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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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WILLIAM HIGGINS, M. D., retired physician and capitalist, Piqua. Dr. Higgins, a native of Pennsylvania, was born in Westmoreland Co. in 1818; his youth was spent on a farm, attending school during winter, and later received the benefit of an academic course; he graduated from the National Medical College at Washington, D. C., in 1840, and commenced practice the same year at Carlisle, Coshocton Co., Ohio, where he continued until 1848, when he removed to Zimmerman, Greene Co.; here he remained, enjoying an extensive practice, until 1871, when he removed to Piqua and retired from practice, having accumulated a respectable fortune; his time is now occupied in brokerage and looking after his real estate interests, which are quite extensive; besides owning a number of valuable tracts in this vicinity, he has a fine farm of 500 acres in the Wabash Valley, near Terre Haute, and another near Marion, Ind. Dr. Higgins is emphatically a self-made man, having started in life with nothing, and worked his way up through many difficulties and embarrassing circumstances. He married Aug. 3, 1848, Miss Belle Williamson, of Fairfield, Greene Co., Ohio; the fruits of this union have been three children—Julius, now a resident of Richmond, Ind., James, who died at the age of 24, and Willie, also deceased.

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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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