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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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DAVID M. ADAMS, farmer; P. O. Troy. David Adams is one of the practical farmers in this township, and has lived here long enough to give many facts of interest to the listener; he was born in Troy in September, 1836; his first teacher was Mrs. Fairfield, the mother of the President of Lincoln University, Nebraska. When a boy, going to school, there was a pond holding water all the year round, where our nice school building now stands. His parents were David and Ellen Adams, who was a daughter of John and Martha Dougan. David, Jr., was married to Miss Mary Cory, March 11, 1875; their two sons are named Andrew C. and Louis A. Andrew was born Feb. 1, 1877; Louis, Jan. 18, 1879, and both are promising lads. Mr. Adams emigrated from North Carolina in 1817, and settled in Washington Township; they were the parents of eight children who arrived at the age of maturity. Emeline, Louis, Elizabeth, Mary and Manlius were children of his first wife. His marriage to Miss Dougan was celebrated Dec. 27, 1827; their children were named John D., Andrew J., Finley, David M., Martha D. and Sarah E. Only four of the children are now living. As the ancestry of Mr. and Mrs. Adams were all Presbyterians, it is natural for them to follow in their footsteps; they are recorded among the first families in this neighborhood. In 1855, David’s parents moved to Minnesota for the benefit of his wife’s health. The climate being still more unfavorable there than this, they soon returned; with the exception of four years, David M. Adams has always lived in Miami Co.

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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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