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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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SILAS Q. HOWE was born in what is now Ohio County, in 1830. He is son of Sylvanus Howe, noticed above, and grew up in Patriot, where his father located about 1833, and worked on the farm till eighteen years old. He was schooled at Patriot and assisted his father in his various lines of business till 1853, when he went into the distilling business, taking E. Case’s place in the firm. He has also held an interest in the Howe store since 1869. Mr. Howe was married in 1860 to Susan E. Fry, native of Ohio, resident of Madison, and daughter of William H. and Elizabeth Fry. They have six children living: Frank F., Carrie B., Henry J. Q., Mattie B., Lydia and Silas E. William the eldest is dead. Mr. Howe moved to Madison in 1871, and has since resided there. He is a member of the F. & A. M. and I. O. O. F., a Democrat in politics, and a live business man. He holds stock in the Amizon Insurance Company, Cincinnati, Madison Woolen Company and Madison Stove Foundry Company. Does quite a large business in produce, grain, hay, etc., is ranked among the most successful business men of the county.

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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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