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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence 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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William F. Miller, another successful agriculturist of Section 28, Spring River Township, was born in that township March 4, 1843, and is the son of John D. and Rebecca (Forbis) Miller, and the grandson of Jacob and Mary (Windham) Miller, who settled in Missouri at the head of Spring River at an early date. John D. Miller was a native of Tennessee, and a much respected citizen. His wife, Rebecca (Forbis) Miller, was the daughter of John Forbis, who came from Kentucky and settled in Missouri about the same time as the Millers. William F. Miller attained his growth in Lawrence County, and then donned his suit of gray, shouldered his musket and enlisted in the Confederate army, rendering active and honorable service for about four years under Brig.-Gen. M. M. Parsons. He surrendered at Shreveport, La. After the war he returned home and engaged in tilling the soil, which occupation he has continued up to the present time. He was married in Lawrence County to Miss Louisiana Gibson, daughter of David E. and Elizabeth (Howell) Gibson, the former a native of Tennessee and the latter of Alabama. They were married in Arkansas, where the Howells had located in early times. Mr. and Mrs. Miller are the parents of two sons, John D. and Archie. Mr. Miller was a member of the Shady Grove Grange from its beginning until its dissolution. He is one of the charter members of the Shady Grove Farmers’ Alliance, and served on the school board of his district for nearly ten years. He has 240 acres of land, and has some fine cattle and hogs. He and wife have been members of the Cumber land Presbyterian Church ever since their marriage.

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This family biography is one of 272 biographies included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Lawrence County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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