Biography of George W. Looney
Miami County, Ohio Biographies

GEORGE W. LOONEY, farmer and stock raiser; P. O. Piqua; was born in Champaign Co., Ohio, Feb. 9. 1819: he is a son of Jonathan Looney, who was a native of Virginia, and emigrated to Ohio early in the nineteenth century; he settled in Champaign Co., where he carried and remained there until 1833, when he contracted for 500 acres of land, where the city of Quincy, Ill., now is located; soon after contracting for the above he started to pay for the same, and on his way at Louisville, Ky., was stricken with cholera and died his money was stolen (it is supposed, by his nurse); this misfortune left the family in very straitened circumstances; in 1834, the widow and family emigrated to Allen Co., Ohio, where they entered 80 acres of wild land; all hands assisted in clearing away the dense forest, which in time was accomplished; there they remained until 1853, at which time they came to Miami Co., and in the following year G. W. purchased 95 acres of his present farm; he has since added to it by purchase until he now owns 217 acres in Secs. 19 and 25, which is valued at about $100 per acre; he has erected fine, substantial farm buildings, second to none in the township; on his buildings and contents he carries a policy of insurance of $12,200. Mr. Looney's marriage with Charlotte Hardman was celebrated in 1845, after which they cared for his mother until her death, which occurred in 1857; Mr. and Mrs. Looney spent many hard days' work on his present farm she nobly assisted him in opening out the farm, but after all the toilsome years, in 1875, she was called hence. Mr. Looney married, for his second wife, Mary Negley; by this union they have two children, viz., George W. and Lee B.; the ancestors of the Looney family originally came to this country with William Penn.

History of Miami County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Co.
Chicago 1880

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