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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. POINCE, blacksmith, of the firm of Poince & Bro., Fidelity; was born in the renowned Shenandoah Valley, Va., Berkeley Co., in 1849; his brother, D. W., in 1853. They are sons of John H. and Mary E. Poince. Their father was born in Franklin Co., Penn., in 1818; their mother was born in the place of their nativity about 1824 or 1825. They removed from Virginia in 1874, and located in Frederickstown, this county, in which place they now reside. They are the parents of eleven children, seven of whom are living, viz., Charles O., George W., W. S., Mary C., Margaret and our subjects, J. W. and D. W. They learned their trade in their native State, which they followed there for four years. J. W. has traveled over thirteen of the States of the Union, and in all has done something at his trade; he came here in 1870, and engaged in business, and soon after associated his brother with him in business. Both are well versed in their trade, understanding fully every particular of the business, always giving their customers satisfaction, which commands for them a liberal portion of the public patronage. Their parents are members of Christian Churches and take an interest in the promotion of the cause.

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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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