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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 PEIRCE, farmer; P. O. Troy. John Peirce was born within sight of his present home Oct. 18, 1828; he is the son of Samuel and Milly (Iddings) Peirce, who were the parents of a large family of children. During his early life, he acquired a good education, and was for a number of years a teacher in the public schools in both Concord and Union Townships; he also contracted for and built the bridges on the Troy and Stillwater Pike. His marriage to Miss Mary Eleman was solemnized June 21, 1848. Their children were nine in number, the first one being born July 13, 1849; Margaret A., July 2, 1850, her demise occurred Aug. 3, 1851; Lillie was born Nov. 25, 1851; William E., Aug. 31, 1854; Mary E., April 16, 1857; Charles H., April 28, 1860; Amanda A., Nov. 8, 1864; Flora M., April 12, 1868, she died Aug. 16, 1876; Walter C. was born Oct. 26, 1872, and the mother, Mary Iddings, Oct. 12, 1830; three sons and three daughters are now living. Lillie is the wife of W. R. Kerr, and William E. is married to Miss Minnie Brown. Mr. Peirce has always been a prosperous man, and is one of the wealthy farmers of this township. He is well versed in his genealogy, tracing his ancestry to the time of William Penn. Mr. Peirce was for seven years connected with the School Board, and has held that position a number of times since. During three terms, he assessed this township, and gave general satisfaction. The home farm contains a quarter-section of splendid land, and an orchard of a select variety of fruit, which has taken many premiums at the different fairs at which they were shown. The comfortable house and necessary outbuildings make a very attractive appearance. Both John and his estimable wife are members of the Society of Friends, enjoying the respect of the community in which they reside, and their children, living near, present an almost unbroken family circle. He is one of the influential citizens, well worthy of the name he bears.

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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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