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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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MALCOLM H. DAVIS, farmer; P. O. West Milton; is a son of Allen and Nancy Davis, old and prominent settlers in this township. He was born in 1842, on the place where he now resides; he was reared on the farm, attending the usual three months’ school, in which he received his education. Feb. 22, 1862, he volunteered in Co. B, of the 71st O. V. I., and was transferred to the front in March, and was in the battle of Pittsburg Landing, in which the regiment lost heavily in officers and men; they were under Sherman’s command, which was so terribly pressed; soon after, the battle of Nashville was fought, and here the regiment was nearly decimated, but Hood was beaten and almost annihilated; about the close of the war, their corps was sent to Texas, where they were kept till December, 1865; he was mustered out of the service January, 1866; during the evacuation of Ft. Hymen, he received a severe injury from the falling of a pole of an ambulance wagon, that almost crushed him, which injury is yet severely felt by Mr. Davis. In 1864, while home on veteran furlough, he was married to Eliza Coate, by whom he has five children, viz., Claudie, Eleanor E., Maurice M., Minnie A. and William A. He and his wife are exemplary members of the Christian Church, with which they have been connected since 1867. He owns 80 acres of good land, which is all in a good state of cultivation and well improved, in fact, the best in the neighborhood.

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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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