Jacob E. Miller

Room Features

  • Standard Size Room with private bath
  • Queen Size Bed with decorative fireplace
  • TV
  • Phone
  • Wireless Internet
  • Hairdryers
$99 per night ~ double occupancy


Jacob Eastman Miller was born in Hawkins County on December 17, 1813, son of John and Cynthia Charles Miller, grandson of Peter & Sybil Pitzer Miller. Peter & Sybil Miller settled on Miller’s Island in the Holston River in 1780. Their journey started in Pennsylvania where their children were born, stopped off for a while in Virginia and eventually came down the Holston River into Hawkins County. More…

Their oldest son, Jacob, settled on the north side of the Holston River on land presently (or recently) owned by Neil Miller in the area known as Yellow Store (for the general store that once stood nearby). He served in the 13th General Assembly of the Tennessee State Legislature and was active in the Surgoinsville community. Their son, John, settled on the south side of the Holston River and owned land later occupied by his son. The area is on Honeycutt Road and has in times past been known as Chambers Bottom.

Their daughter, Polly, married Henry Burem. They also settled on the banks of the Holston River in the area of the present Webster farm on Burem Road. Jacob Miller, whose nickname was “Hogback”,  was a business man and was President of the Bank of Tennessee in Rogersville. He served as Sheriff of Hawkins County from 1844-1846 and in 1847 was elected to a term as Representative in the 27th Tennessee General Assembly. During the Civil War he was Captain of a Home Guard unit formed in 1863 known as the “Beech Creek Jerkers”.

Late in the war, when Union soldiers gained control of the area, Confederate soldiers/sympathizers were forced to leave the County to avoid physical harm or death and Jacob went to Grayson County, Virginia. In December 1864, his oldest son left his unit, 19th Tennessee Infantry CSA, to take his stepmother to Virginia to bring Jacob home. He was very ill with “dropsey” (swelling of feet and legs) indicating that he had probably had a heart attack and was suffering from congestive heart failure as a result. The trip in winter was long and arduous to get to him, and Daniel feared the journey home would be very difficult. Jacob did not live to make the trip and died on December 23 1864 in Virginia.