelsford, in 1850, commenced purchasing the farm of 80 acres, in Sec. 20, Brown Township, Miami Co., which he afterward completed, and cultivated until his death, July 2, 1874. Mrs. Brelsford is a daughter of Benjamin Hand, who was born in New Jersey, where he came when but a boy, with his parents. William and Phebe (Jennings) Hand came to Ohio and settled in Greene Co. permanently. Benjamin Hand married Sarah Sackett, who was a native of Kentucky, and, in 1835, they came from Greene Co. to Miami Co., and bought 80 acres of Sec. 20, Brown Township; Mr. Hand died there Aug. 1, 1841, and Mrs. Hand Jan. 8, 1872. Mrs. Brelsford is a granddaughter of Cyrus Sackett, a native of Connecticut, who, at the age of 21, emigrated to Kentucky; in 1791, he was under the command of Gov. St. Clair, at the Wabash River, in Mercer Co., Ohio, where St. Clair was defeated and suffered a heavy loss; but Cyrus, being among the survivors, returned to Kentucky, where he married Nancy Stableton, who was a native of Maryland; when but a child, she was taken to North Carolina, where she remained during the war of Independence, and afterward rode on horseback to Kentucky; she and Cyrus afterward emigrated to Greene Co., Ohio, where they both died at an advanced age.

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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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