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.
Today’s blog, the first in a series that will hopefully be an on-going explanation of what I am presently working on, is about the various Brethren Miller families who were early settlers of Montgomery county, Ohio. The opening section below is some comments about the Miller families of note, followed by what I am working on at this time. In essence there are three Miller families that interest me, and I am not even remotely related to any of them, so, to that end, here goes.
time a considerable number of people assembled, to whom I preached. After the sermon I baptized the child of a Hollander. We stayed over night with Matthias Schaub. His wife told us that we were always welcome in their house. We should always come to them whenever we came into that district. Towards evening a man from another district, Adam Mueller,* passed. I told him that I would like to come to his house and preach there. He asked me if I were sent by God. I answered, yes. He said, if I were sent by God I would be welcome, but he said, there are at present so many kinds of people, that often one does not know where they come from. I requested him to notify his neighbors that I would preach on the 5th, which he did. On December 4th, we left Schaub's house, commending the whole family to God. We traveled through the rain across the South Shenandoah to Adam Mueller, who received us with much love. We stayed over night with him. On December 5th, I preached at Adam Mueller's house on John 7: "Whosoever thirsteth let him come to the water and drink." A number of thirsty souls were present. Especially Adam Mueller took in every word and after the sermon declared himself well pleased. In the afternoon we traveled a short distance, staying over night with a Swiss.† The conversation * Probably Jacob Baer, Sr., a native of Zurich, Switzerland, who located on the Shenandoah in 1740, not far from Adam Miller, and was the ancestor of the Bear Family of East and West Rockingham. His two sons, JaCOb, Jr., and John, married, respectively Anna Barbara and Elizabeth Miller, daughters of Adam Miller. Jacob Baer, Sr., was either a Lutheran or German Reformed in his religious faith, and evidently not disposed to be tolerant of the Moravians. † Adam Miller, a native of "S~hresoin," Germany, who settled on the Shenandoah in 1726, near the present village of Elkton, Rockingham county, Virginia, and was the first white settler in the Valley of Virginia of whom there is record evidence. In religion he was a Lutheran. "Old Peter's Church," as it is locally known, but probably correctly St. Peter's, stands about six miles north of Adam Miller's permanent place of residence, and he is believed to be buried there. Rev. I. Conder, of McGaheysville, Va., states in a recent letter, that the records of this church (now lost) showed that the present structure was dedicated in June, 1777. For a full account of Adam Miller, and his settling in Virginia, see the July number, 1902 of this Magazine.
One brother who was in the habit of testifying at every prayer meeting that he was doing fine and was living without sinning had a hard experience one night. When a cottage prayermeeting had been dismissed and all went to their homes, Bro. —— started too but some mischievious boys traveled the same road which was sometimes closed with wiregates. At one of the gates the boys thought to test his endurance, tied the gate fast and tight shut with other wire. When Bro. —— had tried in vain to find a way of opening the gate, he swore as another or more wicked man would swear. In another community, it is taught that when the Lord saves a person, it is from everything, sins, habits, tendencies to sin, etc . A young man came to our services who had been saved. He objected to our people who had been saved and still smoked, as they used to do. We didn't try to defend smoking because we never do that but the interesting thing was before we left that place this same young man was found smoking and asked why he was doing a thing like that. He replied, "I am not saved any more." There are those that believe in water baptism and those that think it is too much to require; those that believe in much water and those that are satisfied with a few drops of water; those that want the water brought to them and those that can and do go where the water is found. After preaching on baptism a man came seemingly troubled asking about his father who had been sprinkled. What about him? Must we think that he is lost, spending time
THE VIRGINIA MAGAZINE OF HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY. VOL. XI. OCTOBER, 1903. No.2. MORAVIAN DIARIES OF TRAVELS THROUGH VIRGINIA. Edited by Rev. WILLIAM J. HINKE and CHARLES E. KEMPER. [Rev. William J. Hinke, the translator of the diaries presented in this issue of the magazine, was born March 24th, 1871. at Dierdorf, Rhineprovince, Germany; attended the gymnasium at Elberfeld from 1880 to 1887, and came to America in November of the latter year. Graduated from Calvin College, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1890 and was instructor in Latin and Greek at that institution 1890-1892. Graduated from Ursinus Theological Seminary, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, in 1894, and spent a year in post-graduate work at Princeton Seminary. He is at present Assistant Pastor of Salem Reformed Church, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and holds the professorship of Old Testament Language and Literature in Ursinus Seminary. Mr. Hinke has contributed numerous historical articles to the "Reformed Church Messenger" and, "Reformed Church Record," and edited the "Goshenhoppen Church Record, 1731-1761, in the Perkiomen Region," and the "Neshaminy Church Record, 1710-1738," which appeared in the Journal of the Presbyterian Historica1 Society. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the "Minutes and Letters of the Reformed Coetus of Pennsylvania, 1747-1792,"