Third Generation

31. Joseph Miller Sr. was born in Loudoun Co, VA 18 Aug 1826. He died 23 Nov 1908 in Rochester, Sangamon Co, IL. His body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL. He married Louisiana Branch in Sangamon Co, IL, 4 Oct 1849. Louisiana was born in Rochester, Sangamon Co, IL 16 Jul 1832, the daughter of Edward Branch. Louisiana died 5 Oct 1906 in Rochester, Sangamon Co, IL.

"... Joseph, born August 18, 1826, in Loudoun county, Va., married in Sangamon county, Oct. 4, 1849, to Louisiana Branch. They have ten children, Samuel J., David F., William E., George W., Albert J., Ida E., Della Ann, Rebecca, Joseph, Jun. [Jr.], and Mirtie, and reside in Cooper township, four miles east of Rochester, Sangamon county, Illinois. ..." - The History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois; John Carroll Power, p.521

Joseph Miller Sr. and Louisiana Branch had the following children:

 
137. i. Rebecca Miller was born in Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL. She married Christopher N. Schnirring.
 
138. ii. Samuel Jacob Miller was born in Buckhart, Sangamon Co, IL 22 Sep 1850. Samuel died 24 Sep 1923 in Rochester, Sangamon Co, IL. His body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL. He married Sarah Hancock 22 Sep 1893. Sarah was born in Kentucky 1853. She died 22 Dec 1913 in Mechanicsburg, Sangamon Co, IL. Her body was interred in Mechanicsburg Cemetery, Mechanicsburg, Sangamon Co, IL.

"JACOB MILLER - Jacob Miller, who follows farming on section 34, Mechanicsburg township, was born in Cooper township, Sangamon county, on the 22d of September, 1850. His father, Joseph Miller was a native of Loudoun county, Virginia, born near Harpers Ferry in 1825. The grandfather, Christian Miller, was likewise a native of the Old Dominion, but was of German parentage. He removed to Ohio, settling near Fletcher, where he resided for a few years and afterward came to Illinois, taking up his abode in Cooper township, Sangamon county, where he entered land from the government, thus securing several hundred acres. He was numbered among those who lived here at the time of the great snow fall so Memorable in the early history of the county. The snow fell to a depth unequaled in all the annals of this portion of the state and it was long ere the roads were free from their white covering. Christian Miller became a leading and influential farmer of Sangamon county in pioneer days. He reared his family in this locality and after arriving at years of maturity Joseph Miller was united in marriage to Miss Lucy Ann Branch, a native of Sangamon county, Illinois, and a daughter of Edward Branch, one of the early settlers who came from Kentucky to this state. Joseph Miller inherited a part of the old family homestead and, locating upon this tract, he began to improve it, carrying on the work of cultivation with excellent results. He has also added to his property and he now owns four hundred acres of valuable land constituting one of the well improved farms of the locality.

"Jacob Miller is the eldest of a family of ten children, of whom five sons and four daughters are yet living. He was reared on the old home farm and pursued his education in the district schools nearby, but his privileges in that direction were somewhat limited, as his services were needed in the operation of the fields. He remained with his father until after he had attained his majority and when but twenty-three years of age he located at his present home, keeping bachelor's hall for several years. He was married however, in Mechanicsburg township on the 22d of September, 1893 - his birthday-to Sarah A. Hancock, a native of Kentucky who was brought to Sangamon county in her girlhood days and was here reared. She is a daughter of Andrew Hancock and by a former marriage She has a son.. Jesse E. Isaac, a young man now at home. Mr. Miller has erected a neat and comfortable residence and has other good improvements upon his farm. There is an orchard which yields its fruits in season and good grades of stock indicate his progressive ideas along this line. He annually feeds stock for the market in addition to cultivating the cereals best adapted to soil and climate. His life has been character by unflagging industry and perseverance and he is justly accounted one of the thrifty farmers and stock-raisers of his community.

"Politically Mr. Miller has been a lifelong Democrat, as is his father. He cast his first presidential ballot for Horace Greeley in 1872 and has supported each nominee at the head of the ticket since that time. His entire life has been passed in the county and thus for more than a half century he has witnessed its development and progress along substantial lines that have won it a place among the leading counties of the great Mississippi valley."
- http://www.rootsweb.com/_ilsan gam/bio-mno.htm#miller, PAGE 1397 - Past and Present of Sangamon County - 1904, p.1397

 
139. iii. David F. Miller was born in Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL 8 Dec 1852. David died 23 May 1922 in Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL. His body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL. His wife's name was Mary 'Alice'. She was born 1871 and she died in 1918. Her body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL. They had the following child:

375. i. Roy F. Miller was born in 1901. He died in 1901 at less than one year of age. His body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL.

 
140. iv. William 'Edward' Miller was born in Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL 30 Oct 1855. William died in 1922. His body was interred in Oak Hill, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL. He married Luella McCune in Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL, 27 Dec 1877. Luella was born in Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL 16 Jun 1858, the daughter of John M. McCune and Jane Baker.

"William E. Miller, who is engaged in general farming on section 34, Rochester Township, is a representative of one of the early families of the county, where his entire life has been passed. He was born in Cooper Township, October 30, 1855, and is son of Joseph Miller, a native of Virginia, who during his youth emigrated westward, locating in this county were he formed the acquaintance of Miss Louisa Branch. They were united in marriage, and upon a farm in Cooper Township they began their domestic life and there still make their home. Their union has been blessed with ten children, six sons and four daughters.

"Of the family, William E., whose name heads this sketch, is the third in order of birth. His early life was unmarked by any event of special importance, as the days of his boyhood and youth were spent in the usual manner of farmer lads, while his education was acquired in the district schools of the neighborhood. He remained with his father, assisting him in the cultivation and improvement of the old homestead until his marriage, which was celebrated in Cooper Township on the 27th of December, 1877, the lady of his choice being Miss Luella McCune, both of whom were natives of Kentucky, but at an early day in the history of this State made their way to Sangamon County, where they are still living, their home being in Rochester Township.

"Mrs. Miller was born in Cooper Township June 16, 1858, and has become the mother of four children, all sons: George W., Ralph E., Homer L., and Joseph H. This family resides in Rochester Township upon the farm where Mr. and Mrs. Miller began their domestic life. The occupation to which he was reared he has made his life work and a well-improved farm comprising one hundred and thirty acres pays tribute to his care and cultivation. He raised all kinds of grains adapted to this climate and keeps on hand good grades of stock. The farm is also improved with good building and the home e with its entire surroundings indicates the owner to be a man of thrift, enterprise and good management. In politics he supports the Democratic party and keeps himself well informed on all the leading issues of the day, both political and otherwise. He is a valued citizen and one whom his fellow townsmen respect."
- Portrait and Biographical Album of Sangamon County, Illinois; Chapman Bros., Chicago, Il. (1891); p. 314

William 'Edward' Miller and Luella McCune had the following children:

376. i. George W. Miller.

377. ii. Homer L. Miller.

378. iii. Joseph H. Miller.

379. iv. Ralph E. Miller. He was born in Rochester, Sangamon Co, IL 4 Jul 1885. He died from pneumonia on 17 Feb 1906 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Sangamon Co, IL. His body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL.

 
141. v. George W. Miller was born in Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL 27 Jan 1858. George died 25 Sep 1880 in Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co. His body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL.
 
142. vi. Albert J. Miller was born in Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL 6 Nov 1860. Albert died 22 Nov 1933 in Rochester, Sangamon Co, IL. His body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL. He married Mary E. Sattley. Mary was born 9 Sep 1861. She died 11 Mar 1928. Her body was interred in Oak Hill, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL. They had the following children:

380. i. Ethel Miller. Her husband's name was Craig. She resided in Rochester, Sangamon Co, IL.

381 ii. Fay Miller. She resided in Rochester, Sangamon Co, IL.

 
143. vii. Ida E. Miller was born in Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL 10 May 1863. Ida died 29 Nov 1951 at Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Sangamon Co, IL. Her body was interred in Oak Hill, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL. She married James D. Warwick 26 Nov 1890. James was born in Jerseyville, Jersey Co, IL 10 May 1853, the son of James Warwick and Susan Jones. He died 17 Jun 1929 in Rochester, Sangamon Co, IL. His body was interred 18 Jun 1929 in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL. They had the following child:

382. i. Warwick (gender unknown) was born 24 Mar 1894 and died 24 Mar 1894. The body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL.

 
144. viii. Della Ann Miller was born in Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL 1865. Della died 1956. Her body was interred in Rochester Cemetery, Sangamon Co, IL. She married Robert W. Green. Robert was born 1860. Robert died 1921. His body was interred in Rochester Cemetery, Sangamon Co, IL.
 
145. ix. Joseph L. Miller was born in Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL 11 Oct 1871. Joseph died 15 Feb 1929. His body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL. He married Jennie Ralston. Jennie was born in Buckhart, Sangamon Co, IL 25 Mar 1875, the daughter of John Ralston. She died 20 Jun 1929 in Rochester, Sangamon Co, IL. Her body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL. They had the following children:

383. i. Chelsea L. Miller.

384. ii. Ruth J. Miller was born 7 Sep 1903. She married Louis August Alwardt. Louis was born 5 Jan 1900. Louis died 23 Nov 1956 at Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Sangamon Co, IL. His body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL.

 
146. x. Clara 'Mirtie' A. Miller was born in Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL 1873. Clara died 6 Aug 1960 in Springfield, Sangamon Co, IL. Her body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL. She married Charles Jenkins. Charles was born in Mechanicsburg, Sangamon Co, IL 1874. Charles died 3 Jun 1962 in Springfield, Sangamon Co, IL. His body was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cooper Twp, Sangamon Co, IL.
 

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