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Below is a family biography included in The History of Moniteau County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Christoph Miller, Sr., was born near Strassburg, then in France, September 19, 1822. His parents were Jacob and Magdalena (Marks) Miller, the former a farmer by occupation, who served under Napoleon in the cavalry department in the War of 1812-15. Jacob and his wife, with their four sons and four daughters, sailed May 25, 1839, on the vessel “Hoon-de-Grass,” and arrived in New York July 7 following. The family located on a farm in Posey County, Ind., where Jacob died in 1847, at the age of fifty-seven years; he was a member of the Lutheran Church, as were all of his family. The mother lived until 1854, dying in Missouri at the home of her son, aged sixty-one or sixty-two years. Of the nine children in this family Peter died in France, and Christopher, Louis, Daniel, Jacob, Magdalena, Elizabeth, Barbara and Susan came to America with their parents; of these Jacob died at Nashville, Tenn., during the late war, Susan died aged fourteen, and Louis is a minister in the German Methodist Episcopal Church. Christoph was but a child when his parents immigrated to America; he attained his majority in Indiana, and in 1854 went to Missouri and built a mill on the Moniteau Creek, which he lost, and in 1866 removed to his present location near Jamestown, where he has since successfully devoted his attention to farming. He married Catherine Yost, who was born in Germany in 1825. Of the twelve children born to this union five are living, viz.: Louis, William and Christopher (twins), John and Mary. The parents are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Jamestown, and are actively interested in all church and school enterprises.

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This family biography is one of 187 biographies included in The History of Moniteau County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Moniteau County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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