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.
The only congregation near to Queen, Pennsylvania, the Claar congregation has for many years been two meeting-houses, the Upper and the Lower. The Upper Claar house congregation dates from the early 1850's while the newer Lower Claar meeting-house dates from 1890. The congregation dates from the late 1700's though the official date of organization was on September 25, 1886 when it was set aside from the Yellow Creek congregation of Morrison's Cove, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.
The files as represent herein are from a re-typeset edition published in 2005 that contains, in addition to the original material, a section containing biographies from A History of the Church of the Brethren in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the inclusion of an extensive index. Of the original five books printed, only two remain available for purchase. And one shall remain forever unsold in the author's possession.