In preparing a record of the prominent citizens of Tippecanoe County, men who have labored hard to make it what it now is, one of the best counties in the State, we are assured that it would be incomplete did it not contain more than a passing mention of A. M. MILLER. A native of the Buckeye State, he first saw the light of day in Clarke County, Ohio, March 31, 1834. His father, HENRY MILLER, was a native of Pennsylvania, born June 19, 1807, but being orphaned when but twelve years of age, he soon after found his way to Clarke County, Ohio, where he grew to manhood among strangers, working on their farms by the month until his marriage, which ocurrred in October, 1828, to CHARITY LEWIS, who was born in Ohio, February 16, 1810, a daughter of CALEB and SUSANNAH (COOK) LEWIS. Her father left North Carolina on account of his aversion to slavery, freeing his slaves, some of whom accompanied him North and remained with him as long as they lived.
In 1834 MR. MILLER and his father-in-law moved to Warren County, Indiana, and bought a tract of unimproved land, which they improved, and there MR. LEWIS spent the last years of this life. MR. MILLER made his home in Warren County until 1850, when he moved to Tippecanoe County, and settled in Wayne Township, where he followed agricultural pursuits until his death, which occurred September 15, 1878. His first wife died October 15, 1851, and he subsequently married MARY SAYERS, a native of Montgomery County, Indiana. To his first marriage were born ten children, five of whom are living, and to his second marriage ten children, seven of whom are living. A. M. MILLER was but three months old when his parents left Ohio, and his boyhood and youth was spent in assisting his father on the frontier farms of Indiana. He was given good educational advantages for the times, attending Farmers' Institute and Green Mount College at Richmond, Indiana. After leaving school he engaged in teaching three years, and then turned his attention to agriculture, and now owns a fine farm where he lives, on section 4, Jackson Township. He was married February 26, 1860, to SARAH A. HOLMAN, who was born in 1841, a daughter of JOHN and SUSANNAH (HOLLINGSWORTH) HOLMAN. Her father was a native of Ohio, son of DAVID HOLMAN, a pioneer of Tippecanoe County, who first settled on the farm now owned and occupied by A. H. CROUSE. Her mother died when she was but three months old, and she was reared in the family of her grandfather, WILLIAM HOLLINGSWORTH. Her father now lives in Piatt county, Illinois, MR. and MRS. MILLER have had five children, three of who are living -- SUSANNAH, ADDISON E. and DE WITT C. Their eldest son, EDGAR W., died November 5, 1881, aged twenty years. He stood at the head of his class in Wabash College, and was a young man of great promise, beloved by all who knew him. MILTON H. died at the age of two years.
In 1880 Mr. MILLER was elected ot the office of trustee of Jackson Township,
and served two terms (four years), to the
entire satisfaction of his constituents. In 1884 he was elected to represent his district in the board of county commissioners, and
for three years was a faithful representative of the county's interests, serving so acceptably that he was urged to accept the nomination for a second term, but declined, preferring to devote his time to the more quiet walks of private life. In politics Mr. MILLER is a firm supporter of the principles of the Republican party. He and his wife are birthright members of the Society of Friends, and strict adherents to the faith of that body of Christians. Although unassuming in his manner, he has by his honest integrity gained many friends, who honor him for his devotion to the principles he considers right, and we hear only words of commendation for A. M. MILLER and his most worthy wife.
Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indina,
Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888
Volunteer: Charlene Saunders
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