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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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JOHN ADLARD, retired silversmith; P. O. Fletcher; was born in England March, 1823, and is a son of John and Mary (Norton) Adlard; his father was born about 1776, in Louth, Lincolnshire, England, died in 1828; his mother was 15 years his junior, and died August, 1848. Our subject was raised to town and city life; in early life, in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England, he learned watch-making, which remained his occupation during his life in England. In 1845, he married Elizabeth Colton, who was born at Marhan-on-the-hill, near Horncastle, England, eight days his junior; she is a daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Colton. John, Jr., and wife, in 1847, embarked for the United States; after their arrival, they located in Waterford, N. Y., where they remained one year; thence removed to Canal Dover, Ohio, where they remained about twenty years; there he engaged in his former trade a portion of the time; the remainder was spent in various pursuits; after which a change or two was made, and about 1869 he located in Fletcher, Brown Township, where Elizabeth (his wife) died in 1875. They were the parents of eight children, of whom five are now living; Mr. Adlard married for his second wife Mrs. Eliza Looker, who was born in Backs Co., Penn., in 1830, and emigrated to Ohio in 1852, and in the same year married Gipson R. Looker; Mrs. Adlard is a daughter of John and Eliza (Harvey) Johnson, who were both natives of Pennsylvania.

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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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