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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 PEMBERTON, farmer and minister; P. O. West Milton; born in this township in 1836; is a son of Isaiah and Elizabeth Pemberton, who were born in North Carolina, emigrated to this county in a very early day and settled on Sec. 7 in this township, their home being in the heart of a wilderness, which was cleared up and improved, and on which he lived all his life with the exception of a year he spent in Indiana on the Wabash; he departed this life when 67 years of age; his wife died on the old home farm, at about the age of 66 years; they were the parents of fifteen children, of whom only five are left, viz., John E., Isaac, Joseph, Rhoda and Elizabeth; the deceased are Esther, Thomas, Susanna, Isaiah, David, Enos, Margaret, Hannah, Lurania and Temperance. Our subject was reared on the farm and assisted his father in agricultural pursuits till his 25th year, when he began life for himself. His marriage with Snydine Pearson was celebrated in 1862; she is a daughter of Benjamin and Dorcas Pearson, who were among the early settlers in this county; their sketch appears in connection with that of Dr. Pearson, in this work; they were the parents of nine children, of whom six are living, viz., Rachel, Margaret, Snydine, Henry, Elihu and Anna; the deceased are John, William and Mary. Mr. and Mrs. Pemberton are the parents of five children, viz., Amy E., Benjamin A., Anna M., Elmy I. and William H. After his marriage, our subject settled on land in Sec. 8, where he lived seven years, then removed to Sec. 7, and to the place on which he now lives, in the fall of 1879; he owns 118 acres of fine land, all in cultivation and well improved. He was reared in the Friends’ Church, and for nine years has labored faithfully in the ministry, discharging the many responsible duties of the calling with credit to himself and satisfaction to the church; his wife was also reared in the same church, and is a co-worker with her husband, a consistent, exemplary Christian woman.

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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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