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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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MICHAEL NOGGLE, farmer, Sec. 3; P. O. New Madison; one of the old residents of Darke Co., having been born in Neave Township Jan. 11, 1819. His parents first settled in Fairfield Co. in 1812, moved to Darke Co. in 1816; first settling in Neave Township, and afterward on Sec. 15, Harrison Township, where the subject of this sketch was reared, married, and lived until after the death of his parents. Jan. 16, 1840, he was married to Mary Mote; she was born in Harrison Township June 14, 1821, her parents, Jonathan and Susanna (Kistler) Mote, came to Ohio and settled in Harrison Township about 1816. Mr. and Mrs. Noggle commenced life on his father’s farm in a cabin with a mud chimney, which he built; afterward made a purchase of some land in Wabash Township, built a cabin and made a small clearing; but his father, desiring to quit farming, prevailed on him to return to the old place, his parents living with him until their death. His father died at the age of 78; his mother lived to be 87 years of age. After a residence of about seventeen years here, in which many improvements were made and some additions to the farm, they sold out, and purchased the farm in Sec. 11, which their son George now owns, and afterward purchased the farm in Sec. 3, where they now reside. They have endured many hardships, which would have disheartened less courageous or less resolute people, and can relate many interesting incidents connected with the early settlement and growth of civilization in Darke Co.; they have, from a commencement in a log cabin without means or education, advanced steadily until now; after having divided more than $20,000 in money, land and other property between his children, Mr. Noggle still owns 113 acres of choice land in Sec. 3, with improvements which are an ornament to the community and a credit and satisfaction to himself and family. Inside the house, where his matronly wife presides, is peace and plenty, served with love and prudence. Mr. and Mrs. Noggle are the parents of seven children—Phoebe J., Alfred, Ephraim, George M., David, Susanna and Jonathan; the first and last are dead.

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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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