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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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ISAAC A. BEALS, farmer; P. O. Troy; born in Pennsylvania Nov. 26, 1831; is a son of Henry and Mary (Day) Beals, who were natives of Pennsylvania, where the grandparents were also born. Henry and Mary removed from Pennsylvania to this county in the spring of 1834, and located in Elizabeth Township. They were the parents of five children, of whom three are now living, viz., Jane Ann, Eliza and Isaac A. The parents died in this township, he June 22, 1853, and she Jan 20, 1856. Mr. Beals lived with his parents till their death. On Jan. 31, 1856, he married Miss Mary C., daughter of John and Ellen Gearheart. By this union, they had one child, viz., James Nelson. Mr. Beals lost his wife June 12, 1858. On Sept. 11, 1859, he was married to Miss Nancy, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Rowe, he being a native of Pennsylvania, and she of Ohio. By this marriage they have had one child, viz., Henry R. Mr. Beals, after his marriage, bought 50 acres of land on Sec. 15, where he resided till 1867, when he bought the farm upon which he now lives; in this farm he has 202 acres of fine land, 175 acres in cultivation, with good buildings and improvements. In justice to Mr. Beals, we would add that their fine property has been made mainly by his own labor and industry. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, having been such for twenty-four years, and his wife has been connected with the Christian Church for twenty-nine 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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