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.
which way I had come. Towards ten o'clock I began to ascend the mountain and at three o'clock in the afternoon I had reached the other side and four miles farther on the first German houses. I resolved not to lodge with the people, but with the minister himself. I arrived at his house late in the evening when it was already dark. He received me with much love and courtesy. He asked me if I were a minister. I said: "Yes." Whence I came? "From Virginia." Where I resided? "At Bethlehem on the forks of the Delaware." Oh, he said, where the Moravians live. "But," he said, "they have no permission to preach in this country or to travel among the people." I answered him: "My dear sir, I am a minister of the gospel and I preach the free grace of God through the blood of Christ for the forgiveness of sins just as much as the Lutherans. I have never seen Moravia, but if it pleases any one to call me a Moravian, I let him do so. With regard to the proclamation of the Governor, for whom I have due respect, I am compelled to believe that he does not know us and that we are mentioned in the proclamation through a misunderstanding, because he confuses us and considers us one with the New Lights or Whitefieldians. For I cannot believe that the Governor, being dependent upon King and Parliament, can subject those people, whom the King wishes to be treated as his born subjects in all his lands, to imprisonment or similar harsh treatment. As a minister of the gospel I enjoy, according to the act of Parliament, all the liberties and privileges of a minister of the church of England." I then showed him the printed act of Parliament, and after he had read it he did not mention this subject any more, but we began to speak at once of other matters. In this conversation he did not only show no bitterness, animosity or desire to disputation, as such people usually do, but was so courteous that we were able to converse very intelligently. On Sunday, April 7-March 27, early in the morning, I conversed with Rev. Mr. Klug.33 After that we went to church. Be- 33 Rev. Mr. Klug visited Muhlenberg in June, 1749, who writes as follows about him: "In the month of June Rev. Mr. Klug visited us, who for several years has officiated in a German Evangelical congregation in Virginia. From that land, which is also called Spotsylvania, several Germans, among whom was also one named Stoever, collected money