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Miller, Ellen Mowrer, 1848-1922



  • Existence: 1848 - 1922


Ellen Mowrer, born in Pennsylvania in 1848, moved to Union Township, Boone County, Iowa, in 1856 with her parents and six siblings. As one of two girls in the family, Mowrer's young womanhood was spent cleaning, washing, ironing, gardening, writing and going to church. In 1879 she married Albert Miller, a veteran of three and one-half years of fighting in the 67th Pennsylvania regiment for the Union in the Civil War. Mowrer and Miller may have met at church but courted mostly by mail for four years before marrying. Miller, born in 1843, came from Pennsylvania in 1866 and settled in Peoples Township in Boone County. They moved into a house built by Albert Miller, earning their livelihood by farming and carpentry. To this union were born Grace, Albert, Edwin, and Edith Miller. Upon retirement Ellen and Albert Miller moved to Ames and then to Perry, Iowa. Their daughter, Grace Miller, married Vernon Everett Donelson in 1902 and moved onto Ellen and Albert Miller's farm. Ellen Mowrer Miller died in 1922 and Albert Miller in 1938.

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Ellen Mowrer Miller papers

Identifier: IWA0298

Correspondence of 19th century Iowa woman includes letters from brother in medical school and Civil War and from sister who raised a family and maintained a farm.

Dates: 1856-1994