Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 375 of 1,110
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HISTOR Y OF DALLAS COUNTY.
political affairs of the county, voting with the
Democratic party. He is a member of the
Tannehill Lodge, No. 56, A. F. his
wife survived him until after the war.
Mr. Miller, whose name introduces this
brief sketch, was reared to farm life and educated
in the public schools of Madison county,
and also at the academy at Huntsville, Alabaina.
He subsequently rented land and
engaged in farming, but in 1834 began
merchandising at New Market, Alabama,
which he followed two years, when, on account
of the Henry Clay bankrupt law, he
failed in business. He then moved to Tennessee
and again engaged in farming for ten
years, after which, in 1847, he came to Dallas
county, settling in Precinct No. 1. In 1856
he bought 562 acres of land where he now
resides, but later sold seventy acres for $30
an acre, and afterward bought two acres back,
giving therefor $12,500! and he still owns a
a part of the original 562 acres.
For forty-five years has Mr. Miller ranked
as one of the foremost and most honorable
citizens of Dallas county, a model farmer and
raiser of fine stock and fruits, with eminent
success; and now, at the advanced age of
eight-five years, enjoys the esteem of the
community as fully as any man living. Unpretentious,
affable and accommodating, he is
a model man and citizen. In politics he is a
He was married in Madison county, Alabama,
in 1828, to Elizabeth Waddy, a native
of that State, whose ancestry on one side is
traceable back to the Cherokee Indians, noblest
specimen of their race. By this mnarriage
there was one child,--Charilaus,-who
is married and resides in the Cherokee nation,
in the Indian Territory. I-e was a gallant
Colonel in the Confederate army from
Texas, has seen much of the world, spent
several years in California, and is a very
popular man. He is familiarly denominated
"Crill." At present lie is in very poor
health. H-is mother died in Alabama in
1835, and in 1837 Mr. Miller, Sr., our
subject, married Minerva Barnes, also a
native of Madison county, Kentucky, and
daughter of Jesse and Patsy (Olden) Barnes,
also natives of Kentucky. In 1844 Mr.
Barnes moved to Jackson county, Missouri,
where he subsequently died. This Mrs.
Miller died in 1856, after having had five
children: Alonzo, who died about 1855;
Martha, wife of W. C. Leonard, of Kaufman
county; Mary, wife of Mr. Guess; Elizabeth,
now Mrs. John Edmonson; and Susan, now
Mrs. Dr. Ewing of Dallas. Mr. Miller was
again married, in Dallas, in 1860, to Mrs.
Emma Miller, widow of Madison M. Miller,
and daughter of Silas H. and Amy (Spencer)
Dewey, natives of New York. The parents
were married at Cooperstown, New York, and
later emigrated to Ohio, where the father
engaged in farming. The grandmother
Dewey, previously Miss Hyde, was a granddaughter
of Lord Chancellor Hyde. The
maternal grandfather, a Wescott, was of Indian
origin, and grandfather Eliphalet Dewey
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/375/: accessed March 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.