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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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J. W. BURTON, retired farmer; P. O. Piqua; was born in Franklin Co., Ohio, Feb. 19, 1826; is a son of John and Mary (Wilson) Burton, who were both born in Pennsylvania, he in 1796 and she in 1804; they, by this union, had ten children, of whom all reached maturity, of whom J. W. is the only one now living in this county; his grandfather (Joshua Burton) was one of the patriots of the Revolutionary struggle, and died in 1835, in Franklin Co., Ohio; the subject of this memoir was brought up to farming, and received an ordinary education; he, in 1863, came to this county, and now owns a fine farm in Sec. 25, where he is nicely located, across the river from Piqua, at an elevation of about seventy-five feet above the level of the city, thereby affording a good view of the same. On April 20, 1848, Mr. B. married May Giberson, who was born in Franklin Co., Ohio, March 6, 1827, and Oct. 12, 1861, departed this life; they, by this union, had four children, viz., Margaret J., Francis A., Almead J. and Ella D.; March 15, 1864, Mr. Burton married, for his second wife, Sarah J. Wiley, who was born in this county, Aug. 12, 1830, and is a descendant of the Wiley family, whose genealogy will appear in this work, under William J. Wiley’s sketch; Mr. and Mrs. (Wiley) Burton have two children, viz., Arabelle and Sarah W.

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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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