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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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ELIZA MENDENHALL, retired, West Milton; born in Virginia in the year 1809; is a daughter of John and Elizabeth Garber. Her father was born in the State of Pennsylvania; her mother in Maryland; they removed to and settled in Ohio, in which State they lived till their decease; he died at the age of 76 years, she in the 74th year of her age. They were parents of seven children, four of whom are living, viz., Jacob, who resides in Menard Co., Ill.; Nancy; Mary, now Mrs. Moshier; and our subject. The deceased are Christian, Catherine McCool nee Garber, and one in infancy. Her grandfather was born in Germany, and was 3 years old when his parents came to this country. Mrs. Mehdenhall has been twice married; first, to David Syler, in 1829, by whom she had four children, two of whom are living, viz., Milton and Susan; the deceased are John and Joseph. Mr. Syler departed this life in 1835, aged 34 years. Her second marriage was celebrated with Thaddeus Mendenhall in 1840. To them four children were born, one of whom is living, viz., Priscilla; the deceased are Angeline, Thaddeus and Emily. Mr. Mendenhall died in 1846, aged 45 years; was born in North Carolina in 1801, and is connected with the Mendenhalls whose very interesting sketch appears in this work. Mary Garber was married to David Pearson in 1838, by whom she had one child-Milton, deceased. Mr. Pearson died July 12, 1840, aged 24 years. Her second marriage was celebrated, in 1844, with Peter Moshier; to them five children were born, all of them deceased, viz., William, Eliza A., Mary C., Elmira and Elizabeth. Eliza and Nancy are members of the Christian Church, of more than 30 years’ standing, and are exemplary Christian ladies, taking much interest in the cause. Their sister, Mary, is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and, like her sisters, has been a long worker in the vineyard of the Lord. Mrs. Mendenhall owns 76 ½ acres of land, all well improved, thus making her a comfortable home in which to enjoy her declining years. Her sisters, Nancy and Mary, were burned out on the 10th of April, 1880. They are now erecting a new home on the site of the old one. Mary was born in Virginia in 1815; Nancy, her sister, in the same State in the year 1812.

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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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