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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 H. RAMSEY, farmer and Justice of the Peace; P. O. Alcony; is a son of Samuel and Ellen (Fletcher) Ramsey; he was born in Pennsylvania, she in England, emigrating to America when 12 years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey became residents of Lycoming Co., and while there our subject was born, Feb. 11, 1810. Of nine children born to the parents, six now survive—John H., Jane, Thomas, Mary Ann, Margaret and Harriet. They removed from Pennsylvania to Ohio, locating at Dayton, in 1811; thence went to Elizabeth Township, Miami Co., in 1817, where he resided till his death. In the war of 1812, he was a soldier in Hull’s army. He was a man of great energy and industrious habits, and, by the help of his sons, cleared over 100 acres of land, and brought it into good cultivation. Our subject lived with his father till 23 years of age. On March 14, 1833, he was married to Miss Dorothy, daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Neff; he was born in Virginia, and she in Pennsylvania; they were the parents of nine children, three now living—Mary, Dorothy and Elizabeth. As the issue of this union, Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey have two children—William and Sarah. Mr. Ramsey, after his marriage, located upon his father’s place, and resided on his several farms for fourteen years; thence went to the Booker farm for four years; and finally to the farm where he now resides; became owner of 425 acres of land, and sold 210 acres to his son-in-law, still owning 215 acres. The crowning traits of Mr. Ramsey’s life have been energy, industry, economy and honor. Having the entire confidence of the people, they have extended to him many offices of trust; he has served as Justice of the Peace twenty-four consecutive years; and, in testimony of his honor as it has been manifested in his official career, we have the evidence of the many compromised cases which were brought before him, threatening extensive lawsuits; through Mr. Ramsey’s pacific efforts between the contending parties, the differences were amicably settled without appealing to law. William, son of our subject, residing at home with his father, was married, March 20, 1868, to Miss Abby, daughter of David and Martha Neff; they have seven children, six now living—George, John, Mary, Charlie, Samuel and Walter.

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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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