Thursday, 02 January 2014 07:30

Discussion #2

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.

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Monday, 30 December 2013 07:15

Discussion #1

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.

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    line. For an hour and a half they climbed the very steep ascent, but when they reached the top they surveyed in every direction an exceedingly wide region, and it seemed to them as if the whole earth were at their feet.* On account of its remarkable height, they called the mountain "Fuersten Spitz" [Prince Peak]. In passing over the top and in their descent they spent four full hours. As it was evening and they missed the road, they happened to strike an "elk trail," which took them between two mountains.† Here they passed the night, hungry and thirsty, encamped at their fire. They were frequently visited by the elks, which are numerous in those mountains. On the following morning, July 26th, they came to a marked path. It brought them to a salt lick, which is frequented by the elks and where they are usually shot by the hunters. A kind spirit led them to the right way, by which they continued their journey, till they came in the evening to a German plantation. Here Adam Roeder‡ lives, whose mother, eighty-six years of age, lives at Makuntsche [Macungie, now Emmaus, Lehigh county, Pa.], and belongs to that congregation. * The region seen by the missionaries from the top of "Fuersten Spitz" is now comprised in the counties of Augusta, Rockingham and Shenandoah. † This was probably Brock's Gap, one of the most important passes through the North Mountain. ‡ Adam Rader. The missionaries were now in the vicinity of Timberville, Rockingham county, Va. About one mile west of this place stands Rader's Church, which is known to be one of the oldest places of worship in Rockingham, although the date of the organization of the congregation cannot be given definitely. The first reference to the Reformed congregation worshipping in Rader's Church is found in the diary of Rev. Charles Lange, pastor at Frederick, Md, who visited the congregation on April 17, 1768. See Fathers of the Reformed Church, Vol. II, p. 154. From the beginning until 1879 it was used jointly by the German Reformed and Lutheran denominations. In that year a new church was built by the Lutherans for their sole use, the German Reformed congregation shortly afterwards erecting a church at Timberville.

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  • The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XII, No. 2 (Oct., 1904), page 139

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    on the "Catores" is estimated at thirty miles. It was getting somewhat difficult for our horses and the brethren had to help by pushing the wagon. Otherwise we had a right good road, which is a great blessing. Several miles this side of [beyond] the Susquehanna we took dinner at a tavern, where there is good water. The people took Bro. Gottlob for a clergyman. It began to rain, but did not continue long. Five miles this side of the tavern we came to a creek and eight miles further, towards evening, we came to another creek. We pitched our tent for the first time, because a severe thunder storm was coming. Under the tent we kept pretty dry and the brethren slept for a little while. When the storn was over, we started at twelve o'clock midnight and traveled several miles farther to the next creek. We passed a little town, called "Carl Isles" [Carlisle],11 consisting of about 60 houses and inhabited mostly by Irishmen. On Sunday, October 14, about 4 o'clock in the morning, we pitched our tent four miles this side of [beyond] "Carl Isles", in order not to be an eyesore to the Irish Presbyterians. We lay down for several hours and slept well and peacefully. After breakfast the brethren were shaved. The rest of the time we spent happily in oujr tent. At noon we ate pork and dumplings. In the afternoon the people from Jersey came to us, who had lately been in Bethlehem and had advised us to take this road. They had broken their wagon in the Susquehanna, which had delayed them several days in their journey. They were very friendly and would have liked to stay with us. Towards evening we went three miles farther to the widow Tennent's tavern. This night we stayed on the other side of the creek. Several people came to us, who lodged in the tavern, to see what kind of people we were. We inquired of them about the way. They weie very obliging towards us. One of them had been in the Moravian orphanage in his youth, and was by birth a Silesian.12 Another was the son of the commissioner at Sakana, [Saucon, Lehigh Co.] He resides in Frederickstown [Winchester], Virginia. We slept to-day without using the tent. 11 The town of Carlisle was laid out in 1751. See C. W. Wing, History of Cumberland County, p. 229. 12 He was a native of the Prussian province of Silesia, which was acquired by Frederick II, in 1745, for Prussia.

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