Lee County Biography

Palmyra Township


Henry E. Miller is a representative farmer and stock-raiser, whose farm is distributed on sections 3,4,9 and 10 of Palmyra Township. His residence and all outbuildings are situated on section 9. He owns 161 acres of fine land and operates twice that amount, 161 acres belonging to his three sisters - Anna, Louisa and sarah. The farm all lies in a body and is one of the finest farms in the township. This has been his home for 38 years, and success and good fortune have attended him.

This gentleman is a native born citizen of this township, his birth occurring near Prairieville, December 22, 1844. He has always lived here, receiving his rearing and education in this place, having but few advantages. He is the son of William Miller, a native of one of the Rhine Provinces of Germany, who came of German parents. The grandfather was named John Miller, and was a small German farmer on the River Rhine and there lived and died when full of years, as did his good wife Cecelia, who was also of good German parentage. William grew up in his native province and there learned the trade of a shoemaker, and while yet a single man, and just after reaching his majority, he came to America, about the year 1822, settling in Philadelphia, where he remained and worked at his trade for some time. He was there married to Miss Anna Obrist, a native of Switzerland who was deprived of a mother's care when a small child. She came to this country with her father and a sister and, they too settled in Philadelphia, and in that city she grew to womanhood. Her father was here a second time married and with his wife settled in this county in Palmyra Township, and here died, from injuries received by a runaway team, when quite an old man. He was a cabinet-maker by trade.

After the marriage of the parents of our subject, they lived in Pennsylvania until 1841, when they came with their family of three children to the Prairie State and took up 45 acres of land in this township. Here he farmed in the summers and worked at his trade in the winters. He was accidentally killed on his farm, now the one owned by our subject, having fallen off the barn he was building and broken his neck, May 1, 1871. His death was instanteous and he was about 70 years of age. He was a good citizen and a sagacious and successful farmer and was mourned by his many friends in this township who had always looked on him with the greatest respect. His good wife passed away in 1872. She was 62 years of age and she and her husband were valued members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. Miller was an adherent of the Democracy in his political views.

The subject of this sketch was married in South Dixon Township to Miss Margaret Levan. She was born in PA, near Johnstown, Feb. 22, 1849 and came West when a girl of but eight years with her parents, settling in this county. Her father and mother were Mathias and Margaret (Miller) Levan, natives of Germany, who are now retired farmers in Dixon Twp. and well to do and respected people. He had built up a property of nearly 1000 acres of good land and had started her comparatively a poor man some thirty odd years ago. They are members of the Lutheran church.

Mr. and Mrs. Miller of this sketch are the happy parents of eight children, of whom two are deceased, Mary and William who died at the ages of five and twenty-two months, respectively. The living are Charles M., Martha F., Edward H., John F., Oscar, Lee and Frederick P., all of whom are still at home. This couple are consistent and active members of the Lutheran Church of Prairieville, and Mr. Miller casts his vote with the Republican party.

Portraits & Biographical 1892 Pg 774

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