Thank you for your direct email, but it is easier for me to respond on the forums as I can see what we've "talked" about already. (^_^) Now that it is established this Miller family is black, or sometimes on records I find mulatto, we can focus on locating them.
1880 census Frankin Co, TX:
Category: Name; Relationshipe to head of the household; Marital Status; Gender; Race; Age; Birthplace; Occupation; Father's Birthplace; Mother's Birthplace.
Nelson MILLER Self M Male B 39 AR Farmer --- ---
Catharine MILLER Wife M Female MU 27 TX Keeping House --- ---
Ennis T. MILLER Son S Male MU 10 TX Laborer AR TX
George A. MILLER Son S Male MU 8 TX AR TX
Jessee W. MILLER Son S Male MU 6 TX AR TX
Arthur MILLER Son S Male MU 5 TX AR TX
Kay MILLER Son S Male MU 2 TX AR TX
1870 Mount Pleasant P.O., Titus Co, TX:
Miller, Nelson, 20 Blk, b AR, farmer
" Catherine, 18 Blk, b TX, keeping house
" Thomas, 8/12 Blk, b TX, born in Aug
Riley, George, 20 Blk, b MS, occupation blank
None of the adults could read or write. I would guess that George is a relative, otherwise I think they would have given him an occupation. Maybe Catherine's maiden name was Riley. There is a Syntha Riley 50 Blk, b NC, also in Titus Co, TX, with several children still at home. The oldest is 22, the next one on the list is 15. George 20 & Catherine being 18, could fit easily into that gap. I could not find a black Riley family on the 1860 TX index, so they may have been slaves at that time. I would look for marriage record in Titus Co, as Franklin Co. was formed 1876 from Titus Co. Also, at that time period, some counties kept separate records for black marriages, be sure to watch for anything separate, too.
Just for your notes, if you check the 1880 census for TX, there are five Nelson Millers, all black, so watch out. Yours is the only one listed as born in AR.
1910 census Titus Co, TX:
Miller, Nelse(sic), hd B, 74, M(1) 40 7yrs, b Un, Un, Un
" Cathern, wf, MU, 58, M(1) 40 yrs, 11 ch, 9 lvg, Un, Un, Un
" Savannah, dau, MU, 13, sgl, b TX, Un, Un
I would double check the 1900 census, see if Savannah really is their daughter. Nelse and Cathern spelled as on the census record. Un stand for unknown.
1910 census Titus Co, TX:
Miller, Jessie W., hd, B, 34, M(1) 17 yrs, b TX, AR, TX
" Beadie, wf, B, 29, M(1) 17 yrs, 6 ch, 6 lvg, b TX, TX, TX
" Ellen, dau, B, 16, b TX
" Frank, son, B, 13, b TX
" Otis, son, B, 11, b TX
" Hosie, son, B, 8, b TX
" Tomas(sic), son, B, 5, b TX
" Melvin, son, 2, B, b TX
Note, in 1910 they have moved back to Titus Co, TX. I do not find any black Millers in Franklin Co, TX 1910 census index.
Happy Hunting (^_^)
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