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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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JACOB STICHTER, farmer; P. O. Pleasant Hill; born in Union Co., Penn., in 1818; is the son of Barnhart Stichter, a native of Pennsylvania, who died when our subject was only 9 years old; on the death of his father, he left the parental roof, his mother being in poor financial circumstances; for three years he worked for his board and clothes, after which he began to receive wages; in 1841, he took a journey to the West, with a view of locating in that country; after a few months, he settled in Clark Co., Ohio. In 1844, he was united in marriage to Miss Louisa Brown, of Maryland; she emigrated to this State in 1831, locating in Clark Co.; after his marriage, he lived near Carlisle, in Clark Co., operating a farm on shares for six years; at the end of this time, by industry and economy, he had accumulated some means; he came to this township and purchased the quarter-section of land on which he now lives, paying for it $6,500; of this he paid, at time of purchase, $2,000, which was all the money he owned, going in debt for the balance; with this debt, and the larger part of his farm in the woods, he began life twenty-six years ago in this county; possessing an indomitable will and unflagging industry, he went to work, and, with the assistance of his wife, he soon paid off the debt and cleared up the most of his farm; he has since, by his own exertion, added to this farm two others—one of 80 acres and the other of 110 acres; he is a fair illustration of what perseverance and careful business habits can produce He has reared a family of eight children, six of whom are married, and all located within two miles of the homestead; Mr. and Mrs. Stichter were formerly members of the M. E. Church, but, since coming to this township, cast their lot with the Shiloh Christian Church, of which they have been active members.

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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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