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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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JACOB REIBER, Postmaster, Pleasant Hill; was born in Perry Co.; Penn., Sept. 1, 1836; his father, John, was a native of the same county, born May 26, 1811; he was raised on a farm and received a fair education; he was a smith by trade. In the spring of 1837, he moved to Ohio, locating in Newton Township, on Sec. 36, where, with the exception of a short time in Union Township, he passed the remnant of his days. He built several shops in the township, and embarked in farming in 1849, which he continued till his death, April 18, 1872. He was, with his wife, a member of the Christian Church for a number of years, and was Deacon about thirty years. He was married twice, first to Mary Fenical, of Pennsylvania, June 4, 1835; she died Feb. 23, 1865; they had four sons— Jacob, Peter (now deceased), William F. (died Oct. 22, 1856), Joseph C. and three daughters, Susannah, Margaret I. (who died Oct. 21, 1856), and Sarah J. (who died Oct. 3, 1856). Jacob was raised on a farm till the 5th of October, 1863, when he enlisted in the 110th O. V. I., Co. G, and participated in the battle of Brandy Station, on 8th of November, and on May 5, 1864, was in the fight of the Wilderness, where he received, almost instantaneously, five shots, breaking both legs, and one ball entering his left shoulder. It was near the last of the month when he was placed in the Armory Square Hospital, at Washington City, where his wounds received the first proper care. He remained here, under the care of Dr. Steward, of Pennsylvania, until Oct. 3, 1864, when he had sufficiently recovered to go home; some time elapsed before he regained his strength. Since returning, he has been engaged in various pursuits, as book-selling, clerking, photographing, auctioneering, well-drilling, etc. He filled the unexpired term of the first Mayorship, of Pleasant Hill. In 1867, and for two succeeding years, he was elected to the office of Township Clerk; was appointed Postmaster Jan. 1, 1878, and has since discharged its duties with satisfaction to the public. He is a Republican in politics, and a strong temperance man. With his wife, he is a member of the Christian Church. He was made a Mason in November, 1865, and has filled an official position thirteen years, acting as W. M. two years; he is also a member of the Franklin Chapter, No. 24, and Franklin Council, No. 16, Troy. He married Maria Williams Aug. 27, 1857; she is a daughter of Michael and Jane (Coppock) Williams, and a direct descendant of Michael Williams, Sr.; their children were as follows: William Sumner, born August, 1860, died May 6, 1864; Rosella J. (clerk in post office), Charles C., J. Warren, and Arthur L., who died Aug. 26, 1879, from diphtheria.

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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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