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.