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Below is a family biography included in The History of Darke 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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A. G. STROBEL, farmer; was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, his father dying when he was but 6 years old; till the age of 14, he lived with a man named Carl Weis, to whom he afterward was apprenticed to learn the trade of wagon-maker, paying therefor $30 in money, and clothing himself. After this term of apprenticeship expired, he traveled several weeks, and at last located in Heilbronn, where he worked one year; in the spring of 1834, he obtained work in Cannstadt, from a man named Neff; March 1, 1835, was drafted in the army and served as an artilleryman two years, when he was placed in one of the army wagon-shops, where he remained seven months. In the winter of 1840, he wrote to a brother in America for money to get across the water with, and in the following July landed in New York without a cent in his pocket; he made his way to Pittsburgh. Penn., where a brother lived, where he remained a short time, then, after a long and tedious passage on the Ohio, he arrived in Cincinnati; here he worked three weeks for his board, and afterward on a farm at $1.50 per day; on the 16th of October, he arrived at Dayton, via canal, where he passed the winter at his brother’s house, having no work; in 1842, he returned to Cincinnati and began work at his trade, but, us he was only a short time employed, he returned to Dayton; afterward he worked at farming for Carl Port. Was united in marriage with Phebe Schwerk, by whom he had three children, the youngest (twins) died at birth, the eldest was placed in care of its grandmother; the summer after the death of his first wife, he was married to Leily Freeman, June 25. Mr. Stroble has been unfortunate in losing, by fire, his wagon-shop, valued at from $300 to $400, also a barn and contents valued at $3,000.

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This family biography is one of 659 biographies included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Darke County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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