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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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JOSEPH ARNOLD, farmer and minister; P. O. Dayton; born in Virginia Oct. 27, 1818; is a son of Daniel and Catharine Arnold, who came to Ohio in 1830, and settled in Montgomery Co., purchasing 160 acres of land, on which they completed the improvements and spent the remainder of their days. She died in 1852, in the 59th year of her age, and he in 1864, at the age of 73. The subject of this sketch has always been engaged in agricultural pursuits, and in 1840 located in Sec. 18, of Wayne Township, Montgomery Co., where he now resides; in 1842, he bought the farm and improved it. He has a very desirable farm, under good cultivation, and one of the best houses in the township. In 1840, May 19, he married Elizabeth Frantz, of Clark Co., born Jan. 30, 1821; they have never been blessed with children of their own, but have cared for three orphans, two of whom are still with them. Since 1856, Mr. Arnold has been a minister in the German Baptist Church, officiating in Montgomery and Miami Cos. He has recently been ordained Elder, and has charge of the Grove District in Miami Co. He is an earnest worker in the cause of religion and is universally respected.

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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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