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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miami 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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A. P. HIGGINS, retired farmer; P. O. Fletcher; was born in Hamilton Co., Ohio, July, 1819, and is a son of John V. and Ann (Pendrey) Higgins; he was a native of New Jersey, and she of Virginia; now both are deceased. A. P. assisted his father on the farm, and attended the common school; at the age of 11 years he, with his parents, moved from Hamilton to Shelby Co., where he continued farming until 16 years of age, at which time he engaged in the cabinet-maker’s trade, which remained his occupation until 1848, when he purchased a farm of 60 acres in Shelby Co.; he located there, and remained seven years, then sold out and purchased 90 acres in Spring Creek Township, where he remained until the spring of 1866, when he sold it; he purchased his present farm of 117 acres in Sec. 18, Brown Township, Miami Co., where he now resides, and is well situated; he owns good, substantial buildings, located on the Piqua and Urbana pike. His marriage with Priscilla Mendenhall was celebrated Nov. 15, 1843; she was born in Miami Co., Ohio, July, 1825 ; they have seven children—Josephine and Joseph (twins, the latter died at the age of 9 months), John, William (who died in infancy), Charley W. (died at the age of 26, in 1878), Ellen R. (died in 1877) and Wilber, who is now occupied in teaching school, which profession he has been engaged in since 14 years of age.

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This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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