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Below you see the "last will and testament" of Jesse E. Miller.  It is dated May 16, 1889.  It is signed by his X mark. Jane, his wife also could not write her name. Apparently, the Millers received educations according to their economic situation, their gender and their order of birth in the family.  Jesse was the oldest of his father Joseph's sons.  I am sure that Millers were just a independent then as they are today.  We know that Jesse's son, Silas, was educated and was a schoolteacher.