Sixteen-year-old Alsey Silvanus Miller traveled alone to Texas in the fall of 1836. After a short stay in Washington County, he made Oak Forest in Gonzales County his home. Alsey participated in the Battle of Plum Creek on August 12, 1840. He was one of the few survivors of the Dawson Massacre in Bexar County on September 12, 1842. Governor Hansboro Bell commissioned him as a major in 1850 for his service to Texas. In 1862 he was a member of Terry’s Texas Rangers.
Alsey married his first wife Permelia King on April 7, 1842. They had seven children before her death in 1856. He married Sarah Elizabeth “Lizzie” Nichols-Miller in 1867 they had three children that survived. She and her last child died one month apart in 1874. Alsey became a prosperous cattle rancher in Gonzales County. He died at his daughter Zillah Houston’s home near Oak Forest on July 22, 1885. He is buried between both wives in the King Cemetery near Oak Forest.