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Free Genealogy Biography of George Miles,
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George Miles

George L. Miles, cigar box manufacturer, was born in Chambersburg, July 9, 1834, a son of William and Mary (Duscher) Miles. The father having died when the son was about twelve years old, the latter received but little schooling, and that in the schools of Chambersburg, and was thus early in life thrown upon his own resources. He was employed some two years assisting Dr. Kennedy in farm work, when he entered the employ of John Riesner, a baker and confectioner, with whom he remained some seven years.

In March, 1852, he was married to Mary E. Crider, who was born in Carlisle, Penn., September 21, 1833. After marriage in 1852, Mr. Miles entered the employ of the Cumberland Valley Railroad Company, as fireman on a locomotive, but which pursuit, on account of failing health, he was obliged to abandon after a service of two years.

He then went into business for himself, and successfully carried on a bakery and restaurant until the first call for volunteers in April, 1861, when he disposed of his business, and with the militia company, of which he had been first lieutenant (then Company B, Second Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 2nd Regiment), went to the war for three months, and after serving out the time of enlistment, re-enlisted, as captain of Company G, One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 126th Regiment, for nine months.

He was at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and at the expiration of his term of service he raised company C for the Twenty-first Cavalry, 182nd Regiment, a six months regiment.

In 1863 Captain Miles returned to civil life, and embarked in the grocery trade, which he conducted some two or three years, and again entered the employ of the Cumberland Valley Railroad Company, with which he remained one year, and since that time, until some four years ago, has been in the employ of the various hotels of Chambersburg.

He then led a retired life until January, 1885, when he commenced the manufacture of cigar boxes. Mrs. Miles died August 19, 1888, the mother of one daughter, Mary E., born April 13, 1853, who became the wife of Edward Kauffman, and died May 10, 1882.

Captain Miles is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, also of the K. of P. and American Mechanics. He represented the First Ward in the council for four years in succession, commencing in 1877. He has always interested himself in militia matters, and up to one year ago he commanded a company of National Guards of Pennsylvania.

Source: Biographical Annals of Franklin County, Pennsylvania : containing genealogical records of representative families, including many of the early settlers, and biographical sketches of prominent citizens; Chicago. Genealogical Pub. Co.. 1905. Notes: Prepared in part by George O. Seilhamer.

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