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.
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PREFACE The old state of Texas and her young sister Oklahoma, which has been made up of Oklahoma and Indian Territory, are interesting from political, economic, social and religious standpoints. In order to fully understand them religiously we must know somewhat of their political struggles. This can be learned from some good history—such as Pennypackers of Texas and of Oklahoma. Also the historical societies of the different states help to furnish us information. In these political struggles one runs across the troubles with the Indians as well as those with the Mexicans. The Mexican war is a subject of vital interest to every Texan of any his torical desires. How they fought, lost and finally won, thrills every patriotic heart. In the economic and social history one runs across the early struggles for food and clothing; the social customs; the recreation problem; the relation of the races, Indians, Mexicans, Whites, Negroes, etc. The life of the "Squaw men" has a peculiar interest all its own, in the social make-up of the country. In the religious history we meet with many types of religious experiences, the cold formal type in which no feeling whatever enters only do certain things out of duty or compulsion and you are on the road to Heaven; the conscientious living and enjoying the results as well as the doing of right things, living in constant communion with God, and in fel-