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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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JOHN A. MILLER, farmer; P. O. West Milton; born in this township in the year 1844; is a son of David Miller, whose sketch appears in this work. He was reared on the farm, on which he labored for his father till his 21st year, when he began life for himself, and continued farming on leased land. He lived on the farm belonging to D. M. Coat for fifteen years. In 1864, he was married to Sarah J, Fortner, by whom he has had nine children, seven of whom are living, viz., Mary B., Charles, Ella, Maggie, Harry, Claude and Loren; the deceased are Laura, aged 7 months, and Anna, at about the same age. Mrs. M. is a daughter of John and Elizabeth Fortner, who were among the early settlers of this county; both deceased. She was born here in 1844. They are members of the German Baptist Church, with which they have been connected twelve years, and are consistent Christian people, and endeavor to discharge every Christian duty.

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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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