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Below is a family biography included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published by Biographical Publishing Co. in 1894.  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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CHARLES R. MILLER. Randolph County is the home of a goodly number of men who have put forth such industrious and well directed efforts that they have been able to retire from the toils and cares of life, and are now spending their time in ease and enjoyment. Among this number is the gentleman above named, who occupies an attractive home in Sparta, into which he moved in 1881. He still owns his fine farm, which consists of two hundred acres in township 5, range 5, on which he has erected every building necessary in carrying on the work of the estate, all being substantial and well arranged.

The father of our subject, Andrew Miller, was a native of Scotland, having been born in Glasgow, about 1776. He made his home in his native land until 1796, when he crossed the Atlantic, and for twelve years resided in Ryegate, Vt. While living in the Green Mountain State he was the proprietor of a grist mill, which was burned down on two occasions. From Vermont he went to Galloway County, N. Y., where he engaged in farming for some time. In 1827 he came to Randolph County and made his home on section 9, township 5, range 5, where he remained until his decease, which occurred in July, 1846. He was a member of the Covenanter Church, being identified with the Bethel congregation. Grandfather James Miller was also a native of Scotland, and a miller by trade.

Mrs. Margaret (McLeary) Miller, the mother of our subject, was a native of Ireland, and when ready to come to America made the trip across the Atlantic in company with Rev. William Gibson. She located in Vermont, where she was married to Andrew Miller in 1802. Of their family of fourteen children, three died in infancy. Those who lived to mature years were, James, Jane, Robert, William, Margaret, Andrew, Mary Ann, Eliza, Rachael, John, and Charles, of this sketch.

Charles R. Miller was born December 13, 1819, in Galloway County, N. Y., which was his home until 1827, when he accompanied his father to Chester. The journey hither was made by canal from Amsterdam to Buffalo, where they crossed the lake to Dunkirk, and from that place they traveled eighteen miles by wagon. Then they built a flatboat, by means of which they reached Louisville, Ky., and there embarked on a steamboat which landed them at Chester. Charles R. continued to make his home with his parents until 1846. Three years previous to this he married Miss Elizabeth Adams, a native of Washington County, Pa. Mrs. Miller is the daughter of William and Sarah (Hughes) Adams, the former a native of Pennsylvania, and the latter born in Wales. Mrs. Adams was brought to America when nine years of age, and departed this life while residing in Illinois. Her husband’s decease occurred in Ohio.

Upon the farm concerning which mention was above made, Mr. Miller continued to make his home until 1881, since which time he has been identified with the interests of Sparta. In addition to his valuable farm of two hundred acres he owns town property of value. He is a strong Republican in politics. With his wife he is a member of the Covenanter Church, in which he has been Elder for the past forty-eight years. By, his union with Miss Adams, ten children were born, viz.: Sarah, Andrew Calvin, Robert, John, Charles, Delia, Nellie, Willie, Edward (deceased), and one who died in infancy.

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This family biography is one of 679 biographies included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published in 1894.  View the complete description here: The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois

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