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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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W. A. MILLER, proprietor of the Exchange Hotel, Chenoa. “We eat to live and live to eat,” and therefore, to point out a good hotel is an act of kindness which is sure to be appreciated by the hungry traveler; of the Exchange Hotel it can be said with truth, that in quality and variety of fare and attention to the comfort of its guests, it is not excelled by any house on the line of the T., P. & W. R. R.; its tables are always supplied with the best the market affords, and the genial manner of the proprietor makes the traveler feel “at home” at once. Mr. Miller was born in Fulton Co., Penn., July 28, 1849; in 1854, his parents removed to Carroll Co., Ill., where he was raised on the farm, attending school at the Mt. Carroll Seminary until he was 19 years old; he then went to Grundy Co., Iowa, and remained one year; in 1871, he went to Livingston Co. and worked on a farm during the summer, clerking in a hardware store in Dwight the following winter; in April, 1872, he came to Chenoa, as clerk in the Exchange Hotel, of which he became proprietor Jan. 1, 1874. He was married Dec. 3, 1873, to Miss Nellie Thomas, a daughter of Dr. J. H. Thomas, of Chenoa. Mr. Miller is now serving his second term as Alderman of the city.

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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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