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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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ELI DUNCAN, farmer; P. O. West Milton; he was born on the east bank of Stillwater River in 1837, and is a son of Isaac and Elizabeth Duncan. Our subject was reared on his father’s farm, and as he died when Eli was only 10 years of age, he remained with the family until his 16th year, when he engaged in picture taking, and was, consequently, away from home part of the time; at the age of 23, he began life fully for himself and chose farming as a vocation; he located on the land where he now resides, in 1861, and has 33 acres of good land, which is all in a fair state of cultivation, with ordinary improvements erected thereon; he has an abundance of all kinds of fruit, to which he pays considerable attention; Mr. Duncan received a very limited education in the district schools, in consequence of which he entered the Farmer College, six miles north of Cincinnati, where he remained a part of two years, completing the common branches, thus fitting him to teach, which he did two winters in Darke Co. His marriage with Serena Hyer, was celebrated in 1860; she was a daughter of Absalom and Elizabeth Hyer; her father was born in Pennsylvania, her mother in Montgomery Co., Ohio, both deceased; to Mr. and Mrs. Duncan six children have been given, of whom all are living, viz., Clara E., now Mrs. I. A. Vose, Josephine, Maggie, now Mrs. Donnelly, and Fred; Mr. Duncan has filled the office of School Director eight years.

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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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