James William Miller (1877 - 1968)

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James William Miller
1877 - 1968
December 30, 1877
At home in Albany, Clinton County, Kentucky, United States
August 1968
Calera, Bryan County, Oklahoma, United States
Last Known Residence
calera, bryan county, Oklahoma 74733, us
James William Miller of calera, bryan county, Oklahoma us was born on December 30, 1877 at At home in Albany, Clinton County, Kentucky United States to Jacob Warren Miller. He had siblings John Clinton Miller, Esther Miller, Dr. Edward Clarence Miller, and Jacob Almorine Miller. He was in a relationship with L. Cordelia (Hensley) Miller, and they had children Otto Frank Miller, Thelma Irene Miller, Hugh L. Miller, and Elinor Miller. James Miller died at age 90 years old in August 1968 in Calera, Bryan County, Oklahoma, and was buried in 1968 at Cannon Cemetery in Van Alstyne, Texas.
Updated: July 24, 2019

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calera, bryan county, Oklahoma 74733, us
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December 30, 1877
At home in Albany, Clinton County, Kentucky United States
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Grade 10. Attended schools in, Kentucky and Whitewright, Texas.


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August 1968
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Calera, Bryan County, Oklahoma United States
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Chronic Heart Failure
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Cannon Cemetery in Van Alstyne, Texas 75495, United States
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He married Delia Hensley on the steps of the Cannon Methodist Church on July 24, 1904. Born to them were four children: Otto Frank, Hugh, Thelma, and Elinor. James liked to tell his children that he was, "born in jail" because his father (Jacob Warren Miller) was the sheriff in Cumberland, Kentucky where he grew up. James was a farmer and a carpenter. He lived with his wife and children in several areas: Cumby TX., Kentucky Town TX., Grayson County TX., Cannon TX., Van Alstyne TX., Howe TX., White Wright TX., and Platter Oklahoma. From 1926-1931, he was called to testify as a character witness for his son, Otto Frank, who was killed by an irate police officer. He spent the last few years of his life living at the Calera, Oklahoma nursing home with his wife. When he passed away, his oldest daughter, Thelma Irene Miller-Hansard, wanted him buried in Colbert, Oklahoma so she could be near him. In the end, his youngest daughter, Elinor Miller-Coleman, had him buried at Cannon next to his son (Frank), his parents, and various brothers and sisters where he belonged. He is buried at Cannon Cemetery next to his wife (Delia), son (Frank), and 2nd Great-Granddaughter (Katrina). His parents (Jacob and Isabel Miller), his brothers (John C. Miller & Eeed Miller), his sister (Esther Miller), his nephew (Willie Bell Miller) and his grandmother (Martha Tallent-Dicken) are all buried north of him toward the entrance of the cemetery. His wife's parents (The Hensley's) are buried west of him.

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James William Miller lived 17 years longer than the average Miller family member when he died at the age of 90.
The average age of a Miller family member is 73.

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In 1877, in the year that James William Miller was born, on July 14th, strikes and resulting riots began at the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad. A sympathy strike and rioting began in Pittsburgh and a worker's rebellion began in St. Louis, then spread to other cities. 100 people were killed before the strikes ended when President Rutherford B. Hayes sent federal troops to each of the cities involved.

In 1889, he was just 12 years old when on February 22nd, President Cleveland signed a bill allowing North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington to become states. North and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states on November 2nd, Montana became the 41st state on November 8th, and Washington became the 42nd state on November 11th.

In 1946, James was 69 years old when on July 4th, the Philippines gained independence from the United States. In 1964, Independence Day in the Philippines was moved from July 4th to June 12th at the insistence of nationalists and historians.

In 1957, James was 80 years old when on September 24th, the "Little Rock Nine" (nine African-American students) entered Little Rock High School. Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus had previously prevented the students from entering the school at the beginning of the term with the Arkansas National Guard - they blocked the door. President Eisenhower ordered federal troops - the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army - to guard the students and allow them entry.

In 1968, in the year of James William Miller's passing, on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

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