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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. W. GEARHART, farmer; P. O. Fletcher; is a son of Daniel and Mary (Baty) Gearhart, now both deceased; the children of this union were eight in number, of whom six are now living. D. W. was born in Miami Co., Ohio, Sept. 8, 1837, and was raised to agricultural pursuits, and obtained a limited education; shortly before the late rebellion, he started in life for himself by engaging in farming in various places, being only five years out of this county, in Shelby Co., Ohio; in 1875, he purchased a part of his present farm of 76 acres, in Sec. 36, and, the following year, added to it the remainder; his farm is well located and has good improvements. The marriage of D. W. Gearhart and Mary A. Deweese was celebrated in December, 1859; she was a native of Miami Co.; they lived together twelve years, when death seized her and separated them; they had three children, one of whom, Thomas, preceded his mother to the silent tomb; two are now living, viz., James and Iska. Mr. Gearhart married, for his second wife, Melissa Simmons, who was born in 1839, on the farm now owned by D. W.; one child has been born to them— Laura A. Gearhart.

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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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