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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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LEOPOLD KIEFER, tobacconist; was born in Baden, Germany, Oct. 29, 1841; ten years later he with his parents came to America, locating in Philadelphia, where they remained but one year; in 1842, they came to Piqua, where they have since chiefly resided; the mother died in 1876; Leopold is one of thirteen children, of whom Charles has for many years been engaged as steward on a vessel from Hong Kong, China, to San Francisco, Cal.; his home for many years was in Australia; in the late rebellion, Leopold and three brothers entered service, in which two were killed; one in the battle of Chickamauga; one in the battle of Lexington, Ky., and one crippled for life; Leopold being the only surviving one uninjured; he served a period of three years, during which he endured many hardships; soon after his return to Piqua, he went to Vicksburg, where he opened out a grocery; this was conducted with fair success for three years, when the flames consumed it and all was laid in ashes; he was obliged to engage in other business, and soon was employed in rafting logs from the Mississippi Swamp, down the Mississippi River to New Orleans; after being thus employed a short time, he retired from its duties and took up his abode in Cincinnati, Ohio; in the winter of 1869-70, he returned to Piqua, and opened his present business; he has since been favorably known by city consumers and the patronage of surrounding village retailers. Upon Oct. 25, 1877, his nuptials were celebrated with Emma Schmidlapp, who was born in Piqua Nov. 17, 1851, and is a daughter of J. A. and Sophia Schmidlapp; they were among the early settlers of Piqua.

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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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