GALVESTON, April 14.-Robert Mills, one of the most remarkable of Texas citizens, died in this city to-day, aged seventy-nine. Prior to the war of the revolution, he was considered one of the wealthiest planters in the south. His slaves and plantations were valued at $3,000,000. He was well-known throughout the south as the “Duke of Brazoria.” President Lincoln’s proclamation emancipated 1,000 selected slaves belonging to Mills, and resulted in his financial ruin, from which he never entirely recovered.
Source: The Columbus Enquirer-Sun, Columbus, Georgia, Sunday Morning, April 15, 1888; Pg. 1