|Sarah Jane Rich Miller (added Dec 1, 2015)|
The turmoil of John Tobin's life are beyond the scope of this post. For those interested in the details, I refer you to Ardis Parshall's excellent 2005 article “Pursue, Retake & Punish”: The 1857 Santa Clara Ambush. As for Jane, she divorced John in September 1861 after hearing about his adultery while on his mission. Later that year on December 22, 1861, she married Thomas Rudolph Miller and were apparently sealed in the endowment house on September 19th, 1863. Jane's daughter by Tobin, Ella, took the name Miller, as shown in the 1880 census. But that marriage eventually ended too. In the 1900 census Jane listed her marital status as "divorced" In addition to her daughter Ella - who had re-assumed the surname Tobin - Jane had adopted a young man named Alfred Curtis.
On October 26th 1906 Sister Miller arrived in the Southern States Mission, which was presided over by her younger brother Ben E. Rich. Her name appears once at a mission conference on January 20th, 1907, at which she spoke to the conference presidents in attendance.
One of the special features of the conference and also one of the most interesting was the remarks of Sister Sarah Jane Rich Miller, sister to Brother Rich, who is on of our lady missionaries. Sister Miller said she well remembers living in Nauvoo with her parents. She recalled vividly her being present when in the spring of 1844, Hyrum Smith, sealed her father and mother in the new and everlasting covenant. She also related the fact that she and her two brothers were kept at home by two of her father’s wives while her mother and father worked in the temple after it was completed. “My mother told me,” said Sister Miller, “that these women were father’s wives, and theý lived with us in the same house at Nauvoo.” Quoting her further she said: “When we left Nauvoo father took my mother and three of his other wives with him. One wife was unable to come with us on account of her baby being but three days old, but father went back after her and brought her with him to Mt. Pisgah, where we all lived together that winter, (1846), and in the spring of 1847, all of us started for the west arriving in
In closing her testimony Sister Miller added, “Now I don’t want you brethren to construe my remarks to mean that I am teaching you this principle, for I have no desire to do that, but these things are a few matters of the history of our Church which you ought to know. I realize too that those of us who are living eye witnesses to many of these things are very few, and that it will not be very long before we will all be gone, and it is for these reasons that I feel to give you my personal knowledge of these things.”
Sister Miller is in perfect health, and is remarkably well preserved in body. Her mind is exceptionally strong and active, and her memory clear and distinct.
Other than an indication that she was assigned to the East Tennessee Conference (of which Chattanooga was a part), there is no other mention of Sister Miller until she was released on July 20th 1907.
After her mission, Jane returned to Salt Lake where she lived with her only daughter, Ella, until her death on August 5th, 1926. Ella passed away two years later on November 29th, 1928.