Thursday, 02 January 2014 07:30

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This blog entry shall deal with finalizing, almost, the lands of Elder Daniel Miller (1755-1822).  Elder Daniel owned land that today lies along the Upper Bear Creek Road of Miami township, Montgomery county, Ohio.  When he owned it, and prior to that, the land was owned by Elder Jacob Miller (ca. 1838-1815).  Normally to plat land it is fairly easy to transcribe a single deed and overlay that onto high-quality scans of the Montgomery County, Ohio Atlas of 1875.  In this instance it is difficult as that particular section, in 1875 versus the early 18th Century, had been cut up into differing tracts.  In other words, it was not easily done because of intervening deeds.  To rectify this it fell upon me to pull all the deeds, at least those that were recorded for this section, which led to some discoveries.

Land plat of Miami township, Montgomery county, OhioWhile transcribing the land sale of Elder Jacob Miller to Elder Daniel Miller it soon became apparent that to properly plat the land of Daniel Miller, all of the deeds for the section of note would have to be pulled, transcribed, and platted.  Fortunately there are no unrecorded deeds as that does happen at times.  The deeds that were pulled were for Johann Baumann, alias “Deacon John” Bowman Sr. (ca. 1740-ca. 1830), Johann Heinrich Gebhart (ca. 1776-1821), Abraham Troxell (1770-1845), and, Daniel Bowser Sr. (ca. 1746-1831).  I already had the deed of sale to Daniel Miller.  This entire section, at the time (1808) of the sales, was in Jefferson township, but when Miami township was created it became a part of it.  Elder Jacob Miller, while living in Clermont county, Ohio, obtained the section from the federal government on July 28, 1801, the first land purchase by him that is known of.

It had not previously been known that this prominent elder of the church, Jacob Miller (ca. 1738-1815), had been any place other than Franklin county, Virginia, and Montgomery county, Ohio.  Though the patent record gives his place of residence as being Hamilton county, research indicates he was actually living in the northeastern portion of Clermont county, likely for only a short period.

It was in this locale, Clermont county, that he would meet the “English Preacher,” Samuel Boltin (ca. 1767-ca. 1839), who tho' not stated as such, was part of the underlying problems necessitating the Virginia Conference of 1811.  It was this event which divided the church of Montgomery county.  That Elder Miller had been, for an undetermined span of time, in the more southern extremes of Ohio is a logical conclusion involving Samuel Boltin and an odd record or two in Clermont county.  That Samuel Boltin had been a minister in the church was seemingly purposely overlooked when The History of the Church of the Brethren of the Southern District of Ohio was penned in the late 1910's and early 1920's.

Initially, when I first discovered Bro. Boltin, in plain sight in The History of Montgomery County, Ohio (1882), other Brethren historians scoffed at the concept.  An English preacher in the early church in connection with the sainted Elder Jacob Miller.  Preposterous!!!  However, slowly it became apparent that even in historical material published by the Brethren, mostly involving congregations further west in Ohio and in Indiana, it was found that Samuel Boltin was in fact a minister of the church.  A certain vindication of good research and logical skills.

Samuel's connection with the church extends back into Morrison's Cove of Bedford county, Pennsylvania, and down into Kentucky where Philip Jacob Miller had moved with his family.  Bro. Boltin moved from the Cove to Kentucky, following them once again into northern Clermont county and southern Warren county region.  Then, possibly as early as 1802, he followed Elder Jacob Miller to what became Jefferson township, Montgomery county, Ohio.  Brother Boltin's children became members of the Christian Church.

Aerial view of Miami township, Montgomery county, OhioHaving now created the graphic seen to the right, it will be the basis of some serious images to be created overlaying the Miami township plate from the Combination Atlas Map of Montgomery County, Ohio (1875).  All-in-all the process took me two days to transcribe the deeds, create the metes and bounds images, and finally, to create the overlays for township plate.  It looks fairly decent and from this will be lifted an image for insertion into an article discussing Elder Daniel Miller's holdings.  Next on the agenda tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 4), is to do the same thing for a tract of land that no one was ever aware of Daniel having owned.  Though the land is mentioned, albeit not specifically, within Daniel's estate, I may not be able to obtain the lawsuit that was filed by the administrator's of his estate.

It has now been slightly over a week since I began this Discussion and the researching, graphics creation and writing have progressed well.  The compendium now encompasses in excess of 5,600 words with nearly a dozen maps and other images.  It is suspected that when completed the article will be in excess of 7,000 words.  All of the lands of Elder Daniel Miller having been discussed, and there were some surprises found within them.  I have moved on to his singular tract of land in Adams township of Darke county, Ohio.  This set of deeds is also convoluted.  And before I forget, by careful study of the Beers History of Montgomery County, Ohio (1882) some new-found information involving both Elder Daniel Miller and David Bowman (1775-1860) that sheds new light on Jefferson township, Montgomery county, Ohio and the German Baptist Brethren therein.

To date those I have written about, those mostly ancillary to the topic of discussion, include: Daniel Bowser (ca. 1780-1813), Daniel Bowser (ca. 1750-ca. 1827), John Ewing (1756-1817), Heinrich Mäyer (ca. 1757-1804), alias Henry Moyer, Myers, etc., son of Johannes Mäyer, John Waggoner (1760-1818), Michael Myers (ca. 1761-1838), Abraham Miller, Turpin Rentro (ca. 1773-1808), Alexander Scott (1762-1844), Abraham Troxell (1770-1845), John Poffenberger (1838-1903), John Cripe (ca. 1744-1814), Widdows Henderson (1790-1869), Catherine Conway (ca. 1787-1869), Sarah Sulgrove (ca. 1773-1810), Jesse Harlan (ca. 1760-aft. 1794) Achsah Harlan (1790-1865), Joseph Bechdole (1790-1866), Abraham Kearns (1823-1897), alias Karns, Karnes, etc., John Wieland, George Weiland, William P. Blair (1810-1877); Daniel's son Jacob Miller (1776-1858), his wife Elizabeth Metzger (1771-1832); Abraham Hanes (1789-1864), alias Haines; Jacob Bargesser (ca. 1747-1840), alias Bergeser, etc., his sister Gertrude Bargesser (ca. 1745-????), her husband Christian Kemp (1715-1790), Gertrude's daughter Susannah Kemp (1771-1843), her husband John Miller (1766-1824), their children: Elizabeth Miller (1793-1877), Barbara Miller (1795-1843), Daniel Miller (1802-1887) and Samuel Miller (1812-1892); alias Kempf, Henry Shideler (1793-1879), Adam Stiver (1767-1851), Johan Caspar Stoever (1707-1779), Elder Daniel Miller's wife, Elizabeth Ulrich (1752-1834); Philip Mikesell (1761-1834), George Hoobler, Michael Hoobler (1767-1849), Henry Becker (1790-1851), Elder David Bowman (1775-1860); George Kuntz (1773-1842), alias Kuns, Kuhns, etc., his wife Elizabeth Cripe (1773-1854); Philip Huiet (1754-1846), Thomas Jefferson Eby (1843-1937); William Farmer (1779-1848), his wife Prudence Sanders (1786-1836); Elder Daniel Miller's sons, David Miller (1781-1855) and John Miller (1787-1856); James A. Riely (1796-1874), alias Riley, Abraham Hess (1780-1866), John Ehrstine (1768-1855), John Bowman (1809-1890), Jacob Weybright (1789-1865), Peter Hoffman (1802-1867).  There are others, and will be more, but within the commentaries of the material I felt it not expedient to relate any dates.

As can hopefully be realized from the preceding words, the article being prepared — Montgomery County, Ohio: The Lands of Elder Daniel Miller (1755-1822) of the German Baptist Brethren Church — encapsulates a lot of documented research bolstered with images and writing.  There are even several facts not previously in evidence for this early Brethren leader in the Miami Valley of Ohio.

While working on this aforementioned Miller material I was also able to devote some time to a test bed project involving a newsletter of The Studebaker Family National Association.  Also, I processed the ninety-four items contained with the estate of Daniel Bowser Jr. (ca. 1770-1813) which also includes his original will.  Tentative steps were taken to process the estate of Stephen Miller (1775-1851), son of Daniel Miller.  I say tentative because the estate contains a hundred and forty scans and is a very convoluted estate with multiple accounting settlements.

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A. Wayne Webb

A long time historian of the German Baptist Brethren church, and its more modern derivative bodies, Mr. Webb has moved on to become a recognized authority in digitally archiving manuscripts, both published works as well as singular documents.  He served as the Editor of Brethren Roots, 2002 to 2008, as published by The Fellowship of Brethren Genealogists.  To that end he has created and maintains a series of Internet web sites devoted to his passion, German Baptist Brethren history.

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  • Comment Link Vicky Krogg Saturday, 18 January 2014 22:15 posted by Vicky Krogg

    Hello Wayne:

    There was land deeded to Samuel Boltin too by Jacob Miller.  Have spent time with Elder Gale Honeyman at the Brethren Center. &nbspAs you were correct about my connection to my 5th great grandfather Samuel Boltin, the Englisher. Am still searching.


    Notice that in my writings I have never referred to Samuel Bolton, alias Boltin, as anything other than as Bro. Bolton. Never have I referred to him as an Elder of the church. Why you may ask? Because nothing has ever surfaced indicating he was. While it my be possible; we know that one "Englisher" preacher associated with Elder Miller, William Smith, did become an elder of the church, this most likely did not occur 'til Bro. Smith moved to Indiana.

    As for Gale, he is not an elder in the church. An Elder Statesman for Brethren history, assuredly so. But not of the church. As for the land transaction you are referring to, where do you think Gale learned of it? Think real, real hard now.

    It took me nearly a year of lovingly beating Gale about the head and shoulders for him to slowly come to the realization that Samuel Bolton was a minister in the church. He was relying too much on the Southern District of Ohio Church of the Brethren history of the 1920s, which never mentions Samuel Bolton. And this was on purpose by the editors of that work. I make that comment because in the same section wherein it discussed Elder Jacob Miller it also discusses Samuel Bolton. In short, it was a conscious decision decided upon by the editors that since Samuel was an "Englisher" he did not figure into the much vaunted picture being painted of Elder Miller and the early church.

    It was only once Gale started actively looking that he found references to Samuel Bolton in other Brethren works. He was listed in those other works clearly as having been a minister of the church in Montgomery county, Ohio. There are still some in Brethren circles of today that take affront to my findings. I am not creating history, I am rediscovering history that has been lost. Much as my present research concerning Elder Daniel Miller. No one ever knew that he had been a minister at the Lower Miami congregation. Now they do.

    Thank you for your comment. And please, next time make only one comment, not four as you inadvertently did. This creates extra work for me in the back end of my program.



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