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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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J. P. Miller, another pioneer settler of what is now Moniteau County, Mo., was born in that county in 1846, and was the second in order of birth of the six children born to his father’s third marriage. His parents, William and Theressa (Moore) Miller, were natives of Kentucky and North Carolina respectively. William Miller came to Missouri at an early day, settled on Moniteau Creek, entered land and improved a large tract. He was one of the first county judges, and was probate judge for a number of years. He died October 17, 1865, at the age of sixty-nine years. His wife died in 1861. The grandfather, John Miller, settled in what is now Linn Township when the country was wild and unbroken. J. P. Miller attained his growth on the farm, and received his education in the district schools of his county. He assisted his father in clearing and developing the home place, and remained at home until twenty years of age, when he began for himself. He was married in Moniteau County, Mo., in 1873, to Miss Mary J. Hayter, a native of Moniteau County, and the daughter of James M. and Cynthia (Powell) Hayter, formerly of Tennessee. Mr. and Mrs. Hayter came to Moniteau County at a very early period, entered land, and are now residing in the county. Mrs. Miller’s paternal grandfather was a native of Tennessee, and died in that State. Her maternal grandparents, William and Mary (Hooker) Powell, were also natives of Tennessee, and immigrated to Moniteau at an early date. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was in the battle of New Orleans. After his marriage Mr. Miller purchased 200 acres of land, where he now resides, and has 135 acres under cultivation. He raises a good grade of stock, and is one of the prominent farmers of the county. In his politics Mr. Miller was formerly a Democrat, but lately votes with the Union Labor party. He takes a great interest in school matters, and was at one time a member of the township board. Mr. Miller is now a member of the Agricultural Wheel, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church at Shiloh. To his marriage were born eight children, seven now living: Dora (who died in 1874, at the age of three months), Herman, Edna, Arna, Boyd, Young, Pernia and Mamie.

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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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