Miller Surname Obituaries

Alfred Miller

Petersburg Observer Newspaper - April 4, 1903

The funeral services of Alfred Miller took place Monday afternoon at the home in the north part of the city conducted by Rev. D.J. Mitterling of the First Presbyterian church; interment in Hickory Grove cemetery seven miles south of this city. Mr. Miller was born in Menard county ,February 1, 1827 and died at the age of seventy-six years, one month, and twenty eight days. He was united in marriage with Miss Sarah Pemberton in 1850 and to this union were born nine children, six of whom are living. The widow and four children are living in Petersburg and two children in Taylorville. He and his companion, in pioneer life in this county, managed to raise the six children to years of maturity and in his last hours bestowed the blessing of "I want you to meet me in Heaven."

Contributed by: Jeanie Lowe


Emma Miller

Newspaper unknown

Former Local Woman Dead
Mrs. Marion Miller Dead At Pleasant Plains; Death Occurred On Wedding Anniversary.

Mrs. Emma Rosella Miller, wife of Marion Miller died at her home near Pleasant Plains Wednesday evening, February 24 [1926], just fifty years to the hour following her marriage, at the age of sixty-seven years, ten months and seventeen days. She had been ill only a short time preceding her death.

Mrs. Miller who before her marriage was Emma Rosella Plunkett, was born in Iowa, April 7, 1858, the daughter of Benjamin and Eliza Plunkett. In childhood, she removed with her parents to Petersburg, where she spent the remainder of her life, with the exception of the last nine years, three of which were spent in Springfield and the remaining six near Pleasant Plains.

On February 24, 1876, she was married to Francis Marion Miller, to which union were born five children: Mrs. Thomas Bell of Tallula, Mrs. Harry Irvine of Springfield, Jesse Miller of Springfield and Alex and Frank at home. Mrs. Miller is also survived by her husband, twelve grandchildren, one great grandchild, one sister, Mrs. Isaac Clark of St. Paul, one brother, R. L. Plunkett of Coffeyville, Kansas, two half brothers, Elzia Hobbs of Independence, Kans. and Will Hobbs of Terre Haute, Ind.

Mrs. Miller was a member of the Petersburg lodge Daughters of the Rebekah, and professed her faith and became a Christian at the age of thirty-two years, living a consistent Christian life during the remainder of her days. Mrs. Miller's death is the first break in the family.

Funeral services were held Saturday February 27 at 1:00 p.m. from the late residence near Pleasant Plains at 2:00 p.m. from the First Baptist church in this city, conducted by Rev. W. C. Shaffer of Pleasant Plains and Rev. W. M .Groves of this city. Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

Contributed by Matthew Ferricks


Frank Miller

Newspaper unknown

Drowned in a Pond.
Frank Miller, son of Mrs. D. H. Miller, was drowned in an ice pond at the farm of his uncle, Hye Dorn, at Little Grove, Thursday morning last [24 July 1896].

He had gone into the pond to bath, with a companion, Harry Cassens, got into about eight foot of water, and being unable to swim, was drowned as above stated. Mr. Dorn was on the bank of the pond, but was unable to render any assistance.

The body was in the water about two hours before it was removed.

Deceased was aged about 25 years.

The coroner was notified and held an inquest, which brought out the facts as given above.

[Burial is in Rose Hill Cemetery]

Contributed by Matthew Ferricks


Henry Miller

Newspaper Unknown - January 13, 1933

Henry W. Miller was born February 4, 1873 at Oldenstadt, Germany, the son of Mr. And Mrs. Henry W. Miller. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith at the place of his birth. Coming to the country with his parents, he was confirmed in the Lutheran church at Reedburg, Wis. On November 22, 1894, he was united in marriage with Miss Amelia Witte. This union was blessed with four children, one son, Walter preceding his father in death on March 4, 1932.

For many years Mr. Miller was section-foreman on the North Western Railroad at Barr Station. Due to ill health he resigned his position and moved to Cantrall a little over 2 years ago. He departed this life quite unexpectedly at 1 A.M. Saturday, January 7, 1933, the immediate cause of his death being diagnosed as myocarditis. The days of his earthly pilgrimage were 59 yrs, 11 mos, and 3 days.

Since his coming to this vicinity he was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, where funeral services were conducted for him Monday, January 9. Rev. E. C. Pautsch officiating. Appropriate hymn selections were rendered by Irene Dirks, Helena Engel, Henry Forden and Verne Maxwell. Interment was made in Hall cemetery.

He leaves to mourn his departure his bereaved wife, one son, Otto, section-foreman at Barr Station, two daughters, Mrs. Andrew Schnack of Quincy, Ill., and Ruth at home, one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Trenchard, besides a number of other relatives and many friends.

Contributed by: Bertha Emmett


Milton Miller

Petersburg Observer, Saturday, March 28, 1903

Milton E. Miller died at his home in Petersburg, Friday, March 27, 1903, aged 62 years, 10 months, and 9 days. Funeral services will be held in the Baptist church, Sunday at 2 o'clock p.m. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Contributed by: Jeanie Lowe


Orena Miller

Newspaper unknown

Mrs. Orena Miller died April 30, 1903, at her home at Baker Prairie aged 78 years. Deceased was a widow and leaves a family of six grown children to mourn her loss. Funeral services were held in the First Baptist church of this city Sunday afternoon conducted by W. F. Thompson. Interment in Rose Hill cemetery.

Contributed by Matthew Ferricks


Robert Miller

Petersburg Observer, Date unknown

Rev. Robert Don Leavey Miller, one of the best known and highly respected men of the county, died last Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Sanitarium in Jacksonville, age 70 years, 9 months and 26 days.

He was born in Missouri, February 3, 1838, where he grew to manhood.

At the age of sixteen he matriculated at Chapel Hill college, but lacked a year of completing the full classical course. His versatility of ability first led him to the study of medicine; after mastering that profession he read law and was admitted to the bar. Later he heard the call to preach, heeded the same and was ordained a minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1864, and has been "obedient to the heavenly vision" every since, -- until stricken down a few weeks ago. And in the proclamation of this gospel he had few superiors.

Mr. Miller also showed great ability as an educator. He taught school sixteen years and was the county superintendent of schools of this county for twenty-three years, and the author of the state's accepted "Course of Study" for common schools.

He organized the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of this city, made possible their house of worship and served as their pastor for six years. He was also instrumental in building the present church house at Lebanon and at Fancy Prairie, of all of which he was pastor for many years. He held two debates in this city, the first with Elder D.R. Lucas of the Christian Church thirty-two years ago and the other with Dr. Porter of the Baptist Church in 1894.

Mr. Miller was married to Miss Charlotte A. Riche, December 24, 1857, in Buchanan County, Mo. They removed to Petersburg early in the sixties, when the civil war was raging the hottest in Missouri. Here he has resided ever since, honored, respected and loved as falls to the lot of few men. Though the deceased has never made public the figures, it is believed that no man in Central Illinois has married as many couples and preached as many funerals as has Mr. Miller. But silent now are those eloquent lips and pulseless the loving heart!

There remains of the stricken family, the widow and five children, Mrs. Sarah M. Drake and Mrs. Leyria A. Ross, of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Mrs. Emma E. (Jube) Marbold of Greenview; Mrs. Pauline Chapman of Portland, Oregon; and Miss Mary A. Miller of this city. One son died in infancy, and the other son, George….[article is cut off]

Contributed by: John Feagans





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