Biography of Wilson L. Miller
Mahoning County, OH Biographies

WILSON L. MILLER, residing on his well improved farm of 120 acres, situated in section 27, Beaver township, is one of the prosperous farmers and stock raisers of this part of Mahoning County. Mr. Miller was born in Springfield township, Mahoning County, Ohio, January 9, 1853, and is a son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Lower) Miller.

Henry Miller. the grandfather of Wilson L., was the founder of the family in Mahoning County, coming in the 20's of the nineteenth century from Maryland. He acquired about 130 acres of land in Springfield township, a farm that is now owned by Aaron Hoffman. Samuel Miller, father of Wilson L., was born on the above farm in Springfield township, on which he lived until 1869, when he purchased land in Beaver township. He had owned 80 acres in Springfield township which was so heavily timbered when he took charge of it that he was obliged to make a clearing before he could find space on which to build his house. This house subsequently burned down, after which Samuel Miller sold the property. His farm of 154 acres in Beaver township had been improved by a house and barn, and he resided there until his death, some eighteen years later, at which time he was 60 years of age. His wife, Elizabeth, was born in New Springfield, Mahoning County, a daughter of Jacob Lower. She still survives and resides near Geneva, Ashtabula County, Ohio, with a daughter. Samuel Miller and wife had six children: Sarah Ann (deceased), who was the wife of William Minter; Tobias, residing in Cuyahoga County; Wilson L., the subject of this sketch; Alice Celesta, who married Isaac Esterly, and resides in Columbiana; Melissa C., wife of Joseph Harrold, a sketch of whom will be found elsewhere in this. volume; and Laura J., who married Isaac Chappell, residing in Ashtabula County. Samuel Miller was a member of the Lutheran Church at New Springfield.

Wilson L. Miller was educated in the district schools, which he attended in Beaver township for some two years. He has since given his attention to agricultural pursuits, carrying on general farming and stock raising, and making a specialty of hogs. Besides the home farm he owns 22 acres in section 16. He has a valuable property and his surroundings all indicate a high degree of material prosperity.

On September 7, 1876, Mr. Miller was married to Laura A. Sensenbacher, who was born in Springfield township, Mahóning County, a daughter of Gottlieb and Anna (Mollenkopf) Sensenbacher. The father of Mrs. Miller was born in Germany and was about i8 years old when his parents brought him to America. They located in Mahoning County, on the Pennsylvania line. He died June 14, 1891, and his wife'sdeath occurred in the following year. Mr. and Mrs. Sensenbacher had seven children, namely: Mrs. Miller; Louisa Mary, who married Calvin C. Rummel, and resides in Youngstown; John, residing in Unity township, Columbiana County; Rosa Catherine, who married Henry Wood, residing in Youngstown; Sarah, who married George Beck, and resides in East Palestine; Daniel and Emma, who died in childhood.

Mr. and Mrs. Miller have one son, Park F., who was born on the present farm, September 10, 1877. January 24, 1901, he married Blanche G. Wunderlin, who was born in Beaver township, a daughter of Lewis Wunderlin. Mr. and Mrs. Miller have one grandson, from the above marriage, Reiph Lewis, who was born July 16, 1904.

Like his father, Mr. Miller has always been a Democrat. He is a member of Grace Church, at Columbiana. A good citizen, he takes an active interest in everything pertaining to the advancement of education, teniperance and religion, in his neighborhood.

20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Representative Citizens,
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Youngstown, Ohio
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897

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