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James Miller Biography


I so enjoy reading these biographies!  It’s amazing how many from this time period raised thoroughbred horses – and some of those horses are named in the biographies – as is Alexander’s Abdallah from one!

from History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, Perrin, 1882

James Miller, farmer and stock-raiser; P.O. Paris; born May 5, 1817, in Harrison County, this state, son of Hugh, whose father was likewise named Hugh Miller, who was a native of Virginia, and emigrated to this state when the country was new and unsettled, locating in Harrison County, and was one of the early judges in that county.  Hugh, his son, was born November 12, 1774.  In 1807, April 6, he married Mary Ewalt, who was born August 28, 1785, in Bourbon County, daughter of Henry Ewalt, one of the early settlers in this county.  To Hugh Miller, Jr., were born seven children; of this number Hugh was the elder, born 1808; Henry, 1809; William H., 1812; Polly, 1814; James, 1817; Elizabeth, 1819; Margaret J., 1822.  The sons were never married, except James, our subject; he was left fatherless at an early age; his father was killed by a horse.  James was raised by his mother.  January 12, 1841, he married Annie F. Boyd, a native of Harrison County, daughter of Joseph and Alice (Withers) Boyd; he was a son of John Boyd and Katie Montgomery.  John Boyd was a native of the British Isles, and emigrated first to Virginia.  Alice was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, daughter of Benjamin and Ann (Markham) Withers; Benjamin was a soldier in the Revolution; Joseph, his son, participated in the War of 1812.  Mr. Miller remained on the home farm until 1873, when he removed to this county, locating on the farm he now owns, called “Sunnyside”, which contains about 331 acres; this farm was settled and improved by Benjamin Rogers.  Since 1858 Mr. Miller has been interested in breeding and raising thoroughbred and trotting horses; his stock are well and favorably known in this and adjoining counties.  He purchased and brought to this state Alexander’s Abdallah, which has become famous among lovers of fine horses in Kentucky.  Three children have been born to Mr. Miller, but one now living, Mary E., wife of J. Quincy Ward, of Cynthiana.  Alice died November 23, 1853, aged six years; Fannie died January, 1878; she was the wife of Sidney B. Kennedy.  Mr. Miller has two grandchildren:  Anna C. and Jay Quincy, who are the children of Mary E.  Mr. Miller’s sisters married and settled as follows, viz:  Polly, married Abe Keller and settled in Harrison County; Elizabeth E., H. Cromwell; Margaret J., James Patterson, are settled in Harrison County.


James Miller, 1817-1898.  Ann F. B. Miller, 1818-1888.  Alice B. Miller, 1848-1853.  Sidney B. Kennedy, 1845-1883.  Fannie M. Kennedy, 1851-1879.  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.


Hugh Miller, 1774-1832.  Mary E. Miller, 1785-1868.  Paris Cemetery.


Our Twins.  Our Infant Son, born May 20, 1875, died August 11, 1875.  Our Infant Daughter, born May 20, 1875, died September 20, 1877.  Twin children of S. B. & F. M. Kennedy.  Paris Cemetery.

Twin grandchildren of James and Annie Miller, from their daughter Fannie M. and husband Sidney B. Kennedy.

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