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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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TIMOTHY MORTON, farmer; P. O. Conover; was born in Howell Township, Monmouth Co., N. J., Feb. 22, 1799, and is a son of John and Mary (Longstreet) Morton, who were both natives of New Jersey; they had eleven children, of whom Timothy is the only one now living; John Morton was one of the patriots of the war of Independence, where he served a period of six months; he and his wife both died at advanced ages. Our subject was left very early in life to battle for himself, and spent his boyhood days farming with various people until 16 years of age; then he commenced work in a manufactory of all kinds of cloth, which he followed until 1831; at this time, he emigrated to Ohio and bought his present farm of 60 acres, in Sec. 11, Brown Township, Miami Co.; this he has changed from its primeval state to a good degree of cultivation. Mr. Morton has held the office of Supervisor in Brown Township eight years, and feels interested in forwarding all public improvements. In New Jersey, in 1820, he married Mary Gurney, who was a native of that State, and died in Brown Township, Miami Co., in 1858; by this union there were six children, of whom five are now living. In December, 1859, Timothy Morton married for his second companion Mary J. Ayers, of New Jersey, who was born in Burlington Co. May 9, 1808, and is a daughter of Zadock and Mary (Smith) Green; she has buried two husbands and is now living with the third one.

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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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