An Inheritance of Ghosts

Walter Scott Miller and Maggie Myrtle Woods

Posted in Maggie Myrtle (Woods) Miller, Maggie Myrtle Woods, Walter Scott Miller by Gregg Mattocks on 1 January 2010

Revised 1 January 2010

Walter Scott Miller [26]

Father: Francis Milton Miller [52]

Mother: Catharine Gilley [53]

Mattocks Family Heritage entry

Maggie Myrtle Woods [27]

Father: Josiah M. Woods [54]

Mother: Mary McClain [55]

Mattocks Family Heritage entry


Walter Scott Miller [26] was born 16 December 1865 at Warsaw, Benton County, Missouri. In June 1870, Walter S., aged 4, was living with his parents at Warsaw, Lindsey Township. In 1873, his family removed to Lowry City, St. Clair County, Missouri, and shortly thereafter located on a farm nearby. About 1877, Walter was baptized and joined with the Park Grove Christian Church of St. Clair County. When Walter was old enough to drive a team, he would help his father haul firewood from the Osage River to their home. In the summer, Walter would help mow the prairie grass for hay.

In June 1880, Walter S., aged 14, was living with his parents and siblings at Butler Township, St. Clair County.

In 1890, Walter helped build the barn on the family farm.

Walter, a resident of Lowry City, married, 14 January 1891, at Clinton, Henry County, Missouri, Maggie Myrtle Woods [27], a resident of Clinton. Maggie was born 21 August 1870 at Ritchie County, West Virginia.

In June 1880, Magie, aged 9, was living with her parents at Bethlehem Township, Henry County, Missouri.

Walter’s father recorded that Walter was home on 29 July 1894.

In June 1900, Walter S., aged 35, apparently a “trucker” in dry goods, was living with his wife Maggie M., aged 29, and their three children at 2540 Wabash Avenue in the tenth ward of Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. The family was living in half a rented home, sharing the structure with the widow Mary E. Elwell and her children. The census of 1900 recorded that Maggie had given birth to five children, four of whom were still living. As their were only three children in the household and, as Walter and Maggie had only been married nine years, it is not at all clear where the fourth surviving child was living. If there was a fourth living child at this time, it seems he or she must have been living elsewhere, perhaps because of a grave illness. By the time of the 1910 census, Walter and Maggie reported only three living children.

In April 1910, Walter, a salesman at a dry goods store, aged 44, was living with his wife Maggie, aged 38, and their three children, in a rented home at Lowry City, Butler Township. The census of that year recorded that Maggie had given birth to three children, all living.

On 4 March 1911, Walter was appointed postmaster at the Lowry City Post Office.

In 1920, Walter S., a carpenter, aged 54, was renting a home with his wife, Maggie M., aged 49, and living with children Emma and Roy in the second ward of Copan, Washington County, Oklahoma. Also in the household was niece Virginia K. Woods, aged 5, and born in Oklahoma.

In April 1930, Walter S., a postmaster, aged 64, was living with his wife Maggie M., a post office clerk, aged 59, on Chestnut Avenue in Copan. Also in the household was niece Virginia K. Woods, aged 16. The Millers owned their home, which was valued at $1500.

Walter Scott Miller died 23 November 1935 at Copan. He was buried at Sunnyside Cemetery at Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas.

Maggie Myrtle Miller died 23 January 1946, reportedly at Pawhuska, Osage County, Oklahoma. She was buried alongside her husband at Sunnyside Cemetery.

Children of Walter Scott and Maggie Myrtle (Woods) Miller:

  • 26.1. Vida Catherine [13].
  • 26.2. Emma Jewel.
  • 26.3. —–, died by 1900.
  • 26.4. Perhaps —–, living in 1900, died by 1910.
  • 26.5. Walter Leroy.


  • 1870 United States Census, Benton County, Missouri, (M593-759-303).
  • 1880 United States Census, St. Clair County, Missouri, (T9-714-342).
  • 1900 United States Census, Jackson County, Missouri, (T623-864-144B).
  • 1900 United States Census, Jackson County, Missouri, (T623-864-145A).
  • 1910 United States Census, St. Clair County, Missouri, (T624-801-182).
  • 1920 United States Census, Washington County, Oklahoma, (T625-1490-206).
  • 1930 United States Census, Washington County, Oklahoma, Enumeration District 10, page 3B (T626-1938).
  • —, Walter S. Miller and Maggie M. Miller gravestone, Sunnyside Cemetery, Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas.
  •, Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 [database on-line] (Provo, Utah: Operations Inc., 2007), apparently from a record book of Henry County, Missouri, marriage licenses, circa 1891, page 165, (original data from Missouri Marriage Records [Jefferson City, Missouri: Missouri State Archives, microfilm]).
  • Luster Earl Colley notes.
  • HLusher9415, “Lusher & Best Family Tree 2009,” at (subscription site), accessed 1 January 2010. Other family trees at contain similar unsourced information.
  • Francis Milton Miller, Autobiography, unpublished manuscript, circa 1913, from the Luster Earl Colley genealogical collection.
  • Sharon Murray, Lowry City Quasquicentennial 1871-1996 (Lowry City, Missouri: Osage Chigger Publishing Company, 1996), page 155.