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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 REED, farmer; P. O. Pleasant Hill; was born May 12, 1818, near Pleasant Hill, and is the son of John Reed, of Botetourt Co., Va.; John, Sr., married Elizabeth Miller, of Virginia, and immigrated to Ohio in 1815, locating on Sec. 17; soon after coming here, he was killed by a falling limb. Of the family of seven children, our subject is next to the sixth; his early life was passed in the pioneer times of this township, with the usual experiences of such a life; he left the parental roof when only 8 years old, and went to live with his sister, Mrs. Jacob Deeter; here he remained until he was 14 years old, when he was thrown upon his own resources. He was married in 1836 to Catherine, daughter of David Deeter; she was born in this township May 15, 1818. Mr. R. began life, after his marriage, on the old homestead, and in 1839 purchased his present place, where he has since lived; he has made farming his chief occupation. Of his family of thirteen children, six are deceased; three sons, Wm. H., David and Frederick, and four daughters, Elizabeth, Melinda, Christina and Lucinda, still survive. William and David were soldiers in the late civil war; William enlisted in 1861 in the 1st O. V. C., and served three years; he was engaged in all the battles of the regiment up to the time of his discharge. David was in the 71st O. V. I., and enlisted in 1861, serving four years; he participated in the battles of Pittsburg Landing, Donelson, Nashville, Franklin, etc., and was sent into Texas at the close of the war. Mr. and Mrs. R. are members of the German Baptist Church; they are the grandparents of twenty-four children, and great-grandparents of two.

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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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