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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, JOHN G. farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 12, P. O. Fayette, is a brother of James N., and son of Oliver and Rebecca Miller; John was born in Cherokee County, Ala., Dec. 11, 1843; his parents emigrated to Perry County, this State, and finally located in Macoupin; he was fourteen years of age when his parents moved to this State, he remaining with them until he attained his twenty-second year; his advantages as regards education were very limited indeed, his education being of a practical nature; attended a nine months’ term at Alton; was married Feb. 15, 1866 to Emily P. Pervis; but little is known of her ancestry, she being an orphan; she dates her birth Jan. 26, 1846. They have had five children; four are living: Adam O., born Jan. 5, 1867; John C., born Dec. 15, 1869; Rebecca A., born May 14, 1873; James M., Sept., 1876. After his marriage he located in Macoupin County; remained four years, moved to Greene, staid two years, then returned to Macoupin, was there one year, then back again to Greene, where he has since continued; he is now engaged in farming and trading in stock for the last twelve years, beginning with $35; he not only has retained it, but added largely to it, being a successful business man, and is one of those men that is square in his dealing, and is above a mean act. He is a member of Fayette Lodge, 107, A. F. and A. M.

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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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