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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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REUBEN MOORE, farmer; P. O. Piqua; was born in this county on the old Moore farm July 8, 1852, and is the son of Rufus and Lydia (Bennett) Moore; he was born in Butler Co., Ohio, March 13, 1807, his wife coming from the same county Nov. 11, 1815; they were married Feb. 17, 1833, and were parents of seven children, viz., Nancy Jane, born Aug. 23, 1836, was married to George W. McMillan, by whom she had three children, viz., Alva E., Harry W. and Elroy C.; Nancy J. died July 1, 1866; Mary Ann, born July 12, 1839; Lewis, born April 7, 1843, died April 16, 1843; Elias, born July 17, l845; Theodore, born Oct. 1, 1847; Eliza, born Aug. 6, 1850, now Mrs. A. Berryman, of Troy, and Reuben. Gershom Moore, the great grandfather, was born in 1752; his wife, Anna Moore, was born in 1758; they were parents of the following children, viz., Lewis, born in 1778; Reuben, born in 1791; Elias, born in 1792; Phebe, born in 1793; Philip, born in 1794; Catharine, born in 1795, Rachel, born in 1797, and Nancy, born in 1800, the ancestry coming from Wales. Lewis Moore, the grandfather, was born in New Jersey Aug. 16, 1778, and Susan Moore, the grandmother, was born in New Jersey July 5, 1786; they were the parents of twelve children, viz., Anna, born June 6, 1805, and died June 8, 1845; Rufus, born as above stated; Eliza, born Dec. 17, 1809; Sarah, born Oct. 15, 1811; Elias, born Oct. 5, 1813; Amy, born Nov. 2, 1815; Anthony B., born Nov. 5, 1817, and died Feb. 14, 1839; Reuben, born Oct. 14, 1819, and died Oct. 9, 1849; Samuel, born Jan. 13, 1822, and died July 27, 1823; Lydia, born Nov. 29, 1823; Stephen G., born Nov. 12, 1825; Alpheus E., born April 5, 1828, and died Aug. 17, 1858. Lewis Moore, the grandfather, departed this life May 8, 1859, and Susan Moore, the grandmother, died Dec 19, 1872. George Bennett, the grandfather on the mother’s side, was born in Virginia March 3, 1783, and Nancy Bennett, his wife, was born June 10, 1783; they were parents of ten children, viz., Henry, born Aug. 25, 1814; Lydia, born as given above; Thomas, born Jan. 7, 1817; John, born April 7, 1818, and died Sept. 29, 1818; Susannah, born July 21, 1819; Amelia, born Jan. 27, 1821, and died July 17, 1825; Mary Ann, born June 10, 1823, and died July 5, 1825; George, born in September, 1824, and died Aug. 7, 1825; George, born July 14, 1826; Elizabeth Ann, born April 23, 1841, and died in 1874. George Bennett, the grandfather, departed this life March 15, 1844, and Nancy Bennett, his wife, died June. 1836. Rufus, the father, after his marriage, lived for a short time in Butler Co., then moved to Loramie, Shelby Co., where they resided till 1840, when they came and located in Miami Co., on the northwest quarter of Sec. 4, in Staunton Township; here he cleared the greater portion of the farm, and erected all the buildings, and improved the place till he had a fine farm and comfortable home; March 9, 1876, he was called away by death, from labors to rewards, being nearly 70 years of age; his wife, Lydia, is still living on the home place, and is in her 65th year. Reuben Moore lived with his father until his death, and, March 23, 1876, was united in marriage with Florence E. Brandenburg, daughter of Cornelius and Elizabeth A. Brandenburg, who were natives of Maryland, and came to this county about 1852; they were parents of two children, viz., Laura A. and Florence E.; by this marriage they have had two children, both dying in infancy; Mr. Moore, after his marriage, remained with his mother on the home farm for two years, then bought the farm upon which he now lives; he owns 80 acres of good land, is a young man of energy, and will doubtless in a few years have a fine and beautiful home.

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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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