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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 PEARSON, Jr., farmer; P. O. Tippecanoe City; represents one of the oldest men in Monroe Township, his grandfather, Samuel Pearson, emigrating to this township in 1806; Hiram, the father of Eli, Jr., was born in 1800, and was married to Elizabeth Jenkins in 1824, according to the forms of the Quaker Church, and their marriage certificate is now in possession of his son; they are quaint old documents, and are signed by all the wedding guests; three of that large number are yet living, and are the oldest persons living in the county; their children were seven in number, four of whom are living— Jesse, Rosanna, Eli and Elizabeth; Jesse is living in Indiana; Hiram’s wife died in 1857, and his home is made with his son Eli, who lives on the home farm. Eli was married, in 1852, to Miss Nancy, daughter of Noah and Florentine Pearson, whose maiden name was Siddons; their children number five, and are all living; their names are Mary E., Alva Y., George W., Luetta F. and Jennie; the eldest daughter, Mary, is the wife of James Counts. Mr. and Mrs. Pearson are members of the Christian Church, and of Kentucky Home Grange. Mr. Pearson is a member of Franklin Chapter, No. 24, and is also Master of Tippecanoe Lodge, No. 174, A., F. & A. M. There are 80 acres in the home farm, which is highly cultivated; himself and lady are a genial couple, and enjoy a large acquaintance in the county; his father is still living, is hale and hearty, and is now absent, having taken a trip to Indiana.

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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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