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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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SOLOMON KESTER, merchant, Greenville. Among the most enterprising merchants of Greenville, we take pleasure in according the above gentleman a place in the front ranks. He was born in German Township, Darke Co., Nov. 10, 1839, and is a son of George Kester, whose sketch also appears in another part of this work. Our subject assisted his father upon the farm until 16 years of age, when he began farming for himself, and successfully followed the same until 1871, at which date he embarked in the mercantile business in Palestine, continuing the same successfully until February, 1880, when he located in the city of Greenville, with one of the largest and best-selected stocks of goods ever brought to this town. With the well-known enterprise of Mr. Kester, his large stock, pleasing, attentive and obliging clerks, we predict for the above firm the largest annual sales of any firm in the dry-goods trade in Darke Co.; he is now located in the store formerly occupied by Wilson & Hart; a card of his business appears in the business directory of Greenville, in another part of this work. His marriage with Mary A. Lease was celebrated in 1863; they have two children— George V. and Roxy.

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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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