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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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MRS. ROSENA MILLER, Troy. Mrs. Rosena Miller is now in her 72d year, and retains her memory in a remarkable degree; her grandparents’ names were John and Rhoda Carmichael, and her father was Alexander McCollom. Her marriage with Mr. Cornelius Miller was solemnized in 1826, and the next year they came to Miami Co. Mr. Miller was born in Warren Co., September, 1804, and from his 4th birthday has been a resident of Miami. Both himself and wife, residents of this township forty-five years, have, by their good deeds, greatly endeared themselves to those living in their neighborhood. The privations of the pioneer’s early life were a familiar picture to them; but they looked upon the bright side of things, and, in the end, came off victorious. During their married life, eleven children were born— Isaac, July 12, 1827; Mary, Dec. 14, 1829; Abigail, Nov. 26, 1831; Hetty, Nov. 21, 1833; John N., Jan. 11, 1837; Sarah, June 25, 1839; Jasper, Oct. 8, 1841; James M., Nov. 25, 1843; Winfield S., Jan. 14, 1846; Amanda, June 20, 1848, and Martha W., April 28, 1853. Of these, only three are now living— Hetty, Sarah and Amanda; Sarah is the wife of Joshua Harrett, and lives in Nebraska; Amanda was married to William B. Hammond, who superintends the farm and lives near the old home; Hetty lives with her mother—the comfort of her declining years—having ever been a kind and affectionate daughter. Her father, Cornelius Miller, died in 1879, and left behind many friends, who will ever deplore his loss. He joined the Baptist Church, in his 73d year, and, except when confined to his room by sickness, was never absent from his place. Mrs. Miller is a member of the Christian Church, and is a devout Christian. She is left well provided for, having a nice farm near Troy, and two of her children near her; Martha W. was, for several years, a teacher in the public schools, and as an instructress gave great satisfaction. Her demise occurred Oct. 15, 1879; she was a true Christian, and always led a pure and upright life.

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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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