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Donegal Twp., Washington Co., Pa.
During 1977 The Keyhole in four issues published the Miller Family Record, written in 1908 by William Perry MILLER of Tipton, Missouri (with material added later by Mrs. REEVES, see below). It is a fairly complete account of the family of Jacob MILLER, JR., but there are a number of error and omissions. A much more complete History of the Jacob Miller (Sr.) Family of Donegal Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania was published in 1955 by Elizabeth Jane Miller HACK of Indianapolis, Indiana with the help of Mrs. W. A. H. MCILVAINE of Washington, Pennsylvania. There is a copy in the library of the Washington County (Pa.) Historical Society. It is accurate, except for the children of Jacob Sr.'s son, John. Another booklet, History and Genealogy of the Descendants of Jacob Miller Sr. of Washington County, was published about 1940 by (Mr.) Cadwallader Blayney REEVES of Winter Haven, Florida. Mrs. REEVES was a Miller descendant. This book used the Miller Family Record in part. It contains a number of errors. There is a copy in the Citizen's Library, Washington. In 1977 the writer published The Dutch Fork Settlement of Donegal Township Washington County, Pennsylvania, with notes on these families: DEEDS, FULLENWIDER, HUPP, LEFFLER, MILLER, PHILABAUM, RICE AND WINTER. The Citizen's Library has a copy. This gives considerable data on the Miller family using court records. From this work the following information is obtained. The earliest record of Jacob MILLER, Sr. in Washington County (Pa.) is the 1775 settlement date from his Virginia certificate land grant. He likely came from Maryland, for his estate mentions a note in Baltimore. Before that he may have lived in Pennsylvania, possibly in Lancaster County. He may be the Jacob MULLER, who landed at Philadelphia on September 26-1753, age 27, with brothers, Christopher, 24, and,,Frederick, 24. In the earliest Washington County records the name is written "MULLER". Donegal Township was under the jurisdiction of Ohio County, Virginia from 1776 to 1781 Jacob MILLER took the Oath of Allegiance October 13-1777 He is listed in an Ohio County court record April 6-1778. On February 17-1780 he applied for 400 acres of land. The court records of Ohio County (1779) and Washington County (1786) list his wife's name as Mary. Her maiden name is not known. Her old gravestone says "M. M. died 1809, age 73". The MILLER family cemetery is just east of Dutch Fork Lake. It is well-kept. Here are buried Jacob MILLER, Sr. and wife and sons, Jacob and Frederick, also John HUPP and wife and others. Jacob MILLER, Sr. and John HUPP were killed by Indians on March 31-1782. Modern stones were erected in 1954 under the leadership of Mrs. HACK (see above). The heirs of Jacob MILLER, SR. are listed in the Washington County Orphan Court (A-35): widow, Mary; children, Mary, Jacob, John, Adam, Catherine, and three under 14, Frederick, Peter, Henry. The children of: Jacob Jr. are listed in the Miller Family Record (Keyhole); John are given in his will; Frederick are given in the settlement of his estate; Peter are given in The Bromwell Genealogy by Henrietta BROMWELL (Denver, 1910); Henry are given in Mrs. HACK's History. Jacob Jr. and Frederick are buried in the Miller cemetery. John is buried at Zion Church (Donegal Township). Peter and Henry are buried in Harrison County, Indiana. Jacob MILLER, SR. had a brother, Christopher, who died in 1793. Christopher's children are named in his will. His sons, William, John and Christopher have markers at Zion Church. The children of: Jacob, son of Christopher, are given on his administration bond; Christopher, Jr. are given in his will; John, son of Christopher, are given in the Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County (1910). William was not married. There were a number of MILLER intermarriages: Jacob Sr's sons, John and Frederick married Christopher's daughters, Margaret and Elizabeth. Jacob Jr.'s son, Peter, married Lydia MILLER, daughter of Peter (Jacob Jr.'s brother). Jacob Jr.'s daughter, Rebecca married Jacob MILLER, Jr., grandson of Christopher. A third brother of Jacob Sr. was Francis MILLER, who lived in Donegal Township a number of years before moving to Jefferson County, Ohio, where he died in 1799. A fourth brother may have been Frederick who landed at Philadelphia in 1753. The first three generations are given below. (Note:In German families the middle name was the call name. John Jacob MILLER was Jacob. Anna Mary LEFFLER was Mary.) Jacob MILLER, Sr. b c1726 d Mar 31-1782 Donegal Twp m c1757 Mary --- b 1736 d 1809 - Jacob may have landed at Phila 1753 - Md to Pa 1775 1. Mary b Jan 20-1760 d Oct 15-1842 buried at Zion m c1783 Andrew Deeds son of Adam) Children: Adam, Jacob d 1856, John 1790-1845, Mary, Isaac 1800-1886 2. (John) Jacob b Aug 21-1762 d Aug 12-1830 m 1785 (Anna) Mary LEFFLER (daughter of Jacob) b Jan 15-1769 d Nov 16-1839 Licking Co. Ohio Children: Catharine 1785-1858, Elizabeth b 1788 d yg, Jacob 1790-1886, Adam 1792-1881, Isaac 1793-1858, Mary 1795-1862, Rebecca m MILLER b 1796, Abraham 1801-1891, Peter m MILLER 1802-1832, Anne 1806-1888, John 1808-1830 3. John b 1764 d Dec 12-1842 m c1785 Margaret MILLER (daughter of Christopher) b 1767 d Dec 6-1847 Children: Adam 1793-1859, John b 1800, Mary, Ann, Ruth, Margaret, Elizabeth, Rachel. 4. Adam b c1766 d c1792, not married 5. Catharine b c1768 likely d in youth 6. Frederick b Jan 11-1771 d Mar 27-1814 m c1796 Elizabeth MILLER (daughter of Christopher) b 1776 d Sep 23-1838 Children: Susanna, Samuel b 1799, Frederick 1801 - 1804, Mary, Elizabeth 1806 - 1889, William 1809-1880, Margaret, Adam 7. Peter b Jul 25-1775 d Oct 10-1842 near Laconia, Ind m Apr 18-1797 Catharine LEFFLER (daughter of Jacob) b Apr 21-1782 d Feb 27-1868 Children: Elizabeth b 1798, Margaret be 1801, Jacob 1804-1840, Lydia m Miller 1806-1864, David b 1808, Daniel b 1810, Isaac b 1812, John W b 1814, Adeline b 1817, William A b 1821, Elias b 1824, Catharine b 1829. 8. Henry b Jan 10-1777 d Dec 26-1860 near Corydon, Ind m Feb 9-1801 Agnes THOMPSON b 1785 d Jan 15-1834 Children: Henry 1803-1871, Mary 1804-1824, Nancy b 1807, Jane b 1810, Peter 1812-1892, Ruth b 1814, Elizabeth b 1817, Catharine 1820-1893, Harriet 1823-1891, Mary Henrietta 1828-1903 (she died~177 years after the birth of her grandfather). Christopher MILLER (brother of Jacob Sr.) b c1729 d 1793 Donegal Twp ml C 1762 1. Rachel, mentioned in will 2. Michael, mentioned in will 3. Margaret b 1767 d Dec 6-1847 m c1785 John MILLER (see above) m2 c 1769 Mary -- 4. Jacob b c1770 d Jan 1-1827 m C 1787 --- --- Children: Christopher c1788-1866, Jacob m Miller, Joseph, John, and two daughters 5. Sarah, Mentioned in will 6. William b 1775 d Apr 6-1852, not married 7. Elizabeth b 1776 d Sep 23-1838 m c1796 Frederick MILLER (see above) 8. Christopher b 1777 d Mar 13-1841 m c1807 Mary --- b 1782 d Jan 28-1845 Children: John G 1808-1834, George 1809-1872, Elizabeth, William 1813-1842, Jacob 1815-1817 Margaret d 1842, Jesse, Mary 9. John b 1780 d Jul 8-1814 m 1802 Margaret Guy b 1777 d May 26-1847 Children: William b 1803, John b 1805, Elizabeth 1807-1861, Susanna b 1809, Christopher b 1811, George b 1812 Francis MILLER (brother of Jacob Sr.) b c1738 d 1799 Jefferson Co., Ohio Oldest son: George
This article was transcribed by Jeanne Walsh of Seward, NE in February 1998.
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