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Capt Isaac Newton "Capt. John" Miller
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Birth: Jan. 18, 1816
Choctaw County
Alabama, USA
Death: Nov. 12, 1888
Love County
Oklahoma, USA

Given Name: Isaac Newton "Capt. John"
Surname: Miller
Sex: M
Birth: 18 Jan 1816 near 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
His parents were Benjamin and Maggie Miller (of Choctaw heritage). Benjamin Miller born abt 1794 Georgia, d aft 1850 Caddo Parish, LA.
Miller md 1) Elizabeth Hopewell Keene (1834 MO - 1897 Fannin Co. TX) 22 June 1855 Fannin Co. TX, daughter of Henry & Martha Lewis (Snell) Keene of Fannin Co. TX. They had two daughters: Mary Eliz. "Mollie" Miller b 1860 Cherokee Nation, who md John Hubbard Bumgarner Jr. 1875 Parker Co. TX; and Nina Dicken Miller b 1867 Parker Co. TX, who md 1881 Cooke Co. TX to Selden Trullery Lindsey (1854 Claiborne Parish, LA - 1939 Ardmore, Carter Co. OK), a U.S. Deputy Marshal in Indian Terr. for 20 years.

Miller md 2) Mary Ann Elizabeth Smith; 2 sons and 2 daus. born after Miller was 60.

Unarmed, Miller was shot and killed by Jim Abels over "a difficulty" on a Sunday evening, after supper, in front of the home of his daughter, Nina Lindsey - causing Nina to go into premature labor with her daughter Myrtle Ivey.

The St. Louis Daily Globe-Democrat in May 1886 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 to our family as "Charley Hart" had, according to news reports, been enlisted in Miller's company in Fannin Co. TX, long prior to the Aug 1863 Lawrence, Kansas event. 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 official law present. 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.

Note: His 2nd wife, Mary Ann Elizabeth SMITH b Nov 1862 Texas, d 1940. After Miller's death in 1888, she md in 1892 to James H. Balance. Her parents were Daniel White Smith b 1826 SC, d 1888 Texas and Henrietta Dillahunt Hickman b 1829 FL, d 1909 Texas. Isaac Newton Miller and Mary Ann Eliz. Smith had children: a daughter who died very young, Isaac Newton Miller Jr., b 1883, d 1966; 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 Brea, Orange Co. CA; he md Alethea Winifred Sweet and had several children, including son Lawrence Leighton "Choctaw" Miller b 1925 who lived in Brea, CA, near me, and we visited several times to compare notes. I have also been in contact with Lawrence Leighton's daughter Kathy Miller Wright). A descendant of Mary Ann Elizabeth Smith, Wilma (Carlton) Bolton, lives in Amarillo, TX; we met there in Apr 2012 to review family records and she supplied wonderful pages from a family Bible.

The photograph of Isaac Newton Miller in the Mexican War uniform is very unusual, as it was taken in 1846. This photograph was secured by Gloria Reck from the family of his son Benjamin Barnes Miller, and his grandson Lawrence Leighton "Choctaw" Miller of Brea, CA in the early 1970s. The National Archives identified the uniform for me as that of a Major in the Mexican War, and this of course fit what we already knew of Miller's service in that war.

Further, extensive genealogical records available on public tree "Lindsey Lineage and Allied Families" on

Gloria Reck, Eureka, CA; great, great grand-daughter of Isaac Newton Miller 1816-1888 and Elizabeth Hopewell Keene 1834-1897. 
Family links: 
  Elizabeth Hopewell Keene (1834 - 1897)*
  Nina Dicken Miller Lindsey (1867 - 1913)*
*Calculated relationship
Dibrell Cemetery
Love County
Oklahoma, USA
Maintained by: Gloria Reck
Originally Created by: Sandra
Record added: Oct 07, 2005
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Capt Isaac Newton Capt. John Miller
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Capt Isaac Newton Capt. John Miller
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Capt Isaac Newton Capt. John Miller
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