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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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JABEZ W. MILLER is not only a prosperous and progressive farmer, but is an intelligent citizen, one who is thoroughly posted on all public affairs. Now in the prime of life, he occupies a front rank among the energetic farmers of Schuyler County, and, owing to the attention paid to every minor detail, he has accumulated a fair share of this world’s goods. He is now the owner of a fine farm of eighty-six acres in the town of Reading, on which he located in 1884.

Mr. Miller is the son of Sergeant and Jane (Smith) Miller, the former of whom departed this life in this town November 30, 1874. He was the father of nine children, five of whom grew to mature years, namely: Lewis, John H., Jabez W., Carrie M. and Clay.

Our subject was born in the town of Reading June 22, 1855, and remained with his parents until the time of his marriage, in Schuyler County, to Miss Mary Jane Hicks. Mrs. Miller is the daughter of Solomon and Christania (Powell) Hicks, the former of whom was killed by a tree falling on him, March 22, 1861, while he was in the woods cutting timber. His widow still survives, making her home at the present time in Radford, Steuben County, N. Y. Their family included four children: Charles, Albert, Cordelia and Mary Jane. (Albert Hicks’ history may be found on another page in this volume.)

Mrs. Miller was born in the town of Orange, this county, March 2, 1860. By her union with our subject there were born seven children, of whom those living are Minnie C., born October 29, 1878; Mott D., Januarys, 1881; Bessie M., April 25, 1884; Delia, November 25, 1886; and Orville C., March 22, 1889. Sargeant died when an infant of twelve months, June 12, 1883, and Jabez also passed away in infancy, March 19, 1895.

At the time of his marriage our subject rented a tract of land in the town of Tyrone, and after residing upon it for a year changed his location to rented property in the town of Orange. His stay there also lasted twelve months, after which he removed to the town of Dix, with the interests of which place he was identified for five years. At the expiration of that time he worked on a farm in the town of Reading for a year, and then, or in 1884, purchased and removed to his present fine estate, since which time he has made it his home. Everything about the place indicates that an experienced and competent hand is at the helm.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Miller are active workers and members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They are active in all good works, and are classed among the public-spirited and esteemed citizens of the county. Politically Mr. Miller is a Republican.

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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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