“Uncle Ephriam Miller Explains” that he is not a newlywed, from Watauga Democrat in Boone, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 3, 1916
Mr. Editor: It was a little embarrassing to me a few days since when I visited the town of Boone, to be congratulated by my any friends, among them the editor of the Democrat, as a newly married man, recognizing the fact that 37 years and 27 days had elapsed since my marriage.
On Dec. the 24th, 1878, I was married to Miss Nannie Woodring, a devoted Christian lady, whose affections I had won. Although an invalid, her wise counsel, benevolent disposition and Christian spirit made our humble home an earthly paradise for more than 16 years.
When in health she was cheerful, modest and kind, ever ready to answer duty’s call and share the grief and disappointments of her friends; in sickness calm and patient, ever willing to submit to the will of Him whom she had served. She became the mother of five children, all of whom are still living.
On the night of April 21, 1895, she was called to enjoy that rest that remains for the people of God, leaving a husband with five motherless children to battle with the trying conflicts and cold charities of the world. Amid the darkness and gloom without companion to cheer, mother to help or sister to aid, but with the help of a few good friends and the Higher Power we have moved quietly along for more than 30 years without intimating courtship or marriage to any woman.