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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 W. RUSSELL, farmer; P. O. Piqua; was born in Spring Creek Township, Miami Co., March 28, 1834; is a son of Vinage and Mary (Weeks) Russell; he was born in Pennsylvania, and came to this county at a very early day, with his father, who entered 160 acres of land in Spring Creek Township, and, by the aid of his family, cleared and improved it. On Dec. 25, 1828, Vinage Russell was united in marriage with Mary Weeks, who was born in Virginia March 26, 1812; they have been married and have lived together over fifty-one years; their golden wedding was celebrated Dec. 25, 1878, at which time, also, the marriage of the eldest daughter of George W. Russell was solemnized; there were about seventy-five guests present; twelve of whom were over 60 years old, and one couple whose golden wedding had been celebrated the previous year. They are the parents of four children— John W., of Toledo, George W., James, deceased, and Mary Jane, now Mrs. Rhodehamel, of Indianapolis, Mr. Russell has always lived on the old farm and now occupies the house in which he was born. By his indomitable energy and economy, he has succeeded in getting 110 acres of the old farm, and about 175 acres besides, in three separate tracts, making in all about 285 acres of good land, and well improved, with only about 34 acres of timber. On the 10th of January, 1856, he married Mary A. Caven, a native of Spring Creek Township, born Nov. 26, 1834; she was a daughter of David and Keturah (Denman) Caven, who were also old settlers here. The fruits of this union are four children Flora, born Oct. 28, 1856; Mary Jane, Sept. 9, 1860; Alice M., June 3, 1862, and David Ward, March 23, 1866. Mr. Russell, wife and daughters, are exemplary members of the Baptist Church.

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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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