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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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John Miller was born in Schwerin, Mecklenburg, Germany, December 19, 1833. He was educated in the common schools of his native country, and was reared to the occupation of a miller, serving his time with an uncle, a brother of his mother. He remained at home until he was fourteen years of age. August 9, 1865, he was joined in marriage to Sophia Sangabusch, and of the nine children born to them three, Minnie, Emma and an infant unnamed, are deceased. Those living are: Bertha, born November 15, 1867; Jessie, born June 12, 1870; Willie, born October 11, 1872; Sophia, born November 16, 1877; Lizzie, born December 25, 1879, and Alvina, born May 21, 1885. Mrs. Miller died August 17, 1886, aged forty-four years, seven months and fourteen days. Mr. Miller came to America in 1867, and upon his arrival made his way with his family direct to St. Louis, where he secured employment in a mill, and remained about eighteen months. He then moved to Jefferson County, and was employed as a farm hand for three years; he subsequently rented the farm on which he now resides, and in 1880 purchased the same, paying $1,400 for it. The farm contains eighty acres, and is in a good state of cultivation. He is a member of the American Legion of Honor, and Hermann Sons of Kimmswick, a German organization. He is a Democrat. Mr. Miller was reared in the Lutheran Church, of which faith his family are adherents.

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