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.
DAYTON BINDER TRUCK. For moving Binders on the road and through gates. A boy twelve years old can load or unload a binder in a few minutes. SECTIONAL VIEW OF "FAVORITE" THRESHER. TEN AND THIRTEEN HORSE TRACTION ENGINES. Address WOODSUM MACHINE OOMPANY, Dayton, Ohio.
the inkeeper is Adam Forny. He complained much about ministers and their useless efforts. On the 16th we started early. We had no house for twenty-five miles. We passed from Pennsylvania to Maryland. We had to wade through three small rivers. At the first we were fortunate enough to meet a man, just as we had undressed to go across. He took us over on his horse. The name of the first two rivers is " Pfeiff" [Pipe] Creek. The third is called "Manakes " [Monocacy],* through which I [Leonhard Schnell] had to carry my companion, because he was very tired, for we had already walked forty miles. A mile farther we found a house, where the people at first refused to receive us, but finally yielded to our requests. The host was a Mennonite and his name is Abraham Mueller. On Sunday, the 17th, we hurried to the father-in-law of Bro. Klemf, of Philadelphia. He received us very willingly and was glad over our visit. They invited the people and I preached to them a sermon in the afternoon. Very many Germans live in this neighborhood, Lutheran and Reformed people. The Lutherans have church services every three weeks. (N. B. A certain Schulze, who pretends to have been ordained by Bro. Ludwig [Zinzendorf ], preaches in this district). The Reformed people also desire to have a minister. I felt very happy among them. They are very plain people. On the 18th, we had to cross several high mountains and deep valleys. We found only two houses within twenty miles, where we could get nothing to eat, because the people themselves had no bread. Towards evening we came to the "Patomik" [Potomac] River, which separates Maryland from Virginia.† We * Monocacy was visited again on March 8-9, 1746, by Christian Henry Rauch, another Moravian missionary, who states in his diary that he preached in the church at Monocacy. This proves that a Reformed congregation was already in existence before it was visited and fully organized by Rev. Michael Schiatter, on May 8, 1747. See Life of Rev. Michael Schiatler, p 154. † The road which the missionaries followed from York, Pa., can best be seen on Fry and Jefferson's map of Virginia, 1751. It is there called " The Great Waggon Road " from Philadelphia. It crossed the Potomac at Williams' Ferry. From the fact that Jost Hayd was first visited,.
FOUR CYCLES: A CENTENNIAL ODE. Prepared in commemoration of the centennial anniversary of Pickaway County The Poem is descriptive of Circleville, the county seat. MAY LOWE. PRELUDE. The grape vine and the sycamore Cast shadows long and deep, On the surface of the river Near whose banks the thousands sleep — Men of mystery, who from silence Of the dim past settled here, Wrought their mighty deeds of valor, Left a record written clear Of their learning and their prowess, In the circle and the square; Left a name for future builders, In the circle and the square.