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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 O’CONNOR, carriage manufacturer, Greenville; was born in Windsor, Canada, Oct. 12, 1843. His father and mother came from Ireland; when our subject was about 9 months old, they came to Springfield, Ohio; they lived in Clark, Greene and Champaign Cos. until the winter of 1852, when they moved to Jackson Township, Darke Co. In 1853, they moved to Randolph Co., Ind., where they lived until 1856, when they moved to Franklin Township, Darke Co., on the farm now owned by Henry Koon; afterward on the farm now owned by John Wright, where they lived until 1857, when they moved on land now owned by Christian Grauf, in Franklin Township, where they cleared a farm of 78 acres. In September, 1862, John enlisted in Co. G, 110th O. V. I., under Capt. J. C. Ullery; served with the regiment through West Virginia, in Gen. Milroy’s command; was taken prisoner at the battle of Winchester, and taken successively to Staunton, Libby and Belle Isle; after much hardship, he was exchanged and rejoined his regiment at Culpeper, Oct. 7, 1863; was with his regiment in all its retreats and advances in the old Third Corps, Third Division; after the re-organization of the army, was put in the Sixth Corps under Gen. Ricketts, where he participated in Grant’s campaign before Petersburg; went to Maryland, under Lew Wallace, at Monocacy; afterward with Sheridan in his campaign, and on Dec. 3, 1864, returned to south of Petersburg, and participated in the final assault on the 2d of April, 1865; was at the battle of Sailor’s Creek April 6, 1865; was present at the surrender of Lee’s army at Appomattox, and was mustered out of service July 1, 1865. He worked on the farm one year, and in the fall of 1866 he engaged in the carriage and wagon business with J. R. Hyer, at Painter’s Creek. He was married to Delilah Marker April 4, 1869; in March, 1873, moved to Bradford, where he engaged more extensively in the above business, until June, 1876, when he removed to Greenville, where he now carries on an extensive business in the manufacturing of carriages. There have been born to him five children, viz.: John T., Edward A., Mary, Charles J. and Jacob Ira; the last named lived but two months. Mr. O’Connor is a man of strict integrity, and his fine social qualities have made him hosts of friends.

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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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