Honor Guard firing
salute to veterans.
Members of Rocky Face Rangers Honor Guard and William Franklin Chapman's gravestone
Order of the Confederate Rose Chapter 27, Southern Cross.
Anna Mae Isenhour and her brother Dwight Warren unveiling headstone of
their great-grandfather Sgt. David T. Warren.
David T. Warren
Enlisted in Co. K, 7th NC Infantry North Carolina on 29 May 1862 in Alexander County at the age of 38. Promoted to Full Corporal on 12 Aug. 1862. Promoted to Full Sergeant on 30 Sept 1864.
David T. Warren was a son of Hugh Warren and Catherine Gryder Warren. David's niece, Martha Etta Teague (daughter of David's sister Obedience "Bedie" Warren Teague and wife of Henry Teague) married Jacob "Jake" Miller (my grandfather) as his first wife; Jake being a son of Noah and Leah Hefner Miller.
James W. Miller, Jr. and Drucilla Sweet Gwaltney;
Marie Starnes and James W. Miller, Jr. unveiling gravestone
g-granddaughter of Pvt. Noah Miller and placing
flag at Pvt. Noah Miller's grave.
Pvt. Noah Miller's gravestone Members of Order of the Confederate Rose Chapter 27,
Southern Cross, paying
respect at Pvt. Noah Miller's grave.
Drucilla Gwaltney, age 84, g-granddaughter of Noah
Miller. Marie Starnes, great-great granddaughter of Pvt. Noah Miller
ALEXANDER COUNTY, NORTH
Noah Miller was my great-grandfather. My grandfather was Jacob “Jake”
Miller and my father was James Woodrow Miller, Sr. I have a son, James
Woodrow Miller III who is also in attendance today and who is the last of the
Jake Miller line. On July 14, 2007, I was humbled to be the one to dig the
hole to place the gravestone for Noah Miller 125 years after his death with the
assistance of the Rocky Face Rangers camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. I
will now attempt to give a brief biography of Noah Miller’s life and his
Noah Miller was born in 1825, a son of John and Barbara Popst (Pope)
Miller, while his parents were residing in the Catfish-River Bend section of
Lincoln County, North Carolina, the area now being northeast Catawba
County. His parents moved to the area prior to 1810 from Rowan
County. This was a German-speaking family. Noah’s siblings included
Jacob Miller who married Elizabeth Fulbright, and Eve Miller who married Elijah
Henry Pope. There were other brothers John, Henry, Andrew, and George, and
it is believed there was another sister named Dorcas. All these children
married into other families of German descent. Jacob, his wife Elizabeth;
Eve, and her husband Elijah, are all buried in the cemetery of Sharon Lutheran
Church in northwestern Iredell County.
In 1843 Noah Miller married Leah Hefner, daughter of John and Elizabeth
Hefner of newly formed Catawba County. Noah and Leah were the parents of
eleven known children, all born in Catawba County and who married into Alexander
These children were:
A. Miller, who married Mary Laura King
William Leander Miller (who never
married and was the first of the Miller family to be buried in this cemetery in
1879 at the age of 30 years)
Exie Caroline Miller, who married David
Shook (both buried here in Macedonia cemetery)
“Sid” Miller, who married Susan Nancy Price (both buried in Macedonia
Jacob M. “Jake” Miller (my grandfather) who first married Martha
Etta Teague, daughter of Henry and Obedience “Bedie” Warren Teague; and second
Bessie Susan Cloer (my grandmother), who was the widow of William J.
Sanford. Before either of his marriages Jake Miller fathered a daughter
with Rebecca Fox of Liledoun whose name was Artie Fox. Artie married
Cephus Keever. I can remember the many times in my youth we would visit
Aunt Artie and the “lassie biscuits” she always made. Jake’s
father-in-law, Henry Teague, was also a Confederate war veteran and he and
his wife, Bedie, are buried in Macedonia cemetery. Jake and Martha
Etta are buried here in Macedonia cemetery.
Rufus Lafayette “Fate”
Henry Miller, who married Margaret Price (both Macedonia
Anna B. Miller
And lastly Harriet E. Miller, who married Milas
In 1850 Noah Miller was listed as a farmer in Catawba county, but by 1860
he had become a miller, the occupation he held until his death. About the
year 1863 Noah and Leah moved their family to Alexander county settling in
Miller’s township. On Jan. 1, 1871, Noah and Leah sold 300 acres to Marcus
Lippard which lay on the bank of the Catawba River “east of the foarding coming
out of the island.” By 1880 Noah and Leah had settled in Ellendale
township near Liledoun on the old Stirewalt mill or creek place.
Noah’s nephew, Levan Miller, son of Jacob and Elizabeth Fulbright Miller, also
lived in the Liledoun area. Levan married Mary Elizabeth Sipes and she is also
buried here at Macedonia.
On October 31, 1864, Noah Miller enlisted in Co. A, 56th Infantry Regiment
North Carolina troops. On March 25, 1865 he was taken prisoner of war at
the battle of Fort Stedman, Virginia. On March 28, he was confined at the
Point Lookout, Maryland, prison where he remained three months until taking the
oath of allegiance to the United States on June 24, 1865, and then being
Name: Noah Miller ,
Residence: Alexander County, North
Enlistment Date: 31 October 1864
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
State Served: North Carolina
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 31 October
Enlisted in Company A, 56th Infantry Regiment North Carolina on 31
POW on 25 March 1865 at Fort Stedman, VA
Confined on 28
March 1865 at Point Lookout, MD
Took Oath of Allegiance on 24 June 1865 at
Point Lookout, MD
Noah’s physical description: dark complexion, blue eyes, brown hair,
5 feet 7 ½ inches tall.
Noah’s son, John A. Miller, served in the same regiment, having enlisted a
year earlier on October 18, 1863 at the age of 18. He was wounded 20 May 1864 at
Ware Bottom Church, Va., and again wounded 15 July 1864 during the Battle of
Petersburg, Va., when he lost the middle finger of his left hand due to a
gunshot. The wound eventually caused his other finger to stiffen and his
left arm to shrink until it was much smaller than his right arm.
John returned to service on 30 July 1864 and was taken prisoner of war 01
April 1865 at the battle of Five Forks, Va. He was confined 06 April
1865 at the Point Lookout prison where he was released 24 June 1865 after taking
the oath of allegiance to the United States. John took the oath the same
day as his father Noah so they probably made their way home to North Carolina
John A. Miller married Mary Laura “Polly” King, daughter of Elizabeth Betty
King and George Little. They had several children together the last being
Cleo Miller who was born about seven months after the passing of her
father. John A. Miller died 26 September 1901 and is buried here at
Macedonia. In 1905 Mary Laura “Polly” King Miller married William Franklin
Chapman, another Confederate war veteran we are honoring here today.
William was a widower when he married Polly, his first wife having been Anna
Goodnight. William and Polly Chapman had one daughter, Madalene, who
married Lawrence Jolly, however, they also raised the Miller children as
well. Cleo Miller married George Sweet and had several children, one of
which is Noah Miller’s great-granddaughter Drucilla Sweet Gwaltney, age 84, who
is attending this service with us today.
Noah Miller died in September 1882. His grave stone has been erected
beside the grave of his son, William Leander Miller, who died in 1879.
Noah’s wife, Leah Hefner Miller, was born Dec. 31, 1825 in Lincoln, now Catawba,
county and died March 23, 1897 while living near Liledoun. She is also
buried here with her husband, Noah. Many of Noah and Leah’s sons,
daughters, their husbands and wives, and grandchildren are buried here in
Macedonia Baptist cemetery.
American Civil War Soldiers
about John A Miller
Name: John A Miller
Residence: Alexander County, North Carolina
Enlistment Date: 18 October 1863
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED
Side Served: Confederacy
State Served: North
Unit Numbers: 163
Service Record: Enlisted in
Company A, 56th Infantry Regiment North Carolina on 28 July 1862.
a Private on 18 October 1863 at the age of 18
Wounded on 20 May 1864 at Ware
Bottom Church, VA
Wounded on 15 July 1864 at Petersburg, VA
Returned on 30
July 1864 (Estimated day)
POW on 01 April 1865 at Five Forks, VA
on 06 April 1865 at Point Lookout, MD
Took Oath of Allegiance on 24 June 1865
at Point Lookout, MD.
As I mentioned earlier the Millers were of German descent. My
grandfather, Jake Miller, passed away in 1944 at the age of 88 before I was
born. According to my father, Woodrow, Jake could speak German but refused
to teach it to my father when asked. My father, who was born in
1922, felt his refusal was probably because of the anti-German sentiments
which existed due to the World Wars.
Noah Miller’s children and grandchildren married into Alexander county
families of Scot-Irish, English and German descent. These family surnames
include King, Fox, Price, Teague, Cloer, Mays, Payne, Chamberlain, Deal,
Isenhour, Dyson, Dagenhart, Carrigan, Rhyne, Vickes, and Bentley.
Noah Miller’s descendants can be proud of his fulfilling his duties not
only to his family but also to the Southern cause when he was called. May
he always be remembered for this and may he eternally rest in
James W. Miller, Jr.
510 Clover Church Road
North Carolina 28630
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