|Birth: ||Sep. 9, 1800|
|Death: ||May 30, 1891|
Age 90 years, 8 months, 21 days.
Widowed son of John and Lucy (Goulding) Miller.
From the "Worcester Daily Spy," 1 June 1891:
Henry W. Miller Dead,
A Peaceful Ending of a Long and Useful Life.
A Sketch of his Career, which covers nearly ninety years of Worcester History.
Henry Wilder Miller, Worcester's oldest merchant, died yeaterday morning at 11 o'clock. His death was due to an apoplectic shock, with which he was stricken last Thursday morning while dressing.... He gradually failed, however, lost consciousness, and died as peacefully as a child.
For nearly four score years and ten Mr. Miller has been identified with the city, and has watched its growth from a town of 1500 inhabitants to the beautiful city of 85,000 people. He was eminently a home man and his longest trip away from New England was a visit paid to his daughters during their residence in Washington....
Mr. Miller was born in Westminster, September 9, 1800, and was the son of John and Lucy (Goulding) Miller. His parents removed to Worcester in 1804 and though but a child of four years, he retained a distinct recollection of facts and incidents connected with that period. Both his father's and mother's families were among the first settlers of Worcester county. The middle name of Wilder comes from family friends.
His father was a cabinet maker at the north end, and for a time was in company with Edward Kendall. His mother was from Shrewsbury. As a boy, Mr. Miller attended the school of Ma'am Day at the foot of Walnut street, and thence went to the Central grammar school, near the head of Central street....
In 1815 he entered as apprentice the hardware store of Daniel Waldo, which stood exactly on the spot where Mr. Miller has ever since been located, as successor to the business. His wages were $30 a year and board. His last two predecessors in the apprenticeship here were the late Col. John W. Lincoln and George T. Rice....
Mr. Miller was twice married. First to Miss Nancy Cutler Merrick of Brookfield, a sister of the late Judge Pliny Merrick. She was the mother of his children, Ruth A., wife of United States Senator George F. Hoar, and Alice, wife of Hon. W. W. Rice. Another daughter, Lucy M., died in infancy.
His second wife was Mary Andrews of Boston, daughter of William Andrews, a prominent publisher. This second marriage took place in 1844. There were no children by this union, and Mrs. Miller died in 1886, in her 90th year. ...
Mr. Miller had but one brother, John, who died several years ago in Columbus, Ohio. Two sisters survivew him. They are Mrs. Maria Kendall and Lucy Miller, both living in the old Salisbury block on Main street. Their mother was the first resident in thiis building when erected in 1829.
Nancy Cutler Merrick Miller (1798 - 1843)
Mary Andrews Miller (____ - 1886)
Ruth Ann Miller Hoar (1830 - 1903)*
Alice M. Miller Rice (1841 - 1900)*
Worcester Rural Cemetery
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Record added: Jun 01, 2013
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