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Transcribed biography of David Miller


Among the veterans of the Civil war who have a home in Jasper county none is better known or more highly honored than David Miller, of Carthage, some account of whose career deserves a place in this work.

Mr. Miller was born at Hebron, Porter county, Indiana, December 13, 1843, a son of Isaac and Susan (Dinwiddie) Miller. His father, a native of Pennsylvania, early in life accompanied his parents to Indiana, where he married and became a well-to-do farmer and stockman. He now lives at Valparaiso, Indiana. Mr. Miller's mother, who died in 1860, was a daughter of Thomas Dinwiddie, who was of Scotch-Irish descent, and came from the same stock, a representative of which gave Dinwiddie county, Virginia, its name. Thomas Dinwiddie married a native of Pennsylvania, of Pennsylvania Dutch extraction.

David Miller passed his boyhood in Porter county, Indiana, and learned the trade of carpenter there. In May, 1861, he enlisted in Company H, Ninth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, which was under command of Colonel Milroy. After three months' service, mostly in West Virginia, the regiment re-enlisted and was sent to Virginia, where it became a part of the Army of Virginia and participated in the fights at Greenbrier and Buffalo Mountain and in other engagements in Virginia. Later the regiment was included in the Department of Tennessee and there took part in the fighting at Cumberland and in the historic two days' fight at Shiloh, April 6 and 7, 1862, where he received a gunshot wound in the left hand which disabled him so that he was sent home to Indiana on a furlough. He rejoined his regiment in Tennessee, and was soon wounded again and sent to a hospital at Chattanooga, where he remained for some time. After he rejoined his regiment again he took part in the battles at Franklin and Nashville. From Tennessee the regiment was ordered to Victoria, Texas, where it was mustered out of the service October, 1865.

Returning to Indiana, he was shortly afterward married to Miss Helen R. Brayton, of Kendallville, that state. Four children were born of this marriage: Everett M.; Mabel C.; Falley B. (deceased), and Helen B. Mr. Miller is now engaged in the construction of iron and steel bridges and is located at Carthage, Missouri.

Source: McGregor, Malcolm G. 1901. The Biographical Record of Jasper County, Missouri. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company. 526 p.
Page(s) in Source: 403-404

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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