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.
Copyright 1912 D. L. Miller and Galen B. Royer Copyright 2005 A. Wayne Webb (Index added)
line. For an hour and a half they climbed the very steep ascent, but when they reached the top they surveyed in every direction an exceedingly wide region, and it seemed to them as if the whole earth were at their feet.* On account of its remarkable height, they called the mountain "Fuersten Spitz" [Prince Peak]. In passing over the top and in their descent they spent four full hours. As it was evening and they missed the road, they happened to strike an "elk trail," which took them between two mountains.† Here they passed the night, hungry and thirsty, encamped at their fire. They were frequently visited by the elks, which are numerous in those mountains. On the following morning, July 26th, they came to a marked path. It brought them to a salt lick, which is frequented by the elks and where they are usually shot by the hunters. A kind spirit led them to the right way, by which they continued their journey, till they came in the evening to a German plantation. Here Adam Roeder‡ lives, whose mother, eighty-six years of age, lives at Makuntsche [Macungie, now Emmaus, Lehigh county, Pa.], and belongs to that congregation. * The region seen by the missionaries from the top of "Fuersten Spitz" is now comprised in the counties of Augusta, Rockingham and Shenandoah. † This was probably Brock's Gap, one of the most important passes through the North Mountain. ‡ Adam Rader. The missionaries were now in the vicinity of Timberville, Rockingham county, Va. About one mile west of this place stands Rader's Church, which is known to be one of the oldest places of worship in Rockingham, although the date of the organization of the congregation cannot be given definitely. The first reference to the Reformed congregation worshipping in Rader's Church is found in the diary of Rev. Charles Lange, pastor at Frederick, Md, who visited the congregation on April 17, 1768. See Fathers of the Reformed Church, Vol. II, p. 154. From the beginning until 1879 it was used jointly by the German Reformed and Lutheran denominations. In that year a new church was built by the Lutherans for their sole use, the German Reformed congregation shortly afterwards erecting a church at Timberville.
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