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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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ENOCH BEERY, farmer; born in Fairfield Co. Ohio, in 1823; is the son of Isaac Beery, a native of Rockingham Co., Va., whence he emigrated to Fairfield Co., Ohio, in 1806; he entered a quarter-section of land, erected the pioneer log cabin and established a home in the wilderness; bear’s meat and corn bread furnished a large portion of his daily food. He was a minister in the German Baptist Church twenty-five or thirty years, traveling on horseback and on foot over Fairfield, Hocking and Perry Cos. He married Mary Cradlebaugh, of Lancaster Co., Penn.; seven sons and five daughters were reared on the same place; Isaac B. died in 1851, aged 74 years, and his wife in 1850, aged 65 years. Enoch was reared on a farm, and farming is his life’s occupation, in which he takes much pride; he may be considered an enterprising and successful farmer. He has been twice married; first, to Mary Hatfield, in 1849, who was born in Union Township; she died in 1869, a faithful member of the German Baptist Church. He married, in 1870, Mary J., daughter of Jonathan Coate, a son of James, and grandson of Marmaduke; Jonathan was one of the prominent and enterprising citizens of Newton Township; he served twelve years as Commissioner of Miami Co., and was an active member of the Friends’ Society; at one time was sent before the State Legislature to ask them to exempt the Quakers from military service in the late war; he died May, 1872; was married three times, and had a family of thirteen children. Enoch B. had seven children by his first, and one by his second union, one dying in infancy. Mrs. B. had two children by her marriage with Mr. Coate. Mr. B. and wife are faithful members of the German Baptist Church, in which he has been a Deacon for nearly thirty 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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