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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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MADISON ROBINS, farmer; P. O. Troy; was born in Miami Co. Oct. 3, 1834, and is the son of Benjamin and Pamilla (Covalt) Robins; his ancestors were from New Jersey, and hers from Virginia; the grandfather, Richard, came to this county at a very early day, and entered the land upon which his grandson, Madison, now resides, making him one of the early pioneers of the county; the father, Benjamin, and wife, were the parents of eleven children, of whom six are now living, viz., Sarah, now Mrs. J. Martin, of Springfield, Ohio; Alvernas, Madison, Erastus, Benjamin M. and John; after his marriage, he located upon his father’s farm, where he resided for a few years, when he removed into Lost Creek Township, on to the Cromer farm, where he resided about three years, and his son, Madison, our subject, was born; then he moved back upon the old home farm, where he lived till his death, which occurred in February, 1854; Madison remained with his father until his death. Oct. 14, 855; he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Earnhart, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Robeson) Earnhart, who were natives of New Jersey, and came to Ohio at an early day; in 1823, located in Brown Township, where they opened right in the woods in pioneer style, by erecting a log cabin, in which they lived many years; here on the same farm which they cleared, and, by constant labor and industry, had brought to a high state of cultivation, having procured everything to make home comfortable and pleasant, they passed away from works to rewards. Madison and wife by their marriage have had two children, viz., Lucinda Jane and Sarah Frances; after their marriage, they located on a farm in Lost Creek Township, where they remained about three years, then to the old home farm for three years, returning to Lost Creek again for two years, finally going back to the old farm, where they remained till 1871; removed to Springfield, Ohio, and lived about two years, thence back to the old farm where they have since resided. Mr. Robins and wife are members of the Christian Church, his membership dating back for fifteen years and hers for twenty-five 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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