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Miller, John 1840-1913


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 6/29/2020 at 13:55:10

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John Miller, another highly esteemed citizen of Cherokee county and an honored veteran of the civil war, died at his home in Cherokee on Saturday morning, aged 73 years. Mr. Miller was a victim of Bright's disease and was taken seriously ill a few weeks ago. For a week or more his demise was not unexpected.

Mr. Miller was born in Germany April 3, 1840, and with his parents moved to Clayton county, Iowa, in 1856. John remained at home until the outbreak of the rebellion, when he enlisted in Co. E, 27th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, under Capt. Thos. G. Drips, and served three years.

His command was first sent to Minnesota to quell the Sioux Indians, and he was in the actions at New Ulm and Mankato, and afterward had the satisfaction of witnessing the execution of thirty-eight Indians at Mankato in December, 1862.

After this matter was settled the regiment was sent to the south. Mr. Miller participated in the capture of Vicksburg and Little Rock, was with Sheridan on his raid through Mississippi, was with General Banks up the Red River, and in the actions at Pleasant Hill and Shreveport.

After taking part in the Knoxville and Tupelo battles he was sent to follow Price through Missouri, going as far as Kansas City. After his return to St. Louis he was sent to Nashville to join General Thomas. Soon after reaching New Orleans he was sent to Mobile, and assisted in its capture. He reached home Aug. 9, 1865. At the taking of Little Rock his blood became overheated, and every summer he has suffered from the effects. For a year and a half he was detailed as headquarters dispatch carrier for General A.J. Smith.

After his return home he resumed farming, and remained in Clayton county for five years. Thence he removed to Fayette county, where he resided ten years. In the fall of 1880 he came to Cherokee county, settling in Grand Meadow township, where for many years he was a progressive and honored citizen. A few years ago he retired from active farm life and came to make his home in Cherokee.

Mr. Miller was married Dec. 29, 1865, to Miss Jane R. Spickelmier. Nine children were born of this marriage; Ida Mary, deceased; David, of Grand Meadow township; George, of Wessington Springs, S.D.; Ben, of Iroquois, S.D.; Fred, of Charles City, Ia.; Mrs. Fred Schaller of Storm Lake; Mrs. Macindoe, Homer C. and Justus A., of Cherokee.

Funeral services will be held this afternoon -- at the home at 2 o'clock and at the Presbyterian church at 2:30.

~Semi-Weekly Democrat; Cherokee, Iowa; Monday, January 20, 1913.

--Burial is in Oak Hill cemetery, Cherokee.
--Parents Jacob & Mary Miller, and some of his siblings are buried in the Giard cemetery, Clayton co. IA

Giard cemetery, Clayton co. IAGenWeb

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