from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, Pp. 296-97
John MILLER, farmer, section 11, Athens Township, was born in Stark County, Ohio, July 5, 1838. His parents were
William and Mary (DOWNS) MILLER, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of England. They were married in
Stark County, and reared a family of three children - John, Catharine, and William. One son was a member of the
Forty-eighth Ohio and was killed at Remington, Virginia.
When John was eight years of age his parents removed to
Huntingdon County, Indiana, where he passed his youth, assisting on the farm and attending the common schools.
During the late [Civil] war he enlisted, October, 1861, in Company E, Fifty-sixth Illinois Engineer Corps, and
was inthe service one year. He was honorably discharged in 1862, and returned to Putnam County.
In 1863 he was married
to Mrs. Susan (MAYWOOD) HALE, and one year later removed to Coles County, Illinois, and in 1865 came to Ringgold
County and settled upon his present farm, which was partially improved. Five or six acres had been broken and a
plank cabin had been built. Here Mr. MILLER has since resided and continued to improve his farm. It contains
120 acres in a good state of cultivation, a comfortable house and out-buildings for stock. He also has one of the
best orchards in Ringgold County. There are 1,000 trees of fifty different varieties. Mr. MILLER has spent
a great deal of time and money upon his farm, and it shows the enterprise and thrift of its owner. He is a worthy
and consistent member of the Christian church, and is classed among the best citizens of Athens Township. Politically
he is a Republican. Postoffice, Kellerton.
NOTE: John and Susan MILLER were interred at Maple Row Cemetery, Kellerton, Ringgold County, Iowa.
According to cemetery transcriptions, John served in Company C of the 56th Illinois Infantry.
Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, Pp. 296-97, 1887.
American Civil War Soldiers, ancestry.com
WPA Graves Survey
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2009
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