Biography of John C. Miller
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





JOHN C. MILLER, Probate Judge, Springfield. Judge Miller comes of a pioneer family; is a son of Reuben Miller, who came to Clark County in 1812, he then being a boy of 15 years of age, with his father, Rev. Robert Miller, who was a pioneer local preacher of the Methodist Episcopal denomination, and known over a large region of country, his residence being in Moorefield Township, where he owned a section of land, and where Reuben grew to manhood, and married Mary, daughter of Samuel Hedges, of Berkeley Co., Va.; she left her parents in Virginia and came to Champaign County with her brother, Jonas. Hedges, who settled just over the line in Champaign County and adjoined Mr. Miller's land in this county; after their marriage, Mr. Miller farmed and taught school for a time, and subsequently became a county officer and removed to Springfield, where he continued to fill important offices for several years, as will be seen by reference to the body of this work, and continued to reside in Springfield until 1875, when, his wife having deceased Jan. 2, he went to Keokuk, Iowa, and resided with his only survivi g daughter, Mrs. R. B. Ogden, until his decease, which occurred Oct. 3, 1879; his remains were brought to Springfield and interred in Fern Cliff Cemetery. He had a family of five sons and two daughters, of whom four sons and one daughter survive - D. B. Miller, M. D., of Covington, Ky.; John C.; Commander J. N. Miller, of the United States Navy; and Henry R. and Mrs. R. B. Ogden, of Keokuk, Iowa. The subject of this sketch was born in Springfield April 13, 1834; he received rudimentary training in the district school, and finished his school days at the Ohio Conference High School; learned the printer's art, and at 18 began the study of law, under the direction of the Hon. Samuel Shellabarger; was admitted to practice in April, 1855, and, in the fall of the same year, having spent the spring and summer in the West looking up a location, commenced the practice of his profession in Springfield. In 1861, he was elected Mayor of the city, and in the fall of the same year was elected Prosecutor for Clark County, and held the latter office five years; was City Solicitor from 1869 to 1876, when he resigned to enter upon the duties of Probate Judge, to which he had been elected the previous October, and which he continues to discharge with credit to himself and satisfaction to the people. He married, Oct. 4, 1860, Miss Marianna T., daughter of James R. Hoglen, of Dayton; from this union have been born two children - Robert J. and Ella C.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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