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Below is a family biography included in The History of Sebastian 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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John G. Miller, of the lumber firm of Miller & Dyke, Fort Smith, Ark., was born in Indiana in 1842, and is the son of W. B. and Sarah A. Miller. W. B. Miller was a native of England, a miller by trade, and came to America with his parents at the age of eight years, locating in Dearborn County, Ind. A stone mill, erected by him in Dearborn County in 1839, is still in operation, and is run by the youngest son of the family. Mr. Miller was here married, and here passed a long and useful life. The Miller family belonged to the Methodist Church, and were among the higher classes of the English people. John G. Miller was reared and educated in Indiana, and there served an apprenticeship to the milling and flouring business. During the Civil War he was a member of the Sixteenth Indiana Infantry, in which he served three years. After the war he continued in the milling business until he came to Arkansas in 1870, where he located at Georgetown, and in that vicinity ran a saw-mill for several years. The place was subsequently called Piney Station. Mr. Miller moved to Clarksville, Johnson County, in 1877, and from there came to Fort Smith in 1879, entered the saw-mill and lumber business, and now manufactures sash, doors, blinds, etc. on a large scale. He married Miss Mary J. Trester, a native of Indiana, in 1867, and to them were born five children: Carl, Daisy, May and Florence. Their third child, Roy, died at the age of five years. Mr. Miller is a Republican in politics, is a member of the Masonic fraternity, K. of H., and has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since twelve years of age.

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This family biography is one of 217 biographies included in The History of Sebastian County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Sebastian County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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