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Below is a family biography included in The History of Gibson 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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Hezekiah P. Miller, proprietor of the Southern Pacific Hotel of Milan, Tenn., was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, April 9, 1835, and was reared to manhood in his native State. He came to the “Sunny South” in 1858, and established a sewing machine agency at Memphis, being one of the first to introduce machines in the South. At the breaking out of the war he entered the Confederate service, serving first in the quartermaster’s department under Gen. Pillow, and was afterward chief engineer in the transportation department under Gens. Pillow and Polk until the capture of Memphis. In 1865 he embarked in the hotel business at Holly Springs, and has followed that occupation almost continuously to the present. He has met with more than ordinary success, and has resided in various parts of Tennessee. In 1878 he came to Milan, and built his present commodious hotel, which he conducts very successfully. June 18, 1861, he married Julia Davison, of Hamilton County, Ohio, a lineal descendant of Gen. William Henry Harrison. They have one daughter—Mrs. Horace Clark. Mr. Miller is a Conservative Democrat, and was originally an old line Whig. He belongs to the K. of P., A. O. U. W., and the encampment of I. O. O. F.

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This family biography is one of 242 biographies included in The History of Gibson County, Tennessee published in 1887.  The History of Gibson 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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