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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 W. MILLER, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Gettysburg. Phillip, the father of George W., was a native of Maryland, born in 1775. He married Rachel Baldwin, who was a native of the same State, in 1793; he departed this life in his native State, in May, 1837; Rachel, his widow, remained in Maryland till 1844, when she, with her family of eleven children, emigrated to Ohio, locating in Darke Co., where she resided till her death, which occurred on the 16th of August, 1853, leaving a family of ten children, of whom seven are living at the present writing, viz., Abraham, Daniel, Joseph, Kisiah, Margaret, Rachel, Rebecca. George W., the subject of this sketch, was born in Carroll Co., Md., on the 13th of May, 1828; he came, with his mother, when he was about 16 years old, but lived with his brother Abraham, who resided in New Harrison, where he obtained a good common-school education; at the age of 18, he commenced to learn the blacksmithing trade with his brother, in the town where he resided; he only followed the business two years, when he began the carpentering trade with Samuel Paulin, where he worked for about two years; he then followed the trade on his own responsibility for about six years. On the 7th of October, 1853, he celebrated his marriage with Eliza Reck, who was born in Darke Co., Ohio, on the 14th of September, 1836; in 1863, he rented a farm, where he lived for a period of about six years, after which he purchased 27 acres of S. Rontzon, for which he paid $1,600, where he has resided since. Mr. Miller has accumulated some property by his hard labor, in which he has been nobly assisted by his good and amiable wife. They are members of the Lutheran Church, and are living zealous and consistent Christians. Five children have been born to them, viz., Margaret A., Nov. 10, 1854; George W., Feb. 13, 1857; John E., Sept. 10, 1859; William H., April 20, 1862; Welby L., Aug. 13, 1867. Mr. Miller and his wife have passed through the many struggles, dangers and incidents so common to the pioneers of the West. Unfortunately for him, his father died when he was only about 9 years old, leaving his mother with eleven children, to survive the storms of life; but Providence smiled, sparing her life to see all her children grow into manhood and womanhood. George W., by his indomitable will and iron nerve, has fought the battles of life manfully, coming off more than conqueror. In 1864, he enlisted in the one-hundred-day service and went forth to battle for his country. Philip, his father, served in the war of 1821, and was at the bombardment of Baltimore in 1814.

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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.  View the complete description here: Darke County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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