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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 S. REEDER, deceased, was born in Bucks Co., Penn., in 1819, where he grew to manhood on the farm, and obtained a common-school education. In 1842, he married Letitia P. Pownall, also a native of Bucks Co., born in 1821; after their marriage, John was variously engaged until 1851, when they emigrated West, locating in Fletcher, Miami Co.; remaining there but two years, they removed to Sec. 21, Brown Township, where they afterward purchased 80 acres; this John cultivated till his death, which occurred Feb. 19, 1875; he was the father of ten children—Margery A., Esther P., Martha R., Ellen K. (deceased), Miles P., Eliza J., William H., Mary E., John E. (deceased) and George W. Letitia is a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Anderson) Pownall, both natives of Pennsylvania, where John died; Elizabeth afterward came West, and died in Miami Co. Miles P., whose name is above given, was born in the same county and State as his father, in 1851; was raised on the farm where he now resides, and manifests an enterprising interest in its cultivation. His marriage with Rhoda A. Covault was celebrated in 1871; two years later she departed this life, Feb. 28, 1873; Sept. 16, 1875, he married Sarah J. Frazier, a native of Shelby Co., born Aug. 16, 1853; one child, Lou E., has been given to them.

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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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