from the scrapbook of Sarah Alice SHOWALTER MARSHALL
JAMES A. MILLER DEAD
Prominent Member of Well Known Family Passes Away Suddenly at Redding
– Came to County 46 Years Ago
James A Miller died at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at his home a mile and a half from Redding, aged 76 years. He was a
pioneer of the county, a man of wealth and influence, a good citizen and a neighbor, a Christian man. [in pencil, My Uncle]
Mr Miller’s death came quickly and almost painlessly. Retiring Monday night in good health and spirits, he awoke a 1
o’clock Tuesday morning with an attack of heart trouble, and tho he retained consciousness sank steadily to the end.
The funeral was held at 2 o’clock yesterday from the home, conducted [by] Rev, J. W. Johnson, pastor of the Redding
United Presbyterian church. Interment was made at the Redding Cemetery.
James A Miller was born Sept. 4, 1826, in Rockbridge county, Va. He was married October 4, 1849 to Miss E Mackey. They
started in September, 1856 for Iowa, reaching here in November From 1858 to 1864 the lived in Worth county, Mo., then
located in Clinton township on the farm where they have since lived, and which Mr. Miller made a large and fine place.
Mr Miller was one of six brothers who with their father came to Ringgold county over 45 years ago. All settled in the
southwest part of the county, and all had large families Nathan, John A., William,
Robert, and James A. Miller are dead, leaving H. T. Miller of Redding the only survivor. A sister Mrs. Martha Wallace,
lives in Clinton county, Mo.
Mr and Mrs. Miller were the parents of 15 children, of whom 13 survive; all living within a few miles of the old
homestead. All were present at their father’s death, and at the funeral, together with about 30 grandchildren.
Of the seven sons, six served as pall bearers, one accompanping [sic] his widowed mother. The 15 children are as
follows: Mrs. J. S Glendenning, deceased; John W. Miller of Clinton township; Mrs William Link, deceased; James H.
Miller of Clinton township; H. M.[sic] Miller, sheriff of Ringgold county; Alex T Miller of Clinton township; Mrs.
Hugh Denny of Middle Fork township; Mrs. James Hoover of Clinton township; Charles T Miller of Rice township; Mrs.
A.L. Lynch of Rice township; Nathan R Miller of Redding; Mrs. Phillip Studer of Clinton township ; Hugh Miller of
Clinton township; Mrs. Ed. Hoover of Redding; Mrs Charles Jennings of Redding.
Mr Miller was county supervisor two terms, justice of the peace 20 years, and township school treasurer over a quarter
of a century. He was a leading and official member of the Redding Presbyterian church from its organization, having
previously belonged to the United Brethren denomination. His religious life began over a half century ago when he and
his wife, just after their marriage, joined the Reformed church in Virginia Mrs. [sic] Miller was a man respected,
honored, and loved in every walk in life.
Transcription by Amanda Grantham Goodman, February of 2010
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