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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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S. O. BINKLEY, fire insurance agent, Troy; was born in Maryland Feb. 3, 1800; is a son of Jacob and Maria C. Binkley; the former was born in Pennsylvania; both are deceased, and were parents of three sons, of whom only our subject remains. He was reared in Maryland, where he received his education in the common schools, which was afterward more fully developed in seminary training; has been in active business life since he attained his maturity; in early life was engaged in chair-making and ornamental painting, from which he entered fully upon the agency business in which he is now engaged, representing the well-known and reliable Cooper Company of Dayton; came to Troy in 1843, and has ever since resided there. In 1822, he married Julia A. Ream, who bore him six children, three of whom are now living, two dying in infancy. Himself and wife are members of the Methodist Church, with which they have been connected for more than half a century.

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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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