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Fleming Mitchell Miller

Fleming Mitchell Miller

Male 1824 - 1890  (65 years)

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  • Name Fleming Mitchell Miller  [1, 2
    Born 4 Apr 1824  Cooper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Jan 1890  Andrew County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Fairview Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Andrew County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1526  Ramage | Lee Lines
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2011 

    Father William Alexander Miller,   b. 24 Mar 1804, Blount County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1847, Andrew County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Mother Agnes Chelly Mitchell,   b. 13 May 1805, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1885, Jefferson Township, Andrew County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married Jam 21, 1823  Cooper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1422  Group Sheet

    Family Nancy Ellen McDonald,   b. 14 Oct 1827, Parke, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1900, Andrew, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 6 Sep 1846  Andrew County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. Amanda J. Miller,   b. 31 Aug 1848, Jefferson Township, Andrew County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1888  (Age 40 years)
     2. Allen Guthrie Miller,   b. 4 Apr 1849,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Margaret (Maggie) Miller,   b. 13 Nov 1850,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. William R Miller,   b. 26 Sep 1854,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Charles P Miller,   b. 16 Aug 1857,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Finis Arthur Miller,   b. 23 Sep 1859,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Albert Fleming Miller,   b. 7 Sep 1862,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Ellen A Miller,   b. 7 Sep 1862,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Minnie Maud Miller,   b. 4 Mar 1865,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2011 
    Family ID F633  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Fleming Mitchel Miller
    Fleming Mitchel Miller

    Fletcher Miller & Nancy E Miller
    Fletcher Miller & Nancy E Miller
    In Memory of Rev. F. M. Miller & wife Nancy E. Miller
    Rev. F. M. Miller
    Died Jan. 20, 1890
    Aged 65 yrs 3 mo's & 16 d's
    The law of truth was in his mouth and
    iniquity was not found in his lips. He walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.
    Mal. 2 C. 6 V.
    Fletcher & Nancy Miller
    Fletcher & Nancy Miller

  • Notes 
    • the Rev. Fleming Mitchell Miller Cumberland Presbyterian minister

      1850 Census in Jefferson, Andrew, Missouri
      Agnes C Miller 45
      Allen G Miller 1
      Amanda J Miller 2
      Charles D Miller 22
      Fancis A Miller 14
      Fleming M Miller 26
      George C Miller 17
      Nancy E Miller 22
      Robert D Miller 12

      At the request of the family of the deceased, the following sketch was prepared by the Rev. J. H. Norman and the Rev. W. O. H. Perry:

      The Rev. Fleming Mitchell Miller was born in Cooper county, Mo., April 4, 1824. During his boyhood he enjoyed no educational advantages beyond those afforded to all the children of his community, but he made the best possible use of these advantages. In the spring of 1843, he moved with his parents to Andrew county, Mo., and there he made his home for nearly forty seven years. He was married to Miss Nancy E. McDonald September 6, 1846. Five sons and three daughters of these parents were raised to manhood and womanhood, and all became members of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. All the sons and the youngest daughter are still living.

      Brother Miller professed religion and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian church at a camp-meeting in Pettis county, Mo., when he was sixteen or seventeen years of age. He was received as a candidate for the ministry under the care of Platte Presbytery at Miller's school house, in Platte county, Mo., March 31, 1848, and licensed to preach the gospel March 31, 1849, at the log church house standing on the old camp-ground three miles south of Savannah, in Andrew county.

      On the 10th of October, 1851, in the M. E. church, South, in St. Joseph, he preached his trial sermon from Rom. viii. 1. The Rev. J. R. Allen preached the ordination sermon from 2 Cor. v. 20, after which Brother Miller was ordained to the whole work of the gospel ministry by the laying on of the hands of the presbytery, the Rev. A. W. Guthrie presiding and giving the charge. For more than thirty-eight years he spent his whole time in the work of the ministry in the bounds of the same presbytery.

      By his industry and the faithful improvement of all his opportunities he had secured a good English education, and had studied such theological works as were necessary to meet the requirements of presbytery, and had extended his research beyond these requirements. Throughout his whole ministerial life he was an earnest student of theology and of the interests of the church. But he was emphatically a student of the Bible.

      As a citizen he manifested great interest in the affairs of his country. This led him to obtain a thorough knowledge of the policy of our government, thus preparing him for intelligent citizenship in the highest sense. As a husband and father he was faithful and true.

      As a minister he had some marked characteristics. His kindness in his social and pastoral relations secured for him a wonderful power over the hearts of all with whom he became acquainted, contributing greatly to his success in revival meetings, in which work he became very eminent. He was instrumental in organizing and building up more congregations than any other minister of Platte Presbytery. No man was more extensively known or more generally loved by all classes of people throughout North west Missouri. His relation to the ministers of his own presbytery was a very dear and precious one.

      In the pulpit he appeared to the best advantage. His sermons were noted for their appropriateness and for their manifest power in honoring God and reaching the hearts of men. His favorite themes were repentance, regeneration, and the atonement. His exposition of his view of the nature of redemption was clean and forcible. He earnestly contended for time and place religion. His ability to console the hearts of Christians, and to lift them into the atmosphere of heaven. contributed to his efficiency in preaching funeral sermons, of which he had much to do.

      During a protracted meeting in one of his own congregations, on the evening of Wednesday, January 15, 1890, he was preaching one of his characteristic revival sermons, and became more than ordinarily interested in his effort to lead souls to Christ. In this effort his physical energies were prostrated. His members cared for him tenderly during that night, and took him home the next day on a bed in a sleigh. He told his family that his work was done. His physician decided that he had heart disease and pneumonia, and that there was no hope of his recovery. On Monday night January 20, 1890, at 9 o'clock he passed calmly away.

      His loss is deeply felt by his family, by his community, and by the churches to which he ministered, as well as by his large circle of acquaintances. The presbytery has lost its oldest member, and one of its wisest counselors. The great question now is, Who can fill his place? May we not confidently ask all the members of the church in Platte Presbytery to pray the great Head of the church to fill the place made vacant by the death of our dear brother?
      [Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, February 13, 1890, page 1]
      By Rev. O. D. Allen.

      Fleming Mitchell Miller was the first born of William A. and Chelley Mitchell, and the eldest of six sons, three of whom became ministers in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was born in Lafayette County, Mo., in April, 1824, but reared to manhood in Pettis County. When 18 years of age he moved with his parents to Andrew County, Mo., where he spent the rest of his life. The days, in which his early youth were spent, were characterized by great religious fervor. It was not the wild outburst of fanaticism, but the deep flowing stream of fervent piety which had descended from the great revival of 1800, and spread over the valleys of the Cumberland, the Ohio, the Mississippi and the Missouri rivers. Men, in these days, both in the laity and the ministry, possessed a power peculiar to their time. The very air was redolent with fervent piety. Men preached, exhorted, prayed and sung with an unction, which was a concomitant of the times. Under these circumstances favorable to great depth of piety, this young man grew up, from his very birth to his manhood. His father was a man much above the average of his time in education, intellectual accomplishments, general information and social and Christian influence; while his mother was a woman superior to most women in intellectual gifts, and of the most constant and fervent piety. In the boyhood of young Miller, he was under the immediate Christian influence and ministry of two of the founders of this church--Revs. Finis Ewing and Samuel King. He was constantly familiar with the preaching of such men as Revs. R. D. Morrow, J. B. Morrow, Robert Sloan, David Kirkpatrick and P. G. Rea in their palmiest days. He was married to Miss Nancy E. McDonald on the 6th day of September, 1846, which was one of the happiest events of his life, and contributed more to his eminence and usefulness in life than any other incident perhaps in it. Two years after this marriage, he placed himself under the care of Platte Presbytery as a probationer for the ministry, and six months afterwards was licensed to preach. In October, 1851, in the city of St. Joseph, Mo., he was solemnly set apart to the whole work of the ministry. His power in the pulpit was marked from the beginning of his ministry. His personal magnetism and influence over men were wonderful, His personal characteristics were ruggedness and strength. These he displayed everywhere, in the pulpit, in the management of meetings, in the church judicatories, and in social life. He was endowed with a heavy, strong, but well-modulated voice, which instantly attracted the attention of the audience, and held it well in hand until the close of his efforts.

      For forty years he labored in the bounds of Platte Presbytery, and no man in any denomination, or in any circle of life, perhaps, did more to mould public opinion or shape the destinies of men than he. So extensively was he known, and so universally respected, that everywhere he was addressed as "Uncle Mitch." His popularity was among all denominations, nor was he narrow or sectarian in his sympathy and fellowship. His life was full of labors and full of sacrifices for the church and for the public good. He died with his armor on, going out of a meeting for want of strength, to lie down and die five days afterward.
      [Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, September 10, 1896, page 7]

  • Sources 
    1. [S130] Miller Family Bible in possesion of Linda Van Winkle.

    2. [S31] Letter written by Bob Lee on 9/5/2002.