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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 ROSZELL, minister and farmer; P. O. Troy; born in New Jersey in 1822; is the son of Joseph and Hannah Roszell, natives, also, of New Jersey; they emigrated to Ohio in 1832, and located near Centerville, in Montgomery Co.; Mr. R., Sr., was a farmer by occupation; in the spring of 1842, he moved to Bethel Township, this county, where he passed the remnant of his days, his death occur ring April 29, 1851; his devoted wife survived him till Dec. 28, 1869. His early educational opportunities were necessarily limited, but were well improved; he is the youngest son of a family of eight children, five sons and three daughters; he remained at home, discharging his filial duties, until the death of his father. The 22d of June, 1851, he celebrated his marriage with Miss Rachel A. Crow, a native of Virginia; she emigrated to Ohio with her parents in 1835, and settled in the extreme southeast part of Bethel Township, in this county. Mr. and Mrs. Crow both died in 1879, he at the ripe age of 87, and she aged 75 years; they were faithful members of the M. E. Church, and in their death the church lost useful members. Soon after the marriage of Mr. R., he removed to a place near Tippecanoe and engaged in farming; he remained here for a period of twenty-six or twenty-seven years, and, one year ago, moved to the farm on which he now resides. Mr. and Mrs. R. are the parents of eight children, four sons and four daughters; four years ago a son was instantly killed, a horse throwing and falling on him. Mr. R. united with the M. B. Church in January, 1851, and in 1853 was licensed as an exhorter, and in 1861 was ordained a local minister in the same church; the duties of this official relation he discharged faithfully and with commendable zeal; his wife and four children are members of the church.

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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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