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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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GEORGE P. NISWONGER, farmer; P. O. Troy. George P. Niswonger was born in Preble Co., Ohio, June 25, 1845; his father, John Niswonger, being a native of Ohio, and his wife, Lydia Rhinehart, of Virginia; their marriage was celebrated in 1838, and they were the parents of eight children—William, Amanda, John M., David A., George P. (was born June 25, 1845), next came Joseph E., Christian S., and Melinda A., born Oct. 8, 1852; she is the wife of Franklin Slack, and mother of three children, John, Ida and Lydia. George and Melinda are the only children now living of the numerous family of John and Lydia Niswonger. George married Miss Margaret Clawson, Feb. 4, 1875; they are the parents of two bright little girls— Lydia J. and Clara E. The old folks reside with them, and the old gentleman is a jolly Democrat of the Jacksonian type, and his son has the principles of the party deeply instilled in his nature. During the war of the rebellion, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy, under command of Admiral Porter, of the Mississippi Squadron. He participated in several bloody engagements, was never wounded while on duty, and was honorably discharged in December, 1864. As a farmer he is very successful. The family library is large and well read. This family is highly respected, and lives in good style on a farm near Troy.

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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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