Mifflin County Biographies
"History of the Juniata Valley and Its People, Vol. II" 1913

Joseph A. Miller


This family has been prominent in the Juniata Valley since early days and the name is perpetuated by Millers Ferry, Millersville, and other similar monuments to the pioneers. The first of this branch who can be definitely located is George Miller, born in 1807. He was a blacksmith by trade and in 1840 was elected justice of the peace, an office he held for many years. For four years he owned and operated a boat on the Pennsylvania state canal. He was a Democrat, and a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church until his death in 1889. He married Annie Morrison, born in Lewistown in 1807, daughter of James Morrison, who came to Lewistown from Rising Sun, Pennsylvania, and here followed his trade of shoemaker; he married Elizabeth Brown, and died at the home of his daughter in Lewistown. Children of George and Annie (Morrison) Miller: Mary, married John Fink, both deceased: Joseph A., of whom further: Ezilda, unmarried; Emmeline, deceased, married Frank H. Wentz.




Joseph A. Miller

Joseph A., only son of George and Annie (Morrison) Miller, was born in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, November 29, 1833. He was educated in the public schools, learned the blacksmith's trade, later engaged in the plumbing business, and is now living retired in his native town, having there spent his long, busy and successful life. His home, at the corner of North Main and East Third streets, he purchased in 1881. He is a Democrat in politics, and in 1887 was chief burgess of Lewistown. He is a veteran of the civil war, being one of the first to come to the defense of "Old Glory." He enlisted for the three months' service, April 16, 1861, and was one of the first body of troops, numbering five hundred and thirty, who entered the city of Washington. He served about one year, reenlisting after his third month expired in the 78th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers. He is a member of the First Defenders Association, and is the owner of a badge presented by the state of Pennsylvania to the members of that association. In religious faith he is a Methodist.

He married, in 1879, Josephine Frey, born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, in 1858. Children: 1. Joseph G., born in 1880: educated in the public school; graduate of Lewistown high school, and while a student in a trade school in New York City was accidentally shot and killed by a classmate, in January, 1899. 2. Anna M., born December 30, 1884; married in September, 1906, Franklin Conrad, of Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and has one child, Joseph M.

Mr. Miller is rounding out a well spent life in the enjoyment and quiet of his Lewistown home, where he has not only gained a competence, but the good-will and highest esteem of the community in which his entire life has been spent.



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