Biography of Henry N. Miller
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

HENRY N. MILLER, supervisor of Division No. 19, West Pennsylvania railroad, is a resident of Freeport, where he is known as a reliable citizen and an efficient business man. He is a son of Michael and Christina (Burns) Miller, and was born in Young township, Indiana county, Pennsylvania, February 6, 1835. The Millers are of German descent, and settled in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, in the early part of the last century. Michael Miller, the paternal grandfather of Henry N. Miller, was a native of Pennsylvania, where be was born in Lancaster county, December 24, 1775. He was a shoemaker by trade and died in Indiana county, aged seventy five years. His son, Michael Miller (father) was born in eastern Pennsylvania, and came, in an early day, into Indiana county, where he now resides, in Conemaugh township. He learned, when young, the trade of shoemaker, which he followed for several years before engaging in his main life pursuit of farming. Within the last few years be retired from all active business pursuits, and resides in a pleasant home with comfortable surroundings. He was born Aug. 28, 1806, and has passed his eighty fourth milestone on the pathway of life. He is a republican in politics and a member of the United Presbyterian church. He married Christina Burns, who was a native of Scotland, and was brought by her parents to the United States when she was only three years of age.

Henry N. Miller was reared in Indiana county and received his education in the public schools and Jacksonville academy, which be attended during four summer terms between 1850 and 1860. He commenced life for himself as a teacher in the common schools of Indiana county, in which he taught eleven terms. In April, 1863, he engaged as a laborer on the Pennsylvania railroad, at Blairsville, but was soon promoted to track foreman, and had charge of a work train for over five years. On March 1, 1874, he was appointed as a supervisor of the road, and stationed at Freeport, where he has remained ever since in the discharge of the insportant duties of his responsible position. In 1887, 1888 and in 1890 be built twenty two miles of the second track on the West Penn. it. R. east of Allegheny city, in connection with his regular duties as supervisor.

On April 2, 1861, he united in marriage with Fannie C. Nesbit, daughter of Nathaniel Nesbit, of Indiana county, Pa. To this union have been born four children, three sons and one daughter: Martin E., ticket and express agent and telegraph operator at the W. P. R. R. depot at Freeport; Thomas G., a brakeman on the W. P. railroad, who married, in Sept., 1885, and resides at Freeport, Pa.; Wilbert H. and Jessie E.

Henry N. Miller is a republican in politics, and a member of the United Presbyterian church of Freeport, iu which he has served for several years as an elder, He deals, to some extent, in real estate, and owns, at the present time, a very good farm in Conemaugh township. He has served as a councilman of his borough, and is a member of the school board at the present time. Mr. Miller has had many years of practical experience in railroad matters, and has always rendered good satisfaction in the position which be occupies.


From:
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891


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