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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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ELBERT P. GALBRAITH, proprietor Riverside Hotel, Troy; was born in Jackson, Cape Girardeau Co., Mo., March 22, 1844, and is a son of Samuel Galbraith, born in February, 1808, now residing in Ashtabula Co., Ohio. When an infant, our subject was taken by his parents to the city of St. Louis, where he remained in school until he attained his 10th year, at which time his parents removed to Ashtabula Co., where they now reside, and where our subject gave his whole attention to his education, receiving instruction in the academy; when the war of the rebellion broke out, he was a student in the Normal School at West Kingsville; leaving school, he enlisted Aug. 8, 1861, in the three months’ service, 19th O. V. I., in which organization he served out his time, and, in the following August, 1862, re-enlisted in the 105th O. V. I., and was at once sent to the front; he participated in several engagements prior to Oct. 8, 1862, at which date he was severely wounded, having two balls pass through his left arm, disabling him so that he was unfit for further service; and on the 13th day of December, was mustered out of service; he again entered the Normal School to finish his education; commenced teaching school in 1865, and while teaching read medicine; then he went to Kentucky, and was engaged for several years in dealing in stock, after which he was in mercantile business in Scioto Co.; in 1876 he located in Miami Co., and has since been occupied as hotel keeper; in 1878, he opened the Riverside House in Troy, of which he is now the proprietor, and has built up a business to the fullest capacity of the house. The writer of this article having been a guest of the hotel in question for several months, does not hesitate to state that during his travels of fifteen years, he has never found a better home nor a place where the comforts of travelers are more carefully cared for. Mr. Galbraith was married to Sarah A. Pierce Feb. 16, 1870; she was born in Greene Co., Ohio, in 1843; the result of this union are four children, viz., Elbert, Harry, Jessie and an infant; Mrs. Pierce had been previously married to William E. Stubbs, a Methodist minister, who was born in Delaware, and died in October, 1863, by which union were two children—Charles E. and Rosa Bell; her second husband, Wiley T. Pierce, was also a Methodist minister, a native of Tennessee; died in Adams Co., Ohio, in 1869.

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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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