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Harvey H. Miller

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Harvey H. Miller

Posted: 25 Sep 2001 2:50PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Miller, Irvin, Lunsford, Wheelock
From History of Huntington County, 1887, pages 512-513

Harvey H. Miller, one of the merchant tailors of the city of Huntington, was born in the City of Eaton, Preble County, Ohio, November 6, 1833. He was the only son born to Isaac and Jane C. (Irvin) Miller, the former of whom was born in Jacksonburg, Butler County, Ohio, of German descent, in 1811. He died in Jacksonburg, Ohio, in 1840. The latter was born near the mouth of the Potomac River in Virginia, about 1815. Her death occurred in the City of Logansport, this State, in 1838. She was of Irish descent. His paternal grandparents were Tison and Catharine Miller, the former of whom was a native of Germany. His maternal grandparents were Abraham and Maria (Lunsford) Irvin, both natives of Virginia. The former was a soldier in the war of 1812, and the latter was the daughter of Darius Lunsford, who was a soldier in the Revolution. When our subject was but four years old his parents came to this State and located at Logansport. That was in 1837. There the mother died a year later, when the father returned to his native place in Ohio, where he died as aforesaid. Our subject, however, who was a child of but five years of age was left in Cass County with his uncle, Lewis L. Irvin. There he made his home, working upon a farm until he had attained the age of twenty-one years. At that age he became a clerk in a store in Fulton, Fulton County, this State, where he remained until 1860. He then accepted a like position in the City of Logansport and was thus engaged until July 2, 1861, at which time he enlisted in Company F, Twentieth Indiana Volunteers. After serving eighteen months as a private he was promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant. In this capacity he served until July 8, 1864, when he received an honorable discharge. His services were confined to the campaign on the Potomac, where he participated in thirty-three different engagements, some of the most important of which are as follows: The Seven Days' Fight near Richmond, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, The Wilderness and Spottsylvania. At Fredericksburg he was wounded by concussion resulting from the bursting of a shell, but it did not prove of such character as to necessitate a desertion from the post of duty. Shortly after the battle of Gettysburg the regiment to which he belonged was sent to New York City to suppress the riot and force the draft. While there he obtained a leave of absence and returned to Fulton, where on the 1st of November, 1863, his marriage occurred to Kate R. Wheelock, who was born in Michigan in 1844. On leaving the army he returned to Logansport, where he remained until August 1, 1882, when he came to this county and first located at Andrews. November 19, 1886, he came to this city, where he expects to continue to reside. His occupation since the war has been that of a merchant tailor. Mr. Miller is the father of three children: Charlie W., Jennie May and Evie Bell--all living. Our subject and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The former is a member of the F. & A. M. Lodge and G. A. R.

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