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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 H. BRELSFORD, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Fletcher; was born in Brown Township, Miami Co., in 1846, and is a son of Daniel and Nancy (Hand) Brelsford, and a grandson of Daniel, Sr., and Mary (Townsond) Brelsford, both natives of Pennsylvania; in after years, they emigrated West and located in Brown Township, Miami Co., where they both died, she in 1840, and he in 1852. William H. was raised on the farm, where he assisted his father in opening out the same until his majority; soon after (in 1868), he married Hannah Staats, who was born in Clinton Co., Ohio, and was four years his junior; in the following fall, they emigrated to Cedar Co., Iowa, where he commenced farming, and resided one year, when Hannah died, and he had her brought back to Miami Co. and interred; he also remained there, and has since been engaged in farming in Ohio. One child was the fruit of the above union— Frank, born in September, 1868. In the fall of 1876, William H. Brelsford married Sarah Jones, who was born in Indiana in 1855 ; they had two children— Tessie (deceased in infancy) and Carrie. William H., in September, 1878, purchased his present farm of 40 acres, in Sec. 21, Brown Township, Miami Co., where he located the following spring.

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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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