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    JOHN E. BILLINGSLEY, owner of eighty acres of excellent farm land, which is situated two miles east of Covington, on the old Covington-Piqua Road, on the Washington Township line, in Newberry Township, has always lived on this farm, on which he was born, June 28, 1850. His parents were Thomas and Mary E. (Luckey) Billingsley.

    Thomas Billingsley was born in 1823, near Cincinnati, Ohio, and was a boy of nine years when his father came to this county, April 5, 1832, and settled in the woods. At that time, Grandfather John Billingsley was an old man, being then seventy-five years of age, but it is said of him that he was still so vigorous that he bore hardships better and did more work than any of his sons. He lived to be ninety-seven years of age. His wife was also of the old type of women, strong and courageous, and she lived to be ninety-five years of age. Thomas Billingsley followed farming all his life and died on the old homestead on November 8, 1886. He married Mary E. Luckey, who was born in Athens County, Ohio. Her father was John Luckey, who brought his family to Washington Township, Miami County, in her girlhood.

    John E. Billingsley was an only child and never had any occasion to leave the old farm, which came to him through inheritance. He has greatly improved it, having fine buildings and modern comforts. He carries on general farming and stock raising, making a specialty of fast horses. He keeps fourteen head of horses and raises fifty head of hogs yearly. Mr. BilIingsley's agricultural methods are along modern lines and he proves on his own farm that the best grade of stock is the most profitable.

    Mr. Billingsley married Miss Emma C. Harwood, who was born in the State of New York , and died here March 12, 1909. She was a daughter of Rev. John Harwood, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mrs. Billingsley is survived by three children, Thomas, Roy and Bert, the two younger sons residing at home. Thomas Billingsley, who is now city solicitor of Versailles, Darke County, and is a law partner with J. Guy O'Donnel, of Covington, was admitted to the bar in 1902 and is looked upon as one of the rising young men of his section. He spent two years in the Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, and one year in the Ohio State University, at Columbus. He married Ottie Hartle and they have one child, Richard.

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