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Stephen Miles


Stephen Miles was born in Perry County, Mo., in 1836. He is the son of Francis Miles, a native of Kentucky, who came to Perry County and settled the farm now owned by Thomas Seemes.

In 1855, Stephen Miles married Elizabeth Seemes, a daughter of Felix Seemes, and a native of Perry County, born in 1841. They have had a family of thirteen children: Mary Gertrude (wife of Thomas F. Moore), Felix R., Frank N., Mary A. (Mrs. Albert Cissell), Mary Louise, Mary Amelia (Mrs. James Pringle), Mary Elizabeth (widow of James V. Manning), Charles J., Stephen G., Mary Adelia, Arthur, Joseph C., and Mary Clara (deceased). All are members of the Roman Catholic Church.

On January 16, 1884, Frank N. married Mrs. Mary Irena Miles, a daughter of Raymond Tucker, and to them have been born two children: Clarence Elbert and Francis Elmore. Mrs. Miles was born in Perry County in 1860 and has two children: Mary Ida and an infant, by a former marriage. Francis Miles, politically is a Republican.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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