MILLER, JAMES (ca. 1792–ca. 1830). James Miller, one of the earliest settlers in what is now Chambers County, was born about 1792 in Tennessee and lived in Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana before settling in Texas. He was married about 1814, possibly in Missouri, to Ruth Shannon, daughter of Margaret (Montgomery) and Owen Shannon. By 1826 the couple had six children. Miller, a blacksmith by trade, joined the Louisiana militia in 1815 during the War of 1812. He served as a corporal in Capt. Moses Odam's Company of the Tenth and Twentieth Consolidated Regiment.
The Millers and the Shannons moved to Texas in 1821. The Shannons settled in the Montgomery County area. Miller settled north of the site of present Wallisville in Chambers County near Lake Miller, which was named for him. As a resident of the Atascosita District, Miller was one of sixty male voters who participated in an 1826 election asking that the district and its inhabitants be attached to Austin's colony. He is also listed as a member of an Atascosito militia unit that marched to Nacogdoches in 1827 to quell the Fredonian Rebellion.
Miller applied for a formal title to his land in April 1830, but died shortly afterward. His widow and six children moved to Montgomery County, where Mrs. Miller obtained a land grant in what is now San Jacinto County. She appears to have died after the 1850 census was made.
Robin Navarro Montgomery, The History of Montgomery County (Austin: Jenkins, 1974). Miriam Partlow, Liberty, Liberty County, and the Atascosito District (Austin: Pemberton, 1974). Gifford E. White, 1830 Citizens of Texas (Austin: Eakin, 1983).
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Kevin Ladd, "MILLER, JAMES," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fmi56), accessed November 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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