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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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W. H. ALEXANDER farmer; P. O. Troy. W. H. Alexander is a direct descendant of one of our early settlers, and was born in Troy Aug. 6, 1843; he was the second son of his father’s second wife, Margaret Stonaker; his early life was spent upon the farm, near Troy, and he acquired a taste for agricultural pursuits. He obtained a good education during his younger days, of which he may well be proud. At the first call for troops, on the breaking-out of the rebellion, he was one of the first to respond, and enlisted as a private in Co. H, 11th O. V. I., Capt. Drury commanding; three years and three months were spent in the service, during which time he participated in the battles of Cotton Mountain, Big Sewell, Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain, Snake Gap, Rocky Face and Resaca. He was wounded only once during these engagements, which was at the battle of Chickamauga. Mr. Alexander was an excellent soldier, served his country well in her hour of need, and was honorably discharged at Camp Dennison June 20, 1864. An attachment had previously existed between himself and Miss Eliza Boone, and, during a visit home on furlough, he was married March 16, 1862; seven children were born to them, six daughters and one son; the two first, Allie and Lillie May, were twins, born May 6, 1865; Isaac G., born Dec. 16, 1868; Carrie, born Sept. 4, 1869; Mary, March 4, 1872; Luella, born Aug. 4, 1874; and Eva Irene, born Dec. 8, 1876; all are living. Mr. A. resides upon the “John Peck” farm, the property of his father-in-law, Mr. Boone; he has always been a successful farmer, has prospered greatly, and will surely become one of our wealthy farmers. His wife died May 5, 1879; this was a sad blow to Mr. A., but, as death comes to all, we should be ever ready. He is a generous provider, and is surrounded by all the comforts of life.

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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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