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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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JOHN C. HENDERSON, farmer, and proprietor of a saw-mill; P. O. Potsdam; born in Brown Co., Ohio, July 22, 1837; is a son of Jonathan and Nancy (Carroll) Henderson. His father was born in Pennsylvania, his mother in Adams Co., this State, in which they were married. They had nine children, six of whom are living, viz., Andrew, Joseph, William, Michael. John C. and Elizabeth. His father departed this life in 1865, aged 72 years. His mother is living at the age of 77 years. Mr. Henderson was brought up on the farm in Brown Co., where his boyhood days were spent, having the advantage of such schools as the country in his day afforded; he remained with his parents until he attained his 24th year, at which time he connected with the army, serving in the capacity of Wagonmaster for twenty-three months, when he was obliged to abandon his work on account of failing health. In 1864, he was married to Elizabeth Markly, by whom he has had five children, three of whom are living, viz., Callie, Emma and Johnny, and two dying in infancy. Mrs. Henderson is a daughter of Adam Bobbs, and sister to Dr. Bobbs, whose sketch appears in this work. Mrs. Henderson had been previously married to Joseph Markly, and to them three children were born, two of whom are living, viz., Victoria, and Joseph, William, deceased. Mr. Henderson, after his marriage, removed to Hamilton Co., in which he resided one year, then went to Darke Co., where he lived five years, and operated a saw-mill in connection with farming, and while there, served as Trustee two years. In 1877, he located in this township, on fifty-seven acres of land, which is all in a good state of cultivation, and has excellent buildings erected thereon, all neat and tasty. He owns a steam saw-mill near his home place, also another in Twin Township, Darke Co., to both of which he gives his own supervision, manufacturing such lumber as the public needs, and in a workman-like manner. He has also held the office of Trustee in this township for two years. He, and his estimable wife, are members of the United Brethren Church, and are every-day, energetic Christian people, taking much interest in promoting the Christian standard. His daughter, Miss Callie, is also a member of the same church.

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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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