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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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WILLIAM L. RECK, miller and grain dealer; P. O. Gettysburg; the son of David Reck, whose biography appears in another place of this work; born in Pennsylvania, on the 10th of February, 1835; came with his parents to Ohio when he was in his 4th year; spent his boyhood days on his father’s farm, and obtained his education in the first schoolhouse that was built in Adams Township; at the age of 21 he apprenticed himself to his brother to learn the carpentering trade, and at the expiration of two and a half years he completed his trade, and formed a partnership with his brother, carrying on the business for about six years, meeting with good success; dissolved partnership, and worked on his own responsibility till 1864, when, on the 2d day of May, he enlisted in the 100-day service, going forth in defense of his country; was mustered in the United States Service at Camp Dennison, where he joined the 152d O. N. G. Co. C, and was appointed Sergeant; joined the command of Gen. Hunter in Virginia; he was in several hard-fought battles and long and tedious marches, viz.: Lynchburg Sulphur Springs, Liberty, etc.; on the 2d of September, 1864, he was mustered out at Camp Dennison; he enlisted in the State service, 28th Battalion Co. D, and was appointed Third Sergeant; after his return from the army he was drafted, but hired a substitute, Joseph Allspaugh, who died in Wilmington, N. C.; in 1871 he purchased the half-interest in the Premium Flouring Mills, near Gettysburg, where he now resides; the mill has four run of buhrs, with a capacity of 100 bushels per day; the brand of flour brings the highest market price in the Eastern market; he handles about 150,000 bushels of grain during the year, always paying the highest market price. Was united in marriage with Mary Ann Trump on the 14th of August, 1859; she was born in Montgomery County, Ohio on the 27th of April, 1840; seven children have been born to this union viz.: Ervin, Born June 10, 1861; Lanna Bell, Oct. 22, 1863; Horris, July 6, 1866; Harriett, July 6, 1866; Olive, May 22, 1861; Cora, May 16, 1870; Mary Blanch, Dec. 12, 1874. Mr. Reck has accumulated a considerable amount of property by his hard labor, in which he has been nobly assisted by his good and industrious wife; he is a member of the Masonic Order, also of the I. O. O. F. of Gettysburg; he stands high in both orders, and is known as an honest, upright man in all his dealings, being strictly temperate in all his habits.

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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.  View the complete description here: Darke County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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