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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 PATTERSON, farmer; P. O. Piqua; born in Shelby Co., Ohio, in 1819; is the son of John and Elizabeth (Anderson) Patterson, who were both born in Ireland; he came to this country in 1810, and she in 1815; they were parents of eight children, viz., John, William, Martha, now deceased; Jane, also deceased; Robert, living in California; Alexander, living in Shelby Co.; James, also living in Shelby Co., on the old farm, and Elizabeth, who is now dead; John, the father, died in 1849; and Elizabeth, the mother, died in 1874. Mr. Patterson lived with his parents till his marriage, which occurred in 1846, when he was united to Mary Ann Hunter, daughter of Joseph and Jane Hunter; by this union they had two children William A. and Mary E., both living at home. After Mr. Patterson’s marriage, he lived on a rented farm for three years, when he bought the farm where he now resides, having lived on it thirty-one years, during which time he has cleared up a great part of his farm and built all the buildings on the place, having a good brick house, fine barn, and other comfortable and convenient structures; he has been, like most of his countrymen, a great worker, and his industry and economy have wrought out for him a good home and a sufficient competency. Since his first purchase of land, he has added more to his-possessions, till now he owns a fine body of land comprising 247 acres.

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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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