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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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W. M. Miller, a pioneer settler of Moniteau County, and one of the much-esteemed citizens, was born in that county in 1843, and is the son of William and Theresa (Moore) Miller, natives of Kentucky and North Carolina, respectively. Grandfather Miller came to this country about 1820, settled in Cole County, now Montgomery County, entered land and remained here the balance of his life. He died in 1853. William Miller, father of our subject, came to Missouri with his parents in 1820, and opened up the farm near where his son, W. M., is now living, and improved a great amount of land. He was quite active in politics, and was one of the first judges of the county, served as justice a number of years, was probate judge two terms, and was a very prominent man. He was with the Democratic party. He died on the old homestead in 1865, and his wife passed away in July, 1861. W. M. Miller was reared at home, and assisted in clearing and developing the farm. He received his education in the subscription and district schools, and commenced for himself at an early age. He was married in Moniteau County,, Mo., in 1873, to Miss Martha Harmon, a native of Moniteau County, and the daughter of Lindsey and Lina (Powell) Harmon, natives of Tennessee. The parents came to this county at an early day, settling on an extensive farm, and there died in 1876. His wife is still living, and resides on the homestead. After marriage Mr. Miller settled where he now lives, and is the owner of eighty acres of excellent land, all under cultivation. He is now very active in politics, and votes independent, being conservative in his views, supporting the man rather than party. He is a member of Moniteau Lodge No. 295, at Jamestown, Mo.; is one of the school trustees, and takes an interest in school matters. He and wife are members of the Christian Church at Shiloh. To their marriage were born four children, three now living: Dolly (who died in infancy, February 12, 1877), Elmore, Elga and an infant.

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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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