George MILLER, the recipient of the following letter, was the son of Hugh Reid MILLER and Susan Walton MILLER, originally of SC, who moved to MS. George attended school in Cokebury, Abbeville District, SC from March 1859 until June 1859, after failing to complete his first semester at SC College in Columbia, SC. He lived in Cokesbury with his aunt and uncle, Dr. W.C. NORWODD and Jane PICKENS MILLER NORWOOD.
The slave, ADELINE, was probably purchased by Hugh Reid MILLER from William ANDERSON, a childhood friend, and taken to MS when MILLER moved to Pontotoc Co. from Abbeville.
Here is an excerpt from the letter:
To: George MILLER, Cokesbury, South Carolina from Susan Walton MILLER, Pontotoc, MS Home, May 30th, 1859
"Your of the 15th was received last week, after I had written to you...I
promised ADALINE, to write a few messages for her; and she wants you to
try and see her children will write them now, so that you may have time
to make inquiries and gratify her. She belonged to William ANDERSON who
resided four or five miles from Cokesbury. Her children belonged to him
when she left-two boys, named WILLIAM EBENEZER and JAMES RICHARD. Her
daughter, she thinks living in Cokesbury, named SOPHY ADALINE. DICK, her
husband, belonged to Mr. John VANCE, who owned his brother and sister.
She thinks probably Dr. NORWOOD can tell you something about them.
She wants to know something of the VANCEs and the BEACHAMs and sends
love to them and to Mrs. John ANDERSON. Try and see her children, find
out all you can about them, and tell them about her, and the children she
has here. PATRICK lived some distance below Abbeville, and you could hardly
find out anything about his friends."
[End of Excerpt]
Hugh R. MILLER is found in the 1860 Census for Pontotoc County, MS. He was 45, an attorney and farmer, with $19,180 in peronal property. Wife, Susan, 35; son George, 19 a student, and son Edwin, 17. The 1860 slave schedule shows them as having 10 slaves and 3 slave houses.
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