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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 DERR, farmer; P. O. Casstown; born in Maryland June 4, 1825; is a son of John and Elizabeth (Haupt) Derr, who were also natives of Maryland; the ancestry were originally from Germany; John and Elizabeth were the parents of nine children, of whom five are now living, viz., David, Ezra, Elizabeth (now Mrs. William Keller, living in Maryland), Henry and Joshua. Mr. Derr remained with his father till his death, which occurred in the latter part of the summer of 1845; in October, 1846, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth A. C. Flook, daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Flook, also natives of Maryland, and removed to Miami Co. in the spring of 1853, where they lived and died; they were the parents of eight children, of whom five are living, viz., Isaac H., Mary E. (now Mrs. William Shibbitts), Joanna (now Mrs. Philip Hyatt, living in Tiffin, Ohio), Susan (now Mrs. James Hyatt, living near Tiffin, Ohio) and Daniel P. Mr. Derr and wife are the parents of ten children, of whom only one is now living, viz., Charles F., who is married to Frances Frazee, by whom he has had five children, of whom four are now living, viz., Irena Almeda, John Elmer, William Arthur and Charles Hartley. Mr. Derr, after his marriage, remained in Maryland about six years, when he moved to Miami Co. and located in the east part of Lost Creek Township, where he resided till 1871, then located on the farm where he now lives; he here has a farm of 80 acres, and a nice, pleasant home; on Feb. 4, 1880, Mr. Derr lost his wife by death; she was a member of the Lutheran Church for twenty-six years, and prior to that was a member of the German Reformed Church for about eight years, living a very devoted Christian life; Mr. Derr has been an active member of the Lutheran Church for thirty-eight 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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