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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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FRED MILLER, manufacturer of harness and saddles, Troy; was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1827; his trade was learned in his native country, and in 1850, emigrated to America, landing in New Orleans, this voyage occupying 100 days. In St. Louis, he worked one year at his trade, then went to California with the intent of digging gold, but six months’ experience taught him the value of his trade, which he applied himself to for two years; returning to New York, he wandered nearly over the States. In 1859, he located in Troy, and since has given his attention to supplying the increasing demands of his many customers. He usually gives employment to half a dozen first-class workmen, and it is safe to say he commands fully 75 per cent of the trade at this point. In 1858, he was married to Maggie Honeyfeugle, who. bore him two children— Lusetta and Maggie. Mrs. Miller died in 1862, aged 25 years. His second marriage was celebrated with Rosalia Schnell, by whom he has had five children, four living— Charley, Willie, Clara and Walter. He and his wife are life-long members of the Lutheran Church, He has accumulated a nice property, consisting of two large salesrooms and two dwelling houses, all well situated.

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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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