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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 J. BROWN, dealer in boots and shoes, West Milton; was born in Lancaster Co., Penn. Jan. 29, 1829, and is a son of John Brown, a native of the same place, who lived, died and is buried in the place of his nativity. He was the father of ten children, of whom seven are living. Henry’s boyhood days were spent in the village, and, at the age of 16, he began serving a regular apprenticeship, which occupied two years of his time. In 1849, he came to Ohio, and located in Gettysburg, in Darke Co., in which place he prosecuted his trade for a while, and was also engaged with his brother William in painting. He came to West Milton in the spring of 1850, and here has since done business; he carries a full stock of boots and shoes, for ladies, gentlemen and children’s wear. He deals in the best of goods, and his long residence and popular habits command for him a full share of the public patronage. For sixteen years he has held the office of Corporation Treasurer, and has also been a member of the School Board. Thus we see that his townsmen have confidence in his executive ability. March 2, 1852, he was married to Melissa Everett, by whom he had three children, viz., Emma C., Elmira and Charles W. Mrs. Brown departed this life May 15, 1863, aged about 39 years. May 20, 1865, Mr. Brown was again married, to Mary J. Wilson, of Montgomery Co., by whom he has had one child, viz., Harry E.

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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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