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Below is a family biography included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  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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MILLER, JACOB, wagon manufacturer; residence, Clayton. His parents were John and Elizabeth Miller, of Saxony, Germany. He was born in the same place, June 1, 1829; came to America in 1848; settled in Baltimore, Md., one year; removed to Summersett county, Pa., one year, and thence to Quincy, Ill., in 1852; from there to Brown county in 1856; thence to Clayton in 1858. He has followed this business all his life. Married Catharine Faust, April 23, 1852, who died in 1868, leaving three children: Henry, Louisa and Emma. He married Catharine Fraelisch in the fall of 1869. They have one child, Jennie. His first wife was born in Pennsylvania, Feb. 22, 1634. Mr. Miller is a member of the I. O. O. F., and of the benefit association of that order. He started business with five dollars, and is now worth over $10,000; is Town Trustee.

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This family biography is one of 1444 biographies included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Adams County, Illinois

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