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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 P. AXTELL, minister, West Milton; born near Franklin, Mercer Co., Penn., July 14, 1846; is the son of Daniel and Mary Ann (Grace) Axtell. Samuel P. joined the Methodist Episcopal Church Jan. 1, 1872, at Lincoln, Neb.; he received a local preacher’s license from Southeastern Indiana Conference in 1874, and is now a local minister of the Cincinnati Conference; he was educated at the Northwestern University of Evanston, Ill., and at Asbury University, Greencastle, Ind., being a student for two years at Evanston, and studying one year at Asbury University. He settled in this county January, 1877, on Sec. 16, in Union Township. Was married Aug. 10, 1875, to Miss Frances M. Kessler, at West Milton. They have had two children, viz., Leo Ray, born Dec. 29, 1877, and Thomas Maurice, March 10, 1879, and died April 29, 1880.

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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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