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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company.  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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J. W. MILLER, one of the enterprising residents of South Middleton township, Cumberland county, was born Sept. 24, 1860, son of Jacob A. and Anna Miller.

Jonathan Miller, his grandfather, came of German descent and spent his life in Adams county, near Idaville, with the exception of his latter years which were passed at Mt. Holly Springs, where his death occurred at the age of sixty-three years.

Jacob Miller, son of Jonathan, and father of J. W. Miller, was born in Adams county, and there educated in the public schools. He learned the mason’s trade, and followed it for a few years quite successfully. In 1857, he married Anna Wolf, and then engaged in farming near York Springs, Adams county. However, in 1867, he removed to Cumberland county, and settled in South Middleton township. Seven children were born to himself and wife, five boys and two girls: Frank Miller, deceased; J. W.; Sarah F., who married George H. Tanger; Elmer, deceased; S. W., of Chicago; Anna M., who married I. N. Brenneman, and resides at Mt. Holly Springs; and Irvin F., who married Annie Snavely, and lives at Mt. Holly Springs.

J. W. Miller was also born in Adams county and he attended the schools in the neighborhood of his home. When eighteen years of age he left school, and commenced working on his father’s farm, thus continuing until he was twenty-two, at which time he married Martha C. Tanger, daughter of George and Magdalene Tanger. Four children were born to them; Norman C.; Lloyd F., working for his father as a florist; Mary E., at home attending school; Lawrence E., at home attending school. Mrs. Miller died in 1900, a charming lady, kind and hospitable and a devoted wife and mother.

On Dec. 24, 1902, Mr. Miller married (second) Emma D. Miller, who though bearing the same name was no relation. She is a native of Carlisle, and a daughter of Peter and Mary A. MiIler, the former a well known baker of the above city.

About 1896, Mr. Miller, who until then had been a farmer of South Middleton township, engaged in business as a florist, and found it so profitable, that he is still engaged in that line, aided by his sons. His is one of the best establishments in his line throughout the State, and he ships to all the northern States, doing a very large business, which is constantly increasing. The family live on a farm of ten acres, pleasantly situated about five miles southeast of Carlisle. Mr. Miller and his sons are well and favorably known as good citizens and excellent business men, and they have many friends throughout a wide territory.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania published in 1905 by The Genealogical Publishing Company. 

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