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HISTORY OF 7EXAS. 77
four years before the birth of his son, M. P.
John Miller, grandfather of our subject, was
a citizen of Illinois, and there reared his family;
he removed in later life to Arkansas,
where he followed agriculture the remainder
of his days; he died in Arkansas in 1875, at
the age of ninety years. His son, J. T. Miller,
received only a limited education, and in
his youth was trained in all the details of intelligent
farming. He followed this occupation
until he came to Texas, where he embarked
in the livery business at Bastrop; lie
removed to Austin in 1853, and here established
himself in the same business, winning
a large and profitable patronage. Investing
his suplus means judiciously, he became in
time quite independent. In 1876 he sold his
livery establishment to his son Monroe, and
from that time until his death was employed
in the management of his lands and other
interests. When he came to Texas his capital
comprised two horses and a wagon; at the
time of his death an inventory of his resources
John Miller married Miss Sims, and four
of their seven children survive. J. T. Miller
married Miss E. A. Spencer, a daughter of
the Rev. William Spencer, of the Baptist
Church. There were born of this union nine
children: Amanda, wife of M. M. Long; Jefferson,
who was killed in Monterey by the
Mexicans, in 1883; Elizabeth, deceased, was
the wife of W. H. Milligan, also deceased;
Monroe; M. P-, the subject of this biographical
sketch; Emma, deceased, was the wife of
G. B. Westlake; Wallace; Ella, wife of John
Whitis; and Clara, wife of Joe Shumate.
The youth of M. P. Miller was not more
eventful than that of the usual "young Amnerica."
He secured a very good education in
the common schools, and at the age of eighteen
years engaged in the livery business,
forming a partnership with his father alnd
brother. This relatiomnsliip continued until
1873, when he became foreman on his fatllher's
ranch, continuing in this capacity until the
death of the latter and through thle adminiistration
of the estate. In 1888 lie purchased
his present farm, a most desirable tract of
1,000 acres, 960 acres being under cultivation.
Here Mr. Miller is the center of a small counmunity,
giving employment to twenty-two
men, and supporting ninety-eight individuals.
Five hundred acres are planted to cotton,
300 to corn, and the balance to grass.
Mr. Miller has erected a gin at an expenditure
of $6,000, where he takes care of his ownt
product and does ginning for the neighboring
public. He is possessed of much more than
ordinary business ability, and is one of the
leading spirits in all movements tending to
advance the interests of the general public.
He was united in marriage October 14,
1873, to Miss Imnogene Coulson, a daughter
of Harrison Coulson, of Bastrop county, and
one of a family of seven: A. B., 0. A., Harrison,
Jr., Imnogene, Bart., E. O., and Kossie,
deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Miller are the parents
of one child, John T., born February
B. BARKER, a resident of Taylor,
Williamson county, Texas, is one of
I the pioneers of the Lone Star State.
Here he was born in Bastrop county, January
25, 1835, a son of Jesse Barker, a native
of North Carolina, born in 1791. He was
reared on the southwestern frontier, and had
only limited opportunities for acquiring an
education. Jesse Barker removed to Missouri
about the time she became one of the Union,
and resided there until 1833, when he was
caught in the tide of western emigration and
MISTORY OF YEXAS.
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