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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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SAMUEL LUDY, farmer; P. O. Weaver’s Station; one of the old residents of Darke County; was born in Pennsylvania in 1811; he remained at home on the farm during his minority, then came to Ohio, first stopping in Montgomery County, where he remained several years working by the job or month; in the meantime visited Darke County, and entered an 80-acre tract of land in Butler Township. He was married to Elizabeth Miller in 1836; she was born in Pennsylvania; is the daughter of William and Susannah Miller, who came from Franklin County, Penn., to Montgomery County, Ohio, in 1829, and to Darke County in 1839; Mr. and Mrs. Ludy began domestic life in the spring of 1836, on the land he had entered in Butler Township, with very limited means, and had to struggle amid the difficulties common to the early settlers in this region; after a residence of twenty-six years, they reluctantly parted with this home and removed to a farm in Sec. 4, which he purchased from her father; they came to their present pleasant home in 1869; having been identified with the county from the days of pioneer life, through the tedious and toilsome days of progress and the burdensome period of modern improvements, which have brought this county so rapidly forward to the front rank in points of public enterprise and general productiveness; they may justly feel a pride in enjoying, as they evidently do, the present comforts of a pleasant home, with pleasant surroundings; they have been active, useful and respected people; have raised a family of eleven children— Susan, William, Jacob, Samuel, Nathaniel, Nicholas, Elizabeth, now Mrs. Jacob Judy; Maria, now Mrs. Daniel Burket; Sarah, now Mrs. Jacob Nyswonger, a resident of Iowa; James and Silas; the last two and first are single, all the others are respected heads of families. The five oldest sons— William, Jacob, Samuel, Nathaniel and Nicholas—were soldiers in the late war, Jacob being a “veteran,” having served four years, William three, and the others different shorter periods.

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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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