Miller-Moore Family Papers, 1891-1985

Miller-Moore Family Papers, 1891-1985

Abstract: Correspondence, papers, and photographs relating to the Miller-Moore family, including Thomas Miller, Lewis Miller, Esther Miller Dagenett, Ethel Miller Moore, and Virginia Moore Underhill. Also contains some administrative records of Lewis I. Moore, who served as councilperson, Second Chief, and Chief of the Miami Tribe during the 1970s-1980s.

Physical Description: 0.5 cubic feet (1 box).

Scope & Content: Materials in this collection include photographs, correspondence, photocopied reference material, newspaper clippings, military records, genealogical records, and administrative records of the Miami Tribe Business Committee. There is a small amount of material related to Indian Schools, including the Chilocco Indian School and the Carlisle Indian School. The span dates assigned to this collection indicates the dates of some original materials that have been photocopied and/or microfilmed. The earliest original document held in this collection is from 1891, Esther Miller Dagenett's business college tuition receipt and scholarship certificate. The most recent records included in the collection are related to Lewis I. Moore's service on the Miami Tribe Business Committee during the 1980s.

This collection is separated into six series. The series are as follows:
Series 1. Photographs, c. 1888-1980s
Series 2. Personal Papers of Esther Miller Dagenett, 1891-1940
Series 3: General Family Papers, 1845-1980
Series 4. Personal Papers of Lewis Ira Moore, 1945 and undated
Series 5. Administrative Papers of Lewis Ira Moore, 1963-1985
Series 6. 3-dimensional Objects, undated

The Miller-Moore family ancestry descends from the patriarch Thomas Miller, or Mihtohseenia (also spelled Me-to-sen-yah, with other variants). Thomas Miller was the Chief of the Miami Tribe from 1800-1800. This was an important time for the Myaamiaki, as they relocated from Kansas to Indian Territory. Miller was the last Chief that the Miami had while they were in Kansas, though he passed on before the actual relocation. During his time as Chief, Thomas Miller was a strong advocate for his people. He and Second Chief David Geboe travelled to Washington, D.C. to discuss the issues facing the Miami Tribe at the time. Correspondence related to this trip has been kept by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and copies of this material can be found in this collection in Series 3, Folder 6.

Thomas Miller had a daughter, named Esther. She has also been attributed with the name Assanzankwa, meaning Sunshine Woman. Esther married Charles E. Dagenett, the grandson of Wea chief Christmas Dagenett and Mary Ann Isaacs Dagenett. Both Esther and Charles attend and graduated from the Carlisle Indian School. Charles became an influential government agent, working as the Supervisor of Indian Employment for the U. S. government. He often worked in New Mexico and Colorado. Esther was a teacher, and taught in several area Indian Schools. Thomas Miller also had a son, Lewis W. Lewis married Mary Emma Dagenett, a sister to Charles. Both Lewis and his sister Esther, along with Lewis' first daughter Ethel, were allotted lands when the Miami Tribe was relocated to Indian Territory. Together, Lewis and his wife had one daughter, Ethel Agnes, and two sons, Clarence William and Lewis Edward, who was sometimes called Edward Lewis. Lewis W. Miller died at the young age of 35, in 1896. Ethel Agnes Miller (1889-1973) married Thomas Ira Moore, and had eight children: Clarence 'Bud' Moore, Pearl (Moore) Goomda, Emma (Moore) Baty, Virginia (Moore) Underhill, Esther (Moore) Jay, and Mary Elizabeth (Moore) Cline, Lewis Ira Moore and Luetta Moore.

Like many Miami families, the Miller-Moore family is descended from both Peoria and Miami bloodlines. When the Miami were awarded judgment funds in the 1970s, many individuals had to make a determination of which tribe to officially belong to. It was Ethel who made the decision to keep her family on the Miami rolls. Throughout the years, the Miller-Moore family has been active in tribal matters. In 1978, they donated part of Ethel's allotment land to the tribe for the construction of a meeting house. Since its dedication in 1978, the Tribal Longhouse, as it was known, served as a meeting place, a cafeteria, ceremonial grounds, and a classroom, among many other events held on the premises. In 2008, the Longhouse was re-dedicated as the Ethel Miller Moore Cultural Education Center.

Printed finding available upon request.

There are no access restrictions on this collection. The MHMA does not hold copyright for this material. Users are responsible for acting in accordance with the United States Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C).

All materials have been digitized and are available as digital images.

Items in Collection: 
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Family Records
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Clarence William Miller on Navy submarine with dog.
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Photo Print of Thomas Ira Moore.
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Clarence 'Bud' Moore, Pearl (Moore) Goomda, Emma (Moore) Baty, and Virginia (Moore) Underhill.
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Reportedly includes Lewis Edwin Miller, possibly sitting second from the right.
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Miller-Moore family photograph taken at funeral of Thomas Moore, March 1960.
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Lewis Edward (Edward Lewis or "Ed") Miller. Galena, Kansas.
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Charles E. and Esther (Miller) Dagenett in front of house, 1928.
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Charles E. Dagenett in front of home.
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Lewis Moore on allotted lands.
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Ethel and Lewis Moore by car.
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Emma (Moore) Baty and John Baty by car.
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Lewis Moore at age fourteen with two dogs.
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Ethel (Miller) Moore by peony bushes.
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Goomda Family: Howard, Ethel, Pearl, David.
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Vivian Moore, Lewis Moore; Pearl, David, and Ethel Goomda.