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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jasper County, Missouri published by Mills & Company in 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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WM. MILLER was born in Niagara county, N. Y., Dec. 10, 1838, and was raised near Niagara Falls. He has a common school education. He moved to Ohio, and settled in Seneca county, in 1852. He worked on a farm, and also learned the carpenter trade; worked at that and farmed until 1862; was then married to Miss Elizabeth Downs, who was born in Holmes county, Ohio, in 1844, daughter of John and Margaret Downs. Mr. Miller moved to Jasper county in the fall of 1868, and bought a farm which he lost on account of the title not being good. He then bought forty acres and lived on that until 1876. He then rented his place and returned to Ohio; farmed there four years, and then returned to his farm in Jasper county. He now has 120 acres, which is all improved. He has one child, Mary M. Mr. Miller is considered a good farmer and neighbor.

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