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Below is a family biography included in The History of Osage 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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John Miller, a farmer and stock-dealer of Crawford Township, Osage County, residing eight miles east of the county seat, was born December 29, 1820, in Bledsoe County, Tenn., and is a son of Thomas and Altha (Sherril) Miller. Thomas Miller was of German descent, and was born in Virginia in 1782. When a boy he went to Tennessee with his father, William Miller, who first located in Knox County, and afterward went to Bledsoe County. About the year 1805 occurred the marriage of Thomas Miller and Altha Sherril; the latter was born in Knox County, Tenn., about 1785. Of their twelve children, eight are living, viz.: Adam, Davison, John, Matilda, Samuel, Ruth and Mary. In 1836 Thomas Miller immigrated to Osage County, Mo., and located on Pointer’s Creek, six miles east of Linn, where he owned about 700 acres of land, and engaged in farming until his death, which occurred in 1856, his widow surviving until 1860. John Miller was about seventeen years of age when his parents located in Osage County. He was reared to the pursuit of farming, and lived with his parents until about twenty-five years of age. In October, 1849, he settled on the farm where he now resides, having lived on the same farm for forty years. He is the owner of about 1,400 acres of land, and is one of the largest land-holders and most highly esteemed citizens of Osage County. He is a stanch Democrat in politics, and during the late war was a member of the Home Militia. In May, 1847, Mr. Miller married Lisanna Warren, who was born in White County, Tenn., in 1819, and located in Osage County in 1841. She was a daughter of Bluford and Sallie (Yates) Warren. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Miller, viz.: Samuel Bluford, Warren Montgomery and Thomas Rainy. Samuel B. Miller was born in 1853, and in 1873 married Sarah Anderson, who died in 1876, leaving one child, Adam. In 1881 Mr. Miller married Isabelle Duncan, who was born in Osage County, Mo., in 1855, and is a daughter of David Duncan. Three children have blessed this union, viz.: Charles, Esther and Jesse. Warren M. Miller was born in 1855, and in 1881 married Culpernia Duncan, who was born in Osage County in 1859, and is a daughter of John B. Duncan. They have two children, John J. and Ella. Thomas E. Miller was born in 1857, and in 1880 married Nettie Kid, a native of Maine. Their children are Mary Lisanna, Jessie E., Edward W. and John B. John Miller and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of 52 biographies included in The History of Osage County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Osage County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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