Robert Forb Miller


ROBERT FORB MILLER, a farmer and lumberman of Cowanshannock township, Armstrong county, was born in that township, on the farm where he now resides, April, 15, 1871, son of John and Susan (DeLancy) Miller.

David Miller, his grandfather, was a pioneer of Plum Creek township, this county, but in later life moved to Strongstown, Pa., where he died. He had the following children: John, William and Sarah.

The maternal grandfather of Robert Forb Miller, Stephen DeLancy, was also a pioneer of Cowanshannock township, where he developed the homestead upon which he died.

John Miller, son of David Miller, and father of Robert F. Miller, was a farmer, and cleared and improved the farm now occupied by his son Robert F. During the Civil war he served bravely in the 103rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and had the misfortune to be captured by the enemy and taken to Andersonville prison, where for twelve months he suffered the privations and exposures of that frightful place. Finally he was exchanged, and he received an honorable discharge after four years of service. His children who grew to maturity were: Mary Ellen, who married Robert McClenathan; William A.; Harvey E.; Robert F.; Katie M., who married Joseph Blose; and Nettie, who married Peter Garmon.

Robert F. Miller was brought up on the farm he now owns and has always lived upon it. His educational training was received in the local schools. When he attained his majority he commenced farming on his own account, and since 1900 has also been engaged in the lumber business with gratifying results.

On August 8, 1892, Mr. Miller was united in marriage with Lizzie J. Rairigh, daughter of Solomon and Carrie (Wagner) Rairigh, of Cowanshannock township. Mr. and Mrs. Miller have six children: Malvin O., Robert H., Luella, Leona, Donald, and Vernon Ray. Mr. and Mrs. Miller belong to the Baptist Church, to which he gives a generous support. Politically he is a Republican, and he is in every respect an admirable citizen.

Source: Pages 698, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 2001 by Nancy Cain Knepper for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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