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Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   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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ROBERT MILLER, farmer, Harrison township, post office Freeport, Armstrong county, was born Dec. 10, 1821, on the old homestead farm, on which his father lived from 1817 (when it was a wilderness) till his death. His parents, John and Isabella Miller, were natives of Ireland, former of County Tyrone, and latter of County Derry. They sailed for America in 1801, bringing with them their two children, William and Nathaniel, the former of whom died on shipboard. They first lived in Lancaster county, Pa., one year; then in Westmoreland county, near Salem; thence moved to the Frankstown road in Allegheny county, and in 1817 located on the farm above mentioned. Their children were Nathaniel, born Jan. 3, 1801, died Nov. 2, 1876 (he served as acting justice of the peace
six terms, in all thirty years); William, born Dec. 22, 1802, died October 26, 1877; Isabella, born Jan. 18, 1805, died Dec. 14, 1853; Joseph B., born Oct. 28, 1806, died July 23, 1883, Elizabeth, born Oct. 5, 1808, married to D. McCall, died March 20, 1883; John, born Jan. 27, 1811; Margaret S., born Oct. 12, 1812; Mary J., born March 1, 1815, married to William Moorhead, now residing in Freeport, Pa.; Martha, born Feb. 1, 1817, and Robert. John Miller, Sr., died May 16, 1840, aged sixty-six; his widow, April 5, 1852, aged seventy-six. They were members of the Associate Church of Ireland, and connected with the Associate Church of Pittsburgh, under charge of Dr. Bruce; thence to Buffalo congregation of Armstrong county, under charge of Rev. John Dickey, and when the Freeport congregation was organized they were part of said organization, at which Nathaniel was chosen ruling elder, in which capacity he died. William Miller was a ruling elder in the Buffalo congregation for many years prior to his death. Our subject’s brothers and sisters were all members of the U. P. Church from the union of the Associate and Associate Reformed. Robert now owns and resides on the old homestead on which he was born. He has filled many positions in the township; served ten months and eleven days in Co. I, 5th P. H. A.; was discharged July 5, 1865, at the close of the war, by general order of the war department.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

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