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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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WILLIAM A. ALDRICH, farmer; P. O. West Milton. The subject of this memoir was born in the State of Massachusetts in the year 1827. He is a son of Anson and Lydia Aldrich. His father was born in the same State in the year 1791, and was a son of Luke Aldrich, who was connected with the pilgrim fathers. He lived, died, and is buried in the place of his nativity. Anson was married to Lydia Aldrich, who was born in Rhode Island. He did not permanently settle here until 1843, having previously traveled over the West on foot, wandering as far as Illinois, where he resided four years, then returned to his native place, where he remained a number of years, then again came West, and chose Miami Co. as his home. He first settled on land in Sec. 18, now owned by Tilly Hale, on which he lived a year and a half; then purchased 100 acres in Sec. 27, on the west bank of the Stillwater, on which he moved his family, and made a permanent home. Soon after added 100 acres to the original purchase. His wife, Lydia, was born in the year 1799, and died in 1878, aged 79 years; he died in 1879, aged 88 years; they had three children, two of whom are living, viz., Mary, now Mrs. Huddle, and our subject; one died in infancy. Mrs. A. had been previously married to a Mr. Capron, by whom she had two children, viz., Carlysle and Sallie A. (deceased). William’s boyhood days were spent on the farm in Massachusetts. Upon their arrival here he assisted his father, and the farm was carried on in a mutual way, each receiving whatever was necessary for his especial welfare. In 1861, he married Miss Amanda Bauman, a daughter of Michael and Mary Bauman. Her father was born in Pennsylvania in 1794; her mother in the State of Maryland in 1803. They were married in Maryland, and in 1830, removed to Ohio, and settled near West Milton. Mr. B. died in 1846, aged 52 years; Mrs. B. is living, and resides in Dayton; they had seven children, four of whom are living, viz., Julia, Ellen, Amanda and Sarah; the deceased are Margaret, Rebecca and one in infancy. Our subject owns 139 acres of land, which is all in a good state of cultivation. He has filled the office of School Director and Supervisor, and was Second Lieutenant of Co. D, 147th O. V. I., one hundred day men. His term of service was employed in Ft. Ethan Allen, one of the defenses of Washington; he was discharged in September, 1864. Mrs. A. was born in this township in 1836; they have had eight children, all living, viz., Henry W., Celia, Sarah, Grace C., Nathan G., Lydia M., Carlysle C. and Crawford B.

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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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