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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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W. A. MILLER was born August 19, 1824, in Shelby County, Ky., and is the third of seven children born to Joseph and Nancy (Montgomery) Miller, natives of Kentucky, and of German and Irish descent. He was reared on a farm, received a common school education, and lived with his parents till he was twenty-three years old, when he moved to Ballard County, and bought the farm on which he now resides, of 230 acres, which he mostly improved. He started in life with but little, and lost two horses during the war; he gave a third to the Federal Army, for fear it might be stolen, for which he afterward received pay. His father was the owner of some negroes before the war. Mr. Miller was married February 18, 1847, to Eliza H. Shrader, of Spencer County, Ky., but a native of Ohio County, Ky., and a daughter of George and Nancy (Davison) Shrader, natives of Jefferson County, Ky., and Virginia, respectively, and of German and English descent. He had born to him by this union five children: Olivia T. (now Haggard), Nancy R. (now Mason), Joseph A., Mary E. (deceased) and George T. Mr. Miller is a Mason, and cast his first presidential vote for Gen. Taylor, but now votes the Democratic ticket.

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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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