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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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SAMUEL M. OAKS, farmer; P. O. Pleasant Hill; he was born in Union, Montgomery Co., Ohio, in 1833, and is a son of Samuel Oaks, born in Pennsylvania in 1806; Samuel was a smith by trade, and when about 6 years old, came to Dayton, Ohio, with his parents, the place then consisting of only a few houses. He married Isabella Hamel, of Pennsylvania, in 1828, by whom he had eight sons and four daughters; five still survive, as also do the parents at an advanced age. Our subject was inured to farm labor, and has made farming his occupation; in this he takes a great interest and exhibits great enterprise, the aggregate of his crops attesting his skill and success as a farmer; in 1858, he moved to this county and located in Concord Township, and, at the end of nine or ten years, he returned to his native county; some three or four years later, he located on his present place, where he has since resided, and made many improvements; he is a self-made man; in early life, thrown upon his own resources, he has, by industry and economy, risen to a position of affluence; socially, he is pleasant and affable, religiously, an earnest Christian, and, with his wife, a member of the Congregational Brethren Church of Pleasant Hill. He married Melinda J. Smith, nee Buley, in 1855; she was born in this county in 1837; of his five sons and one daughter, four sons have died, three upon the same day; Mr. Oaks takes a great interest in educating his children, giving them the best opportunities in this direction; his daughter, Ella S. Biteman, being a teacher by profession.

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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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