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Samuel R. Miller

Samuel R. Miller was born in Conewago Township, September 13, 1834. His parents were Samuel and Lydia Ann (Rudy) Miller, of York County and of English and German descent. They had seven children--four sons and three daughters--of whom Samuel R. is the third child and second son. He was brought up on a farm, but also worked at milling and carpentering. His education he received at the common schools.

At the outbreak of the late war, he enlisted in Company E, Sixteenth Pennsylvania Volunteers, 16th Regiment, a three months' regiment. On his return home from the service he re-enlisted on the twenty-fourth of August, 1861, in Company E, Eighty-seventh Pennsylvania Volunteer infantry, 87th Regiment for three years. He was in the battles of Winchester, Locust Grove, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and front of Petersburg.

In June, 1863, he was captured at Winchester, and for twenty-one days he was a prisoner at Belle Isle, and Libby prison; he jumped his parole, and after a French furlough, returned to his regiment.

June 23, 1864, he was captured again in front of Petersburg, held in different prisons, including Andersonville, where he was kept until Sherman's army appeared. From there he was taken to other prisons: Blackshear, Thomasville, Albany (Ga.), and on Christmas, 1864, back to Andersonville again. April 8, 1865, he left Andersonville for Albany again, marched seventy-two miles to Thomasville, then to Baldwin, where he was finally released, and at the end of two weeks started for home, where he arrived June 15, 1865, after an absence of nearly four years.

In 1866 he started for Ohio, but stopped a few months at Goshen, Ind., where he remained peddling pumps until the following spring, when he went to Ohio, where he farmed a few months, and then returned home. He was married in December, 1872, at York, to Rebecca Siffert. They have three children: Laura Jane, Edward and an infant. They settled at Round Town, about three and one-half miles northwest of York, in 1880. Mr. Miller is a Republican, was constable in 1875 and 1876, and was also tax collector for township and school at the same time.

Source: York County, Pennsylvania Biographical History, John Gibson, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886.

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