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father came from Ireland to Kentucky in an
early day. The grandmother of our subject
was I Miss Woods. William G.' Miller
moved from Alabama to Florida, and afterward
brought his family and slaves to Texas.
He was a member of the Legislature of both
Alabama and Texas, and was a member of the
convention that carried this State into secession.
Mr. Miller was engaged as a surveyor
in this county many years, was a leader in his
community, a public-spirited and enterprising
citizen, and was a useful man in his
county. In 1862 he enlisted in the Confederate
army, served in southeastern Texas and
in the frontier department, and declined the
commission of Captain, preferring to serve
as a private. His death occurred October
13, 1888, at the age of sixty-seven years and
nine months. He was a consistent member
of the Baptist Church through life. Mr. and
Mrs. Miller had two children: Woods S., a
farmer of Mills county, and William G., our
subject, The wife and mother died in Tennessee,
in 1841, and the father was again
married. By the last union he also had two
children: Garland B., a merchant of this locality,
and Mary M., at home.
William G. Miller, the subject of this
sketch, came with his parents to Texas in
1853, at the age of five years, locating in
Bastrop county. Near the close of the war,
at the age of fifteen years, he entered the Confederate
army, and was consigned to frontier
service. He took part in the battle of Palo
Alto, after which he resumed farming on his
father's place. After the latter's death he
conducted the farm for the family, but since
1891 he has resided on and assisted in the
management of the Moore homestead, which
consists of 220 acres in cultivation. In 1891,
in company with Mr. Goodman, Mr. MiJler
embarked in general merchandising, wfich
he continued three years, and since that time
has given his attention entirely to farming
interests. He owns 120 acres of his father's
estate, which consists of fine valley land.
Mr. Miller was married in September,
1889, to Miss Jennie C. Moore, who was born
in the same house where she still lives, a
daughter of Levi Moore. The father came
to Bastrop county, Texas, in 1851, where he
spent the remainder of his life. Mr. Miller
is independent in his political views, and
never aspires to public office.
l ( EN DERSON UPCHURCH, deceased,
was born in Chatham county, North
j Carolina, December 5, 1812, a son of
of Rufus and Mary (Barbee) Upchurch.
Henderson spent his boyhood days under the
parental roof, and at the age of sixteen years
went to Georgia, where he remained several
years. He was then resident of Jackson,
Mississippi, until the spring of 1839, was
then engaged in farming in Bastrop county,
Texas, until 1854, and in the spring of that
year located on his present farm in Williamson
county. Mr. Upchurch first purchased
500 acres of wild land, which he subsequently
cultivated, and the original purchase is still
owned by his family. During the Mexican
war he served as a member of Smith's battalion,
was in service about fourteen months,
and afterward drew a pension. He was a
member of the home guards during the late
war. Mr. Upchurch was a Democrat in political
matters, and socially, a member of the
Masonic fraternity. The following is taken
from the Georgetown Sun:
i" Mr. Upchurch died of paralysis, October
17, 1892, at his home on the South Gabriel.
He was an honest, upright citizen, a good
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/784/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .