Isaac MILLER Jr (bet 1767/1770 – 1837) was Alex’s 4th Great Grandfather; one of 32 in this generation of the Miler line.
Isaac Miller was born between 1767 and 1770 in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. His parents were Isaac MILLER Sr.and Deborah NEWCOMB. His father died when he was little and his mother moved to New Brunswick with her father and brother and remarried. Isaac first married Susannah Gallop on 10 Dec 1793 in Northampton or Woodstock, York County, New Brunswick Canada and they had six children. After Susannah died, he married Harriett PARKS on 31 Jul 1815 in Woodstock, New Brunswick Canada. Isaac and Harriett were married by Parson Frederick Dibblee of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, in 1814 marriage Bann 31 July 1815 in Northampton, Carleton Co., N.B. Samuel Gallop and Albert Smith; were the witnesses. They had 10 more children including our ancestor George Miller. Isaac died about 1837 in York or Carleton Co., New Brunswick, Canada
Susannah Gallop was born between 1776 and 1778 in Nova Scotia, Canada. Her parents were Nathaniel Gallop and Hannah Parent. Nathaniel was likely Isaac’s mother Deborah’s third husband, so she was probably Isaac’s step-sister. Susannah died about 1814 in New Brunswick Canada.
Harriet Parks was born 15 Nov 1798 in Waterborough (Grand Lake area), Queens Co, New Brunswick, Canada. Her parents were Jonathan PARKS and Sarah Hannah BRADLEY. Harriet was more than 30 years younger than Isaac and there were 39 years between Isaac’s oldest and youngest children. Harriet was a widow with 8 of her 10 children living, beside seven or eight of her 13 step children, when she married Tristram Winslow Hillman in 1846. He was referred to in family history as “that queer duck Hillman.” Harriet died 29 Jan 1873 in Pickett, Winnebago County, Wisconsin.
Tristram Winslow Hillman was born 6 Oct 1800 in New Brunswick, Canada. His parents were Edmund Tristram Hillman (1778 – 1878) and Catherine Tompkins (1781 – 1824). He first married 25 Oct 1827 in Sunbury, New Brunswick to Mary Foster. In the 1870 census, Tristam and Harriet were living in Utica, Winnebago, Wisconsin., In the 1880 census, Tristam was living with his son Leonard in Utica. Tristam died in 18 Jul 1885 in Winnebago County, Wisconsin.
Children of Isaac’s first marriage with Susannah Gallop
|1.||Isaac Miller||abt. Dec 1795
Northampton, York, NB
|Mary Jane Nesmith
31 Mar 1831 Northampton
13 Apr 1842 Woodstock, Carlton, NB
|30 Jun 1873, Jacksontown, Carleton Co., NB|
|2.||Ira Miller||16 Dec 1796 Southampton, York, NB||Salome Hartley
6 Apr 1821 Northampton, NB
|27 Feb 1886 Wicklow Tracey Mills, Centreville, Carleton, NB|
York, New Brunswick
|Sarah (Sally) Hartley
21 Aug 1824 York, NB
|29 Apr 1886, Canterbury, York County, NB|
|4.||Phoebe Miller||c. 1800
26 Aug 1830 York, NB
|25 Aug 1875 Parish of Wicklow, Carleton, NB|
|5.||Lydia Miller||c. 1800
|John Rudiment Patterson
15 Jul 1817 York, NB
|6.||Mary (Polly) Miller||c. 1804
3 Aug 1830 Northampton, York, NB
|26 Jan 1887|
|7.||Nancy Ann Miller||1807
30 Aug 1825 York, NB
|4 Apr 1882|
Children of Isaac Miller and Harriett Parks
|8.||George MILLER||21 Jun 1817 York County, New Brunswick||Mary ESTEY
29 Aug 1838 [New Brunswick Royal Gazette]
|7 Sep 1860 Winnebago County, Wisconsin|
|9.||Deborah Maria Miller||5 Mar 1819 York Co., NB||George Estey
(Mary Estey’s brother)
1860 Census: Nepeuskun, Winnebago, WI
1870 Census: Rock, MN
|10.||Hannah Miller||3 May 1820 Northampton New Brunswick, Canada||John Grant (1811 – 1889)||30 May 1885
Kasota Hill Cemetery, Le Sueur County Minnesota
York Co, NB
|23 May 1863
Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi
|12.||Abner Miller||23 May 1824 York Co., NB||Hulda Dickinson
|22 Oct 1898
|13.||Harriett Miller||Unknown||Died Young|
|14.||Sarah Miller||Unknown||Died Young|
|15.||Richard Miller||10 June 1829 York Co., NB||Esther Schriver
24 Oct 1849
|16 Aug 1864
Admire, Lyon County, Kansas.
|16.||John Allan Miller||4 Jun 1832 York Co., NB||Phydella Roberts
13 Apr 1864 Niagara, New York
|15 Dec 1916 Christopher or Thomas, King County Washington|
|17.||Leonard Jarvis Miller||1835
|Mary Ann Benedict
17 Nov 1865 Omro, Winnebago, Wisconsin
|3 Nov 1900
Utica, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
Burial: Liberty Prairie Cemetery
Pickett, Winnebago County
Isaac’s son John Allan Miller letter, Aug. 8, 1908.
“Mother’s first husband had 13 children and for about 17 years she was a mother to them and she always spoke lovingly of them all. Then for perhaps 20 years she was father and mother to her own ten. Then for more than ten (or two?) years she cared for her second husbands eight children and then later on she was grandmother to her grandchildren whose name was legion.”
“Mother was left with all of us eight children, almost destitute. She had 100 acres of dense forest, a few acres cleared, a small log house, and a good frame barn. I think the barn was and remains a building 26 x 36 and sixteen feet high. The land was covered with a heavy growth of hardwood timber. The soil was exceedingly poor; it would only produce two crops of grain then it had to be seeded to grass, which it would produce for a few years and then it was entirely exhausted. Each year we had to fell a few acres, as much as we able to clear, and so on as long as we lived there. When mother went on this place George was fifteen and Leonard a nursing babe. [That would make it about 1835. Isaac’ death is recorded as 1837].
All of us to be fed and clothed. How she ever did it has always been a mystery to me. I think we had enough to eat always. Our clothing Mother literally took from the sheep’s back and fashioned into our garments. George soon became of age and started for himself, thus Colin was to the fore. Then I remember we fared pretty well but when he left and Abner was the head of the family we were up against it sure enough. He was rather, we will say erratic. Everything went to the dogs. Mother had to expel him. That left Richard the oldest at home. He was about fourteen, John about eleven, and Leonard about nine. Us three kids just had to wrest a living out of that wilderness and we did and did it well. I remember after the first year we had plenty, even a surplus. We had things to sell. The third year we had our barn full to the rafters and plenty of meat and vegetables. Then Mother married her second husband, Tristrem (?) Hillman. Richard then left home and worked in the lumber woods. The winter of ’47 and ’48 he boarded at Abraham Schriver’s and went to school. Later on when he was nineteen he married Esther Schriver and moved to Wisc. in 1850 or 1851. He got some land and built a house and Esther and I passed the winter in it. I was with them about six months and became very attached to Esther. My recollections of her are all pleasant. I never saw Richard after March, 1852, when I went to California.”
After Isaac Miller died, Harriet Parks Miller remained single for a while and several of the children assumed the role of male head of household. Then she married Tristram Winslow Hillman, who was born Oct. 6, 1800. He had as many as 9 children by a previous marriage. Harriet was a devoted mother to these children as well as her own children and the step children fathered by Isaac Miller.
In the 1850 census, Harriett and Tristam were living in Utica Wisconsin with a combined family right next to George MILLER‘s and Abner Miller’s families. Actually seven of the children were Tristam’s and only one was Harriett’s.
Tristam Hillman Age 50 Laborer
Harriette Hillman Age 53
Caleb Hillmon (21) b. 1829
Catherine Hillmon (20) b. 1830 .
Mary Hillman (18) b. 1832
Frederick Hillman (17) b. 1833
George Hillman (15) b. 1835
Jarvis Hillman (13) b. 1837
Charles Hillman (10) b. 1840
Leonard Jarvis Miller (14) b. 1835
Harriet died 29 Jan 1873 in Pickett, Winnebago County, Wisconsin. and is buried beside her son George Miller in Picketts, Wisconsin.
1. Isaac Miller Jr.
m1. 31 March 1831 to Mary Jane Nesmith of Northampton, Witnesses: David Cronkhite and John Clynic She was born 1810 in of Northampton, formerly York, Now Carleton Co.,NB, and died Bef. 1842;
m2. 13 Apr 1842 in Woodstock, Carleton County, NB to Harriet Nelson (1825 – 30 Jun 1873, Jacksontown, Carleton Co., NB or 18 Jan 1883 in Williamstown, Carleton Co.,New Brunswick) Her parents were William Neslon and Ann Burtt.
Child of Isaac Miller and Mary Nesmith
i. Elizabeth Jane Miller (Abt. 1832 – June 12, 1886, (age 54) Prob. Jacksontown, NB. area.); m. 09 Dec 1867 in Parish of Wakefield, Carleton County, NB to William Nelson Jr. (Abt. 1832 – 6 May 1897) He was also son of William Nelson and Ann Burtt. Elizabeth “Nelson” is on the 1876 list of members of the Jacksontown Church along with many other members of the Miller family including Harriet, Stephen, William, etc. The death of “Elizabeth Nelson” is recorded on this list as June 12, 1886.
Children of Isaac Miller and Harriet Nelson:
ii. Stephen Miller (17 April 1844, Prob.Jacksontown or Waterville New Brunswick – 09 July 1920); m.19 Dec 1865 in Canterbury, York County, NB to Emeline Patterson (Abt. 1844 in Prob. Parish of Canterbury, York Co.,New Brunswick – 31 Aug 1869); m2. 01 Jun 1871 in Wakefield, Carleton Co., New Brunswick to Susan Palmer (26 Sep 1849 in Prob. Jacksontown or Waterville New Brunswick – Aft. 1911)
iii. Lucy Miller (Abt. 1845, New Brunswick, Canada – Unknown.; m. 15 Jan 1861 in Parish of Wakefield to Isaac Tracy (Abt. 1827 in New Brunswick – Unknown)
iv. William Miller (4 Jan 1846, New Brunswick, Canada – 26 May 1939 Jacksonville, Carleton, New Brunswick, buried Waterville); m. 1869 to Elizabeth “Lizzie” Jane Westall (25 May 1847 Upper Woodstock, NB, Canada. – 6 Oct, 1921 Jacksonville, Carleton, New Brunswick) Her parents were William Westall (1821 – 1888) and Margaret Ann (Mary) Brooks (1822 – 1895)
1851 Census of New Brunswick Carleton County, Wakefield Parish, page 23
Isaac Miller M Husband 55 Native Farmer (Propr) Birth 1796
Harriett Miller F Wife 26 Native Birth 1825
Elizabeth Jane Miller F Daughter 19 Native Birth 1832
Stephen Miller M Son 8 Native Birth 1843
Lucy Miller F Daughter 7 Native Birth 1844
William Miller M Son 5 Native Birth 1846
John Prior F Hireling 22 English Farmer servant June 1830 1829
2. Ira Miller
Ira married April 06, 1821 in Florenceville, Carleton Co., New Bunswick to Salome Hartley (Oct 1797 in Parish of Woodstock,York, New Brunswick – 27 Feb 1886, Wicklow Tracey Mills Centreville Carleton, New Brunswick)
Ira’s wife Salome Hartley was born Oct 1796 in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada. Her parents were Abigail Estey and George Adkin Hartley. Her grandparents were Richard ESTEY II and Hannah HAZEN. Salome died 8 Nov 1865 in Wicklow Tracey Mills Centreville Carleton, New Brunswick, Canada
Land Petition – 1818 Ira Miller: “That your petitioner as a native of the Province and has ever resided therein. That he is a single man and has never received any grant or allotment from the Crown – pray your excellency will be pleased to grant the vacant lot at Woodstock next above the lot received for a Pickle and marked in the plan by the letter ‘C’. It contains about 360 acres and is included a short distance above Falls Island – that the said land is in its natural un-occupied state. that the petitioner to the Royal Instructions – and also that he has not directly or indirectly bargained or acquired for the sale or transfer of the same to any person or persons what-so-ever and is bound prayer forever. signed Ira Miller.” Also, “on the 18th day of November 1818, Grant Cooper, one of his Majesty Justices of the Peace, for the County of York – appear personally before me the above named person Ira Miller and made under oath that the several matters and things in the aforesaid are true. The petition has been described is vacant, same applied for in 1814 by an Estey but not improved by him. I verify that Ira Miller is my son and the age of 22 years, signed Issac Miller.”
Also: “Land Petition – 1834 Ira Miller. To Major General Archibald Campbell – Lt Governor of New Brunswick,” as shown above with the exception that the lot 14 is in the 5th tier (not the 6th tier) and is dated 2 Sept. 1835. There is a note: Lot already given to Snodgrass. Also, “Deed – county of York Book 21 page 339, Ira Miller to Levi Grant. I Ira miller and Salome my wife in the Parish of Wicklow, County of Carleton for 150 lbs. to Levi Grant – Parish of Southampton, Dumfies – now York Co. – easterly corner of Lot ‘D’ – formerly Parish of Woodstock – granted to me in a grant dated 20 Sept. 1820 – description is SE corner of St. John River at eastern corner of Lot “D” granted to John Dow – 360 acres in aforesaid Grant. .lot ‘D’, dated 8 Nov. 1836, signed by Ira Miller and Salome Miller.”
Children of Ira and Salome:
i. Jarvis R. Miller (20 Mar 1824 Southampton, York Co., New Brunswick, Canada – Aft. 1901 census Carleton, NB); m. 2 Dec 1848 in Woodstock, Carleton Co., N.B., Canada to Mary Jane Foster (9 Dec 1827 in Southampton, York Co., New Brunswick, Canada – 14 Jun 1911 in New Limerick, Aroostook, Maine)
ii. Zebulon Burpee Miller (7 Feb 1826 New Brunswick – 6 Oct 1885, Tracey Mills, Carleton, New Brunswick); m1. 22 Nov 1855 in Woodstock,New Brunswick, Canada, to Sarah Jane Barrett (August 1827 in New Brunswick – 25 May 1857 Tracy Mills, Carleton, New Brunswick. age 29 years, 9 mos.); m2. 25 Dec 1860 in Florenceville or Woodstock, NB to Ruth Arlaine Steeves (23 Feb 1845 in Pedicodiac, Westmoreland County New Brunswick – d. 21 May 1931 in Tracy Mills, Carleton County, New Brunswick) Her parents were Enoch Steeves and Emma Turner.
iii. Mary P. Miller (16 May 1828, New Brunswick – Aft. 1901); m. 8 Feb 1850 in Carleton County, New Brunswick to Samuel Jamieson (20 Jan 1825 in New Brunswick – 21 Aug 1907)
iv. Esther Jewell Miller (11 Jul 1831, New Brunswick – 3 Sep 1904); m. William West (1 Mar 1826 – 11 Mar 1873)
v. Isaac Miller III (Abt. 1833, New Brunswick – ) He may have emigrated to Wisconsin as did others of the Miller family.
In the 1880 census, an Isaac Miller (b. 1833 Canada) was a saloon keeper in 6th Ward, Fond Du Lac, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin . His wife was Agnes [__?__] (b. 1847 New York)
vi. Ira Miller (5 Jul 1835, New Brunswick – 27 Oct 1909, Tracey Mills, Carelton County,New Brunswick,Canada); m. 13 Jan 1861 in Florenceville , NB to Lucy Ann Turner (12 Apr 1840 in Simonds Parish, Carleton Co., N.B. – 29 Nov 1907 in Tracey Mills, Carelton County, New Brunswick)
One Hundred Years Of A Country Church. Royalton Reformed Baptist Church 1889-1966 Royalton Wesleyan Church 1966-1989 By Erma G Crawford-Macaulay
“On January 1,1889, a group of Royalton residents met at the home of Ira Miller for the purpose of organizing a Church. Following that, Ira Miller donated a parcel of land from his farm for “the purpose of worship and for the promotion of scriptual holiness”.(Rev. J. A. Owens) The first pastor was Rev. Bamford Colpitts who served for three months.
The land which was consecrated to the glory of God, was originally a portion of a 500 acre grant of land, given by the Crown, to Maria McDonald Snodgrass on June 11, 1836. Ira Miller bought the grant in 1866, and sensing a spirtual need, donated a parcel of the whole for the Royalton Reformed Church in 1889.
The Royalton Reformed Church was one in a series to be organized by Rev. G. T. Hartley (see notes elsewhere on G.T. Hartley). “They have enjoyed visits from a number of brethen in the ministry…..spirtually the Church is in good standing, and enjoys much of the love of God. They are now building a Church.” Reformed Baptist Alliance Minute Book.
The first corresponding secretary, (clerk) was Mrs. Almon Jones who started the record keeping in June 1889 for the Alliance meeting. L.N. Beckwith was a delegate for the Alliance meeting.
In June 1890, Ira Miller was a delegate to the “Alliance”. The corresponding secretary reported:”The Royalton Church reports the regular services of the Church are well sustained with some increase in strength. A mission society and Sabbath School is sustained by the Church. The Alliance fund is $3.50.”
vii. Edward W. Miller b. 2 Mar 1838, Tracy Mills, Carleton Co., N.B., Canada; d. 3 Sep 1913; m. 20 Jul 1861 in Woodstock, New Brunswick,Canada to Luantha “Loretta” Margison (16 Nov 1842 – 4 Oct 1914)
viii. Charles H. Miller b. 21 Sep 1840, Parish of Wicklow, Carleton Co., New Brunswick; d. 12 Jul 1904, Tracey Mills; m1. 12 Jul 1863 in Wicklow Parish, Carleton Co., New Brunswick, Canada to Susannah H. Wheeler (14 Aug 1844 in Tracey Mills, Carleton Co., New Brunswick, Canada – 25 Jan 1880 in Wilmot, Carleton County,New Brunswick); m2. 13 Mar 1901 in Centerville, Car. Co., New Brunswick, Canada to Nancy J. Nickerson (27 Dec 1844 – 15 Oct 1924).
1851 Census of New Brunswick Carleton County, Wicklow Parish, page 6
Isa Miller M Parent 54 Farmer 1797
Siloma Miller F Parent 54 1797
Zebulon Miller M Son 25 1826
Esther Miller F Daughter 20 1831
Isaac Miller M Son 18 1833
Edwan? Miller M Son 13 1838
Chas Miller M Son 10 1841
Jarvis Miller M Parent 25 Farmer 1826 (Living next door to his father)
Mary Miller F Parent 22 1829
Madeline Miller F Daughter 1 1850
3. Oliver Miller
Oliver’s wife Sarah Sally Hartley was born in 1801 in Woodstock, Carleton, New Brunswick. Her parents were Abigail Estey and George Adkin Hartley. Her grandparents were Richard ESTEY II and Hannah HAZEN. Sally died 15 Nov 1875 in Lower Meductic, York County.
Oliver is described as a long suffering man in his brother John Allan Miller’s 8 Aug 1908 letter. Oliver lived near Canterbury, about 20 miles southeast of Woodstock, three miles from where John was raised.
“He, Oliver was a model man, very few as good ever lived. He was a robust man, mentally and physically, and he needed it all, no other man born to a woman ever did or ever could have endured what he did and never complain — always good and cheerful, endured all of his wife’s idiosyncracies. This name was legion, Sally Miller. Sally Miller — the name revives a thousand memories. She was not bad, that is, wicked. No, she had some good qualities. Perhaps I might say several or even many good qualities. What good sausage she did make, none ever half as good. The taste still lingers with me after all these years, and her raspberry jam was fit for angles and Johnny always was sure of a generous slice of well-buttered bread thickly spread with her delicious jam. But her ability to be troublesome, trying, tormenting, and all that to poor patient long-suffering Oliver. They had five children: Jemima, Keziah, Karonpapieche (?), Christina, and George Isaac. Ain’t those names the limit? (Here follows a short sentence I cannot read, but it it seems to mention one or two of those children died in early childhood.) But I suppose this does not interest. Writing of them just started the trains of thought, and you can consider it so much surplus age. I will give you one example of Sally’s eccentrisities. For some small matter of difference with Oliver, she, while in fair health, lay in bed seven years and had to be waited the same as a helpless invalid. After that she labored two years grading a road to the spring.”
Children of Oliver and Sally:
i. Jemima A. Miller b. Abt. 1826, Of Dumfries, York Co., NB; d.After 1881 Census; m. 08 Oct 1846 in Queensbury,York Co., New Brunswick to William H. Anderson ( Unknown in Of Dumfries,York Co.,NB – Bef. 1881) In the 1881 Canadian Census, Jemima was a Free Baptist Store Keeper in Canterbury, York, New Brunswick
ii. Casia Miller (Abt. 1832 – ) “Casia” age 19 in 1851 York Co., Dumfries Parish.
iii. George Isaac Miller b. 9 Nov 1834, Prob. Parish of Dumfries, York Co., New Brunswick; d. 31 Jan, 1918, Near Canterbury, York Co., New Brunswick; m. H25 Jun 1863 to Celesta Ann Smith (18 Aug 1842 Parish of Woodstock, Carleton County, NB – 02 Jun 1913 in Near Canterbury, York Co., New Brunswick)
iv. Christina Miller b. 7 Apr 1837, New Brunswick; d26 May 1907; m. James W. Smith (12 Sep 1834 in New Brunswick – 19 Jan 1907) In the 1881 Census, James is a Scottish Presbyterian Farmer in Canterbury, York, New Brunswick. Interestingly, Christina and her parents who were living with the family are listed as Dutch Calvinist Baptists , evidence Isaac MILLER Sr. indeed came from the Netherlands.
v. Karonpapieche (?) Miller, b. Unknown; d. Unknown. Calvin Miller notes: Karonpapieche (?) was not listed in 1851 census. I have no idea what the proper spelling, or what this name is supposed to be. It was quoted from the writings of John A. Miller.
1851 Census of New Brunswick York County, Dumfries Parish, page 41
Oliver Miller M Head 52 Farmer 1799
Sarah Miller F Wife 50 1801
Casia Miller F Daughter 19 1832
George Isaac Miller M Son 17 1834
Christiana Miller F Daughter 14 1837
4. Phoebe Miller
Phoebe married 26 Aug 1830 in York Co., New Brunswick to Mark Tracy
Mark Tracy was born about 1807 in New Brunswick. His parents were Solomon Tracy and Mary Phillips. Mark died 14 Dec 1861 in Parish of Wicklow, Carleton County, NB. See John Allan Miller letter, Aug. 8, 1908. “They lived thirty miles from us. I doubt if I ever saw her. Decent respectable people, however.” In the 1851 census, Mark is listed as a Mill Owner.
Saint John Newspaper Religious Intelligencer
Mark Tracy departed this life Saturday, 14th Dec., 1861, age 54. He professed religion when but a youth. He united himself with the Free Baptist Church in Wicklow (Carleton Co.), (see verse)
A History of Tracey’s Mills begins – ” Around the year 1824 Mark Tracy and wife, Phoebe Miller moved from Jacksontown with their infant son James Frederick. He was Vernet Tracey’s Grandfather.” Today, Traceys Mills is just 2 miles from the United States on highway 110.
Children of Phoebe and Mark:
i. Jonathan Tracy b. 1825; d. May 31, 1867; m1. Sophronia Cronkhite (c. 1822 – 22 Nov 1855) Cronk Settlement (Carleton Co.) December 14, 1855 22nd ult., of consumption Mrs. w/o Jonathan Tracy and d/o late Elder Cronkhite, age 33 member of Free Baptist Church; m2. 20 Oct 1857 in Carleton County, New Brunswick to Mary Mahettabel West (1831 – 1889) After Jonathan died, Mary married Acie Cronkhite. According to Rev. John Arthur Owens, JR, in the book 100 Years In A Country Church by Emma G. Crawford-Macaulay, “Acie (Cronkhite) married a woman named Mary Mahettabel West, who later became my Grandmother……………”.
The name Royalton was eventually evolved at a barn raising that was conducted for the benefit of Will West, a brother to Mary Magetabel West. At the barn raising, they petitioned the government through the Royal Gazette to change the name Cronk Settlement to Royalton. It was signed and the petition was heard and acted upon and thus the new name of Royalton was established. This happened somewhere near the turn of the century.”
ii. Mary Tracy (Abt. 1828 – 1828, 4 Weeks) Cemetery: Tracey Mills, Carleton County
iii. James Frederick Tracy (18 May 1831, Jacksontown, Carleton Co,New Brunswick – 6 Jul 1902); m. 11 Nov 1852 to Suannah S. Hovey (25 Feb 1834 Nashwaak, NB – 02 Sep 1923)
iv. Isaac Tracy b. 1832, New Brunswick; d. 02 Mar 1890, age 58; m. Jan 1858 in Carleton County, New Brunswick to Melinda Good (c. 1841 – ) 1871 Census, Parish of Wicklow,1881 Canadian Census, Parish of Wilmot.
v. Nehemiah Tracy ( Abt. 1835; d. Unknown); m. 02 Jun 1860 Carleton, Woodstock, NB to Mary Jane Whitney
vi. Susannah Tracy b. 13 Aug 1835; d. 04 Oct 1909; m. Isaac Franklin Adams (28 Feb 1819 – in New Brunswick – 24 Feb 1895) Centreville (Carleton Co.) Feb. 23rd 1895 – At Tracey Mills, Sunday morn., Isaac Adams departed this life in the 76th year of his age, leaving a widow, two sons and two daughters. He was a worthy member of the F.B. Church. His first wife was a d/o late Edward Barratt and his widow was a d/o late Mark Tracy. In every enterprise or the support of the gospel and the benefit of mankind he was ready to scrifice time and money. He was captain of a volunteer company to defend his country. He was leader of the Baptist choir for 45 years. He was entrusted with many important offices in connection with the expending of public money. He was buried at Tracey Mills, the funeral occasion being improved by the pastor, Rev. Currie
vii. David Tracy (c. 1836 – 30 Jul 1852, Age 16)
viii. Edward T. Tracy (29 Aug 1838, New Brunswick – 12 Oct 1919 Butte, SilverBow, Montana); m1. 21 Jul 1859 in Houlton, Aroostook, Maine to Harriet A. Gilkey (28 Jun 1838 New Brunswick – 1866 New Brunswick) Her parents were William Gilkey and Sarah Lindsey. m2. in 1869 to Almeda (Alameda) Estey (26 Oct 1851 Houlton, Arrostook County, Mainen – 27 Dec 1929 in Butte, SilverBow, Montana.). Her parents were Hiram Estey and Mary Kenny.
In the 1880 census, Edward was a laborer in Lions City, Beaverhead, Montana. Once a mining camp and now a ghost town. Here’s today’s satellite view
Lion City was the second community founded in the Bryant Mining District, following the formation of the town named Trapper City. As Lion Mountain proved to be rich in ores, the residents moved their homes and businesses closer to the mining activity. The first post office in the area was at Trapper City and was referred to as the Burnt Pine Post Office. As the mines owned by the Hecla Consolidated Mining Company began to close in the early 1900s, the residents slowly trickled out of the area. Lion City’s neighbors, in Hecla, were often surprised with snowslides that destroy almost everything in thier path. Businesses included, grocers, dry goods, saloons, blacksmith shops, stage operators and brothels.
The townsite of Lion City has long been abandoned. It is located about 12 miles west of Melrose at the head of the Trapper Creek drainage, adjacent to Hecla. On your way, you will pass through the old townsite of Glendale, which housed the smelting facilities for the mining district. One should prepare for a slow ride to the site as the road is very primitive and accessible with a 4WD or ATV.
REMAINS: About 15 stuctures remain in the Lion City area.
For more pictures, see my post Cousins of the Golden West
ix. Phebe Burby Tracy (c. 1840 – Not in 1851 Census)
x. Nancy Tracy (c. 1848 – Bef. 1851, Age 2 yrs 6 mo.)
1851 Census of New Brunswick Carleton County, Wicklow Parish, page 22
Children v. through x. are not listed in the 1851 census
Mark Tracy M Parent 43 Native Mill Owner 1808
Phebe Tracy F Parent 46 Native 1805
Frederick Tracy M Son 20 Native 1831
Isaac Tracy M Son 19 Native 1832
5. Lydia Miller
Lydia married 15 Jul 1817 in York County to John Rudiment Patterson
John Rudiment Patterson was born in 1788 in York, New Brunswick. His parents were Lott Mill Patterson and Jannet [__?__]. John died Aug 1844 in Southampton, York Co., New Brunswick.
John Allan Miller letter, Aug. 8, 1908.”John and Lydia raised a large family of bright intelligent children. Their home joined Hillman, both farms fronting on the St. John’s River. I believe only three of the children are still living. Walter, the third son, is now living on the Patterson’s farm. He married his cousin, Jane Hillman, and their son lives on the Hillman farm. Walter is a very bright man. He is two years older than I, that is 78.”
Calvin Miller notes: John R. Patterson, sons including Walter, and grandsons are buried at the Lower Meductic cemetery. Lydia is mentioned as the mother of Duncan but her name is not on John’s stone, nor is any other spouse named. I’m thinking Lydia remarried after John’s death and is buried elsewhere. However, there is what appears to be the remains of a tombstone beside John which is extremely weathered and possibly once vandalized. It can be hardly recognized as a tombstone.
Children of Lydia and John:
i. Alfred Patterson (10 Nov 1820 New Brunswick – ); m1. Jerusha Lenentine (c. 1822 New Brunswick – ); m2. Lydia [__?__] (c. 1832 – )
1851 Census of New Brunswick York County, Dumfries Parish, page 23
Alfred Patterson M Head 30 Farmer 1821
Jerusha Patterson F Wife 29 1822
Emmilius Patterson F daughter 7 1843
Martha Patterson F daughter 5 1846
Sarah Jane Patterson F daughyer 3 1848
Walter Patterson M lodger 24 1827
ii. James Frederick Patterson (c. 1826 – Feb 1893); m1. Mary [__?__] (c. 1840 – 17 Jun 1869); m2. Victoria Anne Pike
iii. Walter H. Patterson (19 Feb 1828 – 5 May 1912); m. 2 Sep 1858 in Woodstock, Carleton, New Brunswick to his cousin Mary Jane Hillman (16 Aug 1838 – 8 Mar 1908). Her parents were George Hillman and Mary Miller.
iv. Duncan M. Patterson (1830 – 20 Aug 1859, Age 29) Buried Lower Meductic cemetery.
6. Mary “Polly” Miller
Polly is buried at Hillman Cemetery, Ritchie, York Co., New Brunswick. She married 3 Aug 1830 in Northampton, York Co. to George Hillman, her stepfather Tristam Hillman’s brother.
George Hillman was born 15 Nov 1803 in New Brunswick. His parents were Edmund Tristam Hillman and Catherine Tompkins. George died 14 Aug 1874 in York, New Brunswick. See John Allan Miller letter, Aug. 8, 1908. “George and Polly had father Isaac’s old homestead where John Allan was born, six miles from Woodstock. John did not like George.”
Children of Polly and George:
i. Edmund “Edward Libby Hillman (10 Nov 1831 Canterbury(Parish?), York, New Brunswick – 23 Mar 1914); m. 19 Jul 1863 in Canterbury, York, NB to Jerusha N. Dow (8 Mar 1843 in York County, NB – 21 Apr 1922) Her parents were Moses Dow and Nancy Cummings.
ii. Snelan Hillman (1835 – )
iii. George N. Hillman (Aug 1836 – 23 Oct 1842) Aged 6 Years 2 Months – Marble monument
Cemetery: Ritchie Extension, York County
iv. Mary Jane Hillman (16 Aug 1838 – 8 Mar 1908); m. 2 Sep 1858 in Woodstock, Carleton, NB to her cousin Walter H. Patterson (19 Feb 1828 – 5 May 1912). His parents were John Patterson and Lydia Miller.
v. Salome Hillman (1840 – ); m. Nathan Grant (13 Apr 1836 – ) Salome was Nathan’s second wife. He had six children with his first wife, Teressa Patterson.
vi. Jeremiah “Jared” M. Hillman (1 Oct 1841 – ); m. 5 Jul 1866 in Wakefield, Carleton, NB to Harriett E. Clark (9 Dec 1842 – 9 Dec 1898) Jarad was a Baptist farmer in Southampton, York NB in the 1881 Canadian Census.
vii. Lizzie Hillman (1842 – )
viii. Daniel A. Hillman (1851 – ); m. Lizzie [__?__]
7. Nancy Ann Miller
Nancy married 30 Aug 1825 in York County, NB to an immigrant from England John Clynick
John Clynick was born in 1800 in England. John died 1 May 1843. Apparently there were several spellings used for the surname Clynick/Clynich/Clynic/Clinch. See John Allan Miller letter: “Nancy was the youngest of my half-sisters and the best. She married John Clynich, an Englishman. He was an all-round good man and all of us boys thought everything of him, but Nancy was our best friend, we fairly worshiped her. John died in middle life and left her the poorest farm in the place. How she made a living is a mystery, but she did raise her family of six. Three of them were living in 1908.” In the 1881 census, Ann is listed as Dutch.
Calvin Miller Notes: If my research is correct, John and Ann had nine children in all. Near as I can determine there were in fact, as John Miller stated, three living in 1908 that I have found. two of these died in 1909 and 1910.
Children of Nancy Ann and John:
i. John Clynick, Jr. (20 Jan 1826 – 26 Sep 1829) Cemetery Lower Meductic, York County
ii. Ira Clynick b. 10 Sep 1833 New Brunswick; d. 21 Feb 1919 – Martin, Minnesota; m. Anne Elizabeth Ingraham (30 Apr 1835 New Brunswick – d. 7 Jan 1906 Nashville, Martin, Minnesota. Anne’s parents were born in Germany. Ira immigrated to Minnesota in 1858.
See John Allan Miller letter, Aug. 8, 1908. “Ira is a wealthy farmer, lives near Winnebago City, Minnesota. His post office is Granalla (?), Minn. I met him in California three years ago. He and I visited your cousins in that we took a shy at the sights in San Francisco then went to Portland and took the fair in. Then we visited more of your cousins in Clarke Co., Wash., then to Seattle and met more of your relatives. Ira has six children, three of each sex. He gave each of them fifteen hundred dollars. They all live near him. His wife died two years ago. Since then he has lived with one of his daughters. [Ira was living with his son George in 1910] Ira and I were great friends in our boyhood days. I enjoyed every minute of the time we were together here. I think he is the very best man on earth and the most innocent and unsophisticated. I wish I could see him again — probably will not unless I can get him to visit the Fair next year in Seattle.”
In the 1880 census, Ira and Anne were farming in Nashville, Martin, Minnesota
iii. James Clynick (bef. 1834 – ); m. 13 May 1851 to E. E Wright
14 Jan 1893 Newspaper Carleton Sentinel – James Clynick left Thursday eve. for Oberlin, Ohio to take two years course at the college there.
iv. Sarah Clynick (c. 1834 – )
v. George H. Clynick (11 Feb 1834 – 26 Sep 1909); m1. 24 Dec 1862 in Canterbury, York County, NB. to Lorana Hannah Lutwick (24 Jul 1838 – Aft. 1901 Canada Census);
February 8, 1890 Carleton Sentinel – d. 21st Jan., of consumption, Amanda M. Clynick d/o George Clynick and Lorena Clynick of Southampton (York Co.) age 24.
March 22, 1890 Fredericton Gleaner – Southampton (York Co.) March 17th – Since our last writing, death has removed one of our young ladies, Miss Amanda Clynick, teacher of our school.
George’s son George Horace Clynick was born Aug 1853 in New Brunswick. He married 10 Mar 1874 in Woodstock, Carleton, NB to Mariam Lee. Mariam’s father was John Lee. Sometimes this marriage is attributed to George Sr. George died 3 Jan 1918 in Missoula, Montana.
April 26, 1888 Saint John Daily Telegraph – Woodstock – Among those starting for the west was Geo. H. Clynick, who had been foreman for the Wood Working Co. for several years. He has accepted an offer in a similar establishment [B B M] in Missoula, Montana.
July 6, 1889 Saint John Daily Telegraph – Drowned in the Blackfoot River, Bonner, Montana, 14th ult., John Franklin Clynick, age 9 years 10 mos., second s/o George H. CLYNICK and Miriam Clynick, formerly of Woodstock, N.B.
March 3, 1894 County Carleton Sentinel – The wedding of Miss Clynick to William Esmay at Missoula, Montana is announced. Miss Clynick is a d/o Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Clynick, formerly of Woodstock, N.B., now of Bonner, Mon. The ‘Western Democrat’ says Mr. Esmay is the popular stenographer of the office of the M.M. Co.
In the 1900 census, George was assistant foreman in Hell Gate, Missoula, Montana.
vi. Lydia Ann Clynick (c. 1836 – 26 Mar 1907); m. 7 Jan 1860 to Rev. Elijah B. Gray (1826 – 18 Feb 1900 Pembroke, Carleton County, NB) Elijah was a clergyman. Apparently Elijah and Lydia never had any children. Her nephew Horace “Clenock” (Clynick) (see above) is listed in this household in the 1871 census.
vii. Susannah Clynick (c. 1837 – 18 Dec 1860); m. 2 July 1857 to Daniel H. Hartley (c. 1837 New Brunswick – bef. 1901) His parents were Charles Hartley and Susan Foster
viii. Peter Clynick (Nov 1842 – 16 Feb 1845), Age 2 years,3 months Cemetery Lower Meductic, York County
ix. Maria Clynick (? – bef. 1878 when Preston Tracey was born to Odber’s second wife); m. 24 Jun 1863 Upper Woodstock, Carleton County, New Brunswick to Odber D. Tracy (7 Mar 1842 – ) In the 1901 Census, Odber was married to Emerenza (Emma) F Shaw (26 Aug 1859 – 1942)
Press Newspaper June 4, 1900 – The house of Odber Tracey at Waterville was struck by lightining during the storm Thursday night, but was not very badly damaged, no one in the house was injured.
8. George MILLER (See his page) George and his sister Deborah married brother and sister George and Mary Estey and immigrated together by wagon train to Wisconsin in 1845.
9. Deborah Maria Miller
Deborah’s husband George Dow Estey was born 27 Dec 1813 in York Co, New Brunswick. His parents were Abraham ESTEY and Ruth DOW. George died 17 June 1863
Waukau Cemetery, Winnebago, Wisconsin.
George Dow Estey and Deborah Maria Miller immigrated to Palmyra, Jefferson County, Wisconsin on 1 Sep 1845. 8. George MILLER and Mary ESTEY (Deborah’s brother and George’s sister) accompanying them on the trip by wagon train to Wisconsin.
Children of George and Deborah:
i. Huldah “Huldy” Marie Estey (14 Nov 1839 New Brunswick – 3 Jan 1929 in Butte, Montana) m1. 1864 in Waukau, Wisconsin to Thomas Lowe (4 Dec 1831, Lindale, Cumbria England – 12 May 1866, Waukau, Wisconsin age 34) m2. aft. 1867 to Dell Bradford; m3. abt. 1880 to William H. Carter (30 Jan 1832 England – 13 May 1911)
In the 1880 census, William was working as a blacksmith in Rushford, Winnebago, Wisconsin.
ii. Nathan Cyrus Estey b. 21 Nov 1840 New Brunswick; d. 26 Mar 1903 Veteran’s Home, Leavenworth, Kansas; m1. 1 Jan 1868 to Julia Jenkins (11 Feb 1853, Ohio – 22 Apr 1878, Luverne, Montana at age 25 of the measles); m2. 25 Oct 1879 in Springwater, New York to Estella Catherine Hobbes (5 Jan 1861, Clayton County, Iowa – 12 Jun 1942, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa)
Nathan enlisted in Company A, 1st Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry Regiment on 15 Aug 1861. Mustered out on 01 Sep 1864. The regiment suffered 6 officers and 67 enlisted men killed or died from wounds in action, and 7 officers and 321 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 401 fatalities
This regiment was organized at Camp Fremont, Ripon, and Camp Harvey, Kenosha, in the summer and fall of 1861, 600 men having been enrolled at the former place up to the time of the change of location in November. It was mustered in March 8, 1862, and left the state on the 17th for Benton barracks, St. Louis, for equipment.
On April 28 1862 it moved to Cape Girardeau, thence to Bloomfield, where companies were detached to various points in Missouri and Arkansas for scout and train guard duty. The companies were in several engagements, frequently with superior forces, and were generally successful, though at Jonesboro in August a small detachment was compelled to surrender to greatly superior numbers.
At L’Anguille Ferry, Ark., occurred one of the fiercest engagements of the war, when Maj. Eggleston, with 130 men, was attacked by 500 Texas Rangers, the enemy overwhelming the little company and only about 20 escaping. The regiment with the exception of detachments moved towards Helena and reached its destination early in August.
It was ordered back to Cape Girardeau in September after terrible hardships, wading through swamps, without adequate supplies, drinking foul water, burdened by sick members, and being finally reduced to nearly half its original strength. It was ordered to Greenville in early October and on the 19th to Patterson, where it was stationed during November and December, engaged in dispersing guerrillas, picking up small bodies of the enemy and foraging.
On Dec. 28 a small party of foragers was picked up by 400 of the enemy, and 200 infantry and 80 cavalry, including Cos. D and M, started in pursuit. The cavalry dashed into the Confederates and scattered their pickets in every direction. Co. D dismounted and drove the enemy for some distance.
The regiment was stationed at West Plains, Pilot Knob, St. Genevieve and Cape Girardeau, successively, from Jan. 7 to May 31, 1863, and was engaged with the enemy at Chalk bluff in March. At Whitewater bridge Capt. Shipman and 40 men on guard were surrounded by 300 of the enemy, but they cut their way out with a loss of 6 killed, 9 wounded and 10 taken prisoners.
The regiment was in the battle of Cape Girardeau, where it supported a battery, and pursued the enemy in his retreat. In June it was ordered to join the cavalry corps of the Army of the Cumberland.
It reached Nashville June 15, took part in the movement toward Chattanooga, and was stationed at various points during the summer. It participated at Chickamauga, where it was engaged with the cavalry in holding the extreme right on the second day, and covered the retreat of the army.
It was in a lively engagement near Anderson’s gap in October, routing Wheeler’s command and taking numerous prisoners, and it was also in a skirmish at Maysville Ala. It then marched to Winchester, Alexandria and New Market Tenn., engaging the enemy at the last named place and driving him across Mossy creek. In this action the regiment carried the enemy’s position and captured a number of prisoners.
In December it again repulsed a force which had advanced on Mossy creek, and it participated in the battle at Dandridge in Jan. 1864. It was also in the engagement near Sevierville, and was then stationed at Marysville, Motley’s ford, Madisonville and Cleveland until May 3.
It was in a severe engagement near Varnell’s station with Wheeler’s forces, was in the advance on Dallas, and as skirmishers, was under a fierce fire from the enemy’s batteries intrenched in a spur of the Allatoona hills, being forced to fall back.
A detachment under Capt. Comstock routed a force at Burnt Hickory, and held its position against the attack of a body of cavalry until reinforced. A battalion under Capt. Harnden charged a heavy Confederate force guarding a supply train, andforced a way through the enemy’s ranks, but was compelled to fall back to the reserves, where the enemy was checked. This dash has been referred to as the most brilliant of the campaign.
A detachment defeated a force at Acworth and occupied the place. A few days later the regiment was in a skirmish at Big Shanty, and it was in frequent engagements about Lost Mountain until the enemy’s retreat across the Chattahooches River.
In the 1880 census, Nathan was a general merchant in Cavour, Beadle, Dakota Territory.
Beadle County, named in honor of Brigadier General William Henry Harrison Beadle, was created by the Dakota Territory Legislature in 1879 and formally organized in 1880 with the appointment of three county commissioners by Governor Nehemiah G. Ordway. The first town within Beadle County was Cavour, but Huron was named the county seat when the county commissioners first met there in July 1880. From 1880 until the capital was permanently located at Pierre in 1904, Huron was in the thick of the fight for the honor of being the capital city. Huron is the site of the South Dakota State fair and the birthplace of Hubert Humphrey and Cheryl Ladd.
In the 1900 census, Nathan and Estella were farming in Fitzgerald, Irwin, Georgia.
iii. Ruth Elizabeth Estey (15 Feb 1843, York County, New Brunswick – 28 Aug 1927 Portland, Oregon); m. John H. Ferguson (c. 1841 in New York – Bef. 1900 census )
In the 1880 census, John was a lumberman in Colby, Clark, Wisconsin.
iv. Amos Elijah Estey b. 25 Feb 1845 Saint John County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 11 Oct 1925 San Diego, San Diego County, California; m. bet 1900-1910 to Caroline Cowan (b. 1858 Oregon – d. Aft 1920) in 1886 Caroline first married George Larkin
Amos enlisted in Company B, 21st Wisconsin Infantry Volunteer Regiment on 20 Aug 1862. Mustered out on 08 Jun 1865.
Amos was taken prisoner of war at Battle of Chickamauga, fought September 19–20, 1863. The regiment arrived at Chickamauga in time to take part in the second day’s fight. It “never faltered during the whole day, but often the second line would have to face about and drive away the rebels from the rear.” On being ordered to retire it fell back “only to the second line of works, where, still fighting, surrounded by the enemy, Lieut.-Col. Hobart and about 70 officers and men were captured.”
The Battle of Chickamauga marked the end of a Union offensive in southeastern Tennessee and northwestern Georgia called the Chickamauga Campaign. The battle was the most significant Union defeat in the Western Theater of the American Civil War and involved the second highest number of casualties in the war following the Battle of Gettysburg.
In the 1900 census, Amos and his brother Orville were growing fruit in Jocko, Flathead, Montana. Caroline, Amos’ future wife was living in Jocko too, with her first husband George Larkin.
The Jocko Valley (Google Satellite View) is located in western Montana, 30 miles north of Missoula on land of the Flathead Indian Reservation.
In the 1910 census, Amos and Caroline and Caroline’s 17 year old daughter Leona were living in Seattle where Amos was a contracting carpenter.
In 1926, Caroline was living at 3539 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, California.
v. Sarah Malvina Estey (10 July 1847, Nankaw, Winnebago, Wisconsin – 20 Feb 1848)
vi. Colin John Estey b. 15 Mar 1849, Nankaw, Winnebago, Wisconsin; d. Apr 1902 Pocahontas County, Iowa; m1. 3 Apr 1874 Mankato, Blue Earth, Minnesota to Henretta C. [__?__] (b. 1839 Pennsylvania- d. Aft 1910 census ); m2. abt 1900 to Minnie C [__?__] (b. Jan 1872 Iowa) Her father was born in Denmark and her mother in Illinois.
Henrietta had first married Edward DeForce (b. 1834 New York) Edward enlisted in the Pennsylvania 1st LA Batty E Light Artillery Battery on 29 Dec 1863. Mustered out on 14 Jun 1865. In the 1870 census, Edward and Henrietta were living in Spring, Boone, Illinois where Edward was a laborer.
In the 1880 census, Henrietta and Colin were living in Beaver, Guthrie, Iowa with two children from her first marriage and two from her second, while Edward was living in Houston, Texas with his brother Samuel. On 2 Mar 1888 Houston Texas, Edward remarried to Amanda Hassell Huntsman (17 Oct 1851 – 8 Jan 1914 Crockett, Houston County, Texas)
In the 1900 census, Colin was a carpenter and a farmer in Rolfe, Pocahontas, Iowa with his new wife Minnie. Henrietta was living with her daughter Ada and son-in-law John Tucker in Grant, Page, Iowa. She is listed as widowed, but it looks like they were really divorced.
vii. Orville C. Estey (6 Jul 1852 Oshkosh Winnebago County, Wisconsin – 26 Apr 1926 Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana); m. Margaret I. Grant (18 Mar 1865 Pictou, Nova Scotia – 4 Apr 1950 Deer Lodge County, Montana)
Mrs. Estey came to the Flathead in 1899 and lived on the East Lake Shore until 1921 when she moved to Kalispell. She and her sister, Mrs. J. C. Wood, planted the first cherries on the East Lake Shore shortly after coming here. She was the first teacher at Woods Bay school.
In the 1920 census, Orville still had a fruit farm in Jocko, Flathead, Montana.
viii. Alvord P. Estey b. 21 May 1856, Nankaw, Winnebago, Wisconsin; d. 13 April 1894, Hunter Hol, Montana; m. 12 Apr 1879, West Prairie, Vernon, Wisconsin to Ella Araminta Mitchell (8 Jan 1861, Pike County, Missouri – 6 Dec 1935Kalispell Flathead County Montana) After Alvord died, Ella married Philip Wilson Smith (b. 5 Jan 1836 Missouri – d. 28 Apr 1917 Kalispell, Flathead, Montana) Philip was a Confederate soldier (Private) in the 1st Missouri Infantry, Co C.
Ella had 5 children with Alvord, including: Mabel, Bessie, Bertie and Cassie. She had two children with Philip, aptly named Philip W. and Ella A.
In the 1880 census, Alvord, Ella and Ella’s mother Lucinda Mitchell was farming in Brookings, Dakota Territory [Now South Dakota].
In the 1900 census, Ella and Philip were farming in Kalispell, Flathead, Montana.
ix. Bion Arthur Estey b. 17 Mar 1859, Nankaw, Winnebago, Wisconsin; d. 7 May 1920 Brentford, Spink, South Dakota; m. 1890 to Eleanor Kean (b. Sep 1868 Iowa – 2 Jul 1919 Brookings, South Dakota) Eleanor’s father was from English Canada and her mother from Ireland.
In the 1910 census, Bion was working as a grocer in La Prairie, Spink, South Dakota.
10. Hannah Estey
Hannah’s husband John Grant was born 3 Aug 1809 or 1811 in Northampton, New Brunswick. His parents were William Grant and Ann Maidstone Hillman. John died 7 Aug 1889 Le Sueur, Le Sueur County, Minnesota.
They lived in Canterbury before immigrating to Wisconsin and Minnesota by covered wagon in 1848. John was a Tanner and farmer. It was reported that two of his sons were such large men, they were obliged to make their own boots. On their journey westward, John and Hannah visited for some time with her mother, Harriet, and stepfather Tristram Hillman in Utica, NY. Tristram and Harriet are found on the 1850 census of that town. All of Hannah’s brothers and sisters also moved to the U.S. about this time. The Grants second stop was at Lemonweir Wisconsin before moving on to Winnebago, Martin County, Minnesota in 1862. John Grant died August 07, 1889 in Blue Earth Minn. He and Hannah are buried in Kasota, Minn.”
How far do you think an oxen could pull your wagon in a typical day?
Canterbury NB Mile 0
Utica NY Mile 638
Lemonweir WI Mile 1578
Winnebago, MN Mile 1813
Children of Hannah and John
i. Howard Grant (c. 1839, New Brunswick – 15 Feb 1862, Kenosha, Wisconsin) Howard was listed as age 12 in the 1851 York Co. census, parish of Dumfries. Howard reporetedly died in a Civil War camp somewhere in the USA. Wisconsin Volunteers, 1St. Regiment Calvary, Company D. No residence given, Private, enlisted 20 Aug 1861
In the 1860 census, Howard was working for A J Thrall in Utica, Winnebago, Wisconsin.
ii. Mariah Grant (1841 in Canterbury, New Brunswick – Aft 1880 census) m1. 1865 in Minnesota to Frank Durant (1844 – ); m2. Henry (Elias) Belnap (b. 1820 New York)
In the 1870 census, Mariah Durant was living next to her father John Grant in Nashville, Martin, Minnesota with three small children and no husband at home.
iii. Willard Randolph Grant (4 Mar 1843 Canterbury, New Brunswick – 18 Mar 1923 Kasota, Le Sueur County, Minnesota); m. 1885 to Ulrika (Eureka) Swensen (May 1856, Sweden – 21 Nov 1930, Le Sueur County, Minnesota) LDS Ancestoral file names Willard’s spouse: Rika Paulson, b. 1845, New Brunswick.
Willard immigrated in 1860 and Ulrika in 1881.
In the 1900 census, Willard and Ulrika were living in Kasota, Le Sueur, Minnesota where Willard was a teamster.
iv. Leonard Jarvis Grant (21 May 1845 Fredericton, Canterbury, New Brunswick – 30 Jul 1926 Terry, Prairie, Montana); m. 10 Jun 1873 in Kasota, Le Sueur, Minnesota to Alwilda (Polly) Shaw (24 Oct 1856 in Messina, Saint Lawrence, New York – 27 Apr 1937 in Terry, Prairie, Montana)
In the 1900 census, Leonard and Allie were farming in Cordova, Le Sueur, Minnesota
The site where Terry is located was first called Joubert’s Landing, in recognition of the man who built a supply point along the Yellowstone River for freighters traveling from Bismarck, Dakota Territory, to Miles City, Montana Territory. When the Northern Pacific Railway’s transcontinental rail line arrived in 1881, the town was renamed for Alfred Howe Terry, a General in the Union Army who commanded an 1876 expedition in connection with George Armstrong Custer’s campaign against Native Americans, specifically in the west.
Obiturary dated 8-12-1926 Mr grant was born May 1847 at Canterbury Parish, New Brunswick, Canada. He came to the United States in 1859 and to Minnesota in 1862. He was married to Polly Shaw abut 50 years ago. He leaves 5 children, four sons, Noah, Willard, Roy and Ray of Terry Montana and one daughter Mrs Peter Henderson of Northfield MN also one sister of St Paul. Mrs Bertha Boyden and 21 grandchildren. His funeral services were held August lst at his home.
v. Melissa Harriet Grant b. 1849 in Canterbury, New Brunswick – 8 Oct 1930 Nicollet, Minnesota); m.1869 in Minnesota to John Robbins (22 Dec 1840 Crosby, Ontario, Canada. – 25 Nov 1919 Winnebago, Faribault County, Minnesota, )
John was a farmer in the Russian River (West Windsor, Sonoma, California in the 1910 census.
Melissa was a widow living at the Russian River, Sonoma, California in the 1920 census. See John Allan Miller letter, Aug. 8, 1908.
John and Melissa were living in Windsor, Sonoma County, California in 1908. I include the following quotation because it is so colorful and characteristic. “She is a crank on temperance and religion. They destroyed a fine vinyard because grapes could be made into wine. To be consistent they should not raise any crop that had starch in it, for starch is the source of all alcohol. She is powerful in prayer. She is everlastingly nagging at Divine Providence for every good thing in sight and giving the Creator of the Universe pointers how to manage things in general. But she don’t hanker after giving any good things to the needy, not much. Their house is large (they bought it) and absolutely bare of everything but the cheapest indispensables.
She put me to sleep in an unfurnished room, save an old ramshackle bedstead with a straw mat on it and some blankets, then turned me over to God to do the rest. On general principles I can sleep well almost any old way, and the food she gave was well blessed and needed it, but I did not note that it improved it very much. It was the same rusty sowbelly all the same, but the particular thing happened the last time I was there. You see I am giving myself away. I was there twice, but it was necessary. I had to see Ira Clynick. You see, it was this way. I left Eugene Miller at 9 AM, had to change cars at Santa Rosa. My watch was slow so I missed the train, and the next one only went within four miles so I had that distance to walk, and arrived at the Robbins’ place at one PM, hungry clear down to my feet. There was no sign of dinner and nothing said; two o’clock, three, and then four. I ‘sot’ and ‘sot’ on that old lounge, prehistoric, antediluvian, a first cousin to the old one-horse shay. All of those long hours, each minute adding new pangs to my all-consuming hunger. It makes me hungry to write about it — I must have lunch.
There, I feel better.) At five, she got me a lunch. she must have noticed I was being rapidly consumed with hunger and might at any moment be wafted away in the thinnest air. She talked to God a little about that lunch, but bless you I just waded in. I had to, I could not help it. I don’t remember what the lunch was, whether it was hot or cold, cooked or raw. It came just barely in time to save my life. By morning I was so far recovered that I was able to hit the road swiftly through sweltering billows of dust. I just wafted away from the Robbins ranch, leaving a hole through the dust like a tunnel and numerous left-handed blessings. Goodbye, Melissa, I guess you are sure to get all that’s coming to you in this world and maybe in the next.”
vi. Albertha J. Grant (22 Jun 1851 New Brunswick, Canada – 9 Mar 1948 at the home of her daughter Bertha at St. Paul, Minnesota, aged 96 years, 8 months and 17 days Her remains were returned to Cumberland, and buried beside those of her husband in Lakeside Cemetery.) m. 29 Nov 1874, Blue Earth Co., Minn to Millard Boyden (b. 7 Feb 1845, in Rochester, New York – d. 23 Feb 1903 in Cumberland, Wisconsin.)
Millard was buried in the family plot in Lakeside Cemetery. His military style gravestone is inscribed “Mill’d Boyden Co. A. 3 Wis. Inf.” Their children of whom the first four were born in Minn. and the last in Wis., were: William Jay, b. 1 Jul 1877; Harrison Ernie, b. 14 Dec 1878; Hannah Mable, b. 8 Jul 1880; Bertha Elizabeth, b. 4 Sep 1886; & Lee Morton, b. 26 Mar 1889, in Cumberland
In the 1900 census, Alberta and Millard were living in Cumberland, Barron, Wisconsin wher Millard was a railroad laborer.
vii. Nelson Grant (1853 in Canterbury, New Brunswick, Canada – ) m. 1872 to Emma [__?__] (1852 Michigan – )
1851 Census of New Brunswick York County, Dumfries Parish, page 48
John Grant M Head 30 Farmer 1821
Hannah Grant F Wife 26 1825
Howard Grant M Son 12 1839
Maria Grant F Daughter 11 1840
Willard Grant M Son 8 1843
Leonard Grant M Son 6 1845
Harriet Grant F Daughter 2 1849
11. Colin Miller
Isaac’s son Colin never married . He became the head of the family after brother George left and the family fared well. He traveled across the plains with John Allan Miller in 1852 and they were together in California for four years.
Colin joined the 14th Wisconsin Infantry in 1861 was 1st Lt., Company C, and was killed on 23 May 1863 during the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi. His brother John writes, Colin was a broad gauge man, had many sterling qualities. Was universally loved and respected. I knew him better than I did any of my other brothers, and I felt his loss for many year.
12. Abner Miller
Abner’s wife Hulda Dickinson was born about 1831 in New Brunswick. Hulda died 30 Jan 1880 Morris County Kansas)
Abner Miller Repeating from John Miller’s letter “…George soon became of age and started for himself, thus Colin was to the fore. Then I remember we fared pretty well but when he left and Abner was the head of the family we were up against it sure enough. He was rather, we will say erratic. Everything went to the dogs. Mother had to expel him.[about 1843 when Abner was about 19] That left Richard the oldest at home. He was about fourteen, John about eleven, and Leonard about nine. Us three kids just had to wrest a living out of that wilderness and we did and did it well …”
See John Allan Miller letter, Aug. 8, 1908. Moved to Wisc. in 1850. ” He was a very robust, powerful man and intellectually the peer of anyone. Owing unfortunate environment his talents were somewhat misdirected. He had a large family.”
In the 1880 census, Abner was a widower farming in Neosho, Morris, Kansas.
Obituary of Isaac’s son Abner Obituary from the Winneconne Cemetery List.
“Mr. Abner Miller, one of the oldest residents of this village and county, died of cancer, Saturday, October 22, 1898, after a long and painful illness, aged 73 years, 4 months and nine days. Mr. Miller was born May 23 1825, in York County, New Brunswick, where in 1846 he was married to Miss Huldah Dickinson, and in 1850 they moved to Winnebago county, Wis., and settled on a farm in the town of Rushford. In 1851 he commenced lumbering and after a few years removed with his family to the village of Butte des Morts where he resided until 1872, meantime continuing the business of lumbering on the Wolf River. In the last mentioned year he removed to Morris county, Kansas and settled on a farm. Soon after the death of his wife, which occurred in 1880, he returned and settled in this village and resided here until his death.
He was the father of ten children whom he raised to maturity, eight of whom survive him. The oldest, Mrs. Melissa Riley, and also Mrs. Lavina Stannard have passed away, and those who mourn his death are, W. L. Miller of Oshkosh; Mrs. Ellen Myler of Grand View, Idaho, W.H. Miller of this village; Mrs. Linvie Sanford of Fayetteeville, Ark.; Mrs. Clara Karr of Omro; Mrs. Addie Donovan of this village; H. C. Miller of Caroline, Wisc. and F. P. Miller of Oshkosh.
He also leaves two brothers, L. J. Miller of Utica, this county, and John Miller of California, besides a large circle of friends throughout the county and state who knew him for his honesty, justness, and devoution to his family. His funeral was held Sunday afternoon from the Free Baptist Church of the village and was conducted by Rev. J. M. Kayser of Allenville, assisted by Rev. H. B. Hemmerly, pastor of the above church, and Rev. Angus Sillars, pastor of the Presbyterian church. The large edifice was filled to overflowing with those who had known the deceased and who followed his remains to the village cemetery”.
Children of Abner and Huldah Dickinson
i. Melissa Jane Miller (13 May 1848 in Canterbury, York county, New Brunswick – 10 Mar 1896 in Winneconne, Winnebago, Wisconsin); m. Matthew (Or Patrick) A. Riley (29 July 1841 in Town of Belturbet, County Cavan, Ireland – 1924 in Winneconne, Wisconsin)
ii. Walter L. Miller (c. 1850 New Brunswick – Bet. 1898 – 1900); m. 2 Jun 1874 in Winnebago, Wisconsin to Frances “Franky” McCabe (Jul 1853 in Wisconsin, – Apr 1905)
I find Frances in the 1900 Census listed as Widowed. Daughter Jesse Miller b. apr 1877, son Chester E. Miller, b. June 1883, and Niece Gladys Miller, b. May 1891. Gladys is Wilmot Miller’s daughter. Abner’s obituary states that among those left to mourn him are W. L. Miller of Oshkosh. Apparently Walter died shortly after his father, between Nov. 1898 and prior to June 1900 when this census record was taken.
Obituary: Winnebago County, Wisconsin: Frances MILLER
Daily Northwestern April 17, 1905 p.1
Death of Frances Miller
Sunday morning at her home, 16 Tennessee street, occurred the death of Mrs. Frances Miller at the age of fifty-two years. The cause of death was heart disease. Complete funeral arrangements have not as yet been made. Interment will occur at Winneconne. The husband of the deceased, Walter L. Miller, formerly was an assemblyman. The family formerly lived in Winneconne.
iii. Lovina A. Miller (Mar 1852 in Wisconsin – Bef. 1898); m. married Ransom Stannard (b. Mar 1848 in Illinois – d. 28 Nov 1922 in Oshkosh Wisconsin) His parents were Abner Stannard and Orpha [__?__]. On 11 Sep 1890 in Allenville Wisconsin Ransom married Amanda Miller (b. 1869 Wisconsin)
Home in 1880: Manistee, Manistee, Michigan
In the 1910 census, Ransom and Amanda were farming in Vinland, Winnebago, Wisconsin.
iv. Wilmot Henry Miller (12 Apr 1853 Rushford, Winnebago County, Wisconsin – 4 Feb 1908 Oshkosh, Winnebago County. Wisconsin); m. 1876 to Ella C Kelly (8 Oct 1856 – 10 Apr 1898 Winneconne, Winnebago County, Wisconsin) Ella’s parents were born in Prussia; m2. 25 Jun 1902 to Ernestine Edwards. (b. 3 Jul 1872 in Winneconne, Winnebago, Wisconsin – d. 17 Feb 1942 in Winneconne, Winnebago, Wisconsin)
Wilmot was a wealthy lumberman with large interests in Washington state, the foundation of which was built when he started working in a lumber camp at the age of eleven. In the 1905 Wisconsin census, Wilmot’s occupation is listed as “capitalist.”
In the 1900 census, Wilmot was a widowed real estate dealer in Winneconne, Winnebago, Wisconsin.
Newspaper article: The Stevens Point Journal, Publication: 15 Feb 1908 – Stevens Point, Wisconsin – Lumberman W. H. Miller Dead – Retired Oskosh Merchant Succumbs To Bright’s Disease.
Oskosh- Wilmot H. Miller, a retired Lumberman, reputed to be worth $500,000, well known throughout Northern Wisconsin, is dead of Bright’s Disease [Nephritis]. He was 4 years of age. The basis of the fortune of Mr. Miller was laid in the lumbering camps of Wisconsin. In recent years he had operated extensively in the State of Washington, and it was there that the bulk of his estate was accumulated. Wilmot Henry Miller was born in Rushford, April 12, 1853. When he was two years old he was taken to Butte Des Morts village, where he spent most of his life up to the time when he was 20 years old. When he was 20 he moved to Winneconne, and engaged in logging for himself, handling cedar posts for several years and doing general logging business. He lived in Winneconne until last year. For some time Mr. Miller had been a partner in the Firm of Russell & Miller of Winneconne, dealing in wood and coal, his associate being Charles A. Russell.
v. Ellen Miller (Dec 1855 Wisconsin – After 1910 census); m. 1876 to William Myler (1841 in Indiana – Aft 1910 census)
William was a doctor working in Chicago in the 1900 census. Living in Homedale or Grand View, Idaho on their son Frank’s farm in 1908.
vi. Olinda Viola Miller (Aug 1857 Wisconsin – ); m. 1875 to Samuel Safford (Mar 1852 England – ).
Samuel was a wagon maker in Parker, Morris, Kansas in the 1880 census. Samuel and Olinda were living in Fayetteville, Arkansas in the 1900 census.
vii. Clara “Bird” Miller (Feb 1859 Wisconsin – Omro, WI); m. 1876 to Winfield Clarence Karr (1853 Ohio – 18 Apr 1919 Portland, Oregon)
Winfield was a lumber dealer in Omro, Winnebago, Wisconsin in the 1900 census. Winfield was a timberman in Portland, Oregon in the 1910 census.
viii. Adaline (Addie) Eudora Miller (6 Apr 1866 Butte des Morts, Winnebago County, Wisconsin – 24 Jan 1908 Seattle, Washington) m. 27 Jul 1884 to Joseph E. Donovan Six sons and a daughter
See John Allan Miller letter, Aug. 8, 1908. “Addy died in abject poverty and all her life suffered every hardship, every privation.Addy was an angel.”
Obituary from the Winneconne Cemetery List.
“The remains of the late Mrs. Jos E. Donovan arrived here wednesday from Seattle, Wash., accompanied by her husband and little daughter Ethel, and funeral services were held thursday from the Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. Angus Sillars and interment was made in the village cemetery. Mrs. Donovan formerly resided in this village where she was widely known and esteemed, and her death has caused a shock in a wide circle. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Abner Miller, her maiden name being Adaline Eudora, and was born at Butte des Morts, April 6 1866. She was married July 27, 1884 to Mr. Donovan and was the mother of six sons and a daughter who with her husband are left in sorrow. When a child her parents moved to Kansas where she lived for some time and after her marriage she resided in this county until January 29, 1907 when she and her husband and family removed to Seattle, Wash. Six months ago she was taken seriously ill and after two months became blind partially recovering her sight two months previous to her death which occurred at 12:30 a.m. Friday jan 24, 1908 a year after removing from here. Her children who survive are Guy, Leo, Clifford, Earl, Floyd, Hugh, and Ethel. Besides these she is survived by her brothers and sisters Wilmot H. of shkash, Herbert C. of Marion, Floyd P. of Vancouver Wash., and Mrs. Clara Karr of the same place, Mrs Linna Sanford of Fayetteville, Ark. and Mrs Ellen Myler of Idaho. Mr. Floyd C. Miller and Mrs. Karr were with their sister much of the time during her illness to assist in soothing her suffering. Mr Herbert C. Miller arranged the funeral here and was present at the ??????? with his wife. He was the only member of her parent’s family present, Mr. W. H. Miller being in very poor health”
ix. Herbert C. Miller (Jun 1868 in Leopolis, Shawano, Wisconsin – I cannot find Herbert in 1910); m. 5 Jun 1893 Pella, Shawano, Wisconsin to Mary C Brunner ( Mary was a dressmaker. She was born in Oct 1870 in Leopolis, Shawano, Wisconsin. Her parents Anton J Brunner and Mary Tichacek were from Bohemia. Herbert was a school teacher in Grant, Shawano, Wisconsin in the 1900 census. Herbert was living in Marion, Wisconsin in 1908.
See John Allan Miller letter, Aug. 8, 1908. “Herbert was living in Marion, Wisc. in 1908, had taught school about 16 years and was principal of a city school. In 1900 “he lost all his children, four in number, with diphery (I have not spelled that word correctly) and I believe there are four more now. Herbert is a very bright man and of powerful physique and unusually well equipped mentally.”
x. Floyd Miller (1874 Kansas – After the 1930 census); m. Jeanette Horr (abt 1875 Wisconsin – )
Floyd was living in Vancouver, Washington in 1908. Floyd had an orchard in Lake Shore, Clark, Washington in the 1920 census.
See John Allan Miller letter, Aug. 8, 1908. Floyd “is a man you would be proud to know. He had poor advantages when a boy but he managed to take a pretty thorough course in a business college. He has an excellent wife and three children and lives at Felida, Clark Co., Wash. He is in the employ of the Weyerhauser Timber Co., and two years ago his salary was $1500 a year. He is a log scaler and honest, the only honest scaler I ever saw or ever heard of. When he took charge of the scaling he saved the company about $100,000 a year by not stealing like his predecessor, and by preventing others from stealing.”
According to his father’s obituary, in 1898, Floyd was living in Oshkosh, WI. When his sister Adaline died in 1908, he was living in Vancouver, Washington. He is found in the 1920 US Federal Census; Lake Shore, Clark Co., Washington.
15. Richard Miller
Richard’s wife Esther Schriver was born 1 Feb 1830 in Woodstock, New Brunswick. Her parents were Abraham Sherwood Schriver and Eunice Hillman. Eunice was Richard’s stepfather Tristam Hillman’s sister. Esther died 8 Mar 1880 in Admire, Lyon County, Kansas.
Shortly after his mother’s marriage to Tristam Hillman in 1846, Richard left home and worked in the lumber woods. The winter of ’47 and ’48 he boarded at Abraham Schriver’s and went to school. Later on when he was nineteen he married Esther Schriver and moved to Wisc. in 1850 or 1851. He got some land and built a house and Esther and I passed the winter in it. His younger brother John writes: “I was with them about six months and became very attached to Esther. My recollections of her are all pleasant. I never saw Richard after March, 1852, when I went to California.”
Richard was born in 1829. Shortly after his marriage he came to the United States in 1849 or 1850, and after living five years in Wisconsin moved to Osage County, Kansas, in 1855 and in 1856, the year Herbert Miller was born, established a home on the frontier in what is now Lyon County, but was then Breckenridge County. He died there, after some years of activity as a farmer and stockman, in 1864. After becoming a citizen of the United States he voted the whig party until the organization of the republican party, and was a loyal adherent of that political faith. He was a strong temperance advocate before that cause was so popular as it is now, and was an active member of the Methodist Church. Though past the age for military service, he was a member of the Kansas State Militia during the Civil war, and was once called out during Price’s raid into Missouri. Richard Miller married Esther Schrivner.
More about Richard’s Lyon County Kansas State Militia. “The first military company to leave for the seat of war was the “Emporia Guards” in May, 1861. They numbered 50 men and had been drilled by W. F. Cloud, a veteran of the Mexican war. The company took part in the engagement at Wilson’s creek, Mo., in August. A. J. Mitchell raised a company of artillery numbering 47 men. L. T. Heritage recruited a company for duty within the state, which became Company B of the Eighth regiment. In the fall of 1862, in response to President Lincoln’s call for more troops, 150 Lyon county men immediately offered their services. They were recruited by P. B. Plumb and formed a company in the Eleventh regiment. Soon afterward they were engaged in a battle at Prairie Grove, where several were killed. In 1864, when Gen. Price threatened Kansas, 300 more answered the call to repel the invasion. They were in active duty about a month. Besides this the men of Lyon county played their part in protecting their homes and in driving out hostile Indians in the west and southwest and the bushwhackers in the south.”
Children of Richard and Esther
i. Albion Miller (10 Nov 1850 in Wisconsin – 27 Jul 1899 in Lyon County, Kansas); m. Mary Elizabeth Roberts (17 Jul 1855 in Indiana or N Danville, Vermont – 28 Sep 1934 in Admire, Kansas) The name Albion is common in the Schriver family. Albion died at the age of forty-five years on his large farm and stock ranch in Lyon County.
ii. Adeline “Addie” Amelia Miller (3 Apr 1852 Winnebago, Wisconsin – 5 Jan 1933 Emporia, Kansas); m. 21 Sep 1875 to William “Wil” John Wayman (15 May 1850 in Willingham, Camb, England, and died 3 Nov 1932 in Emporia, KS) Wil was president of the State Bank of Admire, and one of the very successful and influential farmers, bankers and business men of Lyon County, is one of the comparatively few men who have passed their sixtieth birthday and who can claim nativity in the commonwealth of Kansas
iii. Herbert Miller (Feb 1856 Admire, Osage, Kansas – 1 Jun 1936 Admire, Kansas); m. 1881 to Ellen Moore (Dec 1854 New York or Pennsylvania – 12 Feb 1935 in Admire, Kansas)
Herbert was a bank president in Ivy, Lyon, Kansas in the 1900 census.
A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written & compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written & compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918
Herbert Miller grew up on his mother’s farm in Lyon County and was only eight years old when his father died. His education came from the public schools, and with the exception of nine years, from 1887 to 1895, spent in Chautauqua County, his home and activities have been in Lyon County all his life. After attending the public schools he was a student for two years in the State Normal School at Emporia, but left that institution for practical work in 1878. From that year until 1894 he was a farmer and his interests are still largely agricultural. He now owns 600 acres of farm and pasture land in Morris County, a fine farm of 240 acres in Lyon County, and adjoining his residence at Admire is a completely equipped farm of eighty acres.
Since 1894 he has been identified with the State Bank of Admire, and is its president, while his son-in-law, H. T. Chatterton is cashier. This bank was established in 1890 as a private bank, and took a state charter in 1894. The modern bank building is situated at the corner of Main and West streets and was erected in 1905. The bank has a capital of $12,500 and the surplus is an equal amount.
Politically Mr. Miller has always acted with the republican party. His work and influence have gone in the direction of public improvements and the civic welfare, and for a number of years he served as treasurer of the township and has filled the post of treasurer in the local school board for a long time. He is a member of the Kansas Bankers Association and is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America at Admire. In Lyon County in 1880 Mr. Miller married Miss Ellen Moore, who was born in Pennsylvania. They have two daughters. Esther is the wife of H. T. Chatterton, cashier of the Admire State Bank. Maude graduated from the high school at Colorado Springs, Colorado, and attended Colorado College of that city, later graduated from the Greeley Normal School in Colorado, is now a teacher in the public schools at Colorado Springs.
iv. Fremont Miller (Mar 1859 Kansas – 1949); m. Loua Patty (1866 Kansas – )
In 1905 Fremont was in the real estate business in Emporia, Kansas. In the 1920 census, Fremont was Treasurer of Lyon County Kansas and Loua was Assistant Treasurer.
v. Collin Miller (20 Dec 1862 Admire, Lyon, Kansas – 31 Jul 1864, Admire, Lyon, Kansas) Died at the age of three years –
vi. Madison Richard Miller (6 Dec 1863 – 27 Jul 1864 Admire, Lyon, Kansas)
vii. Alice Miller (30 Mar 1864 – 9 Oct 1882 Admire, Lyon, Kansas) Alice died at the age of eighteen while attending the State Normal School at Emporia and after some practical experience as a teacher”.
16. John Miller
John’s wife Phydella Mary Ann Roberts was born 31 May 1842 in Niagara, New York. Her parents were Marvin Roberts and Palina Porter. Phydella died 22 Aug 1878 Jackson, Oregon.
John went to California in Mar 1852. He was a widower farming in O’Neal Township (Stockton), San Joaquin County in the 1880 census. He had three teenage children and a chinese named Ah See in his household.
See John Allan Miller letter, Aug. 8, 1908. John’s letters written to Admire, Kansas were said to be from Thomas, Washington. Thomas is a settlement between Kent and Auburn, eighteen miles south of Seattle in southwest King County, Washington.
“I am living alone here on my little farm and very comfortable and well contented with my chickens and my berries, etc., etc. Don’t feel that I am neglected, I do it from choice. I want a home of my own. I visited for five years and was not contented a single minute although I was mostly very welcome. I carried a small set of carpenter’s tools in my grip and many useful and /or ornamental were left behind me with one of your cousins, a female. I was — but that is another story. I will only say she badly addicted to temperance and religion and bad cooking.
” The mill where my son is is 1 1/2 miles distant. I go there often and I have plenty of near neighbors all good. One old lady, Mrs. Foy, the handsomest and best old lady in the world, often meets me at her gate with something nice to eat. I am at this moment munching some of her nice cookies. She is from York State I suppose accounts for her pleasant ways.”
Children of John and Phydella:
i. Earnestine M Miller (1 Jun 1865, Niagara, New York – 07 May 1952 in Fresno, CA); m.7 Sep 1883 in Oakland, California to Lilibourne Alsip Winchell (9 Oct 1855 in Sacramento, California – After 1930 Census) In the 1920 census, Lilibourne was a retired farmer in Fresno.
ii. Stella Miller (24 Aug 1866, Niagara, New York – ) m. 10 May 1883 in Fresno, California to Roderick Waldegrave Riggs
iii. Leon Raymond Miller (6 Oct 1871, Dade, Missouri – Aft 1930 ); m. Elsie Louise Bennett (Apr 1880 in Minnesota – )
In the 1920 census, Leon and Elsie were living in Seaside, Clatsop, Oregon where Leon was a foreman in a logging camp.
17. Leonard Miller
Leonard’s wife Mary Ann Benedict was born 14 Aug 1848 in Wisconsin. Mary Ann died in Jul 1905.
Isaac’s son Leonard was Sgt. in Company B, 21st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. Enlisted in Company B, Wisconsin 21st Infantry Regiment on 13 Aug 1862.
Promoted to Full Sergeant.
Mustered out on 08 Jun 1865 at Washington, DC.
John Allan Miller letter, Aug. 8, 1908.
“It is a pleasure to write of Brother Leonard. He was an all round good man. I am sure your mother has often told you of him. What good things I could say of him would fill many pages. He served four years in the Army, was badly wounded at the Battle of Resaca .His company had orders to charge the Rebel breastworks, he was the only man to obey and charged alone. The Rebs put a gun over the breastworks and shot him in the left chest. The bullet was extracted from his right hip. It went just under the vein in his neck and broke two ribs in its course. He soon recovered and went with Sherman to Washington in ’65.”
Leonard recovered enough to rejoin his regiment at Goldsboro. He was mustered out on June 8, 1865 and was receiving a pension of $4 per month for wounds to his face and side in 1883. He represented the town of Utica WI for several terms on the county board. He was one of the originators of the Utica Fire Insurance Company and was secretary of that organization nearly twenty-one years. He also served as assessor for fifteen consecutive years and as Justice of the peace several terms.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 4, p. 58
Regiment: 21st Infantry Regiment Wisconsin
Date of Organization: 5 Sep 1862
Muster Date: 8 Jun 1865
Officers Killed or Mortally Wounded: 5
Officers Died of Disease or Accident: 3
Enlisted Killed or Mortally Wounded: 117
Enlisted Died of Disease or Accident: 180
Regimental Soldiers and History: List of Soldiers
Twenty-first Infantry. — Cols., Benjamin J. Sweet, Harrison C Hobart, Michael H. Fitch, Majs., Frederick Schumacher, Michael H. Fitch, Charles H. Walker.
This regiment was organized at Camp Bragg, Oshkosh, and was mustered in Sept. 5, 1862. It left the state Sept. 11, being sent to Covington, Ky., for the defense of Cincinnati.
It participated in the Battle of Perryville in the 28th brigade, and after a march of 12 miles on the day of the battle, was placed by mistake in an exposed position alone, subject to the fire of both friend and foe. It escaped utter destruction by breaking ranks, then rallied and took position in line of battle. It lost 179 in killed, wounded and missing, Maj. Schumacher being among the killed.
It performed guard and provost duty at Mitchellville until Dec. 7, when it was ordered to Nashville. With its brigade it repulsed an attack on the supply wagons by 3,500 of Wheeler’s cavalry at Jefferson, the burden of the attack falling on the 21st. Gen. Rousseau said: “This regiment, led by its efficient commander (Hobart), behaved like veterans.”
It went into the Battle of Stone’s River the following day, was sent to the extreme front, and for 3 days held position under a heavy fire. It encamped at Murfreesboro during the winter and spring, moved south with the Army of the Cumberland in June into Alabama and Georgia and arrived at Chickamauga in time to take part in the second day’s fight. It “never faltered during the whole day, but often the second line would have to face about and drive away the rebels from the rear.” On being ordered to retire it fell back “only to the second line of works, where, still fighting, surrounded by the enemy, Lieut.-Col. Hobart and about 70 officers and men were captured.” Of the major battles of the Civil War, Stones River had the highest percentage of casualties on both sides.
The regiment was in reserve at Missionary Ridge and then was stationed on the summit of Lookout Mountain until the spring of 1864. It was in the advance on Resaca in May, 1864, and was the last to retire in the evening. At Dallas it remained for 6 days under fire, its skirmishers being within 50 paces of those of the enemy. The regiment followed Johnston in his retreat from Dallas to Kennesaw Mountain, where it charged the enemy’s skirmish line and gained position within 150 paces of the main line of Confederate works. Leonard was badly wounded at the Battle of Resaca . His company had orders to charge the Rebel breastworks, he was the only man to obey and charged alone. The Rebs put a gun over the breastworks and shot him in the left chest. The bullet was extracted from his right hip. It went just under the vein in his neck and broke two ribs in its course.
It was in siege, fatigue and guard duty until the fall of Atlanta, took part in the battle of Jonesboro, and then went into camp at Atlanta.
On Oct. 1 it was attached to the 1st brigade 1st division, 14th army corps, and pursued Gen. Hood northward. It then rejoined Sherman’s army, took part in the march to the sea the siege of Savannah, the Carolina campaign and the march to Richmond. It participated in the grand review at Washington and was mustered out there on June 8, 1865.
Its original strength was 1,002. Gain by recruits, 169; total, 1,171. Loss by death, 288; desertion, 40; transfer, 99, discharge, 261; mustered out, 483.
Leonard’s Regiment was busy – Battles Fought:
Fought on 8 Oct 1862 at Perryville, KY.
Fought on 8 Oct 1862 at Chaplin Hills, KY.
Fought on 10 Oct 1862.
Fought on 15 Oct 1862 at Crab Orchard, KY.
Fought on 1 Dec 1862.
Fought on 26 Dec 1862 at Nolensville, TN.
Fought on 30 Dec 1862 at Jefferson, TN.
Fought on 31 Dec 1862 at Stones River, TN.
Fought on 2 Jan 1863 at Stones River, TN.
Fought on 24 Mar 1863.
Fought on 19 Sep 1863 at Chickamauga, GA.
Fought on 20 Sep 1863 at Chickamauga, GA.
Fought on 2 Oct 1863.
Fought on 24 Feb 1864 at Buzzard’s Roost, GA.
Fought on 14 May 1864 at Resaca, GA.
Fought on 25 May 1864 at New Hope Church, GA.\
Fought on 28 May 1864.
Fought on 31 May 1864 at Dallas, GA.
Fought on 2 Jun 1864 at Allatoona, GA.
Fought on 7 Jun 1864.
Fought on 18 Jun 1864 at Kenesaw Mountain, GA.
Fought on 21 Jun 1864 at Kenesaw Mountain, GA.
Fought on 4 Jul 1864 at Marietta, GA.
Fought on 6 Jul 1864 at Chattahoochee River, GA.
Fought on 20 Jul 1864 at Peach Tree Creek, GA.
Fought on 7 Aug 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
Fought on 8 Aug 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
Fought on 9 Aug 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
Fought on 23 Aug 1864 at Atlanta, GA.
Fought on 6 Sep 1864.
Fought on 5 Oct 1864 at Allatoona, GA.
Fought on 14 Nov 1864.
Fought on 22 Feb 1865.
Fought on 3 Mar 1865.
Fought on 7 Mar 1865 at Rockingham, NC.
Fought on 10 Mar 1865.
Fought on 19 Mar 1865 at Bentonville, NC.
Fought on 20 Mar 1865 at Bentonville, NC.
Fought on 23 Mar 1865.
Fought on 24 Mar 1865.
Fought on 25 Mar 1865.
Fought on 14 Apr 1865.
Obituary Info; Oshkosh Daily Nortwestern- Monday, Nov. 5,1900, page 2
Prominent Resident Passes Away Sunday Morning At His Home
Leonard J. Miller died at his home in the town of Utica, Sunday morning, of general debility, at the age of sixty-six years, having been a partial invalid for three years. Mr. Miller was born in York Co., New Brunswick, in 1834, in which place he came to Wisconsin in 1849. The next few years of his life were spent in securing a common school education, after which he engaged quite extensively in the lumber business in northern Wisconsin.
In the spring of 1862 he enlisted in the twenty-first regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer infantry, participating in several of the most important engagement of the civil war. He received a severe wound at the battle of Resaca, from which he recovered sufficiently to rejoin his regiment at Goldsboro and take part in the closing scenes of the war.
Mr. Miller was married in this county in 1865 to Miss Mary A. Benedict, since which time he has been a resident of the town of Utica. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. T. R. Lewellyn of Utica, a son, Warren A. Miller, Principal of Park School, Kaukauna, and a brother, John A. Miller, of the state of Washington. Desceased has always been prominent in the affairs of his town and county, having for several terms represented the town on the county board. He was one of the originators of the Utica Fire Insurance Company and was secretary of that organization nearly twenty-one years. He also served as assessor for fifteen consecutive years and as Justice of the peace several terms. As a neighbor, citizen and friend, the life and character of Mr. Miller were without reproach. By his genial nature and sterling, manly qualities he has won a host of friends who sincerely mourn his loss.
The funeral will be held at the house Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and from the Elo Methodist Church, of which desceased was a member, at 3 p.m. The services will be conducted by Rev. W. J. Ferry, assisted by Rev. R. Montague and A. H. Griffith. The interment will take place at the cemetery in Picketts. Phil Sheridan post, G.A.R., will have charge of the services at the grave for their dead comrade.
From the Omro Union newspaper – Omro, WI – November 24, 1865
MARRIED – At the Union House in this village on the 17th inst. By N. Frank Esq. Mr. L. J. Miller and Miss Benedict, both of Butte des Mortes, Wis.
Civil War Veterans of Winnebago Co., Wisconsin, Vol 11 by David A. Langkau
Miller, Leonard J. -Sgt., Co B, 21st Regt., Wis Vol Inf
Leonard was born in 1834 at York Co., New Brunswick, Canada. He was the son of Isaac and Harriet Miller. They came to Winnebago County in 1850. Leonard received a common school education and was engaged in farming. He was also engaged in the lumbering business in northern Wisconsin.
Leonard listed his residence as Winneconne when he enlisted on Aug. 13, 1862. He was assigned as above and was promoted to Corporal and then Sergeant in that company. Leonard was wounded at Resaca, Georgia and recovered enough to rejoin his regiment at Goldsboro. He was mustered out on June 8, 1865.
Leonard was married in 1865 to Mary A. Benedict. The records of marriage for Winnebago County list her as Mary A. Cross and provide a marriage date of Nov. 17, 1868. After their marriage, Leonard and Mary moved to a farm at Utica.
They had three children: Winifred; Warren A.; and Della M. Miller. He was listed in 1883 at P.O. Elo. Leonard was then receiving a pension of $4 per month for wounds to his face and side. He was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing in the town of Utica at P.O. Elo. Leonard reported that he suffered a gunshot wound to his face, neck, and side.
He died at his home in Utica on Nov 3, 1900. Leonard was survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. T.R. Lewellyn of Utica, a son, Warren A. Miller, principal of Park School at Kaukauna, and a brother, John A. Miller of Washington State. Mary A., his widow, was listed in 1905 as residing on 80 acres of section 16 in the town of Utica.
Children of Leonard and Mary Ann
i.Winifred “Winnie” Miller (Aug 1866 Winnebago, Wisconsin – After 1930 census); m. Thomas R. Llewellyn (1867 Wisconsin – Before 1920 census) Thomas’ parents were from Wales. In the 1910 census, Thomas was an engineer at a mill in Puyallup Ward 2, Pierce, Washington.
ii. Warren Amos Miller (c. 1870 Winnebago, Wisconsin – 3 Nov 1900) principal of Park School at Kaukauna, Wisconsin.
iii. Della M. Miller (c. 1877 Winnebago – 20 Dec 1896 Winnebago County
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