William R Miller

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WILLIAM R. MILLER resides upon a farm in Bethel township, Armstrong county, which has been in the possession of his family for a period of seventy years, he having owned it for the last forty-five years, and his father before him having owned and lived upon the place for twenty-five years. He is one of the substantial and reliable citizens of the township, a man whose upright and industrious life entitles him to the esteem of all who know him. Mr. Miller was born in Cowanshannock, Armstrong county, Jan. 17, 1857, son of Isaac and Sarah (Klingensmith) Miller and grandson of Peter Miller. The grandfather, formerly of Westmoreland county, came to Armstrong county and settled in Kittanning township. He was twice married, his first wife being a Miss Altman, his second Margaret Turner.

Isaac and Sarah (Klingensmith) Miller, parents of William R. Miller, were both natives of Armstrong county, and they had a family of nine children, four sons and five daughters, five of whom still survive: William R.; Martha, who was twice married, first to George Schaeffer and second to Franklin Kemple; Sarah Alice, who was twice married, first to James McKelvey and second to Charles Beach; John W., who married Rose Hawley; and Calvin Peter, who married Sarah E. Fennell. Isaac Miller, the father, died April 19, 1889; the mother died Dec.4, 1875.

William R. Miller was reared in Bethel township and received his education in the local schools. His father settled on his present farm in 1867, and made his home there for twenty-five years, and it has been the property of William R. Miller since 1893. He has been engaged in mining, as assistant boss and miner for the Raridan & East Brady Coal Company

On July 29, 1886, Mr. Miller was married to Ida Fennell, daughter of Isaac and Mary (McElfresh) Fennell, of Armstrong county, and granddaughter of Christopher Fennell, of Butler county, Pa., and of Richard and Catherine (Keibler) McElfresh. They have had three children: Carl, born July 1, 1888, is engaged in school teaching at Logansport; Wylie, born March 13, 1894, died July 24, 1910; Vernie, born July 28, 1895, is attending high school at Ford City. Mr. and Mrs. Miller are members of the Homewood Baptist church. He is a Democrat in politics, and a good citizen, favoring every project for the advancement of the general welfare.

Source: Pages 671-672, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by James R Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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