Hezekian P Miller built and owned the Southern Hotel in Milan TN. He was found murdered there. His wife was Julia and they had one child, Katie Miller Clarke Brown. She ended up in Portland Oregon, where she is buried, along with her husband, Ezekiel M Brown.
Milan Exchange Jan 9 1897 (Milan, Gibson Co, TN)
Hezekiah P Miller was born in Columbia Co Oh Apr 9 1835, making him at the time of his death 61 years. He was reared on a farm and had 4 brothers and 4 sisters. Upon leaving home when a young man, he entered a Cincinnati machine shop where he served a four years apprenticeship. He then came South, locating at Memphis, where he was connected with the fire department for several years. He was married at that place June 18, 1861. When the civil war broke out he was in the steamboat business and in this he did gallant service for the Confederacy until he received a terrible wound in the face, the scar of which he bore to the grave. Soon after the war he entered the hotel business at Holly Springs, Miss, and from there he went to Grand Junction, thence to Paducah, Ky., thence to Martin, and finally to this place, where he built the Southern Pacific hotel, which at the time of its erection was one of the finest railroad hotels in the South. He was one of the best known hostlers in the country and the host of friends and acquaintances who have stopped with him will be pained to learn of his violent death.
About two and a half years since he professed religion and joined the Methodist church. He rarely ever missed the preaching service and in all departments of church work he was active and interested. In fraternal circles he was prominent, belonging to the K. of P. and A. O. U. W. lodges. In the latter he carried a life policy. He also carried an accident policy.
Though possessed of some peculiarities, the deceased was a man of extraordinary sense and intelligence and beneath his bosom beat a warm, generous heart. It was always a pleasure for him to do a kindness or render assistance to a friend. He was liberal and public spirited , and a more patriotic breast never heaved a sigh. During the past few years he has been peculiarly unfortunate in more ways than one and for several months past he has been subject to paralytic strokes. In his death our town loses a valued citizen, his family a devoted father and brother and church and fraternal circles a good member. Peace to his ashes.
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