Little Jessie Miller in the 1880 census turns out to be Jessie Eugene Miller born 22 Oct. 1877 in Waco, McLennan County, Texas to Elijah Spencer Miller and Harriet Curbow. He is the first cousin (3x removed) to my husband – that’s getting out there – but we’ll take them any way we can get them! We don’t know a lot about him, but based on some of the records I found we do know this:
Sometime around 1907 he married Hattie – her last name is unknown to me. In the 1910 census he was living with her in Collin County, Texas. The couple had four children: John S. in 1907; Fannie Mae in 1909; Enola B. in 1912; and Bethola M. in 1914. I don’t know if Hattie died or if the couple divorced because by the 1920 census, Jessie has remarried to Susie Annie Hyden. His children are with him. Jessie and Annie had six more children: Archie B. in 1918; James Ira in 1919; William Franklin in 1921; Vera Belle in 1922; Clifton Eugene in 1924; and Doris Evelyn in 1928.
When Jesse filled out his World War I Draft Registration card in September of 1918 he stated that he was a self-employed farmer. He described himself as being of medium height and build with gray eyes and brown hair. His grandfather Tilman Curbow had gray eyes.
The family lived in Collin County until 1923 when they relocated to Live Oak County.
Jessie Eugene Miller lived the rest of his life there until he died of tuberculosis in George West, Live Oak County, Texas on 28 July 1939. As an aside, the town of George West was founded by George Washington West and Katie West, land venturers and cattle barons. I am sure they some how fit into our West family – but that is another research project for another day !
Jessie Eugene Miller is laid to rest in George West Cemetery.
In tracing some of the Jessie’s children – I found that Archie B. Miller lived and died in the Giddings/Lexington, Lee County area – which is not far from where we are. If any of the children and/or grandchildren of Jessie Eugene Miller or Archie B. Miller come across this post – we would love to visit with you to share information on the Miller/Curbow genealogy.
Onward – breaking down those brick walls is so much fun !