Biography of Samuel Millett (1801-1863)


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Biography of Samuel Millett,
San Jacinto Veteran

Samuel Millett was the husband of Clementina Bartlett.
This biography of Samuel Millett  is taken from typewritten sheets
in a folder marked "Millett and Lane Family History" in box 2.325/F50, Millett (Tex.) Collection,
at the Center for American History, University of Texas, Austin.
It is a typescript of an article by Willie Mae Weinert published in
Seguin [Texas] Enterprise on February 19, 1937
and republished on page 29 of
Historical Sketches, Seguin Centennial.
Obvious transcription errors have been corrected.
The "brick bed" around his grave had disappeared by the fall of 1997.
To see photographs of his grave marker (which may take a while to load), click here.

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This veteran of San Jacinto is sleeping his last long sleep in Riverside Cemetery at Seguin. His is the grave built up like a brick bed and inside this brick bed are markers to the memory of Samuel Millett and his daughter. This marker is unusual. It was erected in 1863 before the days of the establishing of the Woodmen Lodge in Texas; but it greatly resembles markers now used by Woodmen to mark graves of their departed members. The marker reads:

In Memory of Samuel Millett
Born in Maine
Came to Texas 1827
Died Nov. 11, 1863
Peace I Leave With You. John 14 - 27.

Mrs. Clementine Millett, his wife, died in Fort Worth Feb. 1, 1903, at the age of 92. In 1885 while living in Kansas, she applied for a veterans donation certificate. This Millett family, according to Miss Jennie Hollamon, consisted of Eugene, Alonzo and Leonidas, twin brothers; Mary, Lollie, Allie and Hiram. Allie died at 16 and Leonidas was killed at the Battle of Gaines Mill in Va.  He was a member of Co. D, 4th Texas. Mrs. Millett was an early pioneer and would tell the children of Miss Jennie's childhood thrilling tales of early days in Texas and the war for independence. Mrs. Millett was very close by during the Battle of San Jacinto, within hearing of the guns.

Samuel Millett was a member of Austin's Colony. During the Texas Revolution he served under Capt. Mosely Baker and was in this company when took part in Battle of San Jacinto.

He received Donation Certificate No. 222 for his part in this battle.  The deed records of Harris County show that Mr. and Mrs. Millett lived in Harris County in 1840. Mrs. Millett was a Miss Clementine Bartlett before her marriage to Mr. Millett.

In the letters of Miss Jennie Hollamon, published in the Seguin Enterprise many years ago, she writes of Mr. Millett thus:

"Near Mr. Wright sat Mr. Millett, a small, quiet, natural man who now and then wiped his face with his red silk bandana. He was a good citizen and lived with his family in a 2-story concrete house on the present site of the Lutheran Church. A few years later he died with cancer. His home in town was burned in 1867 after the Milletts had moved to their farm seven miles North of town."

The above quotation is from a description of the Baptist Church and its members....

Millett farm mentioned is now home of Chas. Weinert and is near Navarro High School. There is an old concrete or adobe house still standing on this Millett farm.

This farm was a lovely place to visit before the Civil War, and Anne, whom we remember as "Crazy Anne", was a slave of the Milletts.

There was even a school maintained by the Milletts at the farm and Miss Mary Millett taught the children of the Neighborhood.

In the record of his life the pages bear no stain nor any memory other than that of an honest, God-fearing, Christian gentleman.

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