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.
PREFACE. A number of our younger brethren having a desire to have the counsels of the older brethren, as given at our Annual Meetings, as a help to them in forming a correct judgment upon things upon which it is desirable they should have correct and uniform views, and to know what has been the order of the church in regard to such things, requested the Annual Meeting to have the minutes collected and published. Th e request was granted, and the undersigned were appointed a committee to carry out the wish of the Annual Meeting. We have used our best endeavors to collect all the minutes of our Annual Meeting that we possibly could collect, and now publish them in response to the request of the church. We have thought it best to publish the mInutes of each year separately, and to gIve the names of the brethren, as far as we could do so, who nave taken an active part in the labors of our Annual Meetings-thinking it would be satisfactory to the brethren to have this knowledge. The work is now sent out with a prayerful desire that it may prove a blessing, and a means of edification to our brotherhood. H. D. DAVY. J. QUINTER
A Brief History OF Claar Congregation By Rev. D. M. ADAMS
State of Virginia: In Orange County Court, February 24, 1742. Courtney Broyle, Tobias Willhite, Jacob Manspile, John Willhite and Jacob Miller, German protestants, having produced under the hand of the Revd. John Thompson, Minister of St. Mark's Parish, and George Samuel Klugg, Minister of the German congregation, that within two months last past they had received the sacrament of ye Lord's Supper, prayed that, according to an act made in the XIIIth year of our Sovereign Lord, George the Second, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, defender of ye faith, &c., intituled an act for naturalizing such foreign protestants and others therein mentioned as are or shall settle in any of his Maties [sic] coloniies in America, they might partake of ye beniefit of that act; It is on their motions, ordered that they take the oaths prescribed by act of parliament to be taken instead of the oaths of allegiance and supremacy, & the abjuration oatl, & subscribe the test, which they all severally did in open court between the hours of nine and twelve in the forenioon. And it is further ordered that ye Clerk give thenm a certificate of their having taken the said oaths & subscribed the test. A Copy. Teste, P. H. FRY, Clerk. April 21, 1904.] THE PLACES IN MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA WHERE OUR BRETHREN HAVE AN OPEN DOOR.36 In Canawage is the house of Caspar Schmidt, who lives about thirteen miles fromn Mr. Pinkley. Here is our pulpit. The ser- 36 This report has no name and date, but internal evidence proves that it was written by Gottschalk in 1748. First, the reference to the two sermons at Haeger's agrees with Gottschalk's diary under date March 13th. Secondly, the signing of the passport by Captain Prathor is nmentioned both in this report and Gottschalk's diary, under date March iith. The same is true of Prathor's entrusting his horse to this missionary. Thirdly, both documents refer in similar terms to Oliver Craemer. This proves their idenitity of authorship, while the reference to Bishop Spangenberg's trip as still future, shows that it was written before July, 1748.