Mr. Miller took up his residence on his present farm in the year 1871, where also until quite recently John W. had made his home. Both are natives of Savanna Township, and our subject Charles E., was born Jan.6, 1861. The father, Frederick Miller, was born and reared in Germany, whence he came with his parents to America when young. They made their way directly to Illinois, locating in Hanover Township, JoDaviess County, where the grandparents spent the remainder of their days. In Hanover Township, Frederick Miller grew to man's estate at the parental homestead, and was married to Miss Jane Hatfield. This lady was born in Indiana, but was reared chiefly in this and Jo Daviess counties. The young people after their marriage, settled on a farm in Savanna Township, two miles south of the city, and there were born their two sons - Charles E. and John W.
During the progress of the late Civil War, Frederick Miller enlisted as a Union soldier in Company F, 96th IL Infantry, and going to the front with his regiment, participated in the battle of Chattanooga, and was wounded by a shot or shell in the knee, from which he suffered greatly a number of days, and which finally resulted in his death. The wife and mother was subsequently married to Mr. Charles Cochran, and lived at the farm in Washington Township, now occupied by our subject until her death Feb. 11, 1876, when she was 41 years old. Of her second marriage there were no children.
The subject of our sketch was reared and educated in this county mostly, but completed his studies at the Northern Illinois College at Fulton. He was married in Savanna, Feb. 22, 1888 to miss Georgiana Madison. Mrs. Miller was born in Hanover Township, Jo Daviess County, Aug. 25, 1868, and is the daughter of John and Margaret J. (Law) Madison, the former of whom died in Hanover Township some years ago. He was a native of Jo Daviess County, Ill., and a farmer by occupation. The mother, Mrs. M. L. Madison is still living, and makes her home in Hanover Township, JO Daviess County. There Mrs. Miller was reared to womanhood, remaining under the parental roof until her marriage, and at the same time occupying herself a number of seasons as a teacher in the district school. Of her union with our subject there has been born one child, a daughter, Elsie Belle, Dec. 7, 1888. Mr. Miller, politically, is a sound Republican, but has little time to devote to public affairs, preferring to give his attention to his farming and stock-raising interest. He takes pride in this and is bound to succeed.
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