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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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JOHN J. OSWALT, farmer; P. O. Arcanum; a native of Germany; was born in 1836; he is the son of Martin and Anna M. Oswalt. Mr. Oswalt came to America in 1852, when 16 years of age; after being here about eighteen months, he returned to Germany for his mother and two sisters, his father being dead; brought them here and located in Franklin Township, this county, in 1854. He was united in marriage in 1862, to Elizabeth, daughter of Elias and Mary Baker, who were both natives of Montgomery Co., Ohio; they have had eleven children, all living, viz., Delilah, Elias, Sarah, Anna Magdalene, Mary Ellen, John Henry, Morton, Lydia, Elizabeth, Charles Ellsworth and William David; they located upon the farm upon which they now live, the next spring after they were married having at that time bought 80 acres all in the woods; this was the beginning in clearing up the land to make a home, and by industry and hard labor they have now a fine farm, having bought 80 acres more, making in all 160 acres of good land, and about 115 acres in a good state of cultivation; this has all been accomplished, together with raising a large family of children, by diligent and earnest labor, coupled with good management and frugality; and we are pleased to place this record upon the pages of this history, as a bright and shining example which may be read by his children’s children, and all future generations, in all time to come.

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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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