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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 ROLLINS, proprietor of livery, Troy; was born in Staunton Town ship, March 1, 1812; his father, Jonathan Rollins, was born in Virginia, his mother, Amy, in New Jersey; they were probably married in this county, and the farm they called home in 1803, was their dwelling-place till death; he died in 1854, she in 1835; they were parents of seventeen children, four living— Mehitable, Anna, Jane and Joseph. Until he was 16 years old, our subject remained with his parents on the farm, after which his lot was cast among strangers, and he must needs buffet the storms which beat with such fury upon the lives of some; his experience has been varied, and, to use his own words, “I have never been an occupant in any house but what I could return to and be welcome.” Sept. 12, 1841, he married Sarah A. Yount, by whom he had one child— Cynthia J. Mrs. R. died Jan. 31, 1844. He was again married to Mary J. Orr, Feb. 26, 1854, whose father, James Orr, was born Sept. 18, 1774, and married Elizabeth Kyle, who was born Jan. 1, 1776, and died Aug. 31, 1818; Ann Cassaday, his second wife, was born Sept 2, 1797, and married to Mr. Orr Dec. 2, 1819; James Orr died Nov. 21, 1859. Mary J., wife of our subject, was born Feb. 6, 1826. Until 1867, Joseph resided on the farm, at which time he came to Troy, and engaged in the livery business, in which he is now engaged. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church, of many years’ standing; he is, and always has been, an advocate of the temperance cause, and for twenty-seven years not a drop of the poison has passed his lips—and further, no man, woman, or child in Troy ever saw him partake of liquor.

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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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