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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington 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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Dr. D. S. Miller. This gentleman is one of the prominent and enterprising citizens of the county. He was born in Rockingham County, Va., March 20, 1839, and is the son of William and Ruth Miller, natives of Pennsylvania and Virginia, respectively. The father, who was of German descent, was a farmer all his life and died in Virginia, in 1857. The mother died in 1860. Their family consisted of five children, Dr. D. S. Miller being the youngest. He was educated in his native State, and about one year before the breaking out of the Civil War he was elected lieutenant of a company of Virginia volunteers, and was called into the Confederate service, but his sentiments were so strong for the Union that he left the South in 1863, and removed to Ohio, and from there came to Stephenville, Erath Co., Tex. He commenced the study of medicine in Preble County, Ohio, where he’ resided some fourteen years, and has also followed the occupation of painting and other vocations. While there he invented a patent and operated that for two years; also farmed for one year there, and owned and ran a flour·mill and saw-mill for two years. He then removed to Stephenville, Tex., as above related, and here he followed painting, and also studied medicine, which he practiced there for some time, or until he moved to Washington County, Ark., in 1878. He then located five miles south of Boonsboro, where he followed agricultural pursuits for four years, and then sold out and engaged in merchandising at West Fork one year. Three years ago he located at Greenland Station, where he is postmaster, and where he has followed merchandising ever since. During the war, in 1862, he married Miss Delilah J. Blackwell, a native of Virginia, and to them were born eight children: Preston H., Howard K. (deceased), Virginia V., Elmer E., Charles M., Calvin S.(deceased), Oda S. and Osa F. Dr. Miller is a Republican in politics, and takes an active interest in political affairs. He is a Master Mason, and is now candidate for representative in the State Legislature.

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