HISTORY
OF
MENARD & MASON COUNTIES, ILLINOIS
1879

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REV. ROBERT MILLER, minister and County Superintendent of Schools, Petersburg; was born Feb. 3, 1838, in Pettis Co., Mo., near the present site of the city of Sedalia; his father, William A. Miller, was born in Kentucky in 1804, and emigrated to Missouri in 1820; he was a politician and legislator of some notoriety; he died in 1847; his wife (the mother of the subject of this sketch), whose maiden name was Mitchell, was born May 13, 1805, on the French Broad River in Tennessee; her father, Capt. Thomas Mitchell, removed to Missouri in 1814, and together with a few others, lived three years in old Ft. Cole, in what is now Cooper Co.; Daniel Boone was for some time an inmate of Cole's Fort, and died in that section of the country; Mrs. Miller (now a widow) is living with a son in Oregon. The subject of these notes received his early education at the district schools, which he attended until he was 16 years old, when he entered Chapel Hill College, Mo., and began a regular classical course, but lacked one year of completing it; he then commenced the study of medicine, to which he closely applied himself for eighteen months and then abandoned it; he moved to Petersburg in 1874, where he has since resided. Mr. Miller joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Sept 1858; was licensed to preach in 1860, and ordained in 1864; he has spent fourteen years in teaching, and was appointed Superintendent of Schools for Menard Co. in January, 1877, and elected to the office in the fall of the same year, by the majority of 913, the largest majority ever given in the county, the next largest being 640; he is Past or of the C.P. Church, of Petersburg, one of the largest and most prosperous in the city. Mr. Miller was married Dec. 24, 1856, to Miss C.A. Riche, in Buchanan Co., Mo.; they have six children living, five girls and one boy, and one boy, George Mitchell was killed by the cars March 25, 1879, aged 10 years and 2 months; the names of those living are as follows: Sarah M. Mollie, A., Emma E., Leyria A., Rosa P. and Robert D.F.


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