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.
BRIEF SECULAR HISTORY OF TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA As has often been said, there is no state in the Union whose history presents such varied· and romantic scenes as does that of Texas. This alone would recommend it to the general reader and to the earnest student. * * These quotations are taken from a Texas History written by Miss Pennypacker and as she only attempts to picture the principal event we have a very meager idea of the history of that state if we stop with those quotations. These facts ought to inspire us to become better acquainted with the greatest things in the largest and most interesting state in the Union. Let these be the starting point of your historical knowledge of Texas. The State can be looked at in a general way by seeing it in the following way: a. Under the heading, Explorers; b. Its early settlers; c. Times of the Filibusters; d. The colonization; e. The days of Revolution; f. The Republic; g: The admission to Statehood and to the present. Since we will be unable to give much history of the State, we will only give those things that show development and especially those that have to do with the Educational and Relig!ous. The Political and the Economic would be interesting and no doubt helpful but the limits of this little book forbids us going into those fields.
in a place of punishment, just because he wasn't immersed? With the above and a thousand other, things in mind, a person can go forth into these districts to do Church work. If he is many-sided enough to adjust himself to the energetic restless northerner and the fixed satisfied southerner, he can do a good work in parts of the South. In settlements of the restless type, churches have been built up in a short time and disappeared with the same rapidity. In the communities of the opposite type, it is more difficult to build up a church but it usually lasts better and longer. The histories of the Churches will reveal some of these communities as you read them. With a desire to make a record of some of these things, we asked for a committee of helpers and the Districts responded by giving us helpers or telling us to select those that could help. The appointees from Texas were Samuel Molsbee, A. J. Wine, R. M. Harris and J. A. Miller. Those from Oklahoma were Eunice Diller, W. P. Bosserman and J. H. Morris. At our first meeting at Nocona, Brother Miller asked to be relieved. Since Brother Harris was not present at that meeting and has never been in touch with the work of the committee, the work for Texas has fallen to Brethren Wine and Molsbee and that in Oklahoma to Sister Diller and Bro. Bosserman besides the editor. We also acknowledge the efficient service of Elsie Dodd and Grace Brunk as helpers with the typewriter in getting the material ready lor the printer. Besides the help rendered by the members of the committee, it was necessary to have responses from
INTRODUCTION How relentless is time! The events of moment in our generation are memories in the next, and forgotten in the third. We retain but a fragment of the notable achive– ments of our fathers. The workers have been so busy do– ing things that no time was left to record the things they did. Here and there, by accident more frequently than by design, signs and hints remain. These the patient student and the sympathetic friend may gather and weave into a fair– ly accurate record. This is the work of the historian. It is service of the greatest value. The Christian Church has not carefully considered the meaning of its own history. Many a deed and many a life have faded from the light of the present. This is greatly to be regreetted. We need all the teestimony of God’s grace and goodness that we can possibly gather. The faithful fol– lower of the Great Father should ever seek to know and to emulate the deeds and lives of the worthies who have gone on and whose example is rich in convincing power to those who now and hereafter follow us. The Church of the Brethren has lost much of the fine rec– ord its great leaders have set goldenly in the progress of Christian thought for two centuries. Perhaps the exodus from Europe, the change from the German to the Enlglish language, and the scattered life here in the colonies have combined to explain, in part at least, this loss. A few years ago it was impossible to ascertain the simple facts fo the origin of the church, its early struggles, its great leaders, its commanding place among the German–Americans of our colonial and early national life. This in part has been remedied. We now know somewhat in detail this splendid record of glorious service to God’s cause. We shall never know it in full. In the grave of neg–