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Levi Alexander Miller (1830-1911)
First born son of Samuel and Martha McCandless was born on 24 October 1830 in North Benton, Mahoning County, Ohio. In 1830 President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act authorizing the move of of several tribes to Western lands,  and other famous births include Emily Dickinson the American Poet and Camille Pissarro, the French painter.

See other children of Samuel and Martha here. He grew up in North Benton, Ohio and attended Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio and was a school teacher. He also taught singing and was an accomplished violinist. His wife Alma Lazarus was also a school teacher when they married on January 6,1859. Then they moved to a farm in Mahoning County, Ohio. Things started out rough, with a frost killing all of their crops on June 5, 1859 and their first two sons dying as children.

Levi was a strong advocate of temperance and a devout Presbyterian. Their son Delbert went to Mt. Union and graduated from University of Michigan Medical School in 1888. Next daughter Rose Maria also went to Mt. Union and studied art. The next son Lewis Craig also graduated from Mt. Union and UM Medical School in 1895. Next son, Charlie stayed on the farm, and the next son Ralph operated a nearby dairy farm. Next son Oscar Daniel alternated attendance at Mt. Union with school teaching and then entered the carpenter trade. Last born, Florence attended Mt. Union and became a nurse. (More on the other children of Levi here).

On August 4, 1908 his wife Alma died at the age of 74, and Levi died on August 15, 1911 at the age of 80. He had auctioned off the farm livestock and equipment at a public auction on March 25,1911. He was buried at the North Benton Cemetery (see marker.)   1850 census here, civil war registration here, 1860 census here, see 1870 census here and  1900 census here

His brother David was a minister (pic#1 and pic#2)

Levi Miller and Family (bigger picture)
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from the internet
  • The Alliance Review, Alliance OH
    Friday 16 Aug 1912

    Levi A. Miller, an esteemed pioneer resident of near North Benton, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James Kirkbride in Columbiana, Tuesday evening at 7 o'clock. Mr. Miller was born October 24, 1830 on the farm about four and a half miles north of Alliance, where he resided until a few months ago, when on account of ill health, he and his daughter, Miss Florence Miller, went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kirkbride. He was a devoted member of the Presbyterian church of North Benton and funeral services will be held there Friday at 1:30 p.m.

    Besides the two daughters mentioned, six sons survive: Dr. Lewis Miller, of Twelve Mile, Ind.; and Dr. D. J. Miller, W. D. Miller, Oscar Miller, Ralph Miller and Charlie Miller, all of North Benton and vicinity. Mrs. Miller, who was Alma Lazarus, died about three years ago.
  • Birth: 24 NOV 1830 in Smith Twp, Mahoning Co, OH
  • Death: 13 AUG 1912 in daughter Rose's home, Columbiana, Columbiana Co, OH
  • Burial: 16 AUG 1912 North Benton Cemetery, Smith Twp, Mahoning Co, OH