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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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HON. VINCENT MILLER, farmer, post office McDonald, was born in Mt. Pleasant, Washington county, Pa., in 1830. The original member of the family who came to this part of Pennsylvania was Jacob Miller, a native of Virginia, born in 1770., He married, in 1795, Jane Filson, who was born in 1778, and became the father of three sons and nine daughters, of whom Samuel, the eldest son, was born in 1800. Jacob came to Washington county at an early date, was a wheel wright by trade, and later a farmer; he died aged eighty-one years; his wife when aged eighty years. Samuel in early life learned wagon-making, which he followed for a short period, and then engaged in farming. He married Mary A. Cockins, of Washington county, Pa., a lady of Irish extraction. In. 1840 he came to Allegheny county and purchased, in what is now North Fayette township, 160 acres, one hundred of which are now owned by our subject. Samuel died in 1860, the father of ten children. Vincent, the second child, was educated at the common schools, and has followed farming principally. He married, in 1857, Amanda Hickman, daughter of Joseph Hickman, and by her had eight children, six yet living: Lizzie H., Mary A., Luella, Corrinne, Harriet and Margaret Jane. Mr. Miller has been a successful business-man. He is a republican, and has been prominently identified, politically, with Allegheny county. He was elected to the legislature in 1868, and re-elected in 1877, serving his constituents with credit and ability, and has held other offices of trust. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

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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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