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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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LEVI AMMON, merchant, Potsdam; born in Bucks Co., Penn., in the year 1813. Is the son of George and Mary A. Ammon, natives of Pennsylvania. They had two children—John (deceased) and our subject. He was partly reared on the farm, and at the age of 16 years, began learning the shoemaker’s trade, and, young as he was, has taken care of himself since; he followed his trade about twenty-two years, part of the time in Montgomery Co., Ohio. In 1839, he married Margaret Byerly, by whom he has had fourteen children, seven of whom are living, viz., George, Edward, William, Charley, Mary A., Jane and Belle. In 1860, he removed to this county, in which he purchased 80 acres of land, whereon he resided five years, and then came to Georgetown; he owns in the aggregate 447 acres of land, which places him among the large landholders in the township; in 1865, he opened a store of general merchandise, and has since supplied the wants of the public from a large and well-selected stock. The fair dealing and popular business habits of the house of Ammon & Sons command for them a full share of the public patronage; their stock consists of clothing, dry goods, hats, caps, boots, shoes, groceries, and in fact everything usually found in a first-class retail house. Mr. Ammon is one of our self-made men in every sense which the term implies; he began life without a dollar, but by close application to business, has built up a fortune, a fitting example for others to pattern from. His son William has charge of the post office. Mr. Ammon also carries on merchandising in Gordon, Darke Co., the business being under the control of his sons Edward and Charley, who are competent and energetic business men. Mr. Ammon owns city property in Bradford, Harrisburg, Castine and Gordon. He is a member of the United Brethren Church, and an exemplary Christian gentleman.

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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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