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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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WILSON ROSS, deceased, Troy; born in Zanesville, this State, in 1820; removed with his parents, at the age of 12 years, to Carlisle, Clark Co., where he learned the tailoring trade, which occupation he pursued for eighteen years, during which time he was also engaged in farming; he located in Troy, in 1866, and engaged in the nursery business, under the firm name of J. W. Ross & Co., continuing in the same until his death, in July, 1877. Mr. Ross was a very kind generous and affable man, beloved by all who knew him; his business was such that he gave employment to a large number of men, all of whom held him in high esteem; was a leading spirit in public affairs; a man of great energy and enterprise, and was ever active in pushing forward all public improvements; his name stands identified with every step taken, looking to the beauty and improvement of Troy, since his advent into the town. In politics, he was an ardent Democrat, and labored hard for the success of his party; was an attendant of the Presbyterian Church, and was among the most liberal of its support. In 1846, he married Francis E. Louthan of Troy, who was born in Virginia, and came to Miami Co., with her parents when 10 years old. This union was blessed with five children, all of whom are now living in Troy.

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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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