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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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JOHN L. MILLER, one of the enterprising and highly respected citizens of Lower Allen township, who has met with deserved success in his undertakings, belongs to an old and honored family of Lancaster county, of German descent.

Martin Miller, grandfather of John L., moved from Lancaster county and settled at Wormleysburg, Cumberland county, and died at Good Hope, aged ninety years. He was the father of the following children: Martin, deceased, married a Miss Ottstot, and died at the age of sixty years, his widow and children now living at Hogestown; Daniel, who married Anna Rafensburg, both deceased survived by a large family, was a stone mason and lived at Good Hope; Catherine married an Ashenfelter, and they lived and died in Indiana; Rosanna married Benjamin Wagner, a stone mason of Good Hope; and John H., father of John L.

John H. Miller was born in Cumberland county, and followed the tailoring trade at Siddonsburg, York county, later at Harrisburg, and also at Shiremanstown. At the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted in the 3d Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, in Company E, under Captain Bowen, and during the greater part of the war was stationed at Fortress Monroe. During his lifetime he held various local offices, such as assessor and supervisor, and was always regarded with the respect accorded a man of high character. His death occurred in 1903, at the age of seventy-nine years. His wife was Susan, daughter of John Freese of Cumberland county. She died in 1903, at the age of seventy-seven years. The following children were born to them: John L.; Mary married Benjamin Erferd, a farmer living at Good Hope, and they have children, Samuel, John and Lizzie; Martin L., unmarried, lives at Harrisburg; Daniel W. married Ida, daughter of John Moyer, of Cumberland county, and they have one child, Sarah; Flora K. married Harry Heaggy, formerly of Adams county, now living at Harrisburg, and their children are, Sallie, Donald and Luther; and Emma married Harry Kessler, and they have one child, and live in York.

John L. Miller was born in 1854, in Shiremanstown, and received his schooling there and in York county. He began to learn the butchering business with Henry H. Stauffer, of Shiremanstown, and in 1881 he bought the business from his former employer, and started in for himself. On account of his industry and honesty, fair dealing, and pleasant, obliging manner, Mr. Miller has made a most gratifying success of his enterprise, and is fast becoming one of the substantial citizens of Lower Allen township.

Mr. Miller married Lida E., daughter of the late A. H. and Mary E. Dill, of Cumberland county, the latter of whom now lives in Shiremanstown, her son Harvey and daughter Lizzie, Mrs. J. B. Frey, also residing there. Mr. and Mrs. Miller have one son, Robert B., who is attending school. Mr. Miller has been school director for three terms, and member of the borough council for nine years. Politically, he is a Republican, and religiously, is a member of the Church of God.

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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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