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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 ROHRER, farmer, etc.; P. O. Tippecanoe City. Of the citizens of Miami County, none are more worthy of notice than the subject of this sketch. He was born in Lancaster Co., Penn., in 1815, and is the son of Christian Rohrer, who was born on the same farm that our subject was, as was his grandfather, Christian. A brother died on the same farm, November, 1878, at the age of 86, which ended a family ownership in the land that had been existing over 150 years, the place having been deeded to a member of the family by one of Wm. Penn’s agents. The father of our subject passed his entire life on his farm, his death occurring June 22, 1825, the first to die in a family of eleven. He had nine children, all reared to maturity. He was married to Maria Farrer, who lived to the advanced age of 83 years. Our subject was raised on a farm, and early taught the art and dignity of farm labor; the pursuit of agriculture has been his chief occupation, in which he has taken a great interest and been eminently successful. In May, 1835, he immigrated to Ohio, locating four miles east of Dayton, where he remained seven years, and then moved to his present place, near Tippecanoe City, which place he had purchased June 23, 1837, of Joseph Jones, who had entered it. On this farm he moved March 1, 1842. Besides farming, he is largely identified with various manufacturing interests of the county; he owns a controlling interest in the “Wheel Works” of Tippecanoe; has an interest in the “Grape Sugar Co.,” recently organized in the same place, and also the “Troy Spring Wagon and Wheel Works,” and the “Spiker Wagon Works,” at Piqua. Formerly an Old Line Whig, he became identified with the Republican party at its organization, and has ardently supported it since. Although no politician, but few persons have filled so many positions of honor and trust as Mr. R. In 1857 or 1858, he was elected County Commissioner, and subsequently re-elected, serving six years. He is now filling his third term as Land Appraiser of Monroe Township; was fifteen years a Director in Troy Bank, and for four or five years has been Vice President. He is a Director in the Fireman’s Insurance Co., of Dayton, Ohio, and a Trustee of the Knoop Children’s Home, of Elizabeth Township. The duties of all these positions he has discharged with fidelity and satisfaction, to the public. He has perhaps, settled more estates than any man in the county. He is one of the most enterprising of men, and is found identified with whatever promotes the welfare of the community; careful in all business affairs, strictly honest, and possessing more than an ordinary foresight, he is one whose judgment in public matters is highly respected. He was married, Dec. 25, 1838, to Elizabeth Kendig, of Lancaster Co., Penn. One son and two daughters have been the issue of this union.

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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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