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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 B. RUSSELL, farmer; P. O. Troy; was born in Pennsylvania Feb. 3, 1809; and is the son of John and Hannah (Hough) Russell, who were born in Pennsylvania; the grandfather, Elijah, was also a native of Pennsylvania, his ancestors coming from Ireland; the mother’s ancestry were from Cheshire, Eng., and came over in the ships Endeavor and Friendship, in the year 1683; The father, John, came to Ohio in 1831, and located in Staunton Township, on the farm now owned by James Gardner, where he lived about twenty-five years, then moved to Elkhart, Ind., where he lived and died; they were parents of three children, viz., William B., John H., now deceased, and Newton, also deceased; Mr. Russell came with his father to Ohio, being then 22 years of age. He remained with his father till June 19, 1833, when he was united in marriage with Martha Hamlet, daughter of Benjamin and Chloe (Kimball) Hamlet; he being born in Kentucky and coming to this county about the same time with the Knoops, Gerards, etc., the earliest pioneers of the county; by this union they had four children—Hiram, dying in infancy; Mahala, now Mrs. James Post; Hannah and William Riley; he lost his wife by death in April, 1840. Aug. 19, 1843, was married to Amanda (Simms) Ralston, daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann Simms, who were natives of Virginia; by this union they have four children, viz., Melissa, now Mrs. James Love; Sarah, Laura Bell and John dying in infancy; Mr. Russell after his first marriage located upon the farm where he has ever since resided, making a continued residence of forty-seven years; when he came to the farm, there were about 25 acres partly cleared standing in a “deadening,” with a log house and barn on it; here he has labored and toiled, enduring the hardships and deprivations of early settlers, till now “he sits under his own vine and fig-tree,” having a fine farm of 149 acres, of which 110 are in good cultivation, and the balance all under fence, with comfortable brick house, good barn and other buildings; Mr. Russell is, politically, a stanch Republican.

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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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