The remains of Mrs. Emma Dewey Miller, widow of the late W. B. (Uncle Billy), arrived in the city last evening and were taken at once to the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Barry Miller, from where the funeral will take place at 2:30 this afternoon. She was one of the pioneer women settlers of Dallas county and was equally as well known as her distinguished husband, William Brown “Uncle Billy” Miller, as he was familiarly known, who departed this life at his home five miles south of Dallas on the fourth day of last January, after a long and useful career.

Emma Angeline Dewey MillerMrs. Emma Miller was a native of New York State and her maiden name was Dewey. Her parents, Silas H. and Amy Dewey, were married in Coopertown, New York, but early in their married life, emigrated to Ohio, where the father pursued the avocation of farming. Her grandmother on her father’s side, was a grand-daughter of the famous Lord Chancellor Hyde, and the maternal grandfather, a Wescott, was of Indian origin. Her father’s father was an active participant in the revolutionary war. Silas H. Dewey came to Texas in the 50s and in 1860, Mrs. Emma A. Miller (widow of Madison M. Miller) became W. B. Miller’s third wife. Mrs. Miller had been in feeble health for some time and a few weeks ago went to Mineral Wells in the hope of getting some relief, but she died about noon Friday. She leaves three children, Charlie, J. H. and Minnie, Senator Barry Miller’s wife.

The remains will be interred in the old family burial ground at the Family Cemetery five miles south of the city.

This March 19, 1899 Dallas Daily Times Herald article was transcribed by Jim Wheat for his Dallas County Archives collection. Photo courtesy Find a Grave.