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from the scrapbook of Sarah Alice SHOWALTER MARSHALL

Ringgold Record, 1895


Civil War Flags.jpg Captain Nathan MILLER, an old and highly respected citizen in Middle Fork township, died on Monday, September 30th, 1895, at 11:30 o'clock p.m., after a sickness of many days.

Captain MILLER was aged 71 years, 5 months and 13 days. He had passed the allotted time, "three score years and ten." Years sat lightly on him, since he had a vigorous constitution and cheerful spirits. He was born in Rockbridge county, Va., April 17, 1824. His early life was spent in his native state, and he received such an education as the country afforded in the common schools. December 9, 1847, he was married to Miss Sarah H. SHAFFER. On September 12, 1855, with his wife, five children, a horse team and wagon he started for Iowa. He stopped for awhile in Louisa county, but in March of 1855 (sic) he came to Ringgold county and located on the farm where he spent the rest of his days. He knew from experience the trials and self-denials of pioneer life. In November, 1862, he was elected captain of company B (sic, should be Co. C), Third Battalion Home Guards [Southern Iowa Border Brigade, Civil War]. He performed the duties well until they disbanded in 1864. Mr. and Mrs. MILLER were the parents of eleven children and most of them live to lament his death. He owned a large farm and his industry and enterprise added much to the improvement of the country. He served in many offices and always faithfully and well. He was noted as a good citizen and always reliable. He early associated himself with the Advent Christian church and was a good exemplar in the religious life.

NOTE: Sarah H. (SHAFFER), wife of Captain Nathan MILLER, was born on October 4, 1861, and died July 30, 1914. Captain and Sarah MILLER were interred at Hickory Grove Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Transcription by Amanda Grantham Goodman, great-granddaughter, February of 2010

from the scrapbook of Sarah Alice SHOWALTER MARSHALL


In the death of Capt. Nathan Miller of Middle Fork township the county loses one of its earliest settlers and most prominent men Mr Miller was born in Rockbridge county, Va., Sept. 17, 1824. On December 9, 1847 he was married to Miss Sarah M Shafer. September 12, 1855, accompanied by his wife and five children he started for Iowa with team and wagon. The winter was spent in Louisa county and in March 1856 they located on the farm in Middle Fork township where they have since resided, thus being among the earliest comers in 1856, which was the first of year of extensive immigration On land preempted from the government Capt. Miller built a log cabin with puncheon floor and clapboard roof, and equipped it with furniture of home manufacture To this homestead he added many acres, making improvements that resulted in its being one of the best farms in this section.

In 1862 he was elected captain of company B, third battalion of home guards, holding the office creditably in 1864. Mr. Miller served in many township offices and as member of the board of supervisors. He was a worthy member of the Advent Christian Church.

Capt. and Mrs. Miller were the parents of the following children: Mrs. Mattie Showalter of Middle Fork township, Erskine of Arizona, Henry of Washington, Mrs. Virginia Dugger of Bassett, Neb., Mrs. Nettie Proctor of Carwith, Okla., Mrs. Alice Bailey of Mt. Ayr, Mrs. Ella Showalter of Corydou, Jacob of Middle Fork township, Mrs. Paroda Marshall of Cawood, Mo., Lulu, at home and Hugh of Newport, Neb. Two are deceased.

Capt. Miller was taken ill with kidney trouble Monday morning, Sept. 23, having been in good health previous to that time and after great suffering died, Sept. 30, at 11:30 p.m. The funeral was conducted at 11 o’clock Wednesday, Oct. 2, from Hickory Grove church by Rev. R. A Bixler of Hoyt, Adams county, after which the remains were interred in the adjoining cemetery. A vast concourse of people attended, showing the esteem in which the deceased was held by his neighbors.

Transcription by Amanda Grantham Goodman, great-granddaughter, February of 2010

from the scrapbook of Sarah Alice SHOWALTER MARSHALL

Miller-At his residence in Ringgold Co., IA., Sept. 30, 1895, Bro. Nathan Miller aged seventy one years and thirteen days. Bro Miller was born in Rockbridge Co., VA., and was brought up by his parents in the Presbyterian faith. He grew to manhood in his native state and was married to Miss Sarah Margaret Shafer, Dec. 9, 1847. To them were born three children, eleven of whom yet live to mourn the loss of a kind, affectionate father Sister Miller, with her daughter, Miss Lula, are left at the homestead alone, the rest fo the children having homes of their own. There are forty-six grand-children and one great grand-child who will sorrow because of this death, besides hosts of warm friends. Bro. Miller is calmly, sweetly sleeping in Jesus, in the church-yard at Hickory Grove, the church of his choice, he having accepted the truths maintained by the A. C. people about 22 years ago He but awaits the sounding of the trump of God, and the voice of Jesus, to come forth from the grave and be crowned with eternal life. The funeral was conducted by the writer assisted by Eld. C. E. Crosby, and words of comfort were spoken from John14:1-3 and 2 Tim. 4:7,8. May the God of all grace comfort those who morn.

- R A. Bixler

Transcription by Amanda Grantham Goodman, great-granddaughter, February of 2010

from the scrapbook of Sarah Alice SHOWALTER MARSHALL

Miller: At his home in Ringgold county, Iowa, Nathan Miller, aged 71, years and 13 days. Bro. Miller was born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, Sept. 17, 1824, when [sic, should read where] he grew to manhood, and on Dec. 9th, 1847, was married to Miss Sarah M Shafer. Of this union were born 13 children, 5 sons and 8 daughters. He leaves a wife, eleven children, 46 grandchildren and one [written in, in pencil, Owen] to mourn the loss of an affectionate husband and father . He came to Ringgold county in 1855 where he has since resided Bro Miller will be sadly missed by the church at Hickory Grove, of which he has been for more than twenty years a member, faithful and well beloved by all Many with sad faces viewed him during the few days of his last sickness; tearful were the eyes that saw him lowered to his las resting place. But he is only sleeping. Long and patiently had he watched and waited for his absent Lord; punctual had he been in his attendance at the house of prayer, faithfully had he exalted his followers to labor while it was day; earnestly had he entreated them to be faithful in every good word and work, until, growing weary of the long, rough way, like a tired soldier, he fell asleep in his arms. How sweet must be such a slumber, and how beautiful the life of such an [sic] one, of whom it may be truely [sic] said: He held the beginning of his confidence steadfast unto the end” Surely many were made better because of his life. Words of comfort were spoken by the writer from John 14: 1-3, and 2 Tim. 4:7-8. May the God of all grace comfort those who morn.

- R. A. Biexler

Transcription and photograph by Amanda Grantham Goodman, great-granddaughter, February of 2010

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