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.
This blog entry shall delve into the various archival pursuits I have been involved with since my last blog entry, Discussion #5 — A Dunkard's Honor, in July of this year. It has been well received and has been read in excess of 200 times to date. One would think that a kind note to this author for the effort would have have been in order. Unfortunately, the more people have expectations that their research is online, the worse the social graces become when they read that same item of interest. This also applies to several e-mails recently sent regarding the Hendricks and Mack families as well as my latest creation, the Kansas district history by Prof. Craik of McPherson College. What a treacherous road to travel down for society, ignoring the niceties.
On November 13th, we started early. A German woman gave us a piece of bread and cheese for the way. A man who traveled our way to-day was of much assistance to us, as we had no house for twenty miles. Moreover, the forest was very dense, and it was difficult to find the way. To-day we came to the source of the South Fork* and, although we had to cross the water more than thirty times. (the people had urgently warned us not to take this road as we had no horse), yet the Lamb helped us safely through all difficulties. In the evening we lodged in an English cabin (thus they call the English houses there). It was quite cold. But the bear skins upon which we rested and the fire before us which kept us warm, rendered us good services. We had yet a piece of bread left, and as the people had none, we divided it with them. They gave us some of their bear meat, which can be found in every house in this district. On November 14th. we went on our way with a happy feeling. We had to wade through the water frequently. We stayed with a Welshman over night, but he did not trust us very much. We engaged him to take us through the river with his horse, because it is quite large; it is called "Kauh Pastert."† On November 15th, we traveled in the company of a Welshman, George Luys; he took us twelve times through the river [Clover Creek, Highland County]. Traveling was difficult to-day, for we had to cross rather high mountains, and, moreover it rained. Night overtook us before we reached a house and had passed through the water. At last we could no longer see the way and had to stay wht!re we were. Fortunately. we found a little hut, in which no one was at home. Here we stayed. thanking God for the shelter. We made fire, and after drying our clothes we * The South Fork of the South Branch rises in the extreme southern portion of Pendleton county, West Virginia. † Cow Pasture River. The missionaries were then within the limits of the present county of Highland. and probably reached the James River in the vicinity of Clifton Forge. From there the missionaries seem to have followed the road to Fincastle, Botetourt county, to Salem, Roanoke county, to Christiansburg, Montgomery county, and finally to the neighborhood of Newbern, in Pulaski county.
salary, and a German minister who gets 8,000 pounds. He has, also, nine negroes and a fine plantation. We were silent, drying our clothes and other things. On Tuesday, the 26th, it rained again the whole day. We passed the second "Reppehennik" River at Orange Court House.* We lost here our way. In the evening we came to an English house, where they offered us lodging without our asking for it. As we were very wet, we stayed there. But the host asked us all kinds of questions, taking us to be spies. He wanted to see my passport, but I did not show it to him. He sent secretly to his neighbor, who came early the next morning, before it was day. He also examined us, and demanded to see the passport. I asked him who he was, for if I should show every one my passport I would have too much to do. But in case he were a justice I would show him the passport. They then escorted us to the justice with rifles [Gewehre]. When the justice had read the passport, he allowed us to proceed at once without further molestation. We passed an iron smelting furnace, called "Chessel Maynz" [Chiswell Mines.†] After having traveled six miles farther we lodged with an Englishman. On the 28th we had to inquire for the way in one house after another, as we did not have a straight road, but only little foot-paths. An Englishman came to us who was much disturbed in his heart. He complained that his minister preached only. "Do this and thou shalt live" [Luke, 10:28]. He went with us part of * The first Courthouse of Orange county, Virginia, was built on land belonging to John Branham, and the locality was known as Black Walnut Run. The first session of the County Court was held there January 21, 1734. In 1737 or 1738, the county seat was established near Germanna Ford, on the "Second Rappahannock River," as it was called by the missionary, which stream has long been known as the Rapidan. In 1754 or 1755, the Courthouse was removed to its present location. For the foregoing facts the editors are indebted to the courtesy of Mr. John G. Williams and Mr. Philip H. Fry, both of Orange, Va. † This refers to the blast furnace and mine at Fredericksville, a village formerly located thirty miles southwest of Fredericksburg, in Spotsylvania county. Mr. Chiswell was the manager of the furnace. See J. M. Swank, History of the Manufacture of Iron in all Ages. Philadelphia, 1892, p. 260. They were visited by Colonel William Byrd in 1732. History of the Dividing Line, Vol. II, pp. 54-58.