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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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JACOB MILLER, undertaker, and dealer in furniture West Milton; is another of the old settlers of Miami Co.; he was born in Virginia, in 1826, and is a son of Zachariah Miller, who is a native of the same State, and was born in 1801; he removed to this county with his family in the fall of the year 1832, and is yet a resident of the county. His wife was born in 1802 and departed this life in the year of our Lord 1866; they were the parents of five children, who are all living. Our subject’s boyhood days were spent on the farm, where he assisted his father in cultivating it until his 20th year, when he began to serve an apprenticeship in the carpenter trade in this village; he labored twelve years here, and then returned to the farm after his mother’s death, so as to make his father a home; here he remained for twelve years, when he returned to West Milton and engaged in the manufacturing of furniture; in connection, he does a general undertaking trade; his business relations in Miami Co. cover a period of forty years, and by fair dealing he has won the confidence of the people, who give him a liberal patronage. His first marriage was celebrated with Sarah Werts in 1848; they have one child, viz., Anna M., now Mrs. A. J. Pearson; Mrs. Miller departed this life in 1853, aged about 30 years. Mr. Miller’s second marriage was celebrated with Mary Pennel in 1855; two children are the fruits of their union, viz., Ida M. and Edgar P.; the former deceased, aged 18 months. He owns 60 acres of fine land in the country, which is in a good state of cultivation; also owns a fine property in the village of West Milton. He and his amiable wife are members of the Christian Church of fifteen years’ standing.

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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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