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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 REIBER, farmer; P. O. Pleasant Hill; born in Newton Township in 1845; is the son of Henry Reiber, who was born in Perry Co., Penn., in 1816; he is of German extraction, and is the son of Jacob and Catherine Reiber, of York Co., Penn.; he was raised a farmer, and obtained his education under the difficulties and disadvantages of those early days; his father being in poor circumstances financially, he was obliged early to go from home and labor for a livelihood; in 1835, he emigrated to Ohio and this township; he commenced at once to work, and, in a few years, by industry and economy, had saved enough money to purchase 80 acres of land; since he has added other acres and many improvements to this. He was married, in 1840, to Delia Hartzell, of Preble Co.; eleven children have been the issue of this union, four of whom have deceased; Philip, Jacob and Benjamin gave their lives in defense of their country in the late rebellion; Philip and Benjamin were members of the 110th O. V. I.; Benjamin died with the measles, and Philip fell a victim to the Andersonville Prison-pen, Jacob went out with the 147th O. N. G., and died at Washington City, of diphtheria; thus three noble and brave sons and brothers sacrificed their lives on the altar of their country; may the grass ever grow green over their graves, and future generations keep inviolate that for which they gave their lives. The subject of this sketch is an agriculturist by vocation; his education was limited to the common school; his early farm training has served him well through life, and secured him success in his chosen vocation; he cultivates the homestead, consisting of 160 acres. He finds expression for his political sentiments in the Republican party. He was married, in 1871, to Elizabeth Matthews, of this county; they had three daughters and one son; two daughters are dead.

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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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