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.
PROCEEDINGS. The exercises commenced with the singing of the twenty-ninth hymn in the collection of gospel hymns, announced by Elder H. R. Holsinger, of Ashlan d, Ohio. After the singing Elder Holsinger said: My Christian Brethren and Sisters: Having a very important work before us to-day, we will bring that work before God in prayer this morning ; asking his aid, his guidance, and his help. Our custom in worship is in the kneeling posture, and as far as it can be conveniently done we will follow our general custom to kneel while we pray, and I hope we will all be earnestly engaged to our Heavenly Father for his assistance. Brother Brown will lead us in prayer. PRAYER BY P. J. BROWN. Almighty God, creator of the heavens, upholder and preserver of all things, by the word of thy power all things do exist, and we are as humble worshiperg at thy feet this morning. We acknowledge ourselves but dust in thy sight, and that we are unworthy of any favors from thy hands or even the notice of thine eye. But we believe that thine all-searching eye sees all that is done, both the good and the evil throughout the world. Thou art acquainted with the circumstances under which we meet. From far and near, thy children are gathered together to hold sweet counsel—to unite in one heart and soul in supplica-
Autobiography of Elder Samuel Muray. At the request of many friends, and for the benefit of future generations of our family, I write these few facts concerning my life and my ancestors. Our family stock is Scotch-irish; My grandfather, Daniel Murray, came to this country as a British soldier during the Revolutionary war. At some time during that war he escaped from the British service and joined the American army. At the close of the war he settled in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. He had four sons and one daughter. The daughter, Catharine (or aunt Katie as I knew her,) married a man by the name of Taylor. They had one son and one daughter. The union proved unfortunate, for they separated; aunt Katie and her husband lived for some time with my mother in Ohio. The daughter married Daniel Martin. The son also came from Penn. to Ohio, married and lived in the northern part of the state. I remember him because of a very remarkable occurrance, that of a quadruple birth by his wife. She gave birth to four well developed children three of which lived. Grandfather lived to be quite old and for some time lived with my mother. He used to knit stockings for sale; he died a poor man. He probably made no profession of religion. I remember of hearing him at one time when he was quite old and childish, repeat that child’s prayer, “Now I lay me down to sleep.” He never tired of telling about the feats of physical strength and valor that he had performed. He was tall and evidently a very powerful man at his best. His four sons, were John, David, Thomas, and Daniel. Uncle David, lived in Huntingdon Co. Pa., and had a large family of children. I remember the names of only two of his sons, Daniel, and Jacob, nearly the age of myself and my brother David. The last word we had from them