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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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J. M. T. Miller, farmer, is the tenth of fourteen children, and was born in Miller County, Mo., in 1838. His parents, William and Sarah (Mulkey) Miller, were born in Virginia and North Carolina, respectively, and were married in Cole County, Mo. They moved to Spring Garden in 1825, and engaged in farming, and in 1834 he moved to the Osage River, and in his home at this place the first circuit and county courts were held. In 1837 he moved to Saline Township, where he spent his declining years, and died in February, 1878, followed by his wife in May, 1883. J. M. T. Miller attended the early subscription schools of Saline Township, and assisted his father in clearing their frontier farm, thus becoming inured to the hardships of pioneer life. In January, 1869, he was married in Miller County to Nancy E. Brockman, a daughter of Simms and Rachel (Gartin) Brockman, but her death occurred in 1869, after a short illness. In 1870 he espoused Mary E. Hudson, of Lincoln County, Mo., a daughter of John and Nancy (Holloway) Hudson, who were born in Georgia and Kentucky, respectively. The father immigrated to Kentucky with his parents when a boy, where he grew to manhood and married his first wife. In 1817 he located in Lincoln County, Mo. William Miller, the father, came to Spring Garden in 1825, and here he raised a crop, and lived in a tent the first year, having left his family on the Missouri River. Here his first wife died, and he afterward wedded Miss Holloway. He lived on one farm for over sixty years, and died in March, 1878; his wife died January 12, 1853. Grandfather Isaac Hudson was in the War of 1812, and after moving to Lincoln County, resided there until his death. His wife’s maiden name was Sarah Mulkey. The maternal grandparents were Robert and Martha (White) Holloway. After his marriage Mr. Miller located on 100 acres of land given him by his father, and by judicious management has increased it to 205 acres, with 100 under cultivation, and well improved with a good dwelling-house and barn. He also gives considerable attention to raising stock of good grades. He votes the Democrat ticket, is a member of the Agricultural Wheel, and has assisted in organizing the school districts of Saline Township. He and wife are members of the Christian Church, and are the parents of four children: William S., a graduate of the St. Louis Medical College, and now a practicing physician and surgeon of Bagnell; John T., who is attending school; George H., at home, and Rosa B., also at home.

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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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