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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published by Chapman Publishing Co., in 1895.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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GEORGE E. MILLER has passed the busy life of a farmer, and is classed among the prosperous agriculturists of Schuyler County. His estate is situated in the midst of one of the finest farming regions of this section, and this is saying not a little, for on every hand may be seen highly cultivated farms, the appearance of which denotes thrift and prosperity. He is one of the representative citizens of the town of Reading, and gives his hearty support to all enterprises for the good of the community.

The father of our subject, Johnson A. Miller, was born in the town of Lansing, Tompkins County, N. Y., April 7, 1808. Upon reaching his majority he removed to the town of Reading, Schuyler County, where the most of his life was passed. For a few years he resided on Staten Island, but his heart and home were still among his native hills. January 13, 1836, he married Miss Rebecca Palmer, a native of New York, and daughter of Jonathan Palmer, of Orange, Schuyler County. They became the parents of six children, namely: Betsey, Mrs. John Damoth, deceased; Thomas, of Reading Center; Jacob, who lives at Corning; Sanford, of Chicago, Ill.;
Alphe, deceased; and George E. Three of these sons entered the late war, Sanford and Alphe taking part in several engagements.

For four years prior to his death Johnson A. Miller was an invalid. Three years before his decease he suffered a shock of paralysis, followed by others, until life sank into death in August, 1885, when he was seventy-seven years of age. His estimable wife is still living in the town of Reading, and is now eighty-three years old. Of her children, George E. is the youngest. He was born at Reading, June 4, 1847, and was educated in the common schools. With the exception of two years spent in the town of Tyrone, he has always made his home in Reading. He has devoted his entire life to agricultural pursuits, and by working industriously at this vocation has acquired a valuable property, including eighty-three acres, all of which is cultivated and bears the best line of improvements in the way of buildings and machinery.

In his political views Mr. Miller is a Republican. His first marriage united him with Miss Fidelia Hatfield, who departed this life in 1871, leaving a daughter, Alice I., now the wife of William Clearwater. His marriage to Miss Carrie Dalrymple was solemnized August 9, 1873. This lady was born in the village of Watkins, July 28, 1850, received a good education in the schools near her home, and is a well informed and intelligent lady. One child was born to bless her union, Fred E., who died March 30, 1892, aged seven years.

The father of Mrs. Miller was Dennis Dalrymple, a native of the state of New Jersey. He was reared on a farm and received good educational advantages, becoming a well informed man. Settling in Hector, Schuyler County, he there married Polly Stedge, and engaged in farming for a number of years. Thence he moved to the village of Watkins, where he had charge of a sawmill at the mouth of Watkins Glen. Subsequently he bought a farm of one hundred and forty acres near Beaver Dams, in the town of Dix, where he remained until his death, at the age of about forty-nine. In politics he was a Republican. His membership, religiously, was in the Methodist Church. His wife is living at Elmira, N. Y., and is now (1895) in her seventy-eighth year. They were the parents of four sons and four daughters. Three of the sons, Abram, Alfred and George, were soldiers in the Union army during the late war, and George died at Murfreesboro, Tenn., of disease contracted while in the service.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published in 1895. 

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