Jim Ward's Genealogy Pages: Ashley Grant Miller

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Ashley Grant Miller

Ashley Grant Miller was the eighth and last child of The Reverend Charles Carroll Miller and Miriam Cross Dyer. He was born in Michigan on 27 September 1866. His Baptist minister and Republican father likely chose Ashly's middle name based on then-war hero General Ulysses S. Grant, continuing the tradition started with his seventh child, Judson Lincoln Miller. It is known that The Reverend Miller was a solid Republican, one of the first in Michigan's Kent County to support Abraham Lincoln for President. He let his belief be known to any that would listen to him. 

Ashley also became a Baptist minister. At some point in his life, he lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and later was a resident of  Reno and Sparks, Nevada.  His first marriage was in 1894  to Carlotta Depew (or Carrie May Depeu). They had 4 children, all born in Nevada: Charles Judson, b. 02-11-1897; Kathryn Mary, b. 02-13-1899; Frances Elizabeth, b. 10-26-1901; and Donald Grant, b. 01-06-1904. His second marriage was to Ethel Edna Carney in 1908.  They had one child - Ethel Claire, b. 01-20-1914.

There's no mention of Ashley in the 1900 Washoe County, NV, census, but he does appear in the 1910 census. Also, I found a mention of wife Ethel E. as having registered a car in Washoe Co. in 1916 and 1917.

Recently, my sister spotted information in the Nevada State Archives online listings.  Read on...

Reverend Miller apparently ditched the ministry and became an attorney in the late 1890s.  After returning from Idaho in 1902, he was for awhile the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Montcalm County, working closely with his brother, my G-Gf Frank A. Miller.  After his father C.C. Miller died in 1907, A. Grant Miller, as he preferred to be called, moved to the Reno area.  the Nevada State Achives  has info on him related to U. S. Senate campaign finance filings in 1914 and 1920.  He ran for the U.S. Senate in 1914 as the Socialist Party nominee and in 1920 on the Republican ticket. Other archived information indicates  State Supreme Court cases where he filed  Writs of Habeas Corpus in 1932 and 1934, plus an action by The State Bar Association against him in 1935.  A check of U.S. Senators during  those years shows others serving the State of Nevada.

He died 31 January 1961 at the age of 94. Ashley was listed as the only surviving sibling in the obit of his brother, my GGrandfather Frank Augustus Miller, who passed away 27 April 1945. 

A BIG THANK YOU to the folks at The Nevada State Library and Archives for kindly sending me what they had on the youngest sibling of Great-Grandpa Frank Miller!

Here are 4  images of the Reverend Miller at various stages of his life - you guess the age in each image, since all photos were not dated.

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My Guesses about his age in these photos:

Image 1: About 6 years old, year 1872. Image 2: About 18, year 1884. Image 3: about 25, year 1891. Image 4: About 40, year 1906. Notice what is likely a Bible in his left hand in image 3.

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Thanks go to my sister Anne for the scanned images and information from the Social Security Death Records about Ashley's children.