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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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SAMUEL MILLER, Shirley; was born Jan. 12, 1826, on a farm in Kentucky; remained there until 9 years old, when he came with his father to McLean Co., settling in Dale Township, renting of Henshaw for two years; his father then bought land in Dale Township, settled, and engaged in farming; Mr. Miller worked for his father until 21 years old, when, on Aug. 28, 1847, he was married to Priscilla Allison, of Pennsylvania; after marriage, they settled on the present farm of eighty acres, which they have improved and made an elegant home. Mr. Miller was one of fifteen children, the blessings of the marriage of his father to Miss Lloyd; all the family of children are now living, except one, who died in the army. Mr. Miller has held offices connected with schools as Director, and Pathmaster. They have eight children — Isabel, Annie, Priscilla, Thomas, Samuel, Rebecca, Elmira and Luella.

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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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