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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 BUCKLES, farmer; P. O. Conover; born in Miami Co. May 8, 1833; is a son of James and Margaret (Northcut) Buckles, he coming from Ohio, and Mrs. Buckles from Kentucky. The grandfather on the father’s side was a native of Virginia, and the grandmother of New Jersey; the ancestry originally from England; on the mother’s side, the grandfather was from South Carolina; grandfather Buckles entered the northeast quarter of Sec. 10, upon which William now lives, during Monroe’s administration, it being then all in the woods; here they commenced their pioneer life, living in a log cabin. James, then being a stout young man, and the grandfather in feeble health, took upon himself the bulk of the work. From year to year he labored on, enduring the hardships and deprivations of such rough life, till eventually, he had the pleasure of seeing the forests disappear, and beautiful fields of waving grain take their place; better and more comfortable houses replace the rude log cabins, and plenty and comfort prevail. James and Margaret were the parents of nine children, of whom six are now living, viz., Robert M., living in Nebraska, Eleanor, George, Cynthia Ann, now Mrs. J. W. Loy; William and Mary. William, our subject, was united in marriage Dec. 24, 1854, with Olivia Kirby, daughter of Joel and Hannah Kirby, of Champaign Co., Ohio, who were born in New Jersey, and were the parents of seven children, of whom two are now living, viz., Elizabeth, now Mrs. John Snodgrass, living in Nebraska, and Olivia. By this union, William and wife have become parents of four children, of whom three are living, viz., Horace Ward, Charles E. and James S. After marriage of Mr. Buckles, he located on his father’s farm, where he has since resided. Politically, he stands with the Republican party, and has been Justice of the Peace for six years, and Township Trustee one term. He belongs to the Baptist Church, having been a member for twenty-eight years.

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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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