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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. L. PEARSON, dealer in groceries, Troy. He was born in Troy Sept. 10, 1836, and was the son of Joseph Pearson, who was born in Cumberland Co., Penn., Jan. 23, 1809, and with his parents came to Ohio, settling in Staunton Township; his father learned the saddler’s trade with a brother-in-law, Mr. Skinner, which he followed some years; he also attained considerable prominence in official life, discharging the duties of Sheriff two terms, was Probate Judge a similar length of time, was Justice of the Peace many years, and Postmaster during two Presidential administrations; he was an eminent lawyer, and a man of large mental caliber. Politically, he was Democratic, and a leader of that party, whose worth was recognized by all political factions; Mr. Pearson was a self-made man, in the fullest sense which the term implies. The early life of our subject was spent in Troy, where he received the rudiments of an education, which has been developed by his large experience in business life; in 1856, in this place, he embarked in the grocery business, which he operated in some years; in partnership with his brother J. E. Pearson, he engaged in the dry-goods business, in which they continued eight years, until J. E. Pearson’s death, when the stock in trade was disposed of; for a time, Mr. Pearson rested from the turmoil of an active business life to recruit his failing health, after which he engaged in his present business, carrying one of the finest stocks in Troy; his long acquaintance with the people, in conjunction with his popular business habits, commands for him a large and increasing trade. June 9, 1864, he was married to Lorena A. Conrey, who bore him one child, Lorena M., deceased; Mrs. P., is a daughter of Peter Conrey, one of the pioneers of Butler Co., who died in Centerville, Ind., and was connected with the prominent Methodist divines of his name; her mother is living and resides with our subject; he and his amiable wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and are exemplary Christian people. Maria Ludlow, mother of W. L., was born Sept. 19, 1816. She was married to Joseph Pearson Nov. 8, 1835, who died May 31, 1871.

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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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