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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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REV. RICHARD BRANDON, farmer and preacher; P. O. and residence, Covington. Although not an old resident of Covington, he has been identified with the growth of this vicinity, having been born near Versailles in 1820; his father died when he was a baby, and when 8 years of age, Richard was driven from home by a step-father, battling with the world from that time; when 19 years of age, he taught school. He was married, Jan. 2, 1841, to Hannah Bayman, also of Darke Co.; soon after his marriage, he was ordained a minister of the Christian denomination, and has continued an honored and useful minister of the Gospel ever since, his field of labor embracing churches in Darke, Montgomery and Miami Cos., but he has been preaching more or less in this county for the past forty years; he is the present Pastor of the Union Church, located about two miles south of Troy, and also of the Greenville Creek Church, located about four miles west of Covington; in 1863, he purchased a farm two miles west of Covington, which he still owns, and where he resided until 1876, when he removed to his residence in Covington, which is a neat, commodious brick structure, located at the junction of the Troy pike and High street Mr. and Mrs. Brandon, although quite advanced in years, are still active, reliable members of the church; they have four children living— Minerva (now Mrs. Jeremiah Thompson, of Darke Co.), Thomas A., Alexander B. and William H., all residents of this county, and all members of the Christian Church.

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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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