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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 J. ROSS, farmer; P. O. Troy. John J. Ross is, perhaps, as well posted in the business affairs of the county as any man in the community in which he lives. Had we space, it would afford us much pleasure in interviewing him at length, but we will condense the most important facts, knowing that each “man’s mickle makes the muckle.” He was born Dec. 2, 1825, in Franklin Co., Penn, and was a son of James and Elizabeth Ross. Mrs. Ross died in July, 1872, her husband, James, still survives, and is still able to be about; he is one of our patriarchs, being now 88 years of age. John Ross, the subject of our sketch, received his education in Fairfield, Greene Co., and was, during his younger days, engaged in teaching. His marriage to Miss Sarah Hurley was consummated June 16, 1853, the Rev. William Eaton officiating. The next day the young couple commenced housekeeping; John had a light heart and a still lighter pocket, as it contained only 15 cents in currency, but what did he care for money; the young folks valiantly bared their arms and commenced the battle of life; they have surely come off victorious, judging from the appearance of their nice farm, that at the time of their marriage was all woods, excepting 10 acres that were deadened. They have been the parents of ten children, of whom six girls and one son are now living—Elizabeth A. was born Jan. 27, 1856; Martha B., Oct. 11, 1857; John J., Jr., April 27, 1861; Margaret E., Nov. 6, 1862; Harriet, Oct. 18, 1864; Mary F., Oct. 18, 1866, and Sarah E., Oct. 19, 1868. The children have all received a good education, and to date are living with their parents. We are glad to chronicle Mr. Ross among our list of Jacksonian Democrats, and hope he may ever prove true to his trust. The family are all great readers, and their library is supplied with works of our leading authors. The children are also vocalists of no mean pretensions.

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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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