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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  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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BRUCE MILLER, Probate Judge, was born in Harrison County, Ind., February 22, 1840. He received a liberal education, and at the age of nineteen began serving an apprenticeship at the carpenter’s trade, which he abandoned (after working at it two years), on account of ill-health. He was then employed in the Auditor’s office in Indiana, remaining in that position until 1868, at which time he came to Kansas and located at Baxter Springs. He again worked a short time at the carpenter’s trade, and then went to Columbus and served as Deputy Sheriff until 1871, when he was elected Clerk of the District Court, and served two years. He was then again appointed Deputy Sheriff, and after serving about two years, was made Deputy Register of Deeds, holding that office two years. He was then Deputy County Clerk for eighteen months, and was elected Probate Judge in 1880 for two years term, which expired January, 1883. Judge Miller is a large and successful mine-owner and operator, owning twenty acres of mining land half a mile south of Galena, and also an interest in a crusher on the Maggie Taylor grounds. He also owns a large interest in town lots, and in 160 acres of leased land near Joplin, Mo., and which is now being worked. He also has a fifth interest in eighty acres of deeded land near Carterville, a fifth interest in 160 acres of leased land near Carterville, and a fifth interest in forty acres in Newton County, Mo., all of which are mining lands. He also owns a residence and other property in Columbus, and lots in Baxter Springs. He studied law, and was admitted to the district and inferior courts in 1882. He was married to Miss Annie Wilson, of Illinois, February 15, 1872. Have three children— Jessie, Mabel and Blanch.

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This family biography is one of 289 biographies included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Cherokee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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