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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Boyd S. Miller, farmer and stock-raiser, residing in Saline Township, Miller Co., Mo., was born in Cedar County of that State in 1845, and is the youngest son of nine children born to Elijah and Hannah (Garten) Miller, natives of Virginia. They immigrated to Missouri from Virginia at an early date (about 1820), moving first to Cole County, and then to Cedar County. He remained there until 1850, and then in company with others crossed the plains to California, where he engaged in mining. His death occurred in that State in January, 1851, at the age of forty years. His widow still survives, and is a resident of Miller County, Mo. Boyd S. Miller was reared on the farm, and attended the district and subscription schools of Miller County, where he received a good practical education. He engaged in teaching, and followed this profession several terms in the county. In 1864 he enlisted at Mount Pleasant in the provisional service, in the company of Capt. T. J. Babcock, and was kept on scouting and garrison duty. Mr. Miller was with the force that was captured on the Osage River below Tuscumbia, and saw the seven men shot. Mr. Miller’s youth saved him. After the war he returned to the farm and followed agricultural pursuits until twenty-eight years of age. He was married in Miller County, in 1874, to Miss Margaret Stephens, a native of Miller County, and the daughter of Mullen and Mary (Miller) Stephens, natives of Kentucky and Miller County, Mo., respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Stephens came to Missouri at an early day, and here entered land. They are both now deceased. Mr. Miller, after marriage, settled where he now lives, and purchased an improved farm of eighty acres. He now has sixty under cultivation, and is also engaged quite extensively in rearing stock. Mr. Miller has some mineral deposits on his farm, and has mined to a considerable extent. He takes an active part in the political affairs of the country, and votes with the Republican party. He also takes a deep interest in school matters, and, in fact, all matters relating to the good of the county. He and Mrs. Miller are members of the Christian Church at Spring Garden. They have one child, Walter B.

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This family biography is one of 120 biographies included in The History of Miller County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Miller County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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