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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 BROWN, nurseryman; P. O. Brandt; is a son of David and Sarah (Giesseman) Brown; he was a native of Maryland, but came to Ohio at an early day, with his parents, who settled in Bethel Township, north of Brandt. Here he remained till the time of his marriage with Sarah Giesseman, when he moved on his father-in-law’s farm, and remained a number of years; in 1855, they moved to Brandt, where they have since resided; Hiram was born June 9, 1846; he received a good common-school education, and also attended the Academy at New Carlisle two winters; for about twelve years he has been engaged in teaching, and for ten years has also followed the nursery business; he was elected Township Clerk in the spring of 1870, and has held the office ever since; was also elected in the spring of 1880, for his fourth term as a Justice of the Peace; has been Assistant Superintendent of the schools of the township for two years, and Superintendent four years; in 1875, he was the Democratic candidate for County Treasurer. In 1869, June 10, he married Hattie S. Gantz, who was born in Bethel Township, Miami Co., Sept. 22, 1848; by this union they have had four children, three of whom are living— Maud V., Velma I. and Glendora.

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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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