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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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EMANUEL RENCH, farmer; P. O. Covington; born in 1830; is the son of Jacob Bench and Susannah Blickenstaff; he was reared on a farm, and devoted a great deal of his youth to driving an ox team; his education was obtained under the difficulties of pioneer life and the imperfect subscription-school system; at the age of 15, he entered his father’s distillery, and remained in it principally till his father sold out in 1848; since then, he has devoted his time to farming. He was married, in 1855, to Nancy A. Morgan, born in Illinois, and reared mostly in Burlington, Iowa; she came to this State a short time before her marriage; by this union they have had a family of five sons and three daughters, of whom one son and one daughter have died. Mr. Bench’s political inclinations are with the Democratic party, though he is no zealous partisan; he identifies himself with the German Baptist Church, of which he and his wife are both members.

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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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