Surname: Miller

Biographical Sketch of Samuel N. Miller

Samuel N. Miller. This gentleman is a native of Kentucky, and was born in Henry county, that State, on the 16th of January, 1818. He is the son of Ephraim and Jemima Miller, both of whom were natives of Virginia, and went with their parents to the same settlement in Kentucky, where they were after wards married. These families made the trip from Virginia to Kentucky in a flat-boat, which was so crowded that Samuel’s mother, then a young girl, was forced to sit in a large kettle. The Indians several times tried to decoy them ashore, but they at last landed safely at a place called Boone’s Lick, Kentucky. The first crop of corn raised by Ephraim Miller and wife was cultivated with hoes, they having no team, and gathered in baskets. In the spring of 1821, Ephraim, with his two oldest sons, went to Indiana, and pitched camp in the virgin wilderness, they being the first comers of that locality. They at once built a cabin, which they got ready by fall, and moved the family to that new forest hone. There the subject of this sketch grew up and received his education, living on the place they first settled, until the spring of 1865. At that date he and Henry Sloan came to Daviess county, Missouri, where Mr. Miller bought a farm the following fall. He...

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Biography of J. W. Miller

J. W. MILLER has been a resident of Douglas County, Missouri, since 1856, in which year he removed to this section from his native State of Tennessee. He was born January 1, 1827, a son of Dobson and Mary A. (Burnett) Miller, who came to this section at the same time as their son and settled on a farm in this county, on which both eventually died, the father in 1868 and the mother in 1867. The Millers are of English and Irish descent, while the Burnetts are of French extraction,and have been residents of America from the very early history of the country, the grandfather Burnett having been a participant in several of the early wars in which this country was involved. His wife was a half-breed Cherokee Indian, and her name in the Indian language was Culisitie. The subject of this sketch was educated in the common schools of Tennessee, and in that State he grew up and was married to Arzilla J. Conard, a daughter of William and Susan A. Conard. After coming to Douglas County, Missouri, he located on a farm four miles north of Ava and lived there four years, after which he bought a farm two miles west of Ava and lived on the same eight years. In 1868 he purchased the farm where he now lives, which contains 157 acres, and here...

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Biography of H. M. Miller, M. D.

H. M. MILLER, M. D. He whose name heads this sketch is one of the early pioneers of Douglas County, for he took up his abode here in 1856, and has here ever since made his home. He is a native of east Tennessee, for there his eyes first opened on the light November 12, 1837, his parents being Dobson and Mary A. (Burnett) Miller, who were also natives of that State, although the paternal grandfather, Henry M. Miller, was born in England. He was a soldier of the Revolutionary War, and died after his removal to Tennessee, as did his wife. The maternal grandfather, Moses Burnett, was of French extraction but a native of Tennessee, and in this State both he and his wife passed from life. In 1856 Dobson Miller removed with his family to Douglas County, Missouri, entered a tract of land about five miles north of Ava, and was there engaged in farming until his death in 1877, having been a soldier in Company B, of a Webster County regiment, in the Missouri Home Guards. He was a thrifty farmer, made a good property and became well and favorably known. His wife, who was born in Tennessee, died in 1872, having borne him ten children: Eliza V., who died after her marriage with J. A. G. Reynolds, was the mother of M. C. Reynolds; William...

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Biography of W. H. H. Miller

W. H. H. MILLER. Among the men who early cast their fortunes in what is now Christian County, Missouri, was one whose memory is treasured by the few remaining pioneers of a rapidly passing age, a man of honest integrity and sterling worth, we refer to Jesse Miller, the father of the subject of this sketch. He was born in North Carolina about 1800, and when but a boy went with his parents to Tennessee, where he met and married Miss Eunice Vanzandt, a native of Georgia, born about 1809. Until 1852 this worthy couple made their home in Tennessee, and then moved to what is now Christian County, Missouri They located near Linden and rented land a few years, but subsequently purchased land in the same vicinity. There Mr. Miller died in 1856. He was a well-to-do farmer and was ever thrifty, honest and industrious. He was a soldier in the Indian wars, and was the only one of the family who came to Missouri. His two brothers, Henry and James, are deceased as are also several sisters. In his political views Mr. Miller advocated the principles of the Whig Party. His wife, who was a member of the Methodist Church many years, died in August, 1892. They were the parents of thirteen children as follows: Matilda, deceased, was the wife of Huston McDaniel; Mary A., wife of...

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Biography of Andrew P. Miller

ANDREW P. MILLER, one of the early pioneers of Douglas County, and son of Dobson Miller (see sketch of Dr. H. M. Miller and J. W. Miller, of Ava), came originally from Tennessee, his birth occurring in Roane County, that State, May 26, 1833. He was about twenty-one years of age when he left the State where he had received his education, and made his way to Missouri, where he has since followed farming. In the year 1862 he enlisted in Company B, of the Home Guards, but about a year later he enlisted in the Missouri State Militia, and served ninety days. After that he enlisted in the Rangers, and served throughout the war, being discharged in 1865. He was in a number of fights and skirmishes with bushwhackers in the mountain regions of south Missouri, and was disabled by hardship, so that he still suffers from complaints contracted during that memorable time. He served his flag well, and was a good and brave soldier. In 1867 he bought the farm where he now resides, and has 120 acres of well-improved land. He has made a success of farming, and is also a successful stockman. In politics he affiliates with the Republican party, and is an active worker for his party. Mr. Miller is deeply interested in educational matters, and for nine years has been director in his...

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Slave Narrative of Randall Lee

Interviewer: Viola B. Muse Person Interviewed: Randall Lee Location: Palatka, Florida Randall Lee of 500 Branson Street, Palatka, Florida, was born at Camden, South Carolina about seventy-seven years ago, maybe longer. He was the son of Robert and Delhia Lee, who during slavery were Robert and Delhia Miller, taking the name of their master, as was the custom. His master was Doctor Miller and his mistress was Mrs. Camilla Miller. He does not know his master’s given name as no other name was ever heard around the plantation except Doctor Miller. Randall was a small boy when the war between the states broke out, but judging from what he remembers he must have been a boy around six or seven years of age. During the few years he spent in slavery, Randall had many experiences which made such deep impressions upon his brain that the memory of them still remains clear. The one thing that causes one to believe that he must have been around seven years of age is the statement that he was not old enough to have tasks of any importance placed upon him, yet he was trusted along with another boy about his own age, to carry butter from the plantation dairy two miles to the ‘big house.’ No one would trust a child younger than six years of age to handle butter for fear...

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Biography of Frank Miller

Frank Miller was until his recent death one of the enterprising farm managers of Champaign County and had under his adequate direction and control one of the largest individual farms of the entire county. It is the extensive Matis farm of 510 acres, situated in section 10 of Champaign Township. The home is on Rural Route No. 1 out of Champaign. During the six years he had charge of this estate he demonstrated his capacity for handling a big farming proposition on progressive lines and in a manner profitable to himself and to the owners of the land. Besides general farming he made something of a specialty of breeding and raising thoroughbred Hereford cattle, English shire horses, and Duroc Jersey hogs. The finest animals of these types in eastern Illinois were found on his place. Mr. Miller was a native of Champaign County, where he was born February 23, 1870, a son of Daniel and Mary (Potts) Miller. Both his father and mother were born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and his father came to Champaign County in the early ’60s. He was one of the sturdy and progressive farmers of this county, and lived here until his death in 1897. The mother passed away November 30, 1915. They had eight children: Susan, William H. and Minnie, all deceased; Charles, of Mendota, Illinois; George, deceased; Frank; Catherine, wife of M. M....

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Obituary of Clarence Miller

Death of Clarence Miller Clarence Miller, a former resident of Union, died of pneumonia, at Austin, Grant County, Oregon, Tuesday of this week. The body was brought to Union Wednesday night, and the funeral will take place from the undertaking parlors at 2 p. m. Friday under auspices of the Odd Fellows, of which order he was a member. Clarence Miller was a young man raised in Union, and he married Miss Zylpha Skiff, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. O. J. Skiff, of Union, about a year and a half ago. To this union one child was born, which, with the mother, survives him. Clarence Miller was 27 years and about one month of age. The sympathy of many friends is extended to the bereaved wife and child and other relatives of the deceased. Newspaper item, Oct 22,...

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Biography of Alvin W. Miller

Alvin W. Miller, of Formoso, had spent nearly all his life in Jewell County; and since coming to Formoso had built up a large furniture and undertaking business and is widely known as that eity’s progressive mayor. Mr. Miller was born at Lena, Illinois, March 18, 1876. His father was the late T. A. Miller, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1841, was reared and educated and married in his native state and followed the trade of wagon making. For a number of years he lived at Freeport, Illinois, and in 1878 came to Jewell City, Kansas, where he followed his trade suecessfully until his death in November, 1916. He was a republican, a very active supporter of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was past master of Jewell Lodge No. 11, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and was a veteran Union soldier. He went to the war with an Illinois regiment. T. A. Miller married Rebecca Hoover. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1845 and is still living at Jewell City. There were nine children: Harry, a painter and decorator at Jewell City; Warren, connected with a commission firm at Kansas City, Missouri; Charles, a farmer in the State of Washington; Rosa, who died at the age of twenty-four; Andrew H., mentioned in a later paragraph; Louis, who died at the age of thirty-two in Jewell City; Alvin W.; Edith,...

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Biography of Andrew H. Miller

Andrew H. Miller, brother of Alvin W., is also closely identified with the business affairs of Formoso, where he is manager and treasurer of the Formoso Mercantile Company. He was born at Freeport in Stephenson County, Illinois, June 3, 1872, but, like his brother, was educated in the public schools of Jewell City. He left high school at the age of sixteen, went to work for the Robinson Mercantile Company, and had been connected with that firm almost altogether throughout his business career. In 1900 the company sent him to Formcso as manager of their large general merchandise store, which is one of the chief business enterprises in Jewell County. The store is located on Main Street. Mr. Miller built a modern residence on Main Street in 1908. He is a republican, prasident of the board of education, is past master of Formoso Lodge No. 336, Aneient Free and Accepted Masons, and a member of Jewell Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and Beloit Commandery of the Kuights Templar. In 1898, at Jewell City, Andrew H. Miller married Miss Jessie Postlethwaite. They have one child, John Postlethwaite, born January 17, 1909. Mrs. Louisa McClung Postlethwaite, mother of Mrs. Andrew H. Miller, and residing at their home in Formoso, was born in Williamsburg, Ohio, daughter of Robert R. McClung, one of the Kansas pioneers. Mr. MeClung was born in Butler County, Pennsylvania,...

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Biography of David T. Miller

In both the military and political service of his country David Truxton Miller has won distinction by his loyalty to the public good, his fidelity to the trust reposed in him. On southern battle-fields he has followed the stars and stripes to victory, and in the civic department of the nation’s service he has labored to promote the principles which underlie good government and form the foundation upon which all stable prosperity must rest. He has inscribed his name high on the roll of Boise’s distinguished citizens, and is now serving as deputy collector of internal revenue there. Born in Ohio, on the 2d of May, 1843, Mr. Miller is of English and Irish lineage, his ancestors having come to America in 1728. Representatives of the family participated in the war for independence, and in one of the battles of the Revolution the paternal great-grandfather of our subject sustained a gunshot wound in his thigh. Although he carried the ball to the day of his death, he attained the ripe old age of eighty years. His son, David Miller, the grandfather of our subject, was born in Alexander, Virginia, and became the father of John Wesley Miller, who was born in Pennsylvania, and on arriving at years of maturity married Matilda Ford, a native of Washington County, Ohio. They became the parents of eight children, five of whom are...

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Biography of Archibald Miller

Archibald Miller. Chase County was organized in 1859. One of the local citizens of the meager population then living here who took a prominent part in the organization, and one of the very few survivors of that time, is Mr. Archibald Miller, now living in comfort and retired from business cares at Cottonwood Falls, the county seat. Mr. Miller had witnessed all the development of this Kansas county, its growth and population, the development of its splendid resources as an agrioultural and stock raising section and had borne more than an individual share in all these developments, having been a resident of Chase County sixty years. Mr. Miller is several years past the age of fourscore. He has lived long and usefully and well and had made his generous prosperity almost altogether from Kansas land and Kansas business. He was born on a farm in County Antrim, Ireland, September 12, 1833, a son of John and Jane (McCarter) Miller. His father was born in 1802 and died in 1847, and the mother was born in 1816 and died in Chase County, Kansas, in 1879. Their children were six in number. four sons and two daughters, named Elizabeth, John, Archibald, Patrick, James and Jane. All of these are now deceased except Archibald. James whem last heard from had shipped as a sailor on a vessel sailing from London for India....

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Biography of Harry J. Miller

Harry J. Miller has been one of the business factors in the Town of Olsburg for over a quarter of a century. He was formerly engaged in agricultural pursuits in that rich and fertile district of Pottawatomie County, but now gives all his time to the management of a garage and the real estate business in Olsburg. His people were pioneers in two states, Tennessee and Illinois. His grandfather was born in Tennessee about twenty years after the close of the Revolutionary war and before the opening of the nineteenth century. In 1818 he took upon himself the responsibilities of pioneering in a new country and went to the frontier of Illinois, the same year that Illinois was admitted to the Union, locating in Morgan County, where he was identified with farming the rost of his active career. He died there in 1871. William Miller married Hannah Irwin, who also died in Morgan County. Illinois is the native state of Harry J. Miller. He was born in Cass County February 16, 1861, a son of Francis Marion Miller. His father was born in Morgan County in 1832, grew up there, and was for many years a farmer in that and in Cass County. In the fall of 1873 he moved with his family to Iowa, was a farmer in that state and in 1881 located in Nemaha County, Kansas,...

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Biography of Hon. Tannes E. Miller

Many interesting stories might be told by the early pioneers of Idaho, but it is not likely there are many men living in the state who could tell more stories, or stories of greater interest, than Senator Tannes E. Miller; and Senator Miller can go back of the pioneer days in Idaho and tell tales of the building and sailing of ships in Wisconsin and of pioneer life among the Indians. Senator Miller is one of Idaho’s most useful citizens and one of Latah county’s most prominent pioneers and most successful farmers. He has a model farm, which is located two miles east of Genesee. It is not only a very productive farm, but a very beautiful homestead, for Senator Miller is a man of refined taste, who believes there is nothing too good for his family. Tannes E. Miller was born in Norway, August 6, 1840, eldest child of Tabias and Christine (Elle) Miller, and came to America with his parents and brothers and sisters in 1849, and located in Wisconsin. His father had been a sea captain, but took up the life of a farmer and made a success of it. Mr. and Mrs. Miller were of the Lutheran faith. Mr. Miller died at the age of seventy-two, his wife at the age of sixty-three. Mrs. Miller died only a year later than her husband. They had...

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Biography of Henry H. Miller, M. D.

Henry H. Miller, M. D. Although the well directed labor of Dr. Henry H. Miller belongs to the past rather than present of Rossville, innumerable evidences abound of his sojourn in the community, and particularly of his diligence in proteeting and preserving the health and sanitation of his adopted place. For forty-four years he was a prominent resident of Rossville, and during that time won his way into the confidence and respect of the people not alone as a medical adviser and kind friend, but as a contributor to all that made for their welfare and a supporter of the things that combined to advance religion, education and high citizenship. Doctor Miller was born in Ashtabula County, Ohio, May 4, 1850, the sixth son of Rev. John and Sarah (Shaffer) Miller, natives of New York and Switzerland, respectively. Rev. John Miller was a Methodist minister and circuit rider, moving from one small congregation to another and administering the gospel over a wide stretch of territory, in addition to which he carried on farming. He gave his children better educational advantages than were usual in those days. Henry H. was sent to college to complete his training for the profession which he had decided upon as his life work. He first attended the common schools of Alliance, Ohio, and after teaching school for several years, entered Mount Union College, after...

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