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Below is a family biography included in The History of Webster 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 F. Miller, farmer and stock raiser of Webster County, Mo., was born in Stark County, of the “Buckeye State,” August 18, 1849, and is a son of John Miller, who was born in Northumberland County, Penn., and removed to Ohio when a young man, settling in Stark County, where he was engaged in merchandising for about fifteen years. He served as postmaster of his town at the same time, and was married in Stark County to Elizabeth Keplinger, a native of Ohio, and there reared his family. His later years were spent in tilling the soil, and his death occurred on the 16th of May, 1883. John F. Miller was reared to manhood on a farm, and received his education in the common schools, and took a two years’ course in the Mount Union College, at Mount Union, Ohio, completing the course in 1867. He then engaged in pedagoguing, which occupation he continued in Wayne County for two years, and December 8, 1870, was married in Columbiana County to Miss Jane Hahn, who was born, reared and educated in that county, completing her schooling in Mount Union College. She was also a teacher by profession, and was a daughter of Adam Hahn, who was born in Columbiana County in 1812. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Miller located on a farm in Stark County, but in 1883 sold out and came westward, looking for a suitable location in Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois and several other Western States. Mr. Miller then returned to Ohio, and in the spring of 1885 removed to Missouri with his family, and in August of that year purchased and located on the farm on which he now resides. He has a tract of land consisting of 400 acres, and has 200 acres cleared and under cultivation, and well improved, with a large two-story residence, good barns, and a fine orchard of twelve acres. He is quite extensively engaged in dealing in and breeding thoroughbred Short-Horn cattle, and has a very fine herd at the present time. He has always supported the measures of the Democratic party, and has held the office of township trustee for three consecutive terms, and has also been a member of the county committee of Webster County. He was also congressional committeeman from his district in 1888, and is a Master Mason in the Masonic fraternity, a member of Lodge 499, of Columbiana County, Ohio. He and wife are the parents of the following family: Frank, Dean, John, Marion, Harvey, Melvin and Bessie.

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This family biography is one of 110 biographies included in The History of Webster County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Webster County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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