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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 DUNCAN, retired farmer; P. O. Tippecanoe City. John Duncan is a son of Amos Duncan, who came to this township in 1807; he was a native of North Carolina, and, on his way to the West, stopped in Greene Co., and there married Miss Elizabeth Beal, probably in 1806; they had three children—Isaac, Elizabeth and Amos; his wife died a few years after coming to this county, and he married his second wife, Miss Rachel Coate, in 1812 or 1813; they are the parents of five children—John, Samuel, Nelson, Moses and Sarah —all living, except the two last named; Mrs. Duncan died in 1855, and her husband in 1873. John Duncan, the subject of this sketch, married Miss Nancy A. Jones Dec. 6, 1835; eleven children was the result of this marriage, of whom Jonathan, Estley, Aaron, Lucinda A., Nathan and Catharine are living; all are married; Mr. Duncan lives at his ease, and a tenant looks after his farm. Both himself and wife are members of the Christian Church, and Mr. Duncan is also a member of Tippecanoe Lodge, No. 174, A., F. & A. M. His farm contains 117 acres, well improved, which was in his boyhood covered with a dense forest. For fifteen years he has been a Director in the public schools, and is a man of influence in his neighborhood.

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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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