Jesse Miller

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General Jesse Miller (1803-1891)

Copyright 2006, Will Johnson, wjhonson@aol.com, Professional Genealogist, All Rights Reserved

Jesse Miller was born 7 Jan 1803 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee to Simon Miller and Elizabeth Reade.

He married between 1823 and 1825 to an unknown woman and had an unknown female child who was living with him in the 1840 census. He appears on the 1829 Sheriff's Census of Crawford County, Arkansas. In 1833 he was elected Sheriff of Crawford County and served for 2 years. He attended the Legislature in 1835 on the "old line Whig ticket" for 2 years, while being re-elected Sheriff of Crawford County for 1836.

He married Amanda Whitson 27 Sep 1836 in Whitsontown, Crawford County, Arkansas. She was born abt 1821 in Williamson County, Tennessee, the eldest daughter of Major William F Whitson Jr (murdered two months later) and Harriet Witherspoon. They had five children.

In 1838 Jesse Miller was the first Sheriff of Franklin County, Arkansas. His name in the First book of Franklin County Court Minutes appears in his role as Sheriff until Jan 1839, when he was succeeded by Emanuel Speegle. On 17 Apr 1838 he signs as one of the two securities for Jesse Turner "admin de bonis non" of his father-in-law William Whitson's estate. Jesse Miller is enumerated in the 1840 Census at Mulberry, Franklin County, Arkansas.

About 1842, he was the administrator of the Simon Miller estate in Franklin County, where he states that he is the "only heir as will appear from the will." By this he must mean that his father left his entire estate to him, as Jesse had several siblings some still living. The will of Simon Miller has not been found. Jesse was also elected as a member of the House of Representatives this year.

He is enumerated in 1850 at Mulberry, Franklin County. From 1852 to 1861 he was a member of the Arkansas State Senate. In 1860 and 1870 he and his family are enumerated living in Mulberry, Franklin County, Arkansas. On the 1860 Slave Schedule, he is listed as owning 15 slaves, which made him one of the larger slave-owners in Franklin County.

Amanda (Whitson) Miller died 1873 probably at Mulberry, Franklin County, Arkansas. In 1880, Jesse is enumerated in Maxey Township, Franklin County. In 1889 his biography appeared in the Goodspeed's History of Northwest Arkansas.

Jesse Miller died 25 Oct 1891 probably at Maxey Township, Franklin County, Arkansas. He left a will in Franklin County dated 10 Jan 1890 giving everything to his daughter Annie (Miller) Wells.

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