Petersburg Observer, February 1913

He Was a Brother-In-Law of Herndon, Lincoln's Partner and a Good Friend of the Emancipator.

Passed away, a ripe sheaf fully ready for the garner, at the advanced age of ninety years, two months and sixteen days, Mr. James Miles, at his home just north of the city on Tuesday, February 11, 1913, at 2:00 o'clock a.m.

The funeral services were held at the First M.E. church in this city on Wednesday afternoon, February 12, 1913, Elder W.M. Groves officiating, assisted by Rev. J.N. Meaker. Interment at Oakland cemetery.

James Miles, the son of George U. and Jane (McCoy) Miles, was born in White county, Illinois, November 25, 1822, but came with his parents to Sangamon county when 3 years of age, and soon moved to Menard county where he continued to reside the remainder of his life, with the exception of a short residence in Logan county.

He was united in marriage with Miss Anna Smith on January 5, 1845. To this union were born four daughters and two sons, one daughter died in infancy. Those living are Mrs. Mary Hurd, Mrs. Lizzie Wood, George U. and James Miles and Mrs. Kate Gray.

Mr. Miles was engaged in the mercantile business in Petersburg, for a few years when a young man, but the greater part of his life was spent on the farm, having resided on the Miles homestead where he died, since April 1856. His wife passed away on September 9, 1906, they having traveled life's pathway together for more than 61 years.

Mr. Miles united with the Methodist church in Petersburg about four years ago, and died in the blessed hope of eternal life.

He leaves to mourn his death three daughters, two sons, eight grand-children, five great-grand-children and a multitude of friends.

A sister of the decedent, Hannah Miles, married William Herndon, the law partner of the immortal Abraham Lincoln, with whom Mr. Miles was well acquainted and of whom he was a great admirer.

Mr. Miles enjoyed fairly good health almost to the last, his mental faculties being especially well preserved to within a few hours of his death. He was a man of strong convictions of right, of sterling integrity, abounding charity, greatly loved and universally respected.

Transcribed by:John Feagans

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