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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 W. O’FERRALL, of the firm of John O’Ferrall & Co., proprietors of the Piqua Car and Agricultural Works, Piqua. Mr. O’Ferrall, born in 1836, is a son of Dr. John O’Ferrall, Sr., whose history is noticed in the early history of Piqua; he is a native of Piqua, and has resided here all his life; when a young man, he was engaged for a short time in the boot and shoe trade; in 1851, he became a constituent member of the firm of O’Ferrell, Daniels & Co. proprietors of the Piqua Car and Agricultural Works, and has been identified with all the history of these works since, most of his time being occupied in traveling in the interests of the company. He married, in 1859, Miss Mary E., daughter of C. Foreman; they had one child, who died; their residence is a handsome property near the north end of Main street.

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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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