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.
Approximately 100 were in the basement where the public system brought them the procedure of the program. It was a thrilling experience for the Potsdam pastor, Rev. L. John Weaver, and the congregation to have so many interested people attend the service. For 15 minutes immediately preceding the program, Shirley Nies and Jean Besecker, a musical duet, entertained with vibraharp and piano. The call to worship was participated in by the minister and the people, preceding the invocation by Rev. Wm. Hygema, pastor of the United Missionary church. Special musical numbers were presented during the program by the ladies octet and by Bernis Cassell, soloist. Congregational singing was also inspiring. The scripture lesson was read and prayer invoked by Elder Philip H. Lauver. Rev. Moyne Landis, district executive secretary, extended greetings from the Southern Ohio district. A historical sketch was prepared and read by Harry Delk, chairman of the building committee. The keys were accepted by Roy Landis, chairman of the board of trustees. The audience was delighted to hear Rev. Robert E. Richards of Long Beach, Calif., as he delivered a most impressive dedicatory sermon. It was a masterpiece which all appreciated. The Litany of Dedication was led by the pastor, Rev. L. John Weaver and participated in responsively by the audience. The dedication offering, the prayer of dedication and the hymn of dedication immediately preceded the benediction by Rev. Harley Brown of the Potsdam EUB church. The building committee was composed of Harry Delk, chairman; Harold Ditmer, vice-chairman and treasurer; Harris Shanck, secretary; Carl Arnett, Frank Dearth, Emerson Ditmer, Emerson Swank and Wilbur Bright. The latter two named served until Oct. 1, 1955. Ralph E. Reck was the general contractor; Kessler Plumbing Co. were plumbing and heating contractors; P.O. Sprout, electrician; Chas. B. Krug, painting; and Harold Ditmer, parking lot improvements. In presenting the keys Sunday, Chairman Delk said: “We enjoy today a beautiful house of worship. Let us be diligent in seeking that it is cared for, by all in a way fitting to the house of God and preserved for those who follow after us.” West Milton Record, March 21, 1956 Sunday School Joseph Ruble organized the church’s first Sunday-school in 1889, serving as both superintendent and teacher until his death in 1917. During its beginning
PROCEEDINGS. The exercises commenced with the singing of the twenty-ninth hymn in the collection of gospel hymns, announced by Elder H. R. Holsinger, of Ashlan d, Ohio. After the singing Elder Holsinger said: My Christian Brethren and Sisters: Having a very important work before us to-day, we will bring that work before God in prayer this morning ; asking his aid, his guidance, and his help. Our custom in worship is in the kneeling posture, and as far as it can be conveniently done we will follow our general custom to kneel while we pray, and I hope we will all be earnestly engaged to our Heavenly Father for his assistance. Brother Brown will lead us in prayer. PRAYER BY P. J. BROWN. Almighty God, creator of the heavens, upholder and preserver of all things, by the word of thy power all things do exist, and we are as humble worshiperg at thy feet this morning. We acknowledge ourselves but dust in thy sight, and that we are unworthy of any favors from thy hands or even the notice of thine eye. But we believe that thine all-searching eye sees all that is done, both the good and the evil throughout the world. Thou art acquainted with the circumstances under which we meet. From far and near, thy children are gathered together to hold sweet counsel—to unite in one heart and soul in supplica-
MORAVIAN DIARIES OF TRAVELS THROUGH VIRGINA. Edited by Rev. WILLIAM J. HINKE and CHARLES E. KEMPER. (CONTINUED) DIARY OF THE JOURNEY OF REV. L. SCHNELL AND V. HANDRUP,1 TO MARYLAND2 AND VIRGINIA, MAY 29TH TO AUGUST 4, 1747. July 6th. We were rowed over the Caneketschik3 [Conococheague] and went our way with a happy heart. But it was very hot, so that the perspiration rolled down freely. In the evening we came to the Patomik River, being very tired. We stayed with an Englishman over night. Our poor lodging place reminded us that Jesus had also lain in a stable. July 7th. Early in the morning we crossed the Patomik,4 and then crossed the mountains. At noon we came to the Hot or "Health Springs,"5 where we observed for awhile the many 1 Vitus Handrup arrived in Pennsylvania in December, 1746. In 1748 he was a member of the "Economy" at Bethleheim. Returned again to Europe. See Reincke, Register of Moravians, p. 74. 2 The first part of the journeys of these Moravian missionaries was always the same. From Bethlehem by way of Lebanon, Lancaster, York, Pa., Frederick and Hagerstown, Md., to the Potomac. See Journal of Bishop Spangenberg, Virginia Migazzne, Vol. XI, p. 235. 3 In the Special Report attached to this diary, Mr. Schnell adds the following: "Canekechick" [Conococheague], where many Lutherans and Reformed people live, who have no minister, could also be supplied [from Monocacy], for they are only a day's journey apart. I have been invited, if I should return, to preach for them." 4 It is probable that the missionaries crossed the Potomac at Watkin's Ferry, at the mouth of the Conococheague, where Williamsport is now situated. See Schnell's Diary of 1749 in Virginia Magazine, Vol. XI, p. 130, and his itinerary in the present number, also Schlatter's Journal in Life of Rev. Michael Schiatter, p. 173. 6 Now Berkeley Springs, Morgan county, West Virginia, already "famed " when visited by Washington on March 18, 1748. See Washington's .Journal of My Journey Over the Mountains. 1747-8, Albany, 1892, p. 29.