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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman 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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CHARLES W. MILLER, contractor in a stone quarry connected with the American Cement Company of Egypt, is a prominent resident of this section, and may be truthfully said to know and be known by almost every individual in the county. He is also the proprietor of a hotel and restaurant in the city, of which he is making a success, and has been a resident of the place since 1866.

Our subject was born in the kingdom of Saxony, Germany, October 7, 1838, and is a son of Carl F. W. and Eve R. Miller. He lived in his native country until attaining his majority, in the meantime being given an excellent education. Since coming to America he has gained a good knowledge of the English language, and now ranks among-the best citizens of Lehigh County. Prior to coming to the United States he worked in his father’s brickyard for a number of years, and for some time thereafter was a clerk in a dry-goods store at Leipsic, Germany.

In 1862 young Miller decided to try his fortune in the New World, and after coming hither made his home in different places until 1866, the date of his advent into Egypt, with whose interests he has since been connected. For about twelve years after coming here he was occupied as brakeman on the Ironton Railroad. The following three years he was with the Crane Iron Company at Catasauqua, and for the past ten years has been engaged as contractor in the quarry for the American Cement Works of this place.

The lady to whom Charles W. Miller was married in 1870 was Miss Mary Shields, a native of this county. She is a daughter of Martin and Johanna Shields, born in Ireland. In social affairs our subject is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, holding membership at Allentown with Lodge No. 83. He is a consistent member of the Lutheran Church, and a follower of the moral precepts promulgated by that faith. In politics he is an ardent Democrat, and takes an active interest in the success of his party. He is public spirited and enterprising, and in favor of everything pertaining to the public good. He has met with the success attending perseverance and industry, and is now one of the substantial men of the county.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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