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Miller, Andrew Jackson

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Miller, Andrew Jackson
March 15, 2007 06:00PM
1844-1943" by Wendell H. Rone. Probably published in 1944 by
Messenger Job Printing Co., Inc., Owensboro, Kentucky, pp. 338-339.
Used by permission. [Daviess]

ANDREW JACKSON MILLER, D.D.: This highly esteemed brother was one of
the ablest and most useful preachers in the Green River country during
his generation. He was the youngest of four sons of Andrew Miller, a
poor but intelligent, pious farmer, and was born in what is now LaRue
County, Ky.; January 7, 1839. While he was a small boy his parents
moved to Ohio County, where they brought up their children in the
nurture and admonition of the Lord. Of their four sons, William, the
oldest, was an efficient deacon, Richland H. the second was a faithful
minister in Gasper River Association. Allen R., the third, became the
well known and beloved Dr. A. B. Miller of whom something is said in a
previous sketch, and A. J. the fourth, was the earnest, talented, and
consecrated subject of this sketch.
A. J. Miller was raised on a small farm in what was then
regarded as the backwoods section of Ohio County, and at the age of
twenty was much better skilled in the art of hunting than in the use
of books. He was converted under the preaching of his brother, A. B.
Miller, then a licentiate, about the year 1856, and was baptized into
the fellowship of Mt. Zion Church by Elder Alfred Taylor. In 1858,
this same church licensed him to preach. His brother, A. B. Miller,
then pastor at Hickman, Ky., assumed the charge of his education, and
after keeping him in school for some time, sent him to Madison College
in West Tennessee.
On his return from college he was ordained by Mt. Zion Church to
the pastoral care of Cool Spring Church in Ohio County, in the year
1861, Elders Alfred Taylor, A. B. Miller, and R. H. Miller serving as
In 1864, he took charge of the church at Henderson where he
remained one year. Next we find him in Hart County as pastor of Three
Forks of Bacon Creek Church. Having been married to Miss Ella Hix of
Hebbardsville, Ky., he next located in Nelson County and took charge
of New Hope, Hardins Creek, and Bethlehem Churches in Washington
County, and Mill Creek in Nelson. In this field he achieved a
brilliant success, and acquired the reputation of being an able and
excellent pastor and preacher. In 1868, he moved back to Henderson
County, where he took the pastoral care of Bethel Church, and
subsequently, and at different periods, that of Grave Creek, Pleasant
Valley, Zion and others. Here he labored with great zeal and energy
about six years and accomplished a glorious work for the Master.
About 1874, he moved to Carrollton, Missouri, and took charge of the
Baptist Church there.
While in this pastorate he brought about the celebrated debate
between the Methodist giant of his day, Dr. Jacob Ditzler, and the
Baptist theological giant, Dr. J. R. Graves of Memphis, Tenn.
In 1877, he returned to Kentucky and resumed the pastoral care
of Zion Church in Henderson County, giving a portion of his time to
Cloverport Church but later he resigned this work to give all his
time to the care of the Zion Church. In 1879 he sustained a badly
crushed body in a fall from his buggy. The wounds appeared to be
healed in due time but he was so weakened and emaciated that he never
fully recovered his health. His lungs became diseased and he
gradually declined until the 7th of December, 1883, when the Master
took him home to Himself.
A. J. and A. B. Miller were uncles of Elder J. N. Jarnagin. Dr.
A. J. was a man of marked individuality, a bold original thinker, and
a fearless uncompromising advocate of his opinions. He neither sought
nor shunned controversy, but held himself in readiness to teach his
doctrines fearlessly or to debate them if they were controverted.
His zeal and activity were notable; he kept well up with the times
and was boldly aggressive. During a ministry of 25 years he preached
4,175 sermons, besides engaging in several public debates and making
addresses on various subjects. He was an easy and remarkably rapid
writer, and contributed largely to the periodical literature of his
time. His last work was a review of the doctrine and polity [sic] of the
Episcopal Church, in a series of letters addressed to R. S. Barrett,
rector of the Episcopal parish of Henderson, Ky., and published in
the American Baptist Flag.
But the great work of his life was in leading sinners to the
Cross, in which he was more than ordinarily successful.
His labors were mainly in Ohio, Daviess, and Henderson Counties.
He served Pleasant Grove, Daviess County, 1870-1874 and 1880-1882;
Bethabara, Daviess County, 1882-1883. Dr. Miller died while pastor at

Miller Taylor Hix Ditzler Graves Jarnagin Barrett
Larue Hickman-Fulton TN Henderson Hart Nelson Washington MO

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