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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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GAIRHART RUMBURG, farmer and proprietor of stone-quarry; P. O. West Milton; was born in Holland, Texel, in the year 1835; is the third child of Albert and Fanny Rumburg. His father’s name was Osbrooke, but, according to the laws of their country in relation to marriage, a man that marries a woman who owns real estate in the country, assumes his wife’s name, instead of the wife taking the name of her husband; this occurs only among ladies who possess country estates. Our subject emigrated to this country and landed in New Orleans in the fall of 1857; his voyage occupied nine weeks; he made his way North, and, at Piqua, his funds were exhausted, so he was obliged to stop and go to work; he has resided in this county ever since, and for twenty-six years in the place where he now lives; he owns 282 acres of land, mostly in cultivation; there is located on the home place one of the best quarries in the county; the quality of the stone being far superior for building purposes to any we have ever seen in Ohio. After remaining here twelve years he returned to his native country, and the following year his parents came back with him. His mother and other members of the family reside at Omaha, eighteen miles from West Milton, on the Elkhorn River, where he and his brothers own 1,600 acres of fine land. Mrs. and Mrs. Rumburg, Sr., were parents of nine children, seven of whom are living, viz., Albert, Anna, Gairhart, John W., George, Frederick and Arnold; John and Christina, deceased. His father died in Freeport, Ill., four days after his landing in New York in 1866, aged 64 years. Our subject was married to Elizabeth Coppock in 1857, by whom he has had seven children, of whom three are living, viz., Fanny, Elida and Albert; the deceased are Joseph, Sarah A., Emma and Osceola, who was named after a flourishing town on the B. & M. R. R. in Southern Iowa. Mrs. R. is a daughter of Joseph and Rachel Coppock, whose sketch appears in this work; she was born in this county in 1841; he received his common-school education in his native country, attending regularly between the age of 6 and 14 years, after which he entered Mason’s College, in Amsterdam, Holland, in which he prosecuted his studies vigorously for three years, fitting himself to discharge the business complications of life, as well as obtaining much knowledge of the sciences and principles of nature that govern the universe; he is no political aspirant, but has been School Director, which office he now holds; he is a member of the Old-School Presbyterian Church, in which he was confirmed when 16 years of age; his family has been connected with the same organization since the Reformation. Mrs. Rumburg was born and reared a Quaker, but is now a member of the Christian Church. Their daughter Fanny is a member of the same church, while Elida is a Quaker by birthright.

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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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