Miller, James (of Decatur, IL)

Born: 1813-08-26 Grayson County, Kentucky

Flourished: 1830-05-26 Decatur, Illinois

Miller moved from his native state to Macon County, Illinois, in 1829. In 1830, James Miller was living in Macon County with five other people in his household. From 1829 to 1832, he served as a commissioner on the County Commissioners' Court of Macon County. During the Black Hawk War, Miller served as a private in James Johnson 's (later Isaac C. Pugh's) company of the 5th Regiment of Mounted Volunteers. After the war, he commenced farming, and by 1850, he owned real estate valued at $1,000. In 1834, he married Margaret Hostettler, with whom he had nine children. Margaret Miller died in 1852, and Solomon married a second time, in 1854, to Elizabeth Miller.

U.S. Census Office, Fifth Census of the United States (1830), Macon County, Illinois, 123; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Macon, IL, 128; John W. Smith, History of Macon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Rokker's, 1876), 35, 60, 268; History of Macon County, Illinois (Philadelphia: Brink, McDonough, 1880), 35, 57, 80, 184; Isaac H. Elliott, Record of the Services of Illinois Soldiers in the Black Hawk War, 1831-32, and in the Mexican War, 1846-8, (Springfield, IL: H. W. Rokker, 1882), 104; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Macon County, 17 July 1834; Macon County, 26 March 1854, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL.