"Mrs Eliza Jones Miller, who resides on section 17, Rochester Township, is a representative of one of the honored pioneer families of the county. Her father, Andrew Jones, was a native of Virginia and married Miss Eleanor Goodan, who was born in the Keystone State. For some time after their marriage they resided in Kentucky, whence in 1825 they removed to Sangamon County, Ill. Locating in Rochester Township, upon the first farm which they purchased they made their home until life was ended. They were respected citizens of the community and many friends mourned their loss.
"Mrs. Miller is a native of Bath County, Ky. She was born on the 12th of September, 1819, and was the third child in a family of six children. When with her parents she came to Illinois she was but six years of age and under the parental roof she remained until her marriage, which occurred June 30, 1841, when she became the wife of Samuel Miller. For thirty-seven years they traveled life's journey together. Mr. Miller was born in Loudoun County, Va., August 27, 1815, and is also ranked among the pioneer settlers of Central Illinois. The young couple began their domestic life upon a farm in Rochester Township and with the exception of one year which they spent in DeWitt County, Mrs. Miller has since resided here. The farm upon which she now make her home was purchased in 1858 and for twenty years Mr. Miller there engaged in agricultural pursuits, winning for himself a place among the leading farmers of the county. He was a man of good source of revenue, so that on his death his wife was left in comfortable circumstances. He died on the 8th of April, 1878, respected by all who knew him. In political sentiment he was a Democrat and though he took a deep interest in political affairs, as every true American should do, he cared little for the honors or emoluments of public office.
"Unto Mr. and Mrs. Miller were born four children, two of whom are yet living, - Sarah E., wife of William H. Crowl, and Mary A., wife of Charles E. Vigal. The deceased are, - Eveline, who became the wife of George H. Waters and died December 18, 1870; and Andrew, the eldest of the family, who died at the age of three years.
"Mrs. Miller is a consistent and faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, with which she has been connected for almost half a century. Charitable and benevolent, she gives to the poor and needy and by her acts of kindness has won a large circle of friends. Since her husband's death she has had the management of the home farm which formerly comprised two hundred and forty acres of rich land. It has since been divided and the widow now has the homestead set apart to her, comprising sixty-seven acres. In the superintendence of the old homestead she displays much business ability as is indicated by its neat appearance." - Portrait and Biographical Album of Sangamon County, Illinois; Chapman Bros., Chicago, Il. (1891); pp. 243 & 244
Samuel Miller and Eliza Jones had the following children:
363. i. Orval E. Waters
"... Sarah Eleanor, born Nov. 6, 1850, married Jan. 10, 1871, to William H. Crowl. See his name. They have two children, Lauretta and Samuel, and reside near Taylorville, Ill. ..." - The History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois; John Carroll Power, p.521
"Crowl, Joseph, was born Sept. 3, 1794, in Shepherdstown, Va. He was a soldier from Maryland in the war of 1812, and was married Jan. 1, 1817, in Washington county, Md., to Mary A. Dilihunt, who was born Feb. 22, 1804, in Kent county, Md. They had ten children in Washington county, Md. They moved to Sangamon county, Ill., arriving in the fall of 1834, at Springfield, and the next spring moved to what is now Cooper township, south of the Sangamon river, where they had five children. Of their twelve children-
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"William H., born April 14, 1845, in Sangamon county, married January, 1871, to Ella Miller. They had two children and reside five miles southeast of Pawnee, in Christian county. ..." - The History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois; John Carroll Power, pp. 235 & 235
Sarah Eleanor Miller and William Henry Crowl had the following children:
364. i. Lauretta Crowl.
365. ii. Samuel J. Crowl. He resided in Morrisonville, Montgomery Co, IL.
366. iii. Clara Crowl. She married Hardin. She resided in Chicago, Cook Co, IL.
367. iv. Melville Crowl. He resided in Springfield, Sangamon Co, IL.
368. v. C. F. Crowl. He resided in Springfield, Sangamon Co, IL.
369. vi. Mabel E. Crowl was born 1881. She died in 1967. Her body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL.
370. vii. Wilbur Harland Crowl was born 15 Aug 1881. Wilbur died 7 Nov 1933 in Springfield, Sangamon Co, IL. His body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL. His wife's name was Julia. Wilbur's occupation: Contractor.
"Charles E. Vigal, who resides on section 8, Cotton Hill Township, has spent his entire life upon the homestead farm of the Vigal family. His father John T. Vigal, was born in Jefferson County, Ky., in 1808, but we know nothing definite concerning the early history of the family of its establishment in America. During his youth John Vigal emigrated westward locating in Clark County, Ind., where he became acquainted with and married Miss Hannah Coble, who was born in that county in 1811. In the autumn of 1830 he came to Sangamon County, and settled upon the old homestead where he spent the remainder of an active and useful life. He was an ardent supporter of Republican principles, labored earnestly for the success of his party and did all in his power to promote the general welfare of the community. He was indeed a worthy citizen, and his death which occurred April 26, 1887, was sincerely mourned. He had long survived his wife who died on the old farm in May, 1853. They were the parents of five sons and four daughters as follows: Melvina, William H., Alfred, Mary A., John F., Sarah J., Nancy C., David M. and Charles E. With the exception of Nancy who died at the age of nine years all grew to manhood and womanhood. John F. gave his life in defense of his country during the late war. He enlisted as a member of Company E, One Hundred and Fourteenth Illinois Infantry and was killed at the battle of Tupelo, Miss., July 15, 1864, when about twenty-four years of age.
"On the 10th of March, 1852, Charles E. Vigal first opened his eyes to the light of day. The home which has been the scene of his manhood successes witnessed his childish efforts and youthful amusements. In the common schools of the neighborhood he acquired his education, pursuing his lessons during the winter months, while in the summer season he aided in the labors of the farm. Only six months has he spent elsewhere than on the old homestead - that short period being passed in Rochester Township, where on the 7th of January, 1875, he was joined in wedlock with Miss Mary A. Miller, daughter of Samuel and Eliza Miller, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this volume. She was born in that township, September 19, 1855, and by her marriage has become the mother of three children - Luther F., Eliza E., and Mary Ethel, but the last named died at the age of then months.
"Mr. Vigal has made farming his life work and in connection with the cultivation of his land has engaged in stock-raising. He also for about four years engaged in carpentering but devoted the greater part of his attention to agricultural pursuits. He now owns one hundred and forty acres of good land under a high state of cultivation, where may be found all the modern improvements, including barns, and outbuildings that are models of convenience. In his political affiliations he was formerly a Republican, having supported that party since attaining his majority, bur the last year has found him in the ranks of the Prohibition party which he supports by voice and vote. The offices of Township Clerk, Highway Commissioner and School Director he has filled, discharging their varied duties with a promptness and fidelity which have won him the confidence and respect of all with whom he has come in contact. He and his wife hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church, are among its active workers and havedone not a little for its interests for and for its upbuilding. Mr. Vigal in the congregation to which he belongs has held the offices of Steward, Trustee and Sunday-school Superintendent." - Portrait and Bi ographical Album of Sangamon County, Illinois; Chapman Bros., Chicago, Il. (1891); pp. 442 & 443
Mary A. Miller and Charles E. Vigal had the following children:
371. i. Luther F. Vigal.
372. ii. Eliza E. Vigal.
373. iii. Mary Ethel Vigal.
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