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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 REISH, retired farmer; P. O. Covington; a native of Pennsylvania was born in Berks Co. in 1785; married Rachel Coppas and came to this county from Union Co., Penn., in 1834; he purchased the southeast quarter of Sec. 33, which was then a wild, heavily timbered tract; after building a cabin, he removed his family into it, and has resided on this place ever since; having witnessed the work of dealing and improving, in which he took an active part, he is one of the few early settlers left living to tell the history of their toils, privations and difficulties; he has raised a family of seven sons and two daughters, all of whom are married; for the past twenty years or more, he has not attempted to farm himself, but has remained on the place, and although now past four score (85), is still in possession of all his faculties.

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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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