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.
OHIO Archaeological and Historical PUBLICATIONS PREHISTORIC EARTHWORKS IN WISCONSIN. A. B. STOUT, University of Wisconsin. In presenting this subject it seems best to the writer to treat somewhat in detail the various classes of earthworks and then to give a summary for the state as a whole with a brief discussion of the archæological area to which it belongs. With this plan in view the various artificial earthen structures in Wisconsin of prehistoric origin (at least the greater number are prehistoric) may be grouped into the following rather well defined types: enclosures, conical mounds, flat topped mounds, effigy mounds, linear mounds, intaglio earthworks, refuse heaps, garden beds and corn fields. Altho there are some earth remains that are intermediate between various types, the above classification serves to good advantage for discussion and comparison, and may well be treated in the order given. Few enclosures exist in Wisconsin. Yet the most famed of the earthworks within the state is an enclosure with accompanying earthworks which has been called the Aztalan ruins. It would be of no special value to present here a review of the literature pertaining to these earthworks. Those who desire this will find that West (1) has recently made a complete historical summary together with a critical analysis of the literature on Aztalan. These remarkable ruins are now badly mutilated by long
at eleven o'clock. This pleased them very much and they said they would notify the people. On April 11-March 31, the r-gular reader [John Jung] came at once to me and paid me a long visit. I was able to speak with him and Hoffman's brother much about the Saviour. My heart opened to them and they sat there as if they would take every word out of my mouth. At twelve o'clock I preached with God's grace and blessing to the little flock in their pretty and well built but little clapboard church. After the sermon they tried their utmost to give ine some money, so that I could hardly keep them back. I assured them that I would take no money for the sermon, and whatever I needed for the journey I had. They thanked me very much and asked me to visit them again, and desired especially to see our brother Hoffman among them. John Jung and [John Henry] Hoffman accompanied me across the North River of the Rippehaning [Rappahannock], and very late in the evening I came to the old Mr. Holzklo in Germantown. After I had sat for a short while with the old man he asked me if I were a preacher? I said: "Yes." He said: "Would you not stay with us till Sunday and give us a sermon?" I answered that I could not stay so long, as I had appointed three sermons for Sunday at Manakasy [Monocacy], but if it would suit then during the week I would preach for them day after to-morrow. He said: "Indeed, I shall ask the people to come day after to-morrow, that is Friday at ten o'clock," with which I was satisfied. As Holzklo is getting old he is becoming religious. He asked his children to come into the room, and by various questions gave me an opportunity to tell them something about the Saviour. On Thursday, April 11-March 31, I rested. I had several visitors during the day. Especially the old schoolmaster of the place came to me. He begins in his own way to prepare himself for his departure, because he sees that there is no other way, nor any possibility to remain in this world, but that he must die. I told him of the false and true righteousness and that only the blood of Jesus can justify and save us. I also visited his children, and told them something about the Saviour.
This blog entry shall be another foray into the mysteries of land records, or perhaps more correctly, what can be found if you dig deeply enough into them. Additionally, it will include a somewhat fictionalized account of what may have occurred if your ancestor was contemplating moving to the newly opened Northwest Territory.
Unfortunately with the advent of the Internet, recliner-chair research is more the norm than the rule. And it keeps getting worse as time goes on. While any researcher worth his salt knows that researching deeds is one of the areas that should be explored not many are willing to travel down the road less traveled. Being lazy or unwilling to have it performed by a knowledgeable person prevails. Generally a researcher will got to the county of their interest and pull any and all deeds that pertain to their ancestor, and if they are smart they will spend time while there to research the deeds of other parties they are interested in. I do not recall how many times the trip to a court house has been made only to discover many months later that I should have pulled another record I saw. A lamentable fact, but true.