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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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JAMES P. BRANDON, physician and surgeon, Laura; was born in Newton Township, Miami Co., in the year 1850, and is a son of Isaiah P. and Sarah Brandon; his father was born in Kentucky, and came with his parents when a boy to Newton Township, in which he lived till his decease, which occurred in 1877, when he was 69 years of age; his mother departed this life in 1853, aged 43 or 44; they were parents of twelve children, eleven of whom are living, viz., Mary, Esther, Richard W., Samuel H., Anna B., Sarah, Amos, Robert, Isaac, James P. and Mahala; Martha (deceased). The Doctor’s early boyhood days were spent on the farm, and in a manner incident to youth; his education was received in the district school, and at the age of 18, he began the study of medicine under Dr. A. E. Duncan, a very prominent physician; he labored with the mysteries of science in medicine during the summer, and in winter engaged in teaching school; thus he labored for four years, making enough by his winter labors to enable him to prosecute his study in medicine during the following summer; after completing his course of study under Dr. D., he entered the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery, graduating in the Class of 1873; he returned to his home and began the practice of medicine, and for two years successfully discharged the duties incumbent upon the profession, after which he went to the Bellevue Hospital in New York City, and, after a year of close application to study, improved greatly on the subject of medicine and surgery; returning, he located in Laura, in which place he has successfully built up a large and increasing practice. In 1873, he married Mattie, daughter of the well-known Anson Aldrich, by whom he has one child, viz., Clara A.; he owns a good city property in Laura, which consists of lots, dwellings, etc.

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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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