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Below is a family biography included in The History of Wright 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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H. C. Miller was born in Wilmington, Del., May 10, 1855, the son of E. F. and T. E. (Richmond) Miller. E. F. Miller was born in Saxony, Germany, in 1814, and was a machinist by occupation. He came to America when about the age of thirty years, and located in Philadelphia, but afterward moved to Wilmington, Del. After remaining there a short time he moved to Marshall, Tex., and then back to St. Louis, Mo., where he followed manufacturing for some time, but moved from there to St. Paul, Minn., and then to Rolla, Mo., where he first followed mercantile pursuits, and afterward the livery business. He is now living in Rolla. Mrs. T. E. (Richmond) Miller was born in Baltimore, Md., in 1832, and by her marriage to E. F. Miller became the mother of nine children, six now living, of whom our subject was the second in order of birth. He grew to manhood and was educated in St. Louis and Rolla, Mo. He then clerked from the time he was fourteen years of age until he was twenty-nine, when he engaged in business at Mountain Grove, when there were only twenty people in the place. He started with a capital of $300, and carried on merchandising two or three years, when he gradually became interested in the lumber business. He became a partner in the Lake Lily Mills, and helped remodel it. He is now a partner with his brother in the store here, and owns 3,000 acres of land in Cleveland County, Ark. He owns a saw-mill plant on his land, which annually cuts 7,000,000 feet, and they ship 800 car loads of lumber and timber per year. His whole investment there is about $25,000. In 1881 Mr. Miller was married, his wife’s birth occurring in Illinois in September, 1861. This union resulted in the birth of two children, Mabel and Minnie. Mr. Miller is a member of the A. F. & A. M., and is a Past Master; is a Republican in politics, and he virtually built the Methodist Episcopal Church building. He is one of the essentially progressive men of South Central Missouri, and has done more than any other one man to build up Mountain Grove. He is a young man of push and energy, and is truly a self-made man. E. J. Miller, who is twenty-eight years of age, is now running the store at Mountain Grove, and has absolute control of the same.

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This family biography is one of 90 biographies included in The History of Wright County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Wright County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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