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ASA MILLER, retired miller, farmer and wool-carder, was born in Dunkard Township, this county, May 24, 1812.  His parents were of German ancestry and natives of Frederick County, Maryland.  His father, Jonathan Miller, was born February 10, 1774, and his mother, Susannah (Tombs) Miller, was born January 7, 1773.  They were united in marriage August 8, 1799, and came to Greene County, Penn., in 1802, where he bought a large tract of land and water-mill on Crooks Run.  He immediately put in steam power, by bringing the first engine into the county.  The old mill burned in 1856, and was rebuilt by our subject in 1858, and he is now using the engine he first purchased for the old mill.  Jonathan and wife were the parents of eight children, five sons and three daughters, and their home was a welcome to the poor and needy.  Both were members of the Dunkard Church.  He died in December, 1849, and she in August, 1852.  The Millers are remarkable for longevity, sagacity and uprightness of character.  Of the eight children the youngest was seventy-one before any died.  Jacob, the oldest, died in 1885, aged eighty-five years.  Asa Miller, our subject, received a good education, attended Washington and Jefferson Colleges in Washington, Penn.  He spent his early life as miller, a business he has been connected with through life.  He has had success as a farmer and general business man, and owns a mill and over 200 acres of land within one mile of his birth-place in Dunkard Township.  He was united in marriage in Monongalia County, West Virginia, September 21, 1837, with Mary, daughter of Owen and Elizabeth (McVicker) John.  The former was of English and the latter of German descent.  Mr. and Mrs. Miller are the parents of the following children—Susan E., wife of E. McElroy; William L., Jesse F., Amanda K., wife of John Kenner; Henry J., an eminent surgeon and physician of Tennessee.  The deceased are J. Q. and Mary V.  Mrs. Miller is a devoted member of the Dunkard Church.

 

Page 642-643
History of Greene County, Pennsylvania
Samuel P. Bates
Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888

Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles
The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project – http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~arkbios/Greene/index.html.
Date of Transcription: 30 October 2008
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