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    Henry G. Deweese, farmer; P. O. Piqua; was born in Miami County January 8, 1826; is a son of Joshua and Mary (Gerard) Deweese; he being a native of Virginia, born December 4, 1796, and coming to this county when only ten years of age, in 1806. She was born in Ohio April 21, 1800, being the first white female child born in the county. Her father was one of the earliest settlers, locating in this county in 1798. They were the parents of fourteen children, viz., Samuel, born July 14, 1819; Martha, Feb. 1, 1821; Sarah, April 27, 1822; Catharine, Feb. 16, 1824; Henry, Jan. 8, 1826; George W., Jan. 1,1828; Rachel, July 7, 1829; John, Feb. 19, 1831; Joshua, Sept. 1,1831; Joseph, May 30, 1834; Thomas, May 5, 1839; Mary Ann, Jan. 30, 1841, deceased; Mary Ann, July 18, 1849, deceased; and James, born Nov. 9, 1853, deceased. Mr. Deweese lived with his father till 21 years of age, when he "struck out" for himself, working for $8 per month for about four months, then rented a farm for about two years, when he bought 100 acres of land, but had only $200 to pay down on it; he was told by his father and his brothers that he could never meet the payments for the balance; but he went to work with energy and before it was all due, he had all of it paid for. He was united in marriage August 26, 1848, with Lucy Ann Estey, daughter of David and Ann (Knoop) Estey, who were born in New Brunswick. By this union, they have had nine children, viz., Aminta J., born July 16, 1849; Zelia A., April 10, 1851, deceased; Jotham G. W., Jan. 16, 1853; Franklin A., Sept. 19, 1854; Henry H., May 17, 1856; Maggie A., May 2, 1860; Florence E., Sept. 8, 1862; Docia Ellen, Sept. 18, 1869; and Alvah Watson, March 13, 1873. Mr. Deweese, having but little capital on which to start, has labored and accumulated, from year to year, till now he has 264 acres of good land, fine buildings, and everything required for comfort. Mr. Deweese and wife are members of the Christian Church, their membership dating back twenty-five years; have been active members, both financially and otherwise.

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