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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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D. C. SHELLABERGER, merchant, Covington; is the present representative of a pioneer family, being the son of Dr. M. R. Shellaberger, who was a native of Pennsylvania, and an early resident of Miami Co. D. C. was born in Covington in 1841; his early youth was spent there, during which he received the benefit of such educational advantages as the home school afforded; when 16 years of age, he took a two years’ course of instruction at the Piqua High School. When the first call was made for three years troops, he was the second one to volunteer at Covington, and was assigned to the 44th O. V. I., which he entered as a private, but was immediately appointed First Sergeant of Co. B. In the spring of 1862, having passed a rigid examination (one peculiar to the command of Col. Cook, who was a regular), was commissioned Second Lieutenant, in which capacity he served until the latter part of the winter of 1864, when by reason of injury incapacitating him for duty, he resigned, after which, on account of ill health, he spent the spring and summer in New York under medical treatment, then returned to Covington and engaged in general merchandising in company with a brother who is now deceased. After about three years, he sold out and opened a hardware store, in which his father, in the spring of 1871, became a partner. In June, 1879, the father died, and D. C. again became sole proprietor, and is now doing a very satisfactory business, being the leading house in Covington in the hardware line. His store building, the property of his father’s estate, of which he has the charge, is conveniently located on High street, and is well calculated for the extensive stock which he now carries. Mr. Shellaberger is a life-resident of Miami Co., and, although a young man, is already regarded among the most substantial business men of the place; has been Township Treasurer; is now a member of the Council, and Secretary of the District School Board. He was married in 1864 to Miss Rose Shellenberger, daughter of Jacob E. Shellenberger, who was an early resident of Miami Co. Mr. and Mrs. Shellaberger are respected, useful members of society. They have three children, one son and two daughters.

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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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