Ellis Miller, now deceased, was a prominent citizen of Harper, Kans. He was a native of Ohio, born at Liverpool, Medina county, March 15, 1850, a son of Anthony Lawrence and Catherine (Weber) Miller. The father was a farmer and died in 1853 on board ship near Panama, while on a voyage to California. His parents were both natives of Alsace, France. Both grand parents were soldiers under Napoleon. The mother died in 1903. The Weber family settled at Liverpool, Medina county, Ohio, in 1831, and the Miller family located at Suffield, Portage county, that State, about the same time. Ellis Miller was one of a family of seven children, five of whom are now living: John B., Fruta, Calif.; Odelia, the widow of J. N. Whetstone, Keokuk, Iowa; Mary, the widow of G. M. Heller, Kahoka, Mo.; George, Hutchinson, Kans., and Anthony, resides at Alameda, California. The Miller family removed from Ohio to Iowa, in 1842, and shortly after to Athens, Mo., and here Ellis Miller grew to manhood and was educated in the public schools, graduating from the Athens High School. He then went to Louisiana where he spent a few years on a sugar plantation and from there to Nevada, where he was engaged in gold mining and met with moderate success. He returned to Athens, Mo., in 1875, and on March 16, of that year, he was united in marriage to Miss Marie Gray, a native of Missouri. She was a daughter of Isaac P. and Eliza (Judge) Gray. The father was a native of Kentucky, born October 10, 1825. He was a son of George W. and Nancy (Price) Gray, the former a native of Kentucky, and the latter of South Carolina. Nancy Price, was a cousin of General Price, the well-known Confederate general. He was a manufacturer in early life, and lived for a time in Missouri and in 1868, removed to Iowa and died at Croton, that State, November 12, 1893. The mother died at Farmington, Iowa, December 16, 1912. Her father was a Revolutionary soldier, and at the time of her death there were only two or three other daughters of Revolutionary soldiers living in the State of Iowa. In 1875, Ellis Miller bought a farm in Montgomery county, Mo., where he was successfully engaged in farming and stock raising for nine years. The present town of Bellflower, Mo., is now located on the place that he then owned. In 1884, he came to Kansas, locating in Harper county, where he bought land three miles south of the town of Harper. Here he was engaged in farming and cattle raising on an extensive scale. He was successful in his business undertakings, accumulating a competency and in 1904, he retired and removed to Harper, where he resided until his death, November 1, 1907. To Mr. and Mrs. Miller were born three children, one of whom died in infancy. The others are Arthur G., graduated from the Harper High School, in 1894. He married Miss Flora Essick, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and they have one child, Arleta. Arthur G. now resides in Harper county, and is engaged in farming. Lena Miller was born in Montgomery county, Mo., and is a graduate of the Harper High School. She married Henry C. Dryden, born in Labette county, Kansas, and is a son of Henry C. and Frances (Farmer) Dryden, who came to Kansas from Bates county, Mo., in 1869. They now reside at Chanute, Kans. Mr. Dryden is in the wholesale produce business in Harper. Ellis Miller whose name introduces this sketch was one of the substantial citizens of Harper county, and made many friends during his life time. He was a life-long Democrat but never sought public office. He was a member of the Methodist church to which he was a generous contributor.Pages 300-301 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
TITLE PAGE / LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I
TITLE PAGE / LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
J | K | L | Mc | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z
Background and KSGenWeb logo were designed and are copyrighted by
Tom & Carolyn Ward
for the limited use of the KSGenWeb Project.
Permission is granted for use only on an official KSGenWeb page.
Home Page for Kansas
Search all of Blue Skyways
The KSGenWeb Project