BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY
Alexander Miles was born in Ohio, probably in Pickaway County near the town of Circleville, in 1838 the son of Michael and Mary (Pompey) Miles. Miles may have resided in the nearby town of Chillicothe, Ohio, but subsequently moved to Waukesha, Wisconsin where he earned a living as a barber. After a move to Winona, Minnesota, he met and married Mrs. Candace J. (Shedd) Dunlap, of La Porte, Indiana, a widow with two children who was four years his senior and a native of New York. Together they had a daughter, born in 1876, named Grace. Shortly after her birth, the family relocated to Duluth, Minnesota.