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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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JOEL ROTHERMEL, shoemaker, Pleasant Hill. Among the business men worthy of special mention in Pleasant Hill, is Joel Rothermel; he comes of German parentage, and was born in 1833 in Berks Co., Penn. His father, Isaac Rothermel, is also a native of Berks Co., and still resides in his native place at an advanced age. Mrs. Rothermel died when our subject was only 2 years old; he then found a home with his paternal grandfather, with whom he passed his boyhood days on a farm; at the age of 16, his father placed him in his shop to learn the shoemaker’s trade; this he continued till 1858, when he emigrated to Ohio, locating in Pleasant Hill; here he resumed his former occupation, combining with it for the first year the hotel business; he worked as journeyman with several parties till 1862, when he formed a partnership with M. D. Myers; three years subsequent, this partnership was dissolved, and Mr. Rothermel has since continued successfully the shop in his own name. He was a soldier in the late civil war, and member of the 147th O. N. G., which regiment was employed most of the time on guard duty. In July, 1862, he was appointed Postmaster of Pleasant Hill, which position he held for sixteen years; he has also been several times elected Councilman of the village. In addition to his trade, he deals in flour and patent medicines. His marriage with Miss Esther Longanecker was celebrated in Pennsylvania in 1857; she is a native of Juniata Co., Penn. They have had three children—one deceased.

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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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