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    MADISON MILLHOUSE, a veteran of the Civil War and a well known citizen of Spring Creek Township, Miami County, Ohio, is the owner of a valuable farm of 257 acres, located four miles east of Piqua. He was born on this place August 14, 1843, and is of German descent. He is a son of Jacob and Frances Johnson Millhouse, and a grandson of John Millhouse. Mr. Millhouse has among his treasured possessions the honorable discharge, bearing the signature of George Washington, which his grandfather received at the close of that war.

    John Millhouse was one of the very early pioneers of Miami County, Ohio, and entered the home farm, for which he received a patent from the Government signed by President Madison. This farm has passed from father to son, and has always been in the Millhouse name, a record which doubtless cannot be equaled by any other family in the records of Miami County history. John and his wife, Margaret Millhouse, were parents of four children, of whom Jacob was the eldest.

    Jacob Millhouse was born on the home farm in Spring Creek Township, and attended the primitive schools of that early period. Although his schooling was limited, he developed unusual ability as a mathematician. He turned his attention to farming, and after the death of his father purchased the interests of the other heirs in the home farm. He was a man of prominence in the community, and lived a life of great usefulness; his death occurred June 20, 1871..He was married to Frances Johnson, a daughter of Isaac Johnson, who was in early life a sailor, but later located on a farm in Spring Creek Township, about one mile west of the Millhouse farm. Two children blessed this marriage: Margaret, who died in 1861; and Madison. Mrs. Millhouse died about seven months after the latter's birth.

    Madison Millhouse was reared and educated in Spring Creek Township, and has always followed farming. His is one of the best improved farms in the township, the residence being a large twelve- room brick, which he built in 1877. The barn was erected by his father and grandfather in 1836, but he has a number of times remodeled and enlarged it. He is progressive and public spirited, and has always taken a deep interest in the progress and development of the township and county. During the Civil War he served as a member of Company E, 147th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, under Captain Johnson, and although he saw considerable service, never met with injury. He suffered with fever for two years, however, after leaving the army.

    Mr. Millhouse was united in marriage with Miss Sarah U. Furrow, a daughter of Jeremiah and Sarah Furrow, of Spring Creek Township. Her father was a farmer, and for twenty-five years line master on the Miami and Erie Canal, which he helped to build. He was an early settler here and lived to reach the age of eighty-six years. His wife died at the age of seventy-seven. They were parents of the following children: Sylvanus; Jane; Martha, deceased; Clarinda; Angeline; Alonzo, deceased; Sarah U., wife of the subject of this sketch; Charlotte; Elizabeth; and two who died in early life. Madison Millhouse and his estimable wife are parents of two children: Murra J., who married Pearl Steward and has a daughter, Helen Frances; and Alberta, wife of Chauncey Young, of Piqua, by whom she has two children, Ralph and Ruth. Politically, Mr. Millhouse is an independent voter. He has served nineteen years on the School Board.

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