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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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LEWIS F. NILES, dealer in clocks, watches and jewelry, West Milton; was born in this county June 12, 1837; his father, Ephraim Niles, was born in Massachusetts about the year 1791; his mother, Fanny (Collan) Niles, was born in the same State in the year 1800; their marriage was celebrated in Massachusetts in 1824; they emigrated to Miami Co. in 1830, and located in West Milton, where he kept hotel for a while, and then removed to the farm where he resided until his death, which occurred in August, 1839; his mother departed this life Sept. 6, 1863; they were the parents of five children, four sons and one daughter, all of whom are living. Our subject was reared on his father’s farm, where he assisted in doing the work, and attended the usual terms of school until his 16th year, when he began to learn the carpenter trade, which he followed, at irregular intervals, for several years; in 1859, he established himself where he is now located and engaged in his present business. Jan. 7, 1869, he married Frances L., youngest daughter of Rowland R Chase; two children are the fruits of this union, viz., Nina A., born Oct. 7, 1869, and Daniel R., born Jan. 17, 1876.

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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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