The Dallas Journal, Volume 43, 1997 Page: 14
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Elizabeth Hickman (Bettie) was born in 1848 in the log house in which the early
Miller school was held. In 1865 she married John W. Edmondson. She died in 1892.
Four of the county girls who attended the Miller school were Elizabeth A.
Griffin, Mattie Hord, Mary Elizabeth McDaniel, and Fanny Palmer.
Elizabeth A Griffin was the daughter of Elder Vivian Thacher Griffin, a preacher
in the Christian Church. o He came to Dallas in 1846 and organized the first church of
this denomination at Hord's Ridge, now Oak Cliff. Lizzie married Dr. Albert A.
Johnson, who helped to organize and was the first president of the Medical Association
in Dallas in 1872.
Mattie Hord, daughter of Judge William H. Hord, came to Dallas in 1845 and
was a pioneer settler of Hord's Ridge. Mattie married J. A. Crawford.
Mary Elizabeth McDaniel, daughter of John McDaniel, married William Gill.
She was the mother of Mattie Gill, who for many years was a teacher in the Dallas
Public Schools and J. W. Gill, who became a Dallas County Road Commissioner. Miss
Della Frances Gill of Arlington has a McGuffey Fifth Grade Reader used in the Miller
school by her grandmother, Mary Elizabeth McDaniel.
Fanny Palmer married Dr. Robert Daniels. She is believed to be the daughter of
Dr. A. B. Palmer who came to Dallas in 1852.
On August 2, 1860, William Brown Miller's third marriage was to Emma
Angeline Dewey Miller.u She was the young widow of Madison M. Miller. M. M.
Miller was no relation to William Brown, but was a close friend. On April 1, 1860,
Madison Miller died leaving no will and William Miller was appointed administrator of
his friend's estate.
Emma Dewey was born in Cadiz, Ohio on May 6, 1840. She came to Texas with
her parents, Silas Hyde Dewey and Amy Spencer Dewey in 1854. On July 4, 1858, in
Huntsville, Texas, she married Madison M. Miller. He was a wealthy 44-year-old
widower who lived at Pleasant Run, near Lancaster, Texas.
When William Brown Miller and Emma Dewey Miller married in 1860, Texas
was in turmoil. On Sunday, July 10, 1860, most of the business section of Dallas was
destroyed by fire. Some said the fire was the act of out-of-state instigators and, possibly,
an insurrection of slaves. Rhetoric was running high over secession. Sam Houston,
Texas' beloved governor, had worked so hard to have Texas admitted to the Union in
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