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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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WILLIAM MILLER, grocer and dealer in refined liquors, Troy; born in Virginia in the year 1814; was the son of John Miller, who was born in Virginia Feb. 19, 1770. Jane, mother of William, was born in Pennsylvania Nov. 26, 1784. Their marriage was consummated in Pennsylvania, and in 1832 they removed to this county and located in West Milton, where they resided one year, then, went to Montgomery Co., Ohio, and in the spring of 1834 settled on land in Monroe Township, this county, on which they lived till their death. His father died May 3, 1857, aged 87 years 2 months and 14 days; Jane, his wife, died Aug. 3, 1852, aged 67 years 8 months and 7 days. They were the parents of twelve children, five living— William, Levi, Sarah, now Mrs. Bear; Jane, now Mrs. Brock, and Isaiah; the deceased are Zachariah, aged 79 years 1 month and 14 days; Jacob R., Samuel, Mary Simonds, nee Miller; James, Elizabeth Butler, nee Miller, and John V. Our subject was reared on the farm in Virginia, and after his arrival in Ohio engaged in different pursuits, but gave his attention chiefly to farming, which he followed till his removal to Troy, May 22, 1853; there he engaged in the grocery business in the same house he now occupies, carries a good stock of the choice brands of family groceries and the purest liquors in the market. Dec. 1, 1857, he was married to Mary E. McKnight, nee Louthan, by whom he had four children, two living, viz., Samuel J. and Lina E.; the deceased are Laura L., aged 4 months, and Tully H., aged 14 months and 24 days. Mrs. Miller died Oct 15, 1873, was born Oct. 6, 1821. John McKnight, her first husband, was born Nov. 10, 1812, died Dec. 31, 1854; to them five children were born, three living— John K., William Q., Joseph R; the deceased are Henry C. and Elias H. Mary, sister of our subject and wife of B. F. Simonds, died Sept. 3, 1854, aged 41 years 4 months and 18 days; Elizabeth, wife of S. M. Butler, died Dec. 3, 1855, aged 34 years 11 months and 19 days.

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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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