My Genealogy Hound

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.

* * * *

JOHN O’FARRELL, M. D., Piqua. Among the leading men of Piqua, Dr. O’Farrell is prominent; he is the son and successor of Dr. John O’Farrell, Sr., one of the first physicians of Piqua, having located here in 1819; the subject of our sketch was born in 1824, graduated from the Louisville Medical College in 1843, and began practice in Piqua the same year; in 1848, he went to California, whence he was summoned to return by the decease of his father, which occurred in 1850; from 1851 to 1862, he was engaged regularly in practice here; then entered the army, in which he served about two years, being Major of the 11th O. V. C., since which time he has been engaged in practice most of the time; his attention being diverted by the building of the woolen-mill in 1869, and of the Lock Flouring Mill in 1872, in each of which enterprises the Doctor was a leading partner; also rebuilt the Car and Agricultural Works in the fall of 1872, the former buildings having been burned that summer. Dr. O’Farrell has been identified with and a prime mover in securing several important industries in Piqua, and has been not only a leading physician, but also intimately identified with the manufacturing interest and measures of public benefit. He was married in 1843, to Miss Sarah, daughter of John McCorckle; her decease occurred in 1846; they had one child, who died in his youth; in 1853, he was united in marriage with Miss Jane Kirk; her death occurred in 1869; they had four children, two of whom survive— Dr. Robert O’Farrell, of Denver, Colo., and John, now 12 years of age; His marriage with Mrs. Addie L. Thompson was celebrated in 1874; she is a daughter of James Edwards; she had one child by her former marriage— Nelly M. Thompson; from this latter union have been born two children— Kate and Mary. His residence and professional office is located at the corner of Main and North streets, and is an elegant property and pleasant home.

* * * *

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

View additional Miami County, Ohio family biographies here: Miami County, Ohio Biographies

Use the links at the top right of this page to search or browse thousands of other family biographies.