James Francis Miller was born August 1, 1832, in Tennessee, moved to Texas with his father in 1845 and settled in Hopkinsville, Gonzales County, Texas. He began practicing law in Gonzales about 1857.
Miller married Julia Amanda Turner Batchelor May 6, 1867, and they had one son, Francis T. Miller, born in 1874, who died at the age of eight.
Julia, born May 24, 1838, in Galveston, Texas, was the daughter of Amasa and Julia Morse Turner. Julia Amanda was the first white girl born on Galveston Island.
Miller purchased the lots in 1868, but he did not begin his Greek Revival style home, named “Walnut Ridge”, until the late 1800's. Noted architect, J. Riely Gordon, designed this magnificent home and construction was completed in 1901.
Unfortunately Miller did not live long enough to really enjoy his home. He died July 3, 1902. Julia died April 15, 1912. They are buried in the Gonzales Masonic Cemetery.