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    JOHN H. MILLER, who comes of a prominent old family of Miami County, Ohio, has been a resident of the county all his life and of Washington Township since 1869. He has 118 3/4 acres of land, located on the Piqua and Lockington Pike, about three miles north of Piqua. He was born in Spring Creek Township, Miami County, December 26, 1842, and is a son of Mathias and Sabina (Hawthorne) Miller, a grandson of Abraham Miller, and a great grandson of Mathias Miller, who was a Pennsylvania German and a soldier under Captain Bundy in the Revolutionary War.

    Abraham Miller, above named, was born in Pennsylvania, and became one of the earliest pioneer of Miami County, Ohio, settling on Honey Creek, south of Fletcher. Mathias Miller, father of the subject of this record, was born in Miami County, Ohio, and lived here until his death. His widow moved to Piqua, where she subsequently died. Mathias Miller was married to Sabina Hawthorne, who was born in St. Mary's, Ohio, but was of an early Miami County family. Her father, John Hawthorne, was a native of Ireland, but about the year 1816 settled on what for a long time was known as the Turk farm, on St. Mary's Pike, in Washington Township, Miami County.

    John H. Miller was reared on the home farm in Spring Creek Township, and has been identified with farming since his boyhood days. He was married late in 1868, and the following year purchased his present farm in Washington Township. He in that year erected a fine brick house, which still stands on the place, and set about making one of the best improved properties of the township. He is a man of considerable native ability, and has always been successful in his business affairs.

    December 17, 1868, Mr. Miller was joined in marriage with Miss Annie Archer, who was reared in Allen County, Indiana, and was a daughter of William Archer. Her death occurred February 2, 1900. Their marriage resulted in the birth of seven children, as follows: One who, died in infancy; Frank M., who Is married and lives in Lockington; Harry E., who died at the age of twenty-six years; Erlon, ticket agent for the Pere Marquette railroad at New Richmond, Michigan, who is married and has two daughters, Hortense and Jeanette; S. Bertrai, of Boise City, Iowa, who is married and has a daughter, Mary Catherine; Cloyd, who lives at home and operates the home farm and Florence, who died in 1898. Mr. Miller is a man of wide acquaintance, and is most highly esteemed.

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