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Below is a family biography included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. 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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PROF. J. A. MILLER, Superintendent of Public Schools, Chenoa; was born in Brown Co., Ohio, Feb. 5, 1842; until the age of 21, he remained on a farm; in 1863, he entered a select school in Sardinia, Ohio, teaching school the following winter; in 1864, he became a student in the Southwestern Normal School, at Lebanon, Ohio, where he spent one year, April 13, 1865, he was married to Miss Alice S. Chaney, of Brown Co., a native of Highland Co., Ohio; they have two children living — Cora E. and Leona G. The same year, 1865, he engaged in mercantile business in Marathon, Clermont Co., Ohio, which he continued two years, after which he taught school one year in his native county; in the spring of 1868, he removed to Illinois and taught three years in Eppard’s Point Township, Livingston Co.; in 1871, both Prof, and Mrs. Miller entered the Illinois State Normal School, where he remained two years, Mrs. Miller teaching the second year in Bloomington; in 1873, he became Principal of the Public Schools in Towanda, and held that position five years, Mrs. M. also being engaged in the schools; in 1878, he came to Chenoa as Superintendent of the Public Schools, with Mrs. Miller as principal assistant. Prof. Miller has had an experience of 100 months, or over eleven school years in teaching, and both himself and his wife are regarded in educational circles and by the people in this section of the State as most able and efficient instructors.

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This family biography is one of 1257 biographies included in The History of McLean County, Illinois published by Wm. LeBaron, Jr. Co. in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of McLean County, Illinois

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