Miller, Samuel Reed (1798–1878)

By: James L. Hailey

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: April 1, 1995

Samuel Reed Miller, Texas pioneer, was born in 1798 and arrived with his wife, Nancy Ann (Canby), in Texas from Virginia in 1824. As one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred he received a land grant on August 16, 1824, and participated in the colonial election held in what is now Washington County that same year. The 1826 census listed him as a farmer and stockman aged twenty-five to forty. In the fall of 1829 Miller held the position of acting sheriff at San Felipe, and his name appears among the signers of the petition to establish Washington Municipality in 1835.

He served as court clerk in Bastrop during 1838–39, then left that area in May 1840 for Austin. He was sergeant at arms of the House of Representatives of the Sixth Congress. He sold his property on Richland Creek and moved to the settlement of San Patricio in Nueces County, where he lived for much of his life. There he operated a general store on the Santa Margarita Crossing of the Nueces River. The Miller Settlement, as it came to be called, operated as a stage stop for travelers to South Texas. Miller's name appears on the voter registration list of Nueces County in 1869 required by the Reconstruction government of the state. On this list Miller states that he has lived in the state for forty-seven years and in the county for nineteen. He also gives Virginia as his residence before arrival in Texas. He died on February 11, 1878, in San Patricio.

Lester G. Bugbee, "The Old Three Hundred: A List of Settlers in Austin's First Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (October 1897). Mrs. Frank DeGarmo, Pathfinders of Texas, 1836–1846 (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1951). Rachel Bluntzer Hébert, The Forgotten Colony: San Patricio de Hibernia (Burnet, Texas: Eakin Press, 1981). Worth Stickley Ray, Austin Colony Pioneers (Austin: Jenkins, 1949; 2d ed., Austin: Pemberton, 1970). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Gifford E. White, 1830 Citizens of Texas (Austin: Eakin, 1983).
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  • Mexican Texas

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April 1, 1995

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