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Below is a family biography included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published by Weakley, Harraman & Co. in 1885.  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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JOHN I. O’NEAL, miller, Markland, is a native of Ripley County, born in 1837. He grew up in that locality and remained there till 1859, when he came to this county. He has always been in the milling business — saw-mill or grist-mill — though he grew up on the farm. He was married to Sarah Bradshaw in 1858, daughter of William and Lucy (Waters) Bradshaw, old residents of that locality, who came from Jefferson County in 1848 or 1850. By this union were four children: Addie, Clara, Ettie and Arlington. Addie married Ira M. Lindley; Clara married Rudolph Seibert, and Ettie married William De Trauz. Mr. O’Neal is a member of the F. & A. M. at Florence, and of the Baptist Church of Vevay, and one of the substantial businessmen of the village.

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This family biography is one of 215 biographies included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published in 1885 by Weakley, Harraman & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Switzerland County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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