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JOHN I. MILLER, merchant-capitalist, Corinth, Heard County, Georgia, son of Joseph T. and Mary T. (Moreland) Miller, was born in Heard County, Georgia, in 1852.

His paternal grandfather, John Miller, was a native of Ireland, emigrated to this country just before the beginning of this century, and settled in Jones County, Georgia. Mr. Miller's father was born in Jones County in 1814, where he was reared on the farm and educated at the common schools of the country. In 1837 he moved to Heard County, transporting all his household goods on a wagon, behind which his farm stock was driven. He bought land in the virgin forest, cleared a farm and cultivated it with exceptional success until 1860, when he died. Mr. Miller's mother was a daughter of Isaac and Penelope (Ousley) Moreland, a prominent family of Jones County, and died in 1864.

Mr. Miller, it will be observed, had the misfortune to lose his father when only eight years old and his mother when twelve years old. After the death of his mother he went to live with his aunt, Mrs. Annie Johnson, in Jasper County, where he remained two years. While on the home farm he attended school at Corinth, and while with his aunt he attended school at Holly Springs, Jasper County, walking four miles.

Since reaching manhood planting has been his chief business, and he owns and manages a very large plantation which includes some of the most productive land in Heard County, cultivated by improved implements and by improved methods. In addition to his extensive planting interests he has engaged in merchandising, milling, general trading and cotton brokerage, all of which he conducted with unflagging energy and consummate skill. In all his transactions he has displayed remarkable business sagacity and financial ability, and made a complete success of the many and varied enterprises he has undertaken. He is one of the solid, substantial citizens of the county and of unquestioned integrity. His interesting family occupy one of the most delightful homes in Corinth. Socially and financially he ranks among the foremost of Heard County’s citizens.

Mr. Miller was married in 1870 to Miss Ambrosia, daughter of Henry and Mary Pitman, who bore him two children, and died May 2, 1872. One of the children died, but the other, Norman C., is living.

The ensuing year he contracted a second marriage with Miss Sallie F., daughter of Christopher and Nancy (Fleming) Brown, by whom he has had nine children: Nancy F., Mary E., Fannie R., Annie P., John I., Jr., Ida E., Harvey A., Mattie M. and Thomas I. He has been an ardent and active member of the Methodist Church since he was seventeen years old.

Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Containing historical accounts of the states civil, military, industrial and professional interests and personal sketches of many of it’s people, Volume I, The Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 1895

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