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MILLER, AARON, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Jackson township, Dauphin county, Pa., July 9, 18-16. John Miller, his grandfather, was of German descent. He came from Northumberland county to Dauphin county in 1817, settled in Jackson township, and cleared a farm of one hundred and seventy acres of land; on this farm he died. His son, Michael Miller, was born in Northumberland county, Pa. He was a farmer, and also, for twenty years, a blacksmith. He improved and cultivated a farm of two hundred and two acres, and had one of one hundred and forty-one acres, also over two hundred acres of woodland; he was also engaged in stock raising. His first wife was Catherine Straw, of Jackson township. Their children are: Josiah, Balthasar, and Cyrus, a blacksmith, married a Miss Sweigard, and died in Reading, Pa., leaving a widow and four children. After Mrs. Miller's death, Mr. Miller married Hannah Buffinger, widow of Jacob Kolva. They had ten children: Michael, who lives on the old homestead, in Jackson township; Lydia, Eli, Samuel, all died under the age of eight years; Leah, died at the age of forty-two; Hannah, wife of D. A. Snyder, Elizabethville; Joshua, died in his third year, John A., deceased, and twins, who died in infancy. Mr. Miller was a Democrat; he held the offices of assessor and tax collector. He was trustee to the end of his life in the Lutheran church, in which he and Mrs. Miller held membership. Mr. Miller died December 27,1864, and his wife April 24, 1890.

Aaron Miller was educated in the common schools of his township He remained on the firm until his father's death, which occurred when Aaron was eighteen. For two years he worked on the home farm, and then began business for himself. He bought a farm of one hundred and forty acres, where he now resides; on it he built a barn, and made many other improvements, among which was the planting of a large apple orchard. Mr. Miller has several other farms in the valley; he is one of its largest landholders, having upwards of three hundred and fifty acres of good, arable land. He is also largely interested in the breeding of stock. Mr. Miller was married, in Lykens township, to Florence Bender, born in Washington township, daughter of A. Q. and Susanna (Fisher) Bender. They have six children: Fannie, wife of Harry McNeal; Edwin, attending school; Ammond, on the homestead; Sarah, living at home; Harry, and Adam, attending school. Mr. Miller is a Democrat; he has been inspector of elections and tax collector. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Order of United American Mechanics, but is not so now. He is a member, and was deacon, of the Lutheran church. He is genial and hospitable, is widely known and highly esteemed.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 29 Jan 2001

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