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Below is a family biography from the book,  The History of Franklin 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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Bailey P. Miller, junior member of the firm of Nichols & Miller, general merchants at Altus, Ark., was born in Franklin County April 12, 1852, and is a son of Elijah and Mary, (Bathus) Miller, who were born in Virginia, and died in Arkansas October 27, 1877, and September 16, 1878, aged fifty-seven and sixty-two, respectively. They were children when their parents moved to Smith County, Tenn., and there they were reared to manhood and womanhood, and were married. After removing west they first located in Jefferson County, Ark., but two years later came to Franklin County, where they spent the remainder of their days. The father was a minister of the Missionary Baptist Church, but also followed the occupation of farming. He organized a great many churches, and during his career as a minister of the Gospel was instrumental in converting many souls to Christianity. During the late Civil War he served three years in the Confederate army, and was in all the principal battles fought in Arkansas. He was a Democrat, and the father of eight children, five of whom are living; Jane Frances (wife of William Steele), Emily S. (wife of G. W. Nichols), Bailey P., Mary and Samuel H. Bailey P. received a liberal education at Ozark, and since 1874 has been engaged in farming. In that year he took a trip to California, but returned home in the spring of 1876, and went to Texas, where he remained three years. He then returned to Arkansas, and, with the exception of a short time spent in Texas, has since resided in Franklin County. In January he engaged in the mercantile business with Mr. Nichols, but is also engaged in farming. He is a Democrat, and possesses excellent business qualifications, which eminently fit him for a public career. He has taught a number of terms of school, and what property he now has has been acquired by his own labors.

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This family biography is one of 163 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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