HARRISON MILLER, a resident of the Prairie State for the last twenty years, and who in early life was engaged
in farming pursuits, is now retired from active labor, and passing his later days quietly at his home in Bloomington,
which is located at No. 205 Union street. Mr. Miller was born in Clarke [ed., Clark] County, Ohio, on the 8th of
August, 1825, and is the son of John and Johannah (Smith) Miller, natives respectively of Virginia and Ohio. John
Miller removed from the Old Dominion to Ohio when a young man, and opening up a farm in the wilderness engaged
in agricultural pursuits until his death, which occurred in 1863. The mother is still living in Clarke [ed., Clark]
County, Ohio, aged eighty-one years. The parental household included twelve children, seven now living, the subject
of our sketch being the eldest.
Mr. Miller remained under the parental roof until he was twenty-five years of age, and engaged in farming pursuits. He received a practical education, and assisted his parents dutifully while he remained with them. He then purchased a farm of 100 acres adjoining the old homestead. This was only partly improved, and he erected a frame house and proceeded with the cultivation of his land. He remained upon this farm until 1867, then coming to Illinois settled in Hittle Township, Tazewell County, where he had purchased 160 acres of improved land. He occupied this, with his family, until 1881, and then removed to Bloomington for the purpose of securing better advantages for his children. He owns the homestead which he now occupies, and is passing his days surrounded by the friends who have known him for so many years, and by whom he is held in the greatest esteem.
The marriage of Harrison Miller and Miss Sarah Wise took place in Ohio in 1850. Mrs. Miller is the daughter of George and Mary (Zeigler) Wise, natives of Pennsylvania, who removed to Ohio and settled in Clarke County in 1840. They occupied the farm whereon they then located the remainder of their lives. Of his thirteen children, ten by a first marriage, four are now living—Mary, David, Sarah and Jacob. Sarah was a daughter of the second marriage.
Mr. and Mrs. Miller became the parents of six children, of whom the record is as follows: John married Miss Cynthia Hieronimous, and they have three children—Addie, Carrie and Roy; Warren married Miss Carrie Raney, and they have one child—Mabel; Annie, now Mrs. Jones, has four children—Harry, Alma, Myrtel and Orion; William married Miss Ada Darnell; Jessie died while a student of the Wesleyan University [ed., Illinois Wesleyan University]; George is unmarried and living with his parents.
Mr. Miller is Republican in politics, and keeps himself well posted upon matters of general interest. He was Supervisor in Ohio, and a School Director in Tazewell County. Mr. and Mrs. M. are both members in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and are held in the highest respect by the community. During the late war Mr. Miller was in the four months' service, participated in several engagements, and was on guard duty in Company G, of the 171st Regiment. He was also one of the Government Home Guards, called out in 1864.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 624. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.