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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dyer County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  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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T. J. Miller, one of the substantial farmers and citizens of the Second District of Dyer County, was born October 27, 1853, and was one of a family of five children, four of whom are now living. He is a son of George and Mary E. (King) Miller. His father was born May 27, 1818, and moved to Dyer County in 1836, being among the early settlers of the county. After his marriage he located eight miles southeast of Dyersburg, and was for many years magistrate of the district, and had the post office at his house for a long time, the office being known as Miller’s Chapel. His mother was born in Dyer County, March 4, 1833, and died in 1881. T. J. Miller was educated at Miller’s Chapel. In December, 1884, he married Maggie C., daughter of John E. and Ellen Bell. Mrs. Miller was born in Dyer County, in 1861. By their union they had one daughter: Mary E. After the death of his father, Mr. Miller assumed the duties of the farm. He owns 250 acres of well improved land, with good buildings on it. He is a man of energy and tact for business, generous in disposition, and progressive in ideas, and a stanch Democrat. Mrs. Miller is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of 128 biographies included in The History of Dyer County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Dyer County was included within The History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley & Lake Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley, and Lake Counties of Tennessee

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