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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 MILLER, grocer, Tippecanoe City; one of the well-established business men of Tippecanoe; was born in Baden, Germany, in 1834; his father, Philip, was a farmer by occupation and raised four sons and two daughters, of whom our subject was the youngest son; he was reared on a farm and schooled in his native country. He immigrated to America in 1854, landing in New York from which place he came to this, where he shortly engaged in the coopering business; this he followed two years and then embarked in the occupation of a baker, which, with hotel-keeping, he continued till 1875, when he engaged in the grocery trade. He is located on North Main, between First and Second streets, where he keeps on hand a full line of groceries and queensware, which he sells at lowest prices; he is reliable and honest in all his dealings. In politics, he is a Democrat, but no politician. He has been member of the Council, and for five years of the fire department, of which he is now Treasurer, and in 1861 carried the mail from Charleston to Brandt. He married Catharine Steck, of Alsace, Germany, in 1858. Of the five children born to this union, one has died.

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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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