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Below is a family biography included in The History of Pulaski 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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C. Miller, attorney at law, Dixon, Mo., is a native of Fayette County, born in Vandalia, in the State of Illinois, December 25, 1833. He is the son of John C. Miller and Nancy Dudley Miller. His father was born in Grainger County, Tenn., in the year 1799, and died on his farm on Spring Creek, which was first Pulaski, then Maries, and now Phelps County, Mo., his death occurring June 10, 1867. His mother, Nancy Dudley Miller, was born in the city of Portsmouth, Va., and died June 10, 1872, at Rolla, Mo. Her genealogy dates back to the earliest English settlements in America, whose ancestry were of the Dudley family, of England. The father resided upon and operated a fine farm, taught school, was elected judge of the county court and justice of the peace for many years. He was a participant in the War of 1812, and received a serious wound in the battle at Pensacola, Fla., which made him an invalid throughout life, and finally caused his death. He was the father of ten children, eight of whom are living, and all reside in Phelps County, Mo., with the exception of C. Miller, whose name heads this sketch. The latter spent his early life in Phelps County, and there received a good education in the common schools and at home. He began life for himself at an early age, first engaging in the mercantile business in Maries County, Mo., and in 1859 and 1861 established two stores in Pulaski County. At the latter date he opened a store in Rolla, and in 1862-63 served as sheriff of Phelps County. About this time he assisted in organizing the Thirty-sixth Regiment Missouri Infantry Volunteers, and was in command of Company B of this regiment for some time. At the age of eighteen, while yet residing with his father, he began the study of law, and continued reading for many years, accumulating a large library of law books, which, however, was unfortunately burned in 1869. He was admitted to the Pulaski County bar in 1874, and has since devoted his attention to the practice of his profession in the Eighteenth and Ninth Judicial Circuits. He is the oldest notary public in the county, now holding his sixth commission. He has a fine farm of 400 acres, 150 of which are under good cultivation. All is under fence, and makes one of the best farms in the county. In 1855 he was married to Miss Charlotte B. Love, who died the same year. Afterward he married his second wife, Miss Annie Fleming, who was born in Nashville, Tenn. They have two daughters living, Flossa Dudley and Gertrude May, and one son and one daughter deceased. Mr. Miller is a Republican, and cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1860.

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This family biography is one of 80 biographies included in The History of Pulaski County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Pulaski County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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