JOHN A. MILLER, a resident of McLean County since 1857, was born in Carroll County, Ohio, June 17, 1831. His father, Dr. Thomas Miller, was born in Maryland in 1801, whence he removed to Ohio with his parents when a boy. The mother of our subject, Rebecca (Harrington) Miller, was also a native of Ohio, and was the second wife of Thomas Miller. Of her marriage with him there were born ten children, and of these eight are still living, John A. being the eldest.

The subject of our sketch received a common school education, and at the age of twenty years commenced work at the carpenter's trade. He was married in 1854, to Miss Eliza J. McGiffen. She was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, Feb. 14, 1829, her parents being William and Lydia (Butterfleld) McGiffen.

Three years later they came to Illinois, locating first at Shirley, whence they removed two years afterward to Hudson, where our subject now resides. He followed his trade until about 1882, and since that time has occupied himself with an apiary, consisting of sixty stands of bees, which lighter labor affords him much satisfaction and serves to furnish employment for his active mind and hand which would not be content in idleness.

Before laying aside his active labors as a carpenter, Mr. Miller for twenty-five years was engaged as a contractor and builder, frequently employing a force of twelve or fifteen men, and many of the most important buildings in the vicinity of Hudson stand as monuments of his skill and handiwork. He has been uniformly successful in life, and has fairly earned the reputation of an honest man and a good citizen.

Of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Miller there were born four children, viz.: Sarah M., the wife of George Hasselton of Hudson; Mary R., Mrs. James Middleton of Whiteside County; Emma F., the wife of Stephen B. Houghton of Hudson, and Harvey, who is at home with his parents.

In politics Mr. Miller is a stanch Republican, and religiously has been connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years as one of its most active and useful members.

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), 355. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards


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