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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  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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ISHAM MILLER, was born November 21, 1807, in Richmond, Va., and is the third of ten children (five boys) born to Anderson and Martha (Moore) Miller, natives of Virginia, and of Scotch-Irish and Irish descent, respectively. Our subject, with his parents, came from Virginia to Green County, Ky., in 1819, where they engaged in farming. In 1830 they moved to Logan County, Ky., where his father died in 1840, aged sixty-four years. The mother died in 1833, aged forty-eight years. About 1828 our subject moved to Logan County, where he engaged at farming, speculated in tobacco, and worked at the carpenter’s trade till 1867, when he sold out and came to Ballard County, and located where he now lives on 100 acres of land in good condition. He lost two good horses during the war by guerrillas, and was the owner of a few negroes when the war broke out. He was married in May, 1834, to Mary F. Browder, of Logan County, a daughter of Richard and Elizabeth (Anderson) Browder, of Virginia; she died in 1835. His next marriage was in August, 1836, to Jane A. Morrow, of Logan County, daughter of James and Mary (Scott) Morrow. By this union he had born to him twelve children: John A., Mary F. (deceased, married a Hines), Martha J. (deceased), James W. (deceased), Margaret E. (deceased), Virginia A. (deceased), George T., Sarah E. (deceased, and was married to J. Upshaw), James R., Caroline C., W. E. and Addie (deceased). His second wife died October 1, 1865, aged forty-seven years, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His third marriage was in January, 1868, to Beedie Bishop, of Ballard County, Ky., a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Howard) Bishop, natives of Kentucky and Virginia, respectively, and of Irish and English origin. Mr. Miller and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a Mason, and cast his first presidential vote for Gen. Jackson; he voted the Democratic ticket till 1860, when he cast a vote for A. Lincoln, and has voted the Republican ticket ever since. W. E. Miller, son of Isham Miller, was born March 7, 1859, in Logan County, Ky., and is the eleventh of twelve children. He was reared on a farm, attended the public schools, and cast his first presidential vote for James A. Garfield.

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This family biography is one of 186 biographies included in the Ballard County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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