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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Jackson 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 Miller, planter and stock raiser, was born in Humphreys County, Tenn., in 1839, the oldest of two boys born to Henry and Louisa (Cole) Miller, natives of Tennessee. The parents dying when the boys were quite young, they were left to depend upon themselves. Our subject was reared to farm life, and also learned wood-work, and received his education in the subscription schools of Tennessee. He was married in Humphreys County, Tenn., in 1857, to Martha Jane Plummer, of Tennessee, daughter of John and Parthena (Matthis) Plummer, natives of Virginia, who emigrated to Tennessee in an early day, where they died. After his marriage William settled on a farm, and in 1861 enlisted in Capt. McAdoo’s company for three years; he was in the battles of Bell Buckle, Tallahassee, where he was taken sick, and sent to Atlanta, where he remained two months, when he returned to Tallahassee. He was in the campaigns in North Alabama, East and Middle Tennessee and North Mississippi, and in 1865 surrendered under Col. Hurd. In 1872 Mr. Miller came to Jackson County, Ark., settling in Bird Township, where, in 1880, he bought 120 acres of improved land; he has continued to improve it, and has now ninety acres under cultivation, having planted a good orchard, and has all varieties of fruit. He raises hogs, horses and cattle. In 1879 his wife died leaving four children: Henry (married), James William (married), Charles Lafayette, and Louisa (now Mrs. E. Donahoe), all residing in Bird Township. In Jackson County, in 1881, Mr. Miller married Belle Corson, a native of North Alabama, daughter of Charley and Julia (Anderson) Corson, who were early settlers of Alabama. They have had four children: Jesse, Dawson, Julia Pinckney and Rosa Lee. Our subject is not active in politics, and votes independently. He has been road overseer, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church; he is practically a self-made man, and interested in the welfare of his county.

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