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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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ORA D. ORBISON, farmer; P. O. Troy; he was born in Staunton Township, Miami Co.; is the son of David W. and Hannah D. (Jones) Orbison; he was born in this county Jan. 21, 1819, and his wife in Berlin, Mass., Feb. 9, 1820; when in her infancy, her parents removed to Marlboro, N. H., where they lived and died; she received a good preparatory education, then attended the Female Seminary at Holyoke, Mass., where she graduated and received her diploma Aug, 1, 1844; for two succeeding years, she taught high schools for young ladies, in South Adams, Mass., and Winchester, N. H.; in 1846, she came to Troy, Ohio, and engaged as a teacher in the high school; on the 13th of July she was married to David W. Orbison, with whom she had a congenial Christian companionship for nearly nine years, when the merciless messenger, Death, came, and he passed from works to rewards; by this union she had five children, of whom three died in infancy; two are now living, viz., Ora D., born Nov. 25, 1849, and David W., Oct. 29, 1856. After Mr. Orbison’s death, his wife remained on the farm, which had been originally purchased of Gen. Harrison, who, in an early day, owned a large tract of land in this township; here she managed to support herself and two children, and met the back payments on the place as they became due, making such improvements upon the place as were necessary, for a period of nine years, at the expiration of which, Aug. 24, 1865, she was married to Moses G. Grosvenor, with whom she lived as a true helpmeet till Feb. 1, 1878, when she departed this life with every assurance of a blessed immortality beyond; she was an active member of the church for thirty-seven years, and was always noted for her zealous efforts in every good word and work. Since the death of their mother, the two sons, Ora D. and David W., have taken charge of the farm, where they have a very pleasant home.

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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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