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Below is a family biography included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published by Donnelley, Gassette & Loyd 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, ANSON, farmer, Sec. 21, P. O. Greenfield. Mr. Miller moved to this State as early as 1818, in company with his parents, who came from Kentucky when Anson was about four years of age, he being born March 10, 1814; they located at Kincaid’s Point, town 10, range 10; during his youth he thinks he attended the first school that was taught in this township; did not attend but about two years, all put together; after he was grown he contracted with John W. Hewitt three years, and in consideration of these services he was to receive two months’ schooling, his clothes, and $100 in money, which contract was fully complied with by both parties. Mr. Miller was married Jan. 7, 1841, to Rebecca Mitchell; had one child, but died soon, his wife dying Sept. 9, 1843. He was married the second time to Mrs. Mary Allen, born Jan. 22, 1845, in Madison County. Mrs. Miller had five children by her first husband: Sarah C., born Dec. 10, 1847, since the wife of Elias Crane, died in February, 1875; Andrew M., born May 1, 1849; now in Kansas. In the year 1871, Mr. and Mrs. Miller moved to Kansas; remained three years, and then returned; they are not satisfied, and will probably return as soon as circumstances will permit; they are now living at their home, three miles south of Greenfield. Mr. Miller and wife are members of the United Brethren Church. Mr. M. is very retiring in his nature, and has never sought publicity; has been long known by the people of this community, and respected by all who have known him.

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This family biography is one of 744 biographies included in The History of Greene County, Illinois published in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Greene County, Illinois

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