Born: Oc­to­ber 22, 1833, Brook­lyn, Con­nec­ti­cut.

Died: No­vem­ber 2, 1913, North­field, Min­ne­so­ta (Find­a­grave; Wi­ki­pe­dia says Mex­ico Ci­ty).

Buried: Glen­dale Ce­me­te­ry, Ak­ron, Ohio.



Emily was the daugh­ter of Me­tho­dist pas­tor Tho­mas Hunt­ing­ton and Pau­li­na Clark, and wife of John Ed­win Mill­er (mar­ried 1860).

She at­tend­ed Ob­er­lin Col­lege, Ob­er­lin, Ohio. She helped ed­it The Lit­tle Cor­por­al, a child­ren’s ma­ga­zine, and in the 1890’s was Dean of Wo­men Stu­dents at North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty, Ev­an­ston, Il­li­nois.

Publications most oft­en give her name as Emi­ly Hunt­ing­ton Mill­er. We have seen her mid­dle in­i­tial (‘C’) on­ly twice. It ap­pears in the Ob­er­lin Stu­dents’ Month­ly, vol­ume 1, is­sue 1 (Shank­land & Har­mon, 1859), pag­es 156–58, on a se­cu­lar song ti­tled Ju­bi­la­ti, with Words by Miss Emi­ly C. Hunt­ing­ton.

The in­i­tial makes an­ot­her ap­pearance in The Ri­ver of Life, ed­it­ed by Hen­ry Per­kins & War­ren Bent­ley (New York; Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts; and Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Ol­iv­er Dit­son, C. H. Dit­son and Ly­on & Hea­ly, 1873), page 89, in the au­thor cre­dit for The Beau­ti­ful Home Above.

She was a pro­li­fic writ­er: In ad­di­tion to the works list­ed below, her po­em Lil­ly’s Sec­ret, which ap­peared in The Lit­tle Cor­po­ral ma­ga­zine in De­cem­ber 1865, be­came the ba­sis for the lyr­ics to the song Jol­ly Old Saint Ni­cho­las. The song has been re­cord­ed by ma­ny artists, in­clud­ing Ray Smith, Chet At­kins, Ed­dy Ar­nold, The Chip­munks, An­dy Will­iams, Anne Mur­ray, and Ca­role King.