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Below is a family biography included in The History of Darke 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 PRESSLER, farmer; P. O. Gordon. Born near Sultz Oct. 5, 1835; is a son of Martin and Catherine (Roth) Pressler, who were married in Germany in 1834. Mrs. Pressler died soon after the birth of our subject, hence he was the only child by the union. Martin was again married in 1836, to Susan Bass, and by this union there were eight children, of whom seven are now living. In early life, he served an apprenticeship of carpentering, after which he devoted several years to traveling over the continent of Europe. Being a man of remarkable ingenuity, a large portion of his time was devoted to the manufacture of public and town clocks, cabinet-organ cases, etc. He also served a length of time in the military service of his country. On the 30th of June, 1848, he and his family emigrated to the United States, landing in Dayton, Ohio, in August following. He soon found employment in a machine-shop in Miamisburg; continued the same until 1860, when he moved to Darke Co. and followed farming until his death, which occurred Dec. 5, 1868. His widow survived him until June 9, 1878, when she, too, passed away. Our subject was employed in a machine-shop in Miamisburg from the age of 16 to 19 years. He then engaged in agricultural pursuits, which he has since followed. In 1862, he was united in marriage with Margaret Surber; nine children are the fruits of this union, of whom eight are now living. Upon his marriage, he purchased 40 acres of land in Sec. 24, Monroe Township, which he has since brought from its wild condition to a good state of cultivation by his own hard labor. He has, since a resident of Darke Co., held the office of Township Clerk three years, Township Trustee six years, and School Director nine years.

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This family biography is one of 659 biographies included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Darke County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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