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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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JOSHUA ROUTZAHN, farmer; P. O. Casstown; born in Maryland Oct. 31, 1832; is a son of Adam and Mary (Poffenberger) Routzahn, who were also born in Maryland and still reside there. They are the parents of seven children, viz., Isaiah, Joshua, Elizabeth M., Catharine R., Carlton C., David B. and Manzella S. The grandparents came from Germany. Our subject lived with his father till his majority, then came West to Ohio, and located in this county and township; he worked a few months for Henry Yates, then went to John Odaffer’s, where he remained about fifteen years, working the farm on shares, at the expiration of which time he bought the farm where he now resides. On Sept. 16, 1857, he was married to Harriet Odaffer, daughter of John and Mary (Swords) Odaffer, both born in Pennsylvania. They were parents of eight children, viz., David (deceased), Elizabeth, Catharine, Harriet, Mary (married to D. Whitmore, but now deceased), Sarah, Emiline and Almeda. The family of Odaffers were early pioneers in this county, coming here in about 1826. Mr. Routzahn and wife are parents of one child, viz., Minnie K. He has a farm consisting of 80 acres, good buildings and everything needed to make a pleasant home. He is one who has the confidence of the community in which he lives; has been Township Trustee three years, and Assessor three years. Mr. Routzahn has been a member of the Lutheran Church for thirty years; his wife has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for nearly twenty years.

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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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