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Russell Record, December 26, 1918

James A. Miles Dead.

Word was received here this morning (Friday) by relatives that James A. Miles, a pioneer of this county, had died in New Jersey and the body was on the way here for burial. An Obituary notice will appear in these columns next week.

Russell Record, January 2, 1919, page 8.


James Allan Milles (sic), was born at Ridgeley Mo., January 11th., 1847, where he grew to manhood. Died at Dunellen N.J. December 26th 1918 of heart failure. Deceased was a son of Manoah Miles one of the earliest pioneers of Russell County. Of this family two brothers and two sisters surviving, E.M. Miles of Ellis County, Mrs. M.J. Haise of Crowley Colorado, John H. Miles and Decima Beardsley of Russell.

He was married March 15th., 1868 to Miss Margaret Harsha of Wellsville Kansas. To these parents seven children were born four of whom survive, Cora M. Hunter and Ray L. Miles of Russell, Fred W. Miles and James Donald Miles of Lamor (sic) Colorado.

The wife and mother, died at Denver Colorado September 28th., 1907 and was buried at Russell. One daughter Helena age 19 years, died here in 1895 another daughter Ivy May and son Dennis twin brother to Donald died in infancy.

Mr. Miles was one of the successful farmers of Russell County, owning at one time what was known as the William Horn farm on the Paradise.

He was a soldier of the Civil War entering the service at the age of 16 years being the youngest of four brothers, who with their father survived in their  Country's defense from 61 to 65. He enlisting in Co., E 16th., Kansas Cavalry.

Mustered into Larrabee Post 164 G. A. R. April 25th., 1896.

He is survived by Mrs. Josehine (sic) Vance Miles of Dunellen N.J. a very estimable woman to whom he was married May 10th., 1914 at which place he made his home until death. On account of age and present state of health she was unable to accompany the remains.

The spark of patrotism was made anew on the arrival of his grandson of  Russell on his way over seas and his only regret was that he was too old to again take up arms in defence of the world freedon and liberty.

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