|Birth: ||Jan. 18, 1818|
|Death: ||Nov. 12, 1888|
Given Name: Isaac Newton "Capt. John"
Birth: 18 Jan 1816 in Tombigbee River, Choctaw Co. AL
Death: 12 Nov 1888 in Jimtown, Ind. Terr. (Leon, Love Co.) OK
Burial: Nov 1888 Dibrell Cem, S.W. of Leon, Love Co. OK
Md 1) Elizabeth Hopewell Keene 22 June 1855 Fannin Co. TX; 2 daus.
Md 2) Mary Ann Elizabeth Smith ; 2 sons and 2 daus. born after Miller was 60.
Unarmed, he was shot and killed by Jim Abels over "a difficulty" on a Sunday evening, after supper, in front of his daughter, Nina Lindsey's, home - causing Nina to go into premature labor with her daughter Myrtle Ivey. St. Louis Daily Globe-Democrat reported that Capt. Miller was notorious/infamous for having taken the lives of at least 32 men in his lifetime, not counting Mexican or Civil wars or Indians. Miller had been a Major in the Mexican War and a Confederate Capt., often with "irregular" duties. It seems evident that Wm. Clarke Quantrill, of Missouri fame/infamy, learned many of his tactics from Miller; Quantrill, known as "Charley Hart" had, according to news reports, been enlisted in Miller's company in Fannin Co. TX, long prior to Aug 1863 Lawrence, Kansas. Most of Miller's story has yet to be told. But he was also a respected member of the Jimtown, Ind. Terr. community, exacting justice when there was no law presence. He was called upon especially when there were crimes against local women, when horses were stolen, or when murders were discovered. He was also noted for his extraordinary patience with and indulgence of small children. Miller has become a part of the local lore in the Red River Valley area/Love Co. OK. The name "Capt. Miller" is still recalled and respected by locals, even in 1990s. Several photos of Miller are among family treasures, including one in his Mexican War uniform. Miller was a favorite of Gen. Zachary Taylor and Jeff Davis (in whose regiment he served) and later, of Gen. Douglas H. Cooper, with whom he surrendered at Ft. Washita, Chickasaw Nation, Ind. Terr. in 1865. Miller had also participated in the 1850 "filibustering" expedition out of New Orleans, to annex Cuba for the U.S., an effort which the federal govt. publicly opposed but privately encouraged and financed. It is unknown how Miller survived and escaped, as Col. Wm. Crittenden (nephew of the U.S. Attorney General John Jordan Crittenden) and 50 men were caught, publicly shot, and their bodies mutilated in Havana's town square in Aug. 1851.
Information Given by Gloria Reck
Sandi: The woman Isaac Newton Miller md second was Mary Ann Elizabeth SMITH (not
Jones), b Nov 1862 Texas, d 1940. After Miller's death in 1888, she md in 1892
to James H. Balance. Her father was Robert Smith b July 1818 SC; she & Balance
are a few doors away from her brother Oliver H. Smith, on the 1900 census
Pushmataha Co. OK. Miller and Smith woman had children, including Isaac Newton
Miller Jr. b 1883, Josephine b 1885 (who md Jesse McKenzie and then Frank
Spencer; she d 1953 in Montague Co. TX), and Benjamin Barnes Miller, b Apr 1888,
d 1950 Orange Co. CA (he md Alethea Winifred Sweet and had several children; a
son Lawrence Leighton Miller b 1925 lived in Brea, CA, near me, and we got
together several times to compare notes. I'm also in contact with Lawrence
Leighton's daughter Kathy Miller Wright). I don't know how much of this you
might want to include on Miller's FAG site, but at least, please change the 2nd
wife's name as indicated above. This was no doubt my mistake at one time, for I
recall being told, long ago, that his wife was "Jones." Turned out to be a
common name alright, but was "Smith." A descendant of hers lives in Amarillo,
TX, and we met there in Apr 2012 to review family. Thanks !!
Elizabeth Hopewell Keene (1835 - ____)*
Nina Dicken Miller Lindsey (1867 - 1913)*
James Isaac Miller (1890 - 1958)*
Created by: Sandra
Record added: Oct 07, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11908675