Throughout the years, the family helped one another with planting, harvesting, and the butchering beef and hogs. The two families visited back and forth. Later, there was even a closer connection when, on October 15,1865, James and Mary's eldest son William Burns McPherson married Emeline Rozetta Miles, the third child of Thomas and Clarissa Miles.
On page 100 of the Centennial History of Springdale, Dane County, Wisconsin, 1848-1948, the following is noted:
Thomas. B. Miles homestead, the farm now known as the William Schmidt Farm. He was one of the oldest settlers and first organizers of the town. He was a prominent man always willing to help in any enterprise for the promotion and welfare of the community. He was the first postmaster of the town, appointed in 1850 and was a native of Pennsylvania. In 1836 he married Miss Clarissa Burch, a native of New York. They raised a family of nine children all living in Wisconsin.
Thomas B. Miles is listed in the Federal Census for Springdale, Dane County, Wisconsin, for the years 1850, 1860, and 1870. In addition to Thomas and Clarissa, the family included Ann. J. Miles, Samuel C. Miles, Emeline R. Miles, Henry Miles, William Miles, Alice M. Miles, Helen Miles, Sarah Miles, and Eveline Miles.
Thomas B. Miles died on March 23, 1878. At the time of his death, Miles had been a friend and neighbor for nearly 30 years, and part of the family for over a decade.
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