History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties,
Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).
E. N. Miller, farmer and teacher, was born in White County, III,
in 1848, the son of Mark A. and Harriett L. (Rice) Miller. The father,
born in 1818 in White County, is a retired capitalist of Enfield. His
father, James, a native of South Carolina, came to White County in 1814,
one of the pioneers of southern Illinois, his nearest neighbor, eighteen
miles, at Carmi or the Crouch settlement Mark A., a farmer, married in
White County in 1838, and with much business ability accumulated property.
In 1887 be began merchandising in Enfield. Since 1874 he has been devoted
to speculation in real estate and the commission business. Besides liberal
gifts to his children he now owns 460 acres of fine land. Enfield has been
his home for twenty-nine years. His wife, Harriett L. Rice, was born in
Maury County, Tenn., in 1820, and when three years old came to White
County, where she died in 1885. Our subject is the fifth of eight
children. Besides the public school advantages our subject had a year at
Lincoln University. Since his sixteenth year he has taught Continuously,
except two winters, chiefly in Hamilton and White Counties and in Gibson
County, Ind. In December, 1867, he married Emma J., daughter of Judge W.
Garrison, of White County, her native place. Their only child is Charles
E. After marriage he located in Enfield, and in the summers of 1872 and
1873 he contracted to grade on the Louisville & Nashville Railway. In
August, 1873, his wife died, and in February, 1877, he married Mary E.,
daughter of P. Gowdy, born in White County in 1854. Mildred, Mark A. and
Mary E. are their children. Since 1876 he has lived in Beaver Creek
Township, his present home. He is a local leader in the Republican ranks.
- In 1878 be was elected constable and served four years, and in 1880 was
appointed deputy sheriff and served six years. He is a Mason and Odd
Fellow of Enfield Lodges, having taken all the degrees. He has been elder
in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at West Union since its
organization. His wife. is also a member.