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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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RICHARD BENNET, proprietor of woolen factory, West Milton. The subject of this memoir was born in Bucks Co., Penn., Dec. 20, 1808, and is a son of Benjamin and Mary Bennet, natives of Pennsylvania, who emigrated to Huron Co., Ohio, in 1834, where they resided for twenty-five years, and then removed to Williams Co., where Mrs. Bennet died in 1873; her husband died in Huron Co. in 1871. They were the parents of six children, all sons, two of whom are dead. Our subject has had a wide experience in his business, having served in mills since he was 12 years old; he is thoroughly versed in his business, and is master of every department; he served an apprenticeship of several years, and since that time has run his own mill. He located here in April, 1862, and soon after purchased his present property, which is situated on the west bank of the Stillwater, half a mile south of West Milton. The mill has a working capacity of about twelve thousand pounds of wool per annum. The power is derived from a number of springs, the water from which is concentrated and brought to bear on a twenty-two-foot over-shot wheel. He manufactures a general assortment of goods, the quality of which is unsurpassed; owing to his supreme knowledge of manufacturing processes, and his fair way of doing business, he commands a large share of the public patronage. He was married to Diana Weaver April 12, 1832; four children have been given to them, of whom three are living, viz., Henry, Benjamin and James; Charles deceased.

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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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