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Below is a family biography included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Bradford S. Miles, a prominent farmer and the most extensive horticulturist in Franklin County, was born in Jefferson County, N. Y., December 19, 1824. He was educated in the common schools of his native county and has followed farming all his life. He taught school in Jefferson County three years, and purchased and moved to his present farm in 1849, being engaged in school teaching the following three years. As a result of his energy and perseverance he now owns 2,000 acres of improved land, well stocked and equipped for farming. He also owns seven dwelling houses in Pacific, which place was a wilderness at the time of his settlement. December 19, 1849, he married Miss Anna Eliza Roberts, a native of Charlotte County, Va., and a daughter of Archibald H. and Frances (Portwood) Roberts, also natives of Charlotte County, whence they removed to Franklin County, Mo., when Mrs. Roberts was seven years old. When sixteen years of age Archibald H. Roberts entered the War of 1812 as a substitute for his uncle, and served two years. He was a son of John and Susan (Pettus) Roberts, natives of Virginia. Mrs. Frances Roberts was a daughter of Thomas Portwood, who married a Miss McCargo. To Mr. and Mrs. Bradford S. Miles seven children were born, viz., John A., Pliny, Fannie K. (deceased), Victor R., James B., William H., and Thomas E. Mrs. Miles is a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Miles is a Democrat, politically, and a member of the I. O. O. F. He was the seventh of the twelve children of Jonathan E. and Lucinda (Sheldon) Miles, natives of New Hampshire and Connecticut, respectively, of English descent. Jonathan E. Miles, the son of Abner Miles, settled in Jefferson County, N. Y., in 1800, when there were only three houses in his township, and not over ten acres of cleared land. He was captain of an independent rifle company in his town during the War of 1812, but his only active service was the march to the scene of the battle at Sackett’s Harbor, where the company arrived just as the British were withdrawing from the field.

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This family biography is one of 305 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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