James H. Miles

Source; Biographical Sketches from, "Kentucky, History of the State"
Main Author; William Henry Perrin 1887
Submitted by: Vera Burnham  October 6, 2002

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James H. Miles was born in Montgomery County, Tenn., January 8, 1836. His Father, Samuel A. Miles, is yet living in this County at the advanced age of eighty four years. He is a Virginian by birth, but was removed to Tennessee in his youth, locating in Montgomery County. He has always been a farmer. He removed to Christian County, this State, and about 1850 to this County, locating on the place upon which he now resides. His wife, formerly Rebecca Cathran, is a native of Tennessee. Our subject was the eldest of eight children, was reared on a farm, and afterward worked his father's farm on shares. After his marriage, which occured October 1, 1855, he purchased a farm in Ballard County, Ky., on which he resided for sixteen years. His wife formerly Miss Louisa E. Quishenberry, is a native of this county.( It doesn't
say anything about his first wife dying) In 1871 Mr. Miles removed to his present farm of 140 acres in this county, on which he erected a pleasant residence and made many substantial improvements. His success in life has been due to his own efforts which though interfered with by service in the army, and by many other embarrassments, have been suffcient to gain him a home and comfortable surroundings in life. During his war service he was a member of Company E.Seventh Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate) in which he enlisted in 1863. In  September of that year he was taken prisoner at Swallow Bluff, on the Tennessee River and was held at Fort Delaware for eighteen months, when he was paroled and returned home. Mr. and Mrs. Miles are parents of seven children; Jennie T., (wife of L. B. Holt), Henry L., Samuel L., Albert F., Mary E., Ettie and Ava