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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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ROSANNA PEARSON; P. O. Tippecanoe City. Everyone in this vicinity is well acquainted with the lady named, and will read this brief sketch with interest; aside from the fact of her being the eldest pioneer now living in the township, she is mentally well gifted, and can tell of incidents that happened long ago; Rosanna Pearson has furnished considerable material for the Monroe Township history; she is the oldest lady now living in the township, and has a remarkable memory; she was born in South Carolina in 1797, and is now 82 years of age; she has a sister, Mrs. Margaret Ingle, who lives in Indiana, and is 93 years of age. Her father, Robert McClure, was a Captain in the Revolutionary war; his wife’s maiden name was Mary Buffington; they emigrated to Ohio in 1806. Rosanna was married to Enoch Pearson in 1815; they have six children living— Samuel, Enoch (the youngest child), Mahala Gates, Ruth Reisensaign, Tirzah Pemberton and Mrs. Margery Jenkins, who has given a great deal of information for this work; Rosanna’s husband died in 1860. When Robert McClure first settled in Shelby Co., there were no neighbors but Indians, and during the war of 1812, they moved to Fort Piqua; Rosanna gave the Indians who murdered Gerard, Dilbone and his wife, their dinner, the next day after the murder was committed; they had scarcely finished their meal when their pursuers arrived, hunting them; during one winter, Rosanna killed twenty-two coon, six wolves, two deer and one panther, with her rifle; she was a woman of much energy, and deserves to live long in the minds of the settlers of Miami Co.; Miss Alice Brown is her housekeeper, and makes her home with the old lady, whom we leave in excellent health.

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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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