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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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JOSEPH K. MILLER, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Bloomington; one of the early settlers of the county, was born in Butler Co., Ohio, Sept. 29, 1844. He is the son of Mr. Michael Miller (now deceased) and Magdalena King. They were married in Baden, Germany, and came to the United States in 1834, and settled in Ohio, where Joseph was born. He came to Illinois, from his native State, with his father’s family, and settled in McLean Co. in 1852. His mother still resides with him, at the advanced age of 79 years. Their farm consists of 198 acres, valued at $10,000. Mr. Joseph Miller was married, in this State, June 24, 1872, to Miss Lizzie Mast, who was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Oct. 2, 1854. They have two children, viz.; William and Bertha.

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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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