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.
TO CINCINNATI. BY EDWARD A. M'LAUGHLIN (1798-?). [This poem appeared as one of a collection printed in Cincinnati in 1841. The general title of the book was "Lovers of the Deep." To any one who is acquainted with the culture of Cincinnati the prophetic vision of the poet can be keenly appreciated.] City of gardens, verdant parks, sweet bowers; Blooming upon thy bosom, bright and fair, Wet with the dews of spring and summer's showers, And fanned by every breath of wandering air; Rustling the foliage of thy green groves, where The blue-bird's matin wakes the smiling morn, And sparkling humming-birds of plumage rare, With tuneful pinions on the zephyrs borne, Disport the flowers among, and glitter and adorn: Fair is thy seat, in soft recumbent rest Beneath the grove-clad hills; whence morning wings The gentle breezes of the fragrant west, That kiss the surface of a thousand spring: Nature, her many-colored mantle flings Around thee, and adorns thee as a bride; While polished Art his gorgeous tribute brings, And dome and spire ascending far and wide Their pointed shadows dip in thy Ohio's tide. So fair in infancy—O what shall be Thy blooming prime expanding like the rose In fragrant beauty; when a century Hath passed upon thy birth and time bestows The largess of a world that freely throws Her various tribute from remotest shores, To enrich the western Rome: Here shall repose Science and art; and from times subtile ores—Nature's unfolded page-knowledge enrich her stores. Talent and Genius to thy feet shall bring Their brilliant offerings of immortal birth: Display the secrets of Pieria's spring, Castalia's fount of melody and mirth: Beauty and grace and chivalry and worth,
PROCEEDINGS OF THE DAYTON CONVENTION HELD BY THE BRETHREN CHURCH, IN MUSIC HALL, DAYTON·, O. ON JUNE 6TH AND 7TH, 1883. REPORTED BY DR. L. B. CLIFTON, TEACHER OF PHONOGRAPHY IN MIAMI COMMERCIAL COLLEGE. DAYTON, OHIO: PRINTED AT THE DAILY JOURNAL JOB ROOMS. 1883.