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 Justice Robesen, . . . . . . . 18 Up along the Catabes [Catawba] Crick to Jacob Herman at the New River, . . . . . . . 45 To Jacob Goldman, . . . . . . . . 15 Back again to Herman, . . . . . . . 15 Back to Jems Revier, to Robert Luhny (?), . . . 60 Across the small and large North River to Robert Elesen [Allison], . . . . . . . . . 30 To N. Bell, . . . . . 30 To Franciscus at the Soud Schanathor, . . . . 30 To Matthias Schaub, . . . . . . . 4 To Adam Mueller and back again across the river, . . 8 To Philip Lung and Mesanothen, . . . . . 6 To Captain John Funk, . . . . . . . 20 Schmidt Stepfa, . . . . . . . . 6 Benj. Frey, . . . . . . . . . 10 To the old father Funk, . . . . . . . Jost Hayd, . . . . . . . . . 15 Frederickstown [Winchester], . . . . . 5 To Watkens Fahry [Watkin's Ferry] at the Betomeck, . 35 Jonathan Haeger, . . . . . . . . 7 Frederickstown in Maryland, . . . . . . 30 To Jacob Woeller, . . . . . . . 15 To the Susquehana, . . . . . . . 10 Lancaster, . . . . . . . . . 10 Bethlehem, . . . . . . 70 In all, 1,040 (TO BE CONTINUED)
we were heartily welcomed. We also found our Bro. Christian Rauch there, who had arrived shortly before. Our dear brethren, Merk and Ziegler, who had brought our wagon thus far, told us their experiences on the way. They said that it had taken them four days to come to "Tulpehokin", and that they had endured many things, because it had rained much and the read had been very muddy. On October 10, our dear Gottlob conducted the morning worship. Afterwards, we held a little conference about our wagon, which is too wide, extending several inches beyond the track. We unloaded the wagon and took it to a blacksmith shop. Our baggage, which was pretty wet, we dried in the sun. Mother Loesch supplied us with the necessary provisions for the journey. Bro. Christian Rauch5 bade us a hearty farewell and went back home across the "Quittopehille" [creek]. Bro. Beroth went to see his father once more, across the Susquehanna where he will join us again. Bro. Nathanael wrote a letter to Bro. Bader, who is now at York on the Catores [Codorus], to let him know of our journey to Carolina. In the evening, when our wagon had been fixed, having been made three inches nar-rower, we packed all our belongings, to leave early next morning. On October 11, we rose early and prepared for our departure. We sent several letters to Bethlehem with the brethren from "Tonigal " [Donegal, Lancaster Co.] Our dear father Loesch gave us his wagon to accompany us across the Susquehanna. Mother Loesch provided us plentifully with bread and meat. Then we took our leave of our dear friends, and thanked them heartily for all their pains and care, undergone for our sake. They both cried like children. They were especially touched because they would not see their two sons (Jacob and Herman) for some time. At noon we came to our schoolhouse in "Quittopehille" and took our dinner there. Our dear friends, Neusers and Engels welcomed us very heartily and we rejoiced with them. Bro. Peter Kucher6 fed our horses. He was very glad 6 Christian Henry Rauch was, in 1753, pastor of the Moravian congregation in Warwick township, now Lititz, Lancaster Co. 6 Peter Kucher, the most prominent member of the Moravian congre-