Biography of John J. Miller
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

Prominent among the progressive and influential agriculturists of Delaware township, Defiance county, is found John J. Miller, who is of Swiss descent.

Jacob and Fanny (Walter) Miller were born and reared in Switzerland. There, too, they married and passed a brief period of their wedded life. But Mr. Miller's aspirations reaching far beyond their little mountain republic, he, in 1854, with his family, joined the tide of emigration westward to America. Mr. and Mrs. Miller were then about twenty nine and twenty six years of age, respectively. On their arrival in the New World, they located in Defiance county, Ohio, where they have resided continuously since that time; were in the city of Defiance a number of years and are now living in Delaware township. They have had six children, as follows: Anna, wife of Daniel Sprow; Mary, deceased wife of William F. Derge; John J.; Jacob C.; Louisa, wife of James Bloom; and Charles F.

John J. Miller is the first of the family of American birth. His native place is the city of Defiance, having been born there September 23, 1854. Here his home was with his parents until he was fourteen years of age, when with them he removed to Delaware township. His education was obtained in the common schools, and with the exception of two years spent in the State of Washington and British Columbia, he was with his parents until his marriage, which took place in Delaware township, August 17, 1877. His wife, formerly Miss Rebecca Miller, a daughter of David and Rucy (Core) Miller, was born in Crawford county, this State, March 11, 1854.

About one year after his marriage, our subject and his wife moved to the State of Washington, where Mr, Miller engaged in farming and stock raising five years. Returning then to their native State, they have since made Defiance county their home, residing most of the time in Delaware township, They are the parents of seven children, named, respectively: Curtis W., Elmer A., Melbourn A., Ada L., Etta F., Walter Wayne, and Mabel Beatrice.

Mr. Miller has made farming his life occupation, In politics he acts with the Democratic party, and takes a lively interest in public affairs, He has held the office of township trustee, and being in sympathy with educational interests, he has been chosen a member of the school board, in which office he is serving at present. In religious matters, also, he takes a prominent part, being an active and interested worker in the Reformed Church, of which he and his wife are members, Socially he is a member of the Knights of Pythias.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
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