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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 MILLER, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Gordon; the subject of this sketch was born in Wittemburg, Germany, Oct. 5, 1817, and is a son of Charles and Dora Miller, both natives of Germany; his father died in Germany, aged 53 years; his mother died in America, aged 81 years; his father was a cabinet maker by trade, but our subject became a stonecutter, and afterward learned the carpenter’s trade, which he followed while he lived in Germany; he emigrated to this country in August, 1847, and landed in New York; came to Ohio and settled in Darke Co.; he purchased 62 acres of land all in the woods, but, going to work with a will that is characteristic of our German citizens, he soon cleared off the timber, and got his land in a state of cultivation, and now has good improvements erected thereon; he commenced life with a very small capital, but by energy and persevering industry, in which he was nobly assisted by his good wife, overcame and bridged the broad gulf of poverty and adversity with the chain of determination, and they are comfortably moored in a harbor of rest—secure from the chilling blasts of adversity. He was united in marriage with Catherine, daughter of Michael and Barbara Creeb, April 12, 1840; twelve children are the fruits of this union, viz.: John, born April 1, 1841; Catherine, born Oct. 11, 1844; Rose, born Feb. 14, 1846; Margaret born April 1, 1848; Elizabeth, born Nov. 1, 1849: Lydia, born April 1, 1851; Mary, born June 16, 1852; George, born June 2. 1854; Frederick, born March 16, 1856; David, born Feb. 27, 1858; Margaret born June 22, 1860; Charles, born July 2, 1862. Margaret, died Nov. 15, 1854; Frederick, died Sept. 23, 1860; Rose, died Dec. 9, 1873. John was married to Rebecca Shank, daughter of Peter Shank, in March, 1869; Catherine married Nelson Marcum, in March, 1870; Elizabeth married George Schmeltcher, July 2, 1872. Mr. and Mrs. Miller are members of the Lutheran Church, and are consistent Christian people; Mrs. Miller was born Jan. 8, 1820.

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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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