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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 H. MILLER, farmer and thresher; P. O. West Milton; born in Berkeley Co., Va., in 1823; is a son of Zachariah and Mary Miller, who were born in the same State in which they were married. In 1835, they emigrated to Ohio, and settled in this township, in which they made a permanent home. He is still living at the advanced age of 79 years; his mother departed this life in 1863, aged 62 or 63 years. They were parents of five children, all living, viz., John H., Elizabeth J., Jacob, Maria and George N.; John H. was reared on the farm, his early boyhood days being spent in a manner incident to youth, remaining with his father until he attained his majority, after which he engaged in cabinet-making, which he followed for a while. His health becoming poor he abandoned the work, and began carpentering, which he followed seven years. In 1852, he was married to Maria A. Pennel, by whom he had two children, one living, viz., Mary F.; Jennie, deceased. Mrs. M. is a daughter of Hugh and Rachel Pennel, who were residents of Cass Co. In the winter of 1852, he came to the place on which he now resides; he owns 77 acres of good land, on which are erected excellent buildings. He has been extensively engaged in thrashing for a number of years, and is the oldest thresher in the county, having followed it for thirty years, always giving his patrons satisfaction, by doing a No. 1 job. He and his wife have been members of the Christian Church for twenty years. Mrs. M. was born in Ohio in the year 1830. Their daughter, Mary F., is the wife of George W. Beck, who resides near, and is one of the educators of the county.

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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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