Thomas Miller and Maritta Dillon

Thomas Miller was born abt. 1822 in MS. In the 1880 census he gives his father as born in TN and his mother as born in MS. He married Maritty (Maritta) DILLON, also born abt. 1822 in Mississippi.

Thomas and Maritty had the following children:

  • Samantha b. 1842 MS
  • Merril N. b. 1844 MS
  • Sarena (Serena) “Rene” A. b. 1846 MS married John William Edward MYLES
  • William N. b. 1848 MS
  • Eliza E. b. 1850 MS

The 1850 Pike County MS census has a 4 year old Sarena MILLER in the household of Thomas MILLER born in Mississippi. They are living near a James T. DILLON who is of age to be a brother to Maritty DILLON. I would imagine that the Simon MILLER living beside Thomas is a brother.

1850 PIKE COUNTY MISSISSIPPI CENSUS pg. 21a
27 266 267 Dillon James T. 32 M Farmer 200 Mississippi
28 266 267 Dillon Elizabeth 21 F Mississippi
29 266 267 Dillon Sandy G. 7/12 M Mississippi
30 266 267 Erwin Alexeander 21 M Farmhand Mississippi
31 267 268 Miller Simon 27 M Farmer 325 Mississippi
31 267 268 Miller Simon 27 M Farmer 325 Mississippi
32 267 268 Miller Sarena T. 19 F Mississippi
33 267 268 Miller Emeline M. 2 F Mississippi
34 267 268 Miller Honcil L. 1 M Mississippi
35 268 269 Miller Thomas 28 M Farmer 600 Mississippi
36 268 269 Miller Maritty 28 F Mississippi
37 268 269 Miller Samantha 8 F Mississippi
38 268 269 Miller Merril N. 6 M Mississippi
39 268 269 Miller Sarena 4 F Mississippi
40 268 269 Miller William N. 2 M Mississippi
41 268 269 Miller Eliza E. 4/12 F Mississippi

A Richard DILLON b. 7 Oct. 1745 in Ireland or Norfolk VA (d. Pike Co. MS) and Annys MORRIS (b. 1762 in Bertie Co. NC) were the parents of Joanna DILLON b. 1778 in Bertie Co. NC, Nancy Ann, Lawrence, Clarkson, Willis, Mary, Theophilous and Clara. Joanna DILLON connects up with the family as will be shown in a moment.

As to Mary and Lawrence, siblings of Joanna, Belvin J. Creel is shown as querying Washington Parish Rootsweb about a Moses MILLER b. abt. 1790 who was the second husband of Mary DILLON (Salathiel MORRIS the first husband) b. abt. 1792; and Dicey MILLER who was the second wife of Lawrence DILLON (b. 1783 in Bertie Co. NC), he marrying first Martha JACKSON. As stated above, they were descendants of of Richard and Annys DILLON. Richard (1745-1833) was a Revolutionary War Soldier who settled in the southern section of present-day Walthall County, MS, his family spilling over into Washington Parish. Another son, Clarkson DILLON, married a Sarah GILL. (Should be noted here that Thomas and Maritty DILLON MILLER’s granddaughter, Lucy MYLES, married James Leon HENNESY, whose grandfather, Isaac HENNESY, was married to a Judith Ann GILL.)

Judith GILL and Isaac HENNESY’s son, James HENNESY, married Nancy Caroline WELCH and they had James Leon who, as mentioned, married Lucy MYLES, whose mother was Serena MILLER. Nancy Caroline WELCH’s brother, James Pearson WELCH married Cynthia ALFORD. Cynthia ALFORD was daughter of Warren Jackson ALFORD and Celia Ann LEWIS. Her father’s parents were Edwin ALFORD b. 22 Nov. 1792 NC, and Martha “Patsie” Jane SMITH b. 25 March 1802 SC. She is shown in the 1850 Pike Co MS census on page 21b living next to a 60 year old Thompson MILLER from GA in household 274. I’m wondering if this might be a relation to Rene MILLER. (Rene MILLER is in household 268 on page 21 A.)
http://www.rootsweb.com/~cenfiles/ms/pike/1850/pg0012a.txt

pg. 21b 40 274 275 Miller Thompson 60 M Farmer Georgia
41 274 275 Miller Clary 45 F Farmhand S. Carolina
42 274 275 Miller Raiford 17 M Mississippi X

Martha Jane SMITH’s parents were Jeremiah SMITH b. 1773 SC and the Joanna DILLON above mentioned, daughter of Richard DILLON and Annys MORRIS. (Walter Edwin Tynes is given as saying Martha Smith’s mother was a “Holly”. The Joanna Dillon information comes from Luke Ward Conerly and E. Russ Williams, Source Records from Pike County, Mississippi, 1798-1910, via Colleen Pasquale.

The 1840 Washington Parish LA census shows a Thomas MILLER.

1840 Washington Parish LA census:
Thomas Miller
2 free white males under 5
2 free white males 20-30
1 free white male 60-70
1 free white female under 5
1 free white female 15-20
1 free white female 20-30
7 slaves

1870 LOUISIANA WASHINGTON PARISH
pg.222
14/14 MILLER Thomas 46 farmer RE $400 personal $500 b. MS
Nancy 35 b. MS
Lisa 20
Clarissa 17
Wellis 16
Neeley or Wesley? 13
Sabor or Labor 7 male
Bethany 10
Marietta 3 or 2

It would appear as though Maritty has died by now and Thomas remarried to a Nancy. Lisa, age 20 would be the Eliza in the 1850 census.

1880 Washington Parish Wards 1 and 2
pg. 159
158/158 BROWN Frances M. and family
159/159 MAGEE Richard and Matilda
160160 BACKHAM David and Marty and family
161/161 BURKHALTER Amy and family
162/162 STRINGFIELD William and Lavina and family
LEWIS, Tabitha
163/163 STRINGFIELD David and family
164/164 MILES William E. 37 school teacher b. LA parents b. LA
Serena 33 b.LA parents b. MS
Nancy L. 12 b. LA
Isaac T. 11 works on farm
Lucy V. 9
Samantha R. 8
Margaret M. 5
George W. 3
Lyly L. 5/12
NOTE: Serena is a daughter of Thomas MILLER.
pg. 159 B
165/165
MILLER William R. 27 farmer can’t read or right, b. MS parents b. MS
Sarah R. 26 can’t read or write b. LA parents b. MS
Selena 8 b. LA
Nancy 6
Teresa 3
Tener born Sept. stepdaughter
Note: William R. is Sarena MILLER MYLES’ brother.
166/166 SLOCUM Handy (b) 21 laboring on farm b. LA parents b. LA
Sarah 17 b. LA parents b. LA
167/167 MILLER Simon A. 20 farmer b. MS parents b. MS
Rebecca A. 21 b. MS father b. MS and mother b. LA
168/168 DAWSON (b) Samuel and Violet and family
169/169 MILLER Zeptha Y. 23 farmer b. MS parents b. MS can’t read or write
Clarkey R. wife 23 b. LA parents b. LA can’t read or write
Abner F. 3 b. LA
Clara M. 1 b. LA
170/170 MILLER Hugh L. 26 farmer b. MS parents b. MS
Maranda Y. 29 b. LA father b. GA mother b. LA
Eugens H. 7 b. LA
Molly or Mally F. 5
Alice E. 3
Callee E. 9/14 Sept.
BULLOCK Lumeta or Lumenta 63 mother-in-law b. LA father b. SC mother b. GA
171/171 SLOCUM Green D. and Ellen and family
pg. 160
181/181 MILLER Wesley W. 22 farmer b. MS parents b. MS
Cyntha AP 28
Willes C. 2
Ertha D. b. Dec
pg. 170
183/183 HARVEY Cinton
184/184 KEMP Isaac and Samantha and family
BICKHAM William
185/185 OGDON? Calvin H. and Sarena and family
MILLER Sarah mulatto or white 10 servant b. LA parents b. LA
pg. 164B
261/261 BICKHAM Alexander 69 b. LA parents b. GA and SC., and Rebecca
KENADY Hard 15 grandson works on farm b. LA father b. LA mother b.KY
Thomas E. 10 grandson works on farm
MILLER Eliza 25 servant b. MS parents b. MS
pg. 165
263/263 BRUMFIELD John W. and Samantha
264/264 BACKHAM Ab…? and Harriet and family
265/265 MILLER Thomas 60 farmer can’t read or write and neither can children but wife can b. MS father b. TN mother b. MS
Nancy 45 b. MS parents b. SC
Martha 19 b. MS
Sayborn 17 works on farm
Marion? 13 works on farm
ELizabeth 11
Margaret 18
Angeline 9
Rarford 8
Eli 8
James 5
Flora G. 2
pg. 166
294/294 ALFORD Seaborn and Laura
295/295 MILLER Fleet M. 63 farmer b. MS father b. TN mother b. MS
Elizabeth 62 b. MS parents b. LA
Smiley 34
296/296 BANKSTON Simpson and Catherine and family
pg. 166/166
305/305 MILLER Ranford L. 46 b. MS father b. TN mother b. MS and Angeline b. MS parents b. SC and family

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