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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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ADAM HORINE, farmer; P. O. Castine. The subject of this sketch is the youngest son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Dutro) Horine, who came to Darke Co. in 1836, and settled on the farm upon which Adam now resides; they were among the earliest settlers of Butler Township, which was then, with the exception of here and there an “opening,” a howling wilderness, and a large part of it an almost impenetrable swamp. To clear away the forest and drain and renovate the swamps, required an amount of energy, labor and endurance which the present generation may well be thankful has not been required of them. In the toils and privations of the early settlers, Jacob Horine and his excellent wife partook, doing their full share. They are worthy members of the United Brethren Church, and helped erect the first church building in Butler Township, thus contributing to the moral as well as physical development of the township. Future generations will never be able to fully appreciate the blessings coming to them through the influence of such characters among the early pioneers, but the present generation may pay their tribute of gratitude by handing down a history of the noble deeds and sacrifices of their ancestors. The farm upon which Adam now lives presents a picture in great contrast to the farm as it was when his parents first came to it. Then there was a small cabin, and about 25 acres chopped off—18 or 20 of which were partly cleared—and a small orchard started; the balance was dense forest and swamp, foul with miasma, causing sickness and death. Now there is a neat, substantial and commodious brick house, a large barn and other buildings for storage, etc., a fine orchard, and, in place of the forest and swamp, are fields pregnant with vegetation, and not excelled in Darke Co. for power of production. Adam was born in 1842, and has always lived on this same farm. Was married to Mary E. Hemp Feb. 21, 1867; she is the daughter of John Hemp, whose biography appears in the Butler Township list; in August following their marriage, he took charge of the old homestead; the parents, however, keeping house separately, in part of the house; in 1870, his father died; his mother still keeps house, occupying a part of the old home; she is now in the 73d year of her age; her mind and health remarkably well preserved. Adam was one of those brave and patriotic men, who answered to the call of their country. He enlisted in 1862, and became a Corporal of Co. H, 110th O. V. I., in which he served until the close of the war; during this time he took part in fourteen separate engagements, among which were the notable Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Wilderness and Cedar Creek, which made Sheridan famous. Mr. and Mrs. Horine are both worthy members of the United Brethren Church, and useful members of society; they have three children— Irvin O., Lola M. and Cora E.

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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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