Miller Brothers

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-------------------------------------------------------------------Robert C. Miller, born 10 November 1792 and the son of Charles Christopher Miller, moved from Chester County, SC to Newton County, GA about 1827 with his wife, the former Ann Wilson, and their sons. Robert C. Miller and Ann Wilson Miller were one of the founding families of Hopewell Presbyterian Church on Snapping Creek in Newton County, GA in 1830.

Robert C. Miller died on 15 June 1849, and is probably buried at Hopewell Church. By 1852, his widow and seven sons had moved to DeKalb County, GA and were living near present-day Doraville. When the war broke out, five of the sons enlisted 26 September 1861 in Co. A, 38th Georgia Infantry, CSA. The first casualty of this family was Charles Miller, who died 12 August 1862 in the hospital in Staunton, VA.

Next was Henry Bryce Miller, who died 24 August 1862 in the hospital in Staunton, VA. Henry Bryce Miller ( H.B.) was married to Mary E. Flowers 22 Dec 1858. She was daughter of Major John Y. Flowers, the company commander of Co. A.

Both Charles and Henry Brice Miller were buried in Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton, Va., without markers.

On 17 September 1862, the third brother – David Young Miller – was killed at Sharpsburg, VA and is buried there. Three of the brothers died in scarcely more than a month. Two brothers fought on until 31 July 1863, when a sixth brother, Robert W. Miller enlisted in Co. A, 38th GA Inf. He was killed on 18 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA, and is buried there.

Of the seven sons of Robert and Ann Miller, only three were left at this time. The oldest, John Wilson Miller, never enlisted. He was 54 at the beginning of the war. Another, James Armstrong Miller, fought and lived through the entire war.

The seventh son was William A. C. Miller, the Captain of Company A who had seen four of his brothers die during the course of the war. Captain Miller was in a hospital at the time of the surrender, but was released in September of 1865. He managed to reach home before dying of his wounds and of disease on 20 November 1865.

The mother of this family, Ann Wilson Miller, lived until 27 February 1868. She had emigrated to America with her parents when only about five years old. The wife of one of the founders of Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Newton County, GA, she moved her letter to Prosperity Presbyterian Church in Doraville, DeKalb County, GA about 1852. Many of her descendants are buried in the Prosperity Cemetery. Whether she is buried there or at Hopewell is unknown.


“Reformed Presbyterian Deaths & Marriages, Volume 2: 1866-1888,” p.20, reprinted in “The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research.”
Ann Miller Died in DeKalb County, Ga., February 27th, 1868, Mrs. Ann Miller, in the 71st year of her age, of cancer on her face.... was born in County Antrim, Ireland in 1796, emigrated to America with her parents, John and Margaret Wilson, in 1801. The ship in which she and her parents sailed was partially wrecked out at sea and was driven into the cove or harbor at Cork, where two of her sisters died of small pox. After the repair of the vessel, with a favoring Providence, she and her parents landed at Charleston in May, 1801, and settled in Lancaster District in the Waxhaw settlement under the pastoral care of Rev. Dickson, then removed with her mother and stepfather, J. Harmon, until after the War of 1812. In 1815, she and Mr. Robert Miller were united in the bonds of marriage, shortly afterwards connected themselves with the Presbyterian church at Catholic, then under the pastoral care of Rev. Robert McCullough. In 1825 she with her husband removed to Newton Co., Ga., and were among the founders of the Associate Reformed church, called Hopewell, near the Snapping Shoals on South River. In 1852, after the death of her husband, she removed with her children, seven sons, up into DeKalb Co., Ga., and connected with Prosperity church by letter, in which church she remained a worthy member.

Source Information: Wells, Lawrence K, and Brent H. Holcomb, ed.. South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 1-20 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:, Inc., 1999. Original data: Wells, Lawrence K., ed.. The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research. Vol. I-XX. Columbia, SC, USA: SCMAR, 1973-1992.

Compiled August 2012, courtesy of Mrs. Nancy Guest, descendant.

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