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.
help faithfully by pushing our wagon. Before daybreak we reached the top. We heard that we would find no house for twenty miles, but water every three or four miles. Several brethren went off hunting, but returned empty handed. Six miles to our left we saw high mountains, extending southwest. Our course was south by west. The country was pretty barren, overgrown with pine trees.20 This forenoon we traveled twelve miles and took dinner at a creek. It is said that in this neighborhood, one mile from the road to the left, lives a man named Jacob Mueller, from whom oats can be bought at all times. Then we went part of the way up hill and came to the "Narrow Pas-sage,"21 where no wagon can turn out for another and where deep valleys are on both sides. In the valley on the left the "Stone Creek " runs, and in the one on the right another creek. The road continues almost south, along the heights. During the afternoon we traveled eight miles farther and pitched our tent close to the "Shanidore Creek," which is about again as broad as the "Manakis." It is very dangerous to pass at high water. We had a nice camping place. On October 21, we continued five miles farther and then crossed the "Shanidore."22 We camped close to the bank and observed Sunday. Bro. Jacob Loesch and Kalberland were bled, because they were not well. We put our horses in the woods. In the afternoon we gave ourselves a treat by drinking tea. An Englishman came who also drank with us. He was very thankful. Bro. Petersen and Herman Loesch went ten miles from this point to an Englishman to thresh oats to-mor- 20 This statement does not entirely agree with the general description of the country given by Kercheval in his History of the Valley, who states that when first settled the lower Valley had a fertile soil covered with grass and almost entirely destitute of trees. The missionaries, being travelers through that section, doubtless described conditions as they existed at that time in that particular locality. 21 This was dotubtless near the Narrow Passage creek, a stream which flows into the North Branch of the Shenandoah. It is crossed by the Valley Branch of the Southern Railroad about midway between Edinburg and Woodstock, Va. 22 The North Branch of the Shenandoah was crossed in the neighborhood of New Market.
July 19th. Sunday. Many people assembled, to whom I preached. The power of God and of the blood of Christ was felt among the hearers. Soon afterwards we bade farewell to our host, who had entertained us very kindly for four days. They wished us much success and blessing on our journey, asking us, if we should again come to their neighborhood, to visit them by all means. We would be welcome day or night. After wishing the Lord's peace upon them, we left them and traveled eight miles farther. July 20th. We started early on our way. We found no house for twelve miles, but met a large rattle snake, which barred our way, makiiig much noise. But wvhen we approached, it could not harm us, for the Lord protected us. Soon we met another one, which fled before us. We could not thank the Saviour enough for his gracious protection. At noon we stopped with an Englishman. He complained that for two years he had heard no sermon, although he had been compelled every year to pay the county minister. I had an opportunity of speaking with him about the assurance of faith. In the afternoon we again met no house for ten miles, but we struck high mountains12 and hot weather. In the evening we came to a house where it looked pretty bad, internally as well as externially, but the people were very jolly. July 21st. After marching twelve miles, we found a house and hoped to secure a breakfast, but as nobody lived in the house, a biscuit which I had carried about for fourteen days did good service. This we ate, while resting at a creek, and drank water to our heart's content. We traveled again six miles, when we found another plantation, butt the people told us they had just eaten the last bit of bread. Hence we stayed till the woman had baked some bread for us. Then we continued, wading through the North River [North Branch of Shenandoah]. We stayed over night with an Irishman. July 22nd. Leonhard [Schnell] had a bad attack of fever, which 12 The missionaries were crossing the North Moutntain, to get into the Shenandoah Valley.
years, the school was held on Sunday afternoons. In the early 1940’s Evelyn [Spitler] Honeyman assisted by Ruby [Minnich] Ingle created the Junior Sunday School. Deacons Those known prior to the 1923 organization: Benjamin & Magdalena [Welbaum] Longanecker Adam & Hester [Haines] Pfeiffer, 1888 Granville W. & Malinda [Hershey] Minnich, 1894 Joseph & Mary [Ditmer] Ruble, 1901 John & Mary [Ganger] Heckman, 1914 Perry & Satia [Flowers] Hoke A. J. & Arra [Norris] Johnston Boyd & Mina [Thompson] Miller And after: Foster Myers, 1925 Noah & Georgia [Carson] Shanck, 1925 Arthur & Treva [Hoke] Brumbaugh, 1927 Harry & Blanche [Oda] Delk, 1927 Calvin & Edna [Shanck] Minnich, 1927 Elmer & Lola [Ditmer] Heck, 1939 Harris & Esther [Rinehart] Shanck, 1939 Harold & Mary [Flory] Spitler, 1943 Emerson & Thelma [Huff] Ditmer, 1946 Dale & Maxine [Brehm] Fasnacht, 1946 Robert L. & Dorothy [Myers] Honeyman, 1946 Franklin & Pauline [Ganger] Baker, 1950 Lester & Esther [Baker] Hall, 1950 Harry & Naomi [Robbins] Hutcheson, 1950 Alva & Naomi [Heisey] Petry, 1950 Robert & Janet [Myers] Delk, 1957 Gerald & Velma [Byers] Heck, 1957 Bernie & Alice [Ditmer] Cassell, 1969 John & Betty [Rowan] Hutcheson, 1969 Donovan & Jean [Myers] Besecker, 1983 Don & Arlene [Brumbaugh] Evans, 1983 Duane & Joyce [Myers] Weikert, 1983 Dewayne & Donna [Hollinger] Heck, 1991 Gene & Judy [Anthony] Miller, 1991 Gary & Brenda [Cassell] Shiverdecker, 1991 Ray & Sharon [Bright] Fellows, 1995 Robert & Kathy [Werts] Stringer, 1995 Marvin & Mary [Freeman] Weikert, 1995