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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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S. B. GARVEY, Esq., Justice of the Peace and Notary Public, Piqua. Mr. Garvey is another of the present old residents and natives of Piqua; he is a son of John Garvey, who came to Piqua at the close of the war of 1812, having been a soldier and served in this vicinity. He married Ann Marshall; was a hatter by trade and followed that business here a number of years; he had a family of eleven children, only three of whom survive—S. B., William M. and a sister, now a resident of New York State. The subject of this sketch was born in 1821, and has been a resident of Piqua fifty-nine years; he is emphatically a self-made man; began life for himself at 19, as a drayman; afterward was a partner of Mr. Shipply, and owned and operated a livery stable here several years; afterward was elected Marshal of Piqua and Constable of Washington Township, which office he held for twenty years or more; he has been Mayor of Piqua eight years, and is now Justice of the Peace and Notary Public, and a useful, respected citizen. He married, in 1849, Elizabeth, daughter of Maddux; they have never had any children, but have raised four, and now have an adopted daughter, a young lady, whom they took when a child.

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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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