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    John G. Hardenbrook, farmer; P. O. Piqua; was born in Hamilton County, Ohio February 16, 1826 and is a son of Peter and Mary (Wagoner) Hardenbrook; Peter Hardenbrook was born in New Jersey and came to Ohio about 1819; they were the parents of six children, three of whom are now living, viz., John, Phoebe (now Mrs. Kuhl, living in Van Wert County, Ohio) and Rebecca (now Mrs. John A. Smith, also living in Van Wert Co.); Peter Hardenbrook lost his wife by death May 26, 1837; he married, for his second wife, Susannah Merrell, with whom he lived till April, 1865 when she departed this life; January 13, 1877, he, too, passed away from works to rewards. Mr. Hardenberook lived with his father till past 30 years of age; Dec. 17, 1856, he was united in marriage with Rachel Ross, daughter of James and Elizabeth Ross, who were both born in Pennsylvania - he March 15, 1792, and Elizabeth (Watson), his wife, July 29, 1800; they were married February 12, 1824 and had seven children, viz., John, Susan, Hugh W., Rachel, Margaret C., Lucinda, and Joseph. Elizabeth, the mother, died July 9, 1874; the father, James, is still living with Mr. Hardenbrook; is now 80 years of age and has lived in this county since 1842. Mr. Hardenbrook, the subject of this sketch, by his marriage, has three children, viz., William Otho, born Jan. 7, 1858; Charles E., Dec.18, 1859, and George, Feb. 13, 1866. After his marriage, he lived on his father's farm about eight years; then went to Hamilton County, where he lived two years; thence to the farm upon which he now resides. He owns, here, 75 acres of good land, mostly in cultivation, with good buildings, and has a very pleasant home.

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