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.
Carrie [Hoke] Minnich 1897-1967 Cletus Minnich 1900-1985 Harold Minnich 1896-1957 Lelah [Ganger] LandisMinnich 1908-1998 Chester Myers 1903-1979 Foster Myers 1903-1989 Grace [Westfall] MyersMyers 1879-1954 Lester Myers 1900-1970 Lewis Myers 1879-1968 Miriam [Eikenberry] Myers 1906-1990 Ocey [Westfall] Myers 1883-1954 Osa Myers 1906-1953 Robert E. Myers 1909-1984 Webster Myers 1877-1927 Christina [Koons] Nease 1879-1966 Charles Norris 1911-1994 Cora Norris 1897-1979 John Norris c1910- Rosella [Dohner] Norris 1858-1932 Lucille [Henderson] O’Neill 1907 Amanda [Swank] Oswalt 1870-1926 Mina [Dickey] Overholser 1905- 1971 Forest Puterbaugh 1903-1978 Harold Puterbaugh 1899-1995 Marie [Besecker] Puterbaugh 1900-1971 Ralph Puterbaugh 1897-1900 Vesta [Folkerth] Puterbaugh 1903-1998 Betty [Sease] Ritchison 1881-1972 Oliver Ritchison 1872/3-1964 Bessie [Miller] Royer 1904-2003 Lucille [Shank] Sanger John Schenk 1872-1952 Martha [Arnett] Schenk 1872-1949 Treva Schenk 1901-1952 Bessie [Holbert] Sease 1879-1924 David H. Sease 1877-1960 George Sease 1852-1935 Orin Shaffer 1892-1987 Velma [Hall] Shaffer 1899-1984 Elmer Shank 1885-1974 Lucille [Ganger] ForsteShank 1913-1991 Minerva [Jordan] CunninghamShank 1892-1983 Georgia [Carson] Shanck 1886-1938 Harris Shanck 1911-2004 Jennie [Klepinger] Shanck 1890-1959 Jesse Shanck 1888-1968 Lucy Shanck 1894-1975 Noah Shanck 1886-1935 Sally [Isenbarger] Shanck 1853-1939 Velma [Heisey] Shearer 1905-1960 Lova [Heisey] Shuttleworth 1912-1991 Mary [Hall] Smith 1906-2002 Harvey Sotzing 1893-1973 Ruth [Harshbarger] Sotzing 1894-1960 Cora [Johnston] Spitler 1880-1935 Nora [Ditmer] Spitler 1902-1987 Cora [Bare] Strawser 1881-1948 Lola [Miller] Ward 1910-1936 Mary [Duncan]Weisenbarger 1864-1935 Ruth [Heisey] Wissinger 1910-1990 It has been said that there were 170 charter members. If correct, six of the names were not recorded in the church registry. Two are known at this time to be living, Lucille [Henderson] O’Neill and Franklin Baker, residents of the Brethren’s Home in Greenville. “Georgetown.—We held our first love feast Oct. 11, which was very spiritual and largely attended. Eld. Newton Binkley officiated. Oct. 17 Bro. D.R. Murray of Ft. McKinley, Ohio, began a series of meetings which closed Nov. 7. Seventeen were received into the church by baptism; one baptized previously. The attendance was very good all through the meetings and on Sunday evening
and Colonel Chrassop.22 The latter sent a request that I should lodge with him. Justice Prathor then asked me how I intended to cross the mountains and the many rivers, as he had heard that I intended to travel on foot, which would hardly be possible at this time of the year, on account of the water being very high and cold. I answered that I would hire horses where I needed them. "But," he replied, "in the first place people do not know you, and then you will not find any houses much less horses for forty miles. However,. I know what I will do, I will give you one of my own horses to Colonel Chrassop, and next Sunday I shall send my son to take you from this place to my house." I recognized in this a special providence of the Saviour and thanked the good man for his kind offer. Then old Degart visited mne. He is an old Pharisee, and I soon noticed that he wanted to argue with me about our doctrines. When he saw that I did not desire to be drawn into an argument, he became rude and began to speak so impertinently of the Lord's Supper and other important subjects, clearly contradicting the teaching of Christ with his miserable, dry, Calvinistic arguments, that I told him to be quiet, or if he wanted to argue to get some one else, as I was no company for him. On March 12-23, I visited an English Baptist, Prickmore. He and his wife are dear old people, who love the Saviour ac- requested to permit him quietly to proceed on his said Journey, behaving himself as is customary according to Law. Given under my Hand & Seal the third Day of February in the Year of our Lord 1747-8. J. Henry Antes, Esq. Prince George County, Maryland, Thos. Prather. March ye 16, 1747--8 Maryland Prince George County permit the Bearer Thos. Cresap. to pass unmolisleted (sic) 22 Thomas Cresap was born in Skipton, England. At fifteen years of age he emigrated to America. Settled first at Havre de Grace, Md., where he married Miss Johnson. Removed thence to Wright's Ferry, opposite Columbia, where he obtained 500 acres of land, called "Peach Bottom." He next moved to Washington county, Md., where he settled upon land called "Long Meadows," on Antietam Creek. He traded in furs, but lost everything through the wrecking of a ship. He relinquished this land and settled finally at Old Town, Md. See Washington'sJourn-alof 1747-8, p. 30. This
CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS. Vol. XI, p. 118, note *. Omit the last sentence. Colonel Thomas Cresap settled at Old Town, Md. See Magazinie XI, 236, note. Idem, p. 125, third line from bottom. Omit Robert Lewis. The name of this Englishman is unknown. Robert Luhny (Loony) lived at the James river. See Magazine XII, 82, 152. Idem, p. 127. The notes on this page ought to have been reversed. Idem, p. 127, note *. It is not entirely certain that Jacob Baer, Sr., removed to Virginia. His name occurs in the assessment lists of Conestoga townsnip, Lancaster Co., Pa, in 1724-5. See Ellis & Evans, History of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, p. 21. His two sons, John and Jacob, Jr., settled near Elkton in 1740 and married daughters of Adam Miller, as stated. Idem, p. 129, note ‡. Mr. Schmidt, originally a dentist, officiated occasionally as pastor among the Lutherans at New Hanover, Pa., from 1736 to 1743. On the arrival of Muehlenberg he went to Virginia, where he preached for a number of years. In 1747 Muehlenberg met him at Frederick, Md. See Hallesche Nachrichten, New Ed., Vol. I, pp. 335, 425. Mr. Schnell also refers to him in 1747 as being at Frederick. Idem, p. 374, note *. The main reasons why Schnell did not wish to go through the Irish settlements are no doubt correctly stated by J. A. W., (Magazinie XII, 203.) At the same time it must be admitted that not much love was lost between the Germans and the Irish. See Magazine XI, 126, XII, 68, 140. Idem, p. 379, note *. The note relative to the several locations of Orange Court House, Virginia, is somewhat in error. The first court house was located near Sommerville's Ford, about four miles west of