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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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HIRAM BROOKS, livery; Piqua. Mr. Brooks is a native of Western New York; came to Miami Co. in 1837, and located in Piqua in 1840; in 1846, he bought out his brother James, who was engaged in the livery business here, and has successfully conducted the business ever since, having remained in the same locality, built his present commodious buildings and gradually increased his stock and conveniences to the present very creditable standing; he is one of the few livery men who have stuck to one place, and is now in very comfortable circumstances; his residence, on the corner of Wayne and Water streets, is a handsome property. He married, in 1843, Miss Catherine A., daughter of William Atkinson; they have six children—four sons and two daughters— T. D., a physician at Conroy; W. C., a livery man at Van Wert; James E., a telegraph operator, now at Cambridge City, Ind.; Geo. A., a member of the bar at Piqua; Hattie A., now Mrs. Nate C. Perry, of Troy, and Nettie 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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