biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
ABRAHAM MILLER, of Richland Township, is the eldest son of George and Sarah (Brown) Miller. He was born in Stark County, Ohio, Jan. 18, 1824. He removed with his father's family to Medina County, and afterward to Logan County, Ohio. All his early life was spent upon the farm, and he received such education as was afforded by the district schools at that time. His father was a carpenter and joiner, and Abraham being mechanically inclined naturally learned the trade, and when he attained his majority, worked with his father one year at the business and afterward continued it alone. In the spring of 1853 Mr. Miller concluded that the advice of Greeley was wise, and prepared to go West and see the country and take a rest. He accordingly came to Iowa, and soon purchased 120 acres of prairie land and twenty-six and one-half of timber in Richland Township. He traveled considerably over the States of Iowa and Missouri, but made his home near Peoria with his sister, Mary A. M., the wife of Isaiah Spain, who had located in this county the year before. In December, 1855, Mr. Miller returned to Ohio, but soon became dissatisfied with his native State and longed for the free air and blessed sunshine of the western prairie. So in the fall of 1856 he returned to Iowa and began the improvement of his land. In 1866 Mr. Miller was united in marriage with Sarah C. Stokes, a native of Logan County, Ohio, and a daughter of Daniel and Calista Stokes. To them was born one son, Ellis, who, by reason of an attack of cerebro spinal meningitis when but five years old, has entirely lost his speech. The mother of this child died in the year 1868, and in 1869 Mr. M. married Susan E. Turner, a native of Maryland, and a daughter of James and Martha Turner. In politics Mr. Miller is a Democrat, but has no aspirations for political honor or preferment. He was made a Mason at West Liberty, Ohio, in 1846, and is now a member of Central Lodge No. 388, at Peoria, of which he was one of the charter members, and for several years its Treasurer. Mr. Miller owns 286 1/2 acres of land, 200 of which are well improved and under excellent cultivation. His principal occupation is that of stock-raising, and in this he has been remarkably successsful, and is numbered among the well-to-do and highly respected farmers of the county. In all the relations of life Abraham Miller will measure up to the full standard of honorable manhood and the best type of citizenship. He is not a prophet without honor in his own country, but rather one who enjoys in a merited degree the esteem of his fellow-citizens.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy