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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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William A. Miller. Among the business houses of Rogers, Ark., may be mentioned the general mercantile firm of Mr. Miller, who established his store in the town in 1881, being one of the first residents of the same. He was born in Warren County, Tenn., in 1845, and is a son of Alexander C. and Jane (Miller) Miller, who were born in the “Old North State” and the “Palmetto State” respectively. William A. Miller was educated in his native State, and his boyhood days were spent in assisting his father on the farm. While still living in Tennessee he united his fortunes with those of Miss Clerissa Thomas, who was born in the State in 1848, and their union was blessed in the birth of ten children, as follows: H. H., Hugh J., John F., Charles A., Frank H., Anna M., Mabel C., A. C., Stella E. and Finis E. In 1868 Mr. Miller concluded to seek his fortune in the West, and accordingly located in Lawrence County, Mo., and there followed mercantile pursuits until 1881, when he sold out and came to Rogers, Ark., where he has since been successfully engaged in general merchandising. He is doing well financially, and has a large and select stock of goods, which is conveniently arranged in his commodious frame business building, which he erected on coming to the town, Mr. Miller is prominently connected with some of the principal manufacturing interests of the town, and is noted for the interest he takes in helping to forward all public enterprises. He has held the office of city treasurer for several successive terms, which he now fills. He supports the principles of the Democratic party, and is a member of the A. F. & A. M.

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This family biography is one of 240 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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