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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 F. RUSK, farmer; P. O. Troy; was born in Warren Co., Ohio, July, 1820, and is a son of James and Sarah (French) Rusk; he was born in Ireland, coming to this country when about 17 years of age; she was born in Pennsylvania, emigrating to Ohio with her parents when a child. They were the parents of ten children, of whom six are now living, viz., Mary, Eleanor, William F., David, Sarah and Daniel. Mr. Rusk lived with his father till twenty-four years of age. Sept. 16, 1843, he was united in marriage with Mary J. Anderson, daughter of James L. and Elizabeth Anderson, who were born in New Jersey, and came to Ohio at quite an early day, about 1815; by this union they have had nine children, of whom five, are now living, viz., William Franklin, Lettie, Walter Scott, Edwin N. and Luella L. Mr. Rusk came to Miami Co. about thirty years ago and located near West Charleston, where they remained about five years; thence to Shelby Co., and lived about six years; removing to Miami Co., in Spring Creek Township, they resided there for five years, finally going to Staunton Township, upon the farm on which he now resides, having now been here about sixteen years. He has a good farm of 87 acres, with fine buildings, constituting a very pleasant home. During the war of the rebellion, Mr. Rusk furnished two sons for the country’s defense, James A. and John N., and both were sacrificed upon the altar of liberty, never reaching their home and friends again. Mr. Rusk is a member of the Christian Church, his membership dating back for twenty 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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