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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 G. PETERSON, farmer; P. O. Troy; was born in this county in May, 1832, and is a son of Ralph and Sarah Peterson. Mr. Peterson lived with his father till about 16 years of age, when he went to learn the stone-cutter’s trade in Piqua, which business he followed about thirteen years. He was married, in December, 1856, to Catharine P. Brooks, daughter of Clarkson F. and Sarah Brooks, who were born in New Jersey, but moved into New York State; thence to Ohio; then to Illinois, where they lived about sixteen years, and removed to Ohio, where they lived till they died. By this union they have had four children, viz., Ada L., Willis M., Frederick W. and Sallie E.; the eldest, Ada L., is now Mrs. Shearer. Mr. Peterson left his trade and went to farming on his father’s farm in 1861, where he remained till the spring of 1866, when he bought the farm upon which he now resides, and located thereon. He owns 85 acres of good second bottomland. Mr. Peterson was one who, during the rebellion, enlisted in the 100-day service, in 147th O. V. I., in which he served for four months, when they were mustered out, and returned home. He and his family are members of the Christian Church.

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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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