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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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ROBERT G. DINSMORE, farmer; P. O. Tadmor, Montgomery Co., Ohio; born in Bethel Township Dec. 20, 1837; is a son of J. J. and Maria (McConnaughy) Dinsmore; he was born in Fleming Co., Ky., Dec. 1, 1805; at a very early day he was brought to the territory now comprising Greene Co., not more than ten miles from his present residence; in 1817, he removed to Montgomery Co., and, in 1819, to Brown Township, Miami Co.; his home has been in the county ever since that time, at present residing in Bethel Township; his father was the first Justice of the Peace and one of the first Trustees of Brown Township after its organization. Our subject was bred a farmer, and has followed that business all his life, except four years which were spent in the service of his country in the war of secession. He entered as a private Oct. 29, 1861; his first appointment was for Fourth Sergeant, afterward Second and then First Sergeant; he served about one year as First Lieutenant; after being mustered out, he received a complimentary commission as Captain; he was taken prisoner at Clarksville, Tenn., but was paroled immediately and sent home, where he remained a short time; besides his honorable discharge, he bears the scar of a wound in the arm, that testifies to his participation in the service. In 1870, he bought 80 acres of land in Sec. 19, where he now resides. Oct. 31, 1877, he married Belle E. Murray, born March 1, 1848, who is a daughter of George A. Murray, of Shelby Co., at present, but formerly one of the prominent men of this county, having served as County Treasurer two terms; he was an Anti-slavery man, as well as his father before him, and, in fact, the same spirit is handed down to his daughter; the fruits of this union are two children- George Murray, born Sept 20, 1878 (deceased), and Lida Faith, born Dec. 20, 1879.

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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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