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.
and were now returning to Pennsylvania. They gave us some information about our way. Bro. Nathanael was slightly sick. On our left we saw high mountains, which we approached at times very closely. Our way still continues southwest. In the evening we pitched our tent upon a height. We had to fetch water from a considerable distance. Bro. Gottlob had preceded us half a mile to a free negro, who is the only blacksmith in this district. He had his horse shod. The negro and his wife, who was born in Scotland, were very friendly towards Bro. Gottlob and related to him that not long ago they had removed hither from Lancaster County. They had often heard Bro. Nyberg preach and also the brethren in Philadelphia, and now they are reading the Berlin addresses [of Zinzendorf]. They were very glad to see us and very willing to serve us. The woman baked several loaves of bread for us and invited Bro. Gottlob and Nathanael to breakfast. The negro also understands German very well. Bro. Herman and Lunge went to another plantation to buy feed for our horses. It rained nearly the whole night but we kept pretty dry under our tent. On October 26, we rose early on account of the rain. Several brethren took breakfast with the negro, who considered it an important event to have several ministers with him. We had to climb several bad hills to-day, and as soon as we had reached the top we had to use the brake [Hemmschuh], for it was dangerous to descend. Although it is very hilly here, yet it is a fruitful country. It has few stones, but consists of the fattest, black soil. It is settled mostly by English and Irish people. Bro. Gottlob and Nathanael preceded us several miles and stayed, a mile and a half across the North Branch30 of the James River, with Mr. Brickstone, a well-to-do man, who removed to this place a few years ago from "Canistoge" [Conestoga, Lancaster Co.]. The other brethren passed the night with the wagon, half a mile this hold that all men shall be happy hereafter, but first must pass through punishment according to their Sins." 30 The missionaries probably crossed the North Branch of the James river in the vicinity of the present town of Lexington, Va., althlough no settlement existed there at the time. From this point they seem to have traveled in the direction of the Natural Bridge, crossing Buffalo Creek on the way.
TWENTY-SIXTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE OHIO STATE ARCHÆOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY. May 31, 1911. The twenty-sixth annual meeting of the Ohio State Archæological and Historical Society was held in the Hunter Society Room, Page Hall, Ohio State University, Columbus , Ohio, at two o'clock P. M., Wednesday, May 31, 1911. The following members were present: Prof. M. R. Andrews, Marietta, Mr. George F. Bareis, Canal Winchester, Mr. A. J. Baughman, Mansfield, Mr. H. E. Buck, Delaware, Mr. C. H. Gallup, Norwalk, Hon. J. W. Harper, Cincinnati, Mr. Almer Hegler, Washington, C. H., Prof. W. C. Mills, Columbus, Mr. E. O. Randall, Columbus, Mr. L. P. Schaus, Columbus, Mr. Z. T. Smith, Upper Sandusky, Dr. H. A. Thompson, Dayton, Dr. H. O. Whittaker, New Burlington, Mr. E. F. Wood, Columbus, Dr. G. F. Wright, Oberlin, Mr. W. Z. Zuck, Columbus. Messages of regret, because of their inability to attend the meeting, were received from M. B. Bushnell, B. F. Prince, R. E. Hills, D. J. Ryan, N. B. C. Love and C. S. Dana. The meeting was called to order by the President, Dr. G. Frederick Wright, who stated that the first thing in order would be the reading of the minutes of the last Annual Meeting. Secretary Randall said he would follow his habitual custom in regard to the reading of the minutes by simply referring the members of the society to the' published report of the meeting in our annuals. From the written report which he had in hand detailing at length the proceedings of the last Annual Meeting,
and, as we heard that there was no house for twelve miles, we stayed there over night. On November 18th, it snowed the whole night. We started early in the morning and went along on our way which was quite narrow and very wet on account of the snow. Moreover, we had to cross the Catawba Creek and a branch of the Roanoke, more than thirty times. There was no house for the first twelve miles and then none for the next fifteen miles. But although we we were in the water nearly the whole day, the Lord helped us through and brought us in the evening to an English house, where we enjoyed the comforts of a good fire. We had also a pleasant conversation with our host. On Sunday, November 19th, we were glad in anticipation of seeing the New River* to-day and asked the Lamb for a favorable reception among the Germans. Towards noon we arrived safely at the New River. We were taken across the river to Jacob Hermann,† who, together with his wife, received us with great joy and love. We had hoped to preach to-day, but as it was late the sermon was appointed for to-morrow. There we enjoyed a spiritual and physical rest. I firmly believed that my visit to this district, for which I had longed for four years, would not be in vain. On November 20th, I preached on the words of the Saviour: * A number of German families resided then on New River within the limits of the present county of Montgomery, then Augusta. The origin of this German community is involved in obscurity. The large German element in the Shenandoah Valley came almost entirely from Western Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania, and it is difficult to believe that any number of settlers would traverse the entire Valley of Virginia in order to locate on the New River. Maury, in his Physical Survey of Virginia (1878), states that a number of Swiss from North Carolina located in this region, and it was probably these settlers who were visited by the missionaries. † Jacob Hermann (Harman) and his son, living on New River, were killed by the Indians in March, 11156. In 1755 a number of other German settlers in the same region were also killed, and it is probable that nearly all the people visited by the missionaries along the New River were exterminated. See the Preston Register, Waddell's Annals of Augusta County, pp. 154-158 (1902).