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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 L. PENCE, farmer; P. O. Ginghamsburg; is a man of much influence in his neighborhood; his farm, adjoining the pleasant little village of Ginghamsburg, is highly improved, and is a cozy, homelike place. William was born in Champaign Co. in 1821; his parents, Reuben and Annie Pence, coming to this county in 1835 ; they settled first in Champaign Co. in 1804; they had six children—Ocey, Phoebe, Mary, Annie, Rhoda J. and William L.; his grandparents both lived to the extraordinary age of 104 years. William was married to Miss Harriet Rudy in 1848. They were the parents of one son, Joseph B. Mrs. Pence died in 1849, and Joseph in 1863. In 1851, Mr. Pence was married to Miss Barbara Rudy; they are the parents of five children— Harriet T., Alfred F., Mary Annetta, William H. and Daisy P. Harriet is the wife of J. F. Kerr, and is the mother of Guy and William Newell Kerr. Alfred married Miss Ella Stoher, and Mary is the wife of John F. Eidemiller. The children are all well educated, and Alfred has been engaged in teaching. W. L. Pence was elected Justice of the Peace in 1867, and served two terms; for twenty-three years, he has been connected with the School Board, which is a good record in itself. Both himself and wife are members of the Baptist Church He has been Township Trustee for four years; he votes the Republican ticket, and is one of the most genial of men; he has also been connected with the ministry for fourteen years, and has done much for the cause he loves.

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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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