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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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RALPH PETERSON, farmer; P. O. Piqua; was born in Hamilton Co., Ohio, Nov. 21, 1800; is a son of Harp and Charity (Senteny) Peterson; he was born on Long Island, and his wife in New Jersey, her ancestors being from England and his ancestors from Holland; he (the father) was one of the first emigrants into Ohio, locating in Kentucky, where he remained only one season; in the spring of 1794, came to Cincinnati and located, planting a field of corn on ground where the fountain now stands, on Fifth street; they were the parents of nine children, of whom five are now living, all located in the Miami Valley except one, who is living in Illinois, viz., Sarah, now living near Glendale, who is eighty-seven years of age; Elizabeth, four miles north of College Hill; Ralph, our subject; Jacob, at Springdale, Hamilton Co., and Elisha, living in Towanda, Ill. Mr. Ralph Peterson was united in marriage May 31, 1822, with Sarah Hardenbrook, daughter of James and Phoebe (Smith) Hardenbrook; by this union they have had eleven children, seven of whom are living, viz., Mrs. Emily Counts, Madison, John G., Jacob S., Martha Ann, now Mrs. Cushing; Adeline, now Mrs. Dr. Walton, of Piqua; and William W. In September, 1827, Mr. Peterson located in Miami Co., on the farm on which he now lives; he commenced right in the wilderness and struck the first blow to fell the timber and make a home; he built a log cabin, and from year to year cleared and improved, till now he has one of the best farms in the neighborhood, with fine buildings, a very large frame house and everything for comfort and convenience; this has all been accomplished by energy and industry, Mr. Peterson being one of those active men who never tire. During the rebellion, three of his sons went to the defense of their country; the first one, William, enlisted for three years or during the war, and was one of the first troops who crossed the Ohio River; he was a prisoner in Andersonville, and suffered untold hardships, almost starving to death; was among the last shipment of prisoners who left the terrible place; his sufferings were so great he was made a cripple probably for life; after he became so far recovered as to be able to do any business, he obtained a Government office as store-keeper three miles below Piqua, which position he still holds; the other, sons, John G. and Jacob S., were in the 100 day service, at expiration of which they returned home; Mr. Peterson has served as County Commissioner in the early days of the county, and had the superintendency of the building of the first three permanent bridges ever built in the county; Mr. Peterson, politically is a stanch Republican.

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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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