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Joseph Miller Price was born 22 May 1838 in Greene County, Missouri, a son of Samuel Cecil Price and Margaret Jane Miller. He wed Mary Henrietta Biard in 1867 in Lamar County, Texas, fathered nine children, and died 13 June 1920 in Glory, Lamar County, Texas. He enlisted August 10, 1861, in the Confederate army, Company H, Ninth Texas cavalry, and served under Van Dorn, Forrest, Joe Johnston and Fitzhugh Lee. After the war he devoted his attention to farming. He owned a large estate in Lamar County, of which over 300 acres were cultivated and 100 acres in pasture. He has also been described as having been a staunch supporter of education and of the development and maintenance of public schools.


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