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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miami 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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DAVID MILLER, farmer; P. O. West Milton; he was born in Montgomery Co. in 1813, and is a son of Michael and Sarah Miller; his father was born close to the Pennsylvania and Maryland line; his mother was reared in Clermont Co., Ohio; Michael, with his parents, went to Kentucky when he was only 10 years old, in which State they remained seven years, then crossed the river and took up their abode in Clermont Co., in which they lived some time; they then went to Montgomery Co., Ohio, in which they lived till their decease; his father died at the age of 74, his mother, when 46 years of age; they were the parents of twelve children, nine of whom are living, viz., John, David, Jacob, Michael, Daniel, Abraham, Benjamin, Andrew and Aaron; the deceased are Joseph, Mary and Nancy; by his second marriage, with Elizabeth Brumbaugh, he had ten children, six of whom are living, viz., Emanual, Sarah, Elizabeth, Isaac, Esther and Solomon; the deceased are Catherine, Susan, Lydia and Samuel. When the old homestead was sold, eighteen children and one son-in-law were present. Our subject was reared on the farm, on which he labored until he was of age, at which time he began life for himself, and worked as a day laborer, in which way he made enough to purchase the land whereon he now resides. In 1839, he married Nancy Longanecker; to them ten children were born, nine of whom are living, viz., Sarah E., John A., Mary A., Frances, Michael, Samuel, Mahala, Isaac and Catherine, and David, deceased; Mrs. Miller died in 1862, aged 43 years 8 months and 14 days. His second marriage was celebrated with Elizabeth Falknor in 1862, who died in 1877, when upward of 60 years of age. His third marriage was celebrated with Catherine Bowser in 1877; in 1840, he settled on the place on which he now resides, and at that time his land was all in the woods; he has made it what it is; a beautiful place, well cultivated and improved; Mr. Miller began the struggle with the world empty handed and from his father’s estate received only a small portion; he and his wife are members of the German Baptist Church, with which they have been connected many years, and are every-day Christian people. His deceased wives were also members of the same denomination, and died relying fully upon the promises of their blessed Savior; his children, John, Sarah E., Mary A. and Michael, are also members of the same church, which affords their aged father much satisfaction. Mrs. Miller was born May 12, 1816; she is a daughter of John and Anna Long; he died in 1870, she in Pennsylvania, in the year 1825; they were the parents of seven children, four living, viz., Peter, Abraham, Elizabeth and Catherine; the deceased are David, Isaac and John. Mrs. M. was married to Henry Bowser, in 1836, by whom she had six children, viz., Mary, Elizabeth, John, Catherine, Matilda and William; Mr. Bowser died in 1874, aged 64 years 1 month and 15 days; he was born in 1810; all of her children are members of the German Baptist Church.

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This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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