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Below is a family biography included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  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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GEORGE D. MILLER, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 16; P. O. Greenville. Among the early pioneers of Darke Co., the gentleman whose name heads this sketch is accorded a place in the front ranks; he was born in Warren Co., Ohio, Nov. 20, 1818, and is a son of George Miller, a native of Pennsylvania, who came to Warren Co., Ohio, in 1817, and to Darke Co., in 1824, locating in Harrison Township, where he lived until his death, which occurred September, 1866, at the advanced age of 75 years. The subject of our sketch came to Darke Co. with his parents and is consequently among the oldest continued residents of the county; he remained with his parents and assisted in agricultural pursuits until he attained his majority, when on account of ill health he abandoned farming, and the following fourteen years he devoted his attention to school teaching and studying; in 1851, he resumed farming in Harrison Township, and on Dec. 22, 1865, he removed upon his present place, where he has since lived; he has 250 acres of good land, under a good state of cultivation, with buildings second to none in the county; of township and county offices, he has had his full share, having held the office of Township Assessor eight years, Township Clerk six years, Justice of the Peace nine years; he was elected to the Constitutional Convention to represent the interest of Darke Co. in 1873, and in 1877 was elected County Commissioner, which office he now holds; he has been continually in office since 1845—which fact is a sufficient guarantee that his services have been alike satisfactory to the people and creditable to himself. His marriage with Elizabeth Rush was celebrated August, 1850; she was born in Darke Co. in 1825; they are the parents of four children now living, having lost one by death. The living are Emily, Minerva Jane, Henry D. and Volney; Mrs. Miller was a daughter of Asa Rush, one of the early pioneers of Darke Co.

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This family biography is one of 659 biographies included in The History of Darke County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Darke County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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