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Biography: Andrew Barnwell Miley, Sr. born January 20, 1818

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Covington County, Alabama

Andrew Barnwell Miley was born January 20, 1818, in Barnwell, Barnwell County, South Carolina, the son of Robert Miley and Elizabeth Smoak. Elizabeth was the 2nd wife of Robert Miley and he died the same year Andrew was born.

Andrew married Martha Caroline McKinney on April 12, 1835, in South Carolina She died  and he married her sister, Mary A. McKinney.

Andrew was commissioned a Lt. Col. In the 60th Regiment, 1st Battallion of Covington County, Alabama on October 15, 1846. He served as County Court Judge from May 1, 1849, to May 6, 1850.

He was ordained as a member of the Baptist church and was the pastor of the Bethel Primitive Baptist Church for a number of years after 1855.

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He acquired considerable land and in the 1860 census, his real estate was worth $1,300 and personal property $4,388.

When Civil War broke out, he enlisted in an Alabama volunteer regiment in the Confederate service, he having removed to that state some years before, and early in the war was wounded. When he recovered from his injuries, he rendered further service to the Confederacy as a lieutenant colonel in the recruiting branch, and continued thus engaged until the close of hostilities. When the war closed, like many of his fellow Southerners, Reverend Miley made his way to Texas to escape the hardships and indignities of the Reconstruction period and settled at Bastrop. He became widely known and greatly beloved by the members of his congregation, and when he died, in 1896, the ministry lost one of its most zealous members. Andrew Barnwell Miley is believed to be buried in Fairview Cemetery in Bastrop, Texas where his wife is buried.

Children of Andrew and his first wife Martha are believe to be:

  1. Robert Barnwell Miley (Jan 10, 1836 S.C. – d. Jun 7, 1862 Egypt, Miss) served as a 2nd lieutenant in Company B, 25th Alabama infantry and was killed near Egypt, Mississipi in 1862.
  2. Mary Eliazabeth Miley (Nov. 27, 1837 S. C. – d. September 2, 1922)
  3. Marthey Susanah Miley (b. Jan 29, 1841 S. C.)
  4. Rebecca Isabel Miley (b. Mar 4, 1839 S. C. – d. Aug 3, 1840)
  5. Caroline Elinder Miley (b. Aug. 8, 1843 – d. November 5, 1847)
  6. James Washington Miley (b. December 25, 1844 Alabama – d. Jun 7, 1863 Montgomery, Alabama)
  7. Sarah Jane Miley (b. July 31, 1846 Alabama – d. 1929 Comanche Co., TX) married John V. Carter 2nd Ed R. Bryan

Children of Andrew and Mary are believed to be

  1. Margaret Delilah Miley (Nov. 28, 1847 – d. aft. 1886 TX) married Lewis Russell
  2. Andrew Barnwell “Barney” Miley ( Oct 6, 1849 Covington Co., AL – d. 1898 Manila, Philippines) married Rebecca Gregg Reid – served as a first lieutenant in Captain Gantt’s Company, 4th Alabama Volunteers.
  3. Anna Caroline Miley – twin of Andrew (Oct. 6, 1849 Covington Co., AL – Jan 30, 1872) married Frank H. Perkins
  4. Nancy Cathryn Miley (Jun 16, 1852 Covington Co., AL – Sep 14, 1936 Whitney Hill, TX) married James Ashall Reid
  5. Mandy Adaline Miley ( Jan 5, 1854 AL – Feb 16, 1854 AL)
  6. Frances Ursula Miley (Jan 13, 1855 Covington Co., AL – March 28, 1921 Caldwell Co., TX) married James Pruett Jeffrey
  7. Lucinda Ellen Miley (Jan 12, 1857 Covington Co., AL – Jan 1, 1953 ) married George Brandon
  8. Malissa Abigail Miley (Sep 19, 1859 Alabama – Nov. 30, 1897 Bastrop Co., TX married J. C. Woods
  9. William Jefferson Miley (July 5, 1861Covington Co., AL – Mar 8, 1927 Bastrop Co., TX) married Frances Marietta Green
  10. Emma Lee Miley (b. Feb. 26, 1865 Covington Co., AL – Jun 16, 1894 Bastrop Co., TX married George W. Davis

His wife, Mary A. (McKinney) Miley died on Jun 27, 1875 in Bastrop County, Texas.

Andrew married again to Avarilla Dollahite Ray, a native of Tennessee. They had a son:

  1. John Henry Miley (1878-1944) – His biography follows:

High on the roll of Oklahoma lawyers was found the name of John Henry Miley. (1878-1944) A native of the Southwest, he passed his entire career in this part of the country. He was  a resident of Oklahoma from 1909, and from March, 1913, the incumbent of several important positions, such as assistant attorney general and justice of the state supreme court of his adopted state. Miley was born at Bastrop, Texas, February 23, 1878, and was the son of Rev. Andrew B. and Avarilla (Dollahite) Miley.

The early education of John Henry Miley was secured in the public schools of Rockdale, Texas, following which he entered the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, from which he was graduated in June 1896, with the degree of Bachelor of Science, having taken a full course in civil engineering. After his graduation for about one year, he was a bookkeeper for the firm of Scarborough & Hicks, of Austin, Texas, then returning to Bastrop, where he was elected county surveyor of Bastrop County. He decided to take up the study of law and accordingly began to read in the office of Orgain & Garwood, of Bastrop, of which firm Judge Garwood was the general attorney of the Sunset-Central Lines.

Admitted to the bar June 19, 1899, Mr. Miley practiced at Bastrop, and shortly thereafter entered into a partnership with Judge Paul D. Page under the firm style of Page & Miley, with offices at Bastrop and Smithville, Texas. This association continued as one of the strong combinations of Bastrop County, until July 1909, when it was mutually dissolved, Mr. Miley at that time removing to Shawnee, Oklahoma, where he continued in the general practice of the law until his appointment, March 15, 1913, to the office of special assistant to the attorney general of the United States.

He was placed in charge of the litigation affecting the title to the Seminole Indian Allotted Lands and continued as assistant United States attorney general until January 11, 1915, when he was appointed by Atty. Gen. S. P. Freeling, to the position of assistant attorney general of Oklahoma, a capacity in which he had charge of much of the more important litigation of the department, particularly that pertaining to the regulation of corporation, taxation, and the public and school lands.

Mr. Miley won his position fairly and brought to his duties a profound knowledge of law and jurisprudence and a conscientious regard of the responsibilities of public service that are, a part of his inheritance from his sturdy Scotch-Irish ancestors who emigrated to South Carolina among the first colonists. He belonged to the various organizations of his profession and was well known in club, and fraternal life, while in politics he wielded a distinct influence. With his wife and children, he was a communicant of the Episcopal Church.

On October 13, 1901, Mr. Miley  married to Miss Stella B. Warner, daughter of Capt. John T. Warner and Jennie Warner, of Baseville (sic), Arkansas. She died December 6, 1905, leaving one daughter, Cora Avarilla. On June 12, 1907, Mr. Miley was again married, being united with Miss Cora May Brown, daughter of Mrs. Emma G. Brown, of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and they had one son, Lt. William Harvey Miley. The family home was at No. 510 East 10th Street, Oklahoma City.

Mr. John Henry Miley died at the age of 66 in 1944 in Oklahoma.



  1. Chronicle of Oklahoma – Necrologies (Transcribed by Nelda Rowland, November 19, 1998)
  2. Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Oct. 23, 1944 page 1
  3. Find A Grave Memorials # 38262239  # 41324433 # 41324065 # 38262211# 112130321# 80718665# 41044828# 41323788
  4. The Heritage of Covington County, Alabama; census records; and written histories on Covington County.
  5. Andrew Barnwell Miley (b. January 20, 1819, d. November 12, 1896)



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