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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. W. V. BUCHANAN, Magistrate, Piqua. Mr. Buchanan is one of the present old residents of Miami Co.; he was born in Montgomery Co., Sept. 15, 1826, and in the following year his parents removed to a farm in Newberry Township, this county, where the son grew to manhood; he received the benefit of the district schools in his earlier boyhood, and, later, attended the Lebanon Normal, and taught seven years; he came to Piqua in 1849; was a teacher in the Piqua schools until 1872; then engaged in the insurance business. In 1875 he was elected Mayor, which office he filled one term, at the same time being Magistrate of Washington Township, which latter office he is still filling. He was married, in 1849, to Miss Phoebe, daughter of Andrew Dye; they have five children living of whom A. C. is the eldest; he was born Oct. 9, 1850, and grew up here in Piqua; is a graduate of the high school, and also of the Lebanon Normal; was a teacher for three years in the grammar school at Troy; he also studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1877, and is now an honored member of his profession in this city. In his school days, Mr. Buchanan studied engineering, with a view of surveying, and has practiced the latter more or less since. He married, in 1874, Miss Anna Belle, daughter of David Shoemaker, deceased; she is also a graduate of the high school; Mr. Buchanan comes of pioneer stock, who were animated with enthusiastic patriotism, as will be seen by the different sketches of his family connections, which appear in this work. W. W. V. is a member and Secretary of the Upper Miami Valley Pioneer Association, a plain, pleasant, sensible man and respected citizen.

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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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