Rev. A. G. Miller was the oldest son of John G. Miller and Elizabeth Gooddle, was born in Buffalo, in the State of New York, and was educated at Meadville, Pennsylvania. Bro. Miller joined the Church when he was six years of age, and for sixty-nine years was a joyful, happy and practical Christian, who had never a doubt of his conversion. Up to his death, which occurred in August, at the age of seventy-five, he was every day the same happy and trusting follower of his Lord, at all times ready to do his Master’s will, in season and out of season, anywhere, everywhere, work for Christ was his chief joy. Bro. Miller was graduated from Meadville, joined the Erie Conference, and married Miss Patty McAlmont, of Meadville, all upon the same day. In the summer of 1848 Bro. Miller was elected principal of the preparatory department of Centenary College, where he taught and gave great satisfaction until the opening of the war, when he took charge of a female school, and, continued thus employed until the war ended. Then he went upon a plantation and farmed until his death.
Bro. Miller was four times married; his second wife was Miss Blount, of Natchez; his third wife Mrs. Tabitha Gordon; and his fourth Mrs. Sarah J. Decker, who still lives at the old homestead near Jackson, Louisiana.
Bro. Miller was the most indefatigable worker ever known in this Conference and did as much preaching as any preacher in the regular work. He was very fond of young preachers and was of great service to them in going with them and assisting them in their work. He was a brave man and never failed to call things by their right names, and thus to tell people of their sins and of the wrath to come. This made him unpopular with some, but all respected him for his integrity.
Bro. Miller was a liberal man and has been known to borrow money at 10 per cent interest that he might give to the Church or to someone in need.
The last few months of his life were clouded with melancholy, and he died without giving any bright evidence of his hope, but his joyful, buoyant and consistent Christian life for near three score and ten years leaves no cloud of doubt as to where we will find him. He lived well, and, therefore, died well, and if faithful we shall clasp hands upon the eternal shore.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1888|