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.
contents. chapter i. First Settlements. First Meetings Held. First Churches Organized. First Elections Held, etc. chapter ii. Customs and Manners. chapter iii. Erection of Church Houses. First Annuel Meeting. Trouble in Rock Run. First Sunday School. First Series of Meetings. Salem College. First Prayer meetings. chapter iv. Second Annual Meeting. Third Annual Meeting and Division of Church chapter v. District Meetings Organized. Organization of Different Churches. Mission Work Conclusion page 5 16 26 35 41
Then we went down hill. We had to lock the wheels again, anid hang a tree to the wagon, of which all of the brethren took hold. Thus we reached our tent safely. As we had several steep hills before us, we crossed them before evening, and then pitched our tent at a little creek. We left our horses go into the woods. We were all very tired and sleepy, and for this night we left the angels watch. On November 4, we found an almost impassable way and were compelled to remove many trees. Our wagon stuck fast in a mud hole and it took two hours before we could get it out. (The pulley was of much service to us.) After a mile we found water again, after four miles we came to a little creek, where we ate our dinner. We had a good road thus far. In the afternoon we crossed "Maggedi Creek."3 Nearby dwells Benjamin Reh, an old man of some ninety years, and his wife who is about a hundred years old. They are both active and cheerful people, who gave us milk to drink and were very friendly. Close to this house is a deep mud hole, then follows a steep hill almost immediately. Here. we came upon the "Warrick Road," which runs mostly westward and is a pretty good road. Two miles farther we came to a small creek, three miles farther we pitched our tent near a large creek. We had to watch our horses closely in this place, for we had heard that there were people in this neighborhood who steal horses. We prepared dumplings this evening, which tasted very well. After the evening worship we lay down to rest. On November 5, we rose early. For several miles we had a good road, running along on the mountains. After having driven five miles we came to Mr. Robert Kohl's, a justice of the peace, from whom we bought some corn. He is a very modest man. He regretted very much that he had not known of our comning or he would have gone to meet us and shown us a better and nearer way, so that we could have avoided the high moun-tains and many hills. The way had not been cut out completely, but as we had so many hands, we could easily have done it. He would see to it that this way would soon be made. Some of the brethren stayed here and helped to husk several bushels of corn, 3 This is Magotty creek in Franklin county.
not pleased with the preaching of the Brethren, but become angry and bitter about it. When they learned afterwards that Bro. Schnell was a Herrnhutter, they wanted to pick a quarrel with Daehlinger, because he did not only not arrest him, but allowed him to preach and even helped him along with his horses. I felt the bitter, hostile and sarcastic spirit of the people in that district very much, and as the conditions were the same at Cedar Creek and in some respects even worse, I did not have the heart to preach to these people, but left again on the next day. The door at these two places is really closed. On April 4-March 24, I crossed the "Missinotty" [Massanutton] Mountain, and, passing the well known Paul's Fort,28 I came to "Missinotty." The road was full of water, stones and wood, so that I had often to think for a while which way the road went. At night I lodged with a Mennonite teacher [minister], Hans Rothen.29 I spoke with him about many things. By nature he is a good, pliable man, but without life. On April 5-March 25, I went to Mafthias Selzer,30 whose wife is the daughter of Jacob Beyerly. He is a rude and hostile man towards the Brethren. I was compelled to stay with this man all afternoon, because I wanted to make inquiries about the people in that district and because I was surrounded by water and terribly high mountains on all sides. He treated me very 28 Powell's Fort, a picturesque valley in the Massanutton range of mouintains. It was so called for one Powell, an Englishman, who, according to tradition, was a counterfeiter. He seems to have been nearly contemporaneous with the first settlements in the lower valley. For further account of this man and locality, see Kercheval's History of the Valley, second edition, p. 267. (Appendix.) 29 The Anglicised name of this man was John Roads. In August, 1766, a party of eight Indians and one white man crossed the Massanutton mountain at Powell's Fort and massacred Roads, his wife, and three sons. See Kercheval's History of the Valley, sec. ed., p 91. 30 In 1751 Mathias Selzer was a member of the County Court of Augusta couinty, Va. See Summer's History of Soutlhwestern Virginia, Richmond, 1903, p. 821, where his name is erroneously printed Seltger. He evidently resided in the southern portion of what is now Page, or the eastern portion of present Rockingham county, which territory was then embraced in Augusta. He was doubtless appointed to represent the rapidly increasing German element in that section of the valley.