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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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HENRY C. BROWN, farmer; P. O. Piqua; born in Piqua, Sept. 26, 1844, is a son of John and Mary (Knox) Brown; he was born in Kentucky Oct. 23, 1794, and she in Tennessee, July 8, 1809; was his second wife; his first wife was Turzah Brandon, daughter of Abel and Jane Brandon, who were natives of North Carolina, and came to Ohio in the days of the pioneers; by this union they had seven children, viz., Elizabeth, born April 19, 1821; Nelson, born Sept. 22, 1824; William Armstrong, born Feb. 12, 1827; Martha Jane, born Jan. 6, 1829; James Ellison, born Jan. 24, 1831; Sarah Ann, born July 30, 1833, and John Madison, born Dec. 17, 1835, being all deceased except the youngest— John Madison. He lost his wife by death Nov. 12, 1837, and Jan. 3 1839, was united to Mary Knox, daughter of William and Margaret Knox, who were born in North Carolina and emigrated to Tennessee in a very early day; from Tennessee came to Ohio, where they lived and died; by this union they had four children, viz., James Harvey, born Jan. 7, 1840 (now deceased); Mary Turzah, born Sept. 2, 1842; Henry C. and Miles Knox, born Nov. 9, 1846. John Brown, the father, was brought up on the farm now owned by B. F. Brown, whose sketch and history appear in this work; after his first marriage, he located in Piqua, where he followed the hatter’s trade, continuing at this business until his death, which occurred Sept. 15, 1846. Mr. Brown, the subject of this sketch, was only about two years of age at his father’s death; the mother, Mary, remained in Piqua and raised her family; in 1866, she bought the farm upon which they now reside, and moved upon it the same year; they have a fine farm of 220 acres, with a good brick house, a very large barn and other buildings, constituting a pleasant and beautiful home.

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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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