Names: Alexander, Chapman, Fry, Miller, Wisecup

 

From: Roger Deem [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2006 9:14 AM
To: Laurie Huffman
Subject: Re: Millers of KY & IL

Not sure if you wanted this but my brother just turned it up in his files out in Oregon.  The following photo ID was written on the back of the photo, by our mother, Elizabeth Ann Miller, daughter of Leslie Miller.

 

Taken about 1894.  Samuel Miller, his wife, Rose (Anzeriah), three daughters, from left - Mertie, Rose, Edith,  son, Samuel Leslie.

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-------------- Original message from "Laurie Huffman" <[email protected]>: --------------

Roger,

 

Before I start, I need to let you know that I generally don't have such extensive reports, but your family just fell into place, so I hope you are prepared for a landslide. :-)

 

Your Millers seem to have arrived in Brown County, Illinois from Kentucky sometime before 1840. There are at least two brothers, John and Stephen, who lived in Lee township. Samuel Miller and his wife, Cynthia (parents of your Samuel T.) also lived there. This Samuel may or may not have been another brother. He was slightly older than the first two, and died before 1880, so I couldn't compare their parents' birth places.

 

I will be using information on these three Miller families taken from the censuses, the cemetery book, and a bit from the history of Brown County. I also read through the Lee township section of the History of Schuyler and Brown Counties, and was amazed that they are not mentioned. Having arrived so early, they must have been well known, but perhaps they didn't put themselves forward in a way that made them appear "prominent". That's how it is with many of the early families.

 

Pages 100, 106 and 108 of Cemeteries of Brown County, IL lists three Miller brothers: John W., Stephen, and Edward. After tracking each through the censuses I can say absolutely that Edward is not connected to the other two. He was born in Ireland. He died in 1868, and in 1880 his children list their father's place of birth as Ireland. The other three Millers all came from Kentucky. So we have two brothers, for certain, John W. (1816) and Stephen (1821). I also think that Samuel (b. 1806/7) is an relative, either an older brother or a cousin. Either way, you appear to be a descendant of both Stephen and Samuel. All three of these men are buried, with their wives, in the Howe and Mt. Pleasant (Fargo) Cemeteries, in Lee Township.(Someone assumed Edward was their brother simply because he was also a Miller.) 

 

Samuel Miller came from Kentucky already married. His wife's name was Cynthia (often written Cyntha or Cintha). The other two married in Brown County a short time later.

 

John Miller md Susannah Fry 5 May 1840, Brown Co, IL

Stephen Miller md Tabitha Fry 14 Jan 1844, Brown Co, IL

 

These two wives may be sisters, but I couldn't find anything on them. One of the Brown County Fry families came from Kentucky as well, so there may have been a relationship between the families before they arrived. The other "Frye" family is German, and arrived much later.

 

Just a mention here of Samuel "W." Miller, with wife Margaret Alexander, living in Mt. Sterling township during the same years your Samuel and Cynthia are in Lee township. The other Samuel is also from Kentucky, and he married Margaret in "Schuyler" county in 1838, when Brown was a part of that county. There is no apparent connection between this other Samuel and your family. There are also other John Millers, and another Stephen, who is German. I've been careful to compare these.

 

Here are some suggestions before I get on with the results of the search:

 

Order the death certificate from the State of Illinois for Samuel T. Miller (Annie died too early to get recorded at the state level). You can also request obituaries for all these folks through the Versailles Area Gen. & Hist. Society (http://vaghs.tripod.com ), and when you get the funeral home information, you can call or write their records office for information. They keep family data that is sometimes new and surprising.

 

I checked the index to probates, but none of your Millers left wills. The next best thing is land records, so I suggest you contact the County Clerk in Brown County (and also check with Schuyler County), to locate land records. Sometimes you can pick up information about the father's of wives, sons-in-law, and other connections that way, as well as other valuable family information. Quit claim deeds have been extremely helpful for us, so watch for those.

 

 

Well, let's get on with the fun part. I hope these listings will give you plenty to work with. If you want me to check the 1900-1930 census for any of these people who were living those years, just let me know. You can also use the Illinois State Marriage Index Online to locate marriages for the children of these couples: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/GenealogyMWeb/marrsrch.html .

 

Best wishes,

 

Laurie Huffman

CoCoordinator

Brown Co, ILGenWeb Project

 

 

 

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Census listings for Samuel Miller (1806-1875) & Cynthia (1816-1873)

 

1840 Census, Brown County, Illinois

 

    Head of household; Samuel Miller; Male: 1= 0/5; 1= 30/40  Female: 2=0/5; 1=10/15; 1=30/40

 

(If the female 10/15 is their child, she would have been born in Kentucky, and might have been married before 1850. She also might be Samuel's child by a previous wife, which would account for the large gap in years between her and the other children.)

 

1850 Census, Illinois, Brown Co, Lee Township

1004/1009

    Samuel Miller, 44, farmer, b. KY

    Cintha Miller, 34, b. KY

    Austin Miller, 13, b. IL

    Mary Miller, 11, b. IL

    Sarah Ann Miller, 9, b. IL

    Eliza Jane Miller, 8, b. IL

    William Miller, 6, b. IL

    Margaret E. Miller, 4, b. IL

    Manda Miller, 2, b. IL

    Cintha Ann Miller, 2mo., b. IL

 

1860 Census, Illinois, Brown Co, Lee Township

1389/1327

    Samuel Miller, 53, farmer, b. KY

    Mrs. C. Miller, 43, b. KY

    A. K. Miller (m), 22, farmer, b. IL (Austin)

    W. H. Miller (m), 16, farmer, b. IL (William)

    M. E. Miller (f), 14, b. IL (Margaret)

    Manda Miller, 12, b. IL

    C. A. Miller (f), 10, b. IL (Cintha/Cynthia)

    S. T. Miller (m), 7, b. IL (your Samuel Thomas) 

 

1870 Census, Illinois, Brown Co, Lee Township

117/117

    Samuel Miller, 64, farmer, b. KY

    Cyntha Miller, 53, b. KY

    Samuel Miller Jr., 17, b. IL

 

1880 Census, Illinois, Brown Co, Lee Township

146/153

    Samuel Miller, 26, farmer, b. IL (both parents b. KY)

    Amariah Miller, 25, wife, b. IL  (both parents b. KY) This is Anzeriah, d/o Stephen Miller.

    Myrtie Miller, 3, dau, b. IL

    Rose Miller, 1, dau, b. IL

 

 

Census Listings for John W. Miller (1816-1889) and Susannah Fry (1816-1891)

 

1840 Census, Brown Co, Illinois

 

    Head of household, John Miller; Male: 1=20/30; Female 1=20/30   

 

1850 Census, Illinois, Brown Co, Lee Township

956/961

    John Miller, 32, farmer, b. KY

    Susan Miller, 34, b. KY

    Amanda E. Miller, 3, b. IL

    Mary E. Miller, 1, b. IL

 

In the same household:

 

    Stephen Miller, 29, farmer, b. KY

    Tabitha Miller, 30, b. KY

    Sarah C. Miller, 5, b. IL

    William Miller, 3, b. IL

    Elizabeth Miller, 1mo., b. IL

 

1860 Census, Illinois, Brown Co, Lee Township

1343/1282

    John Miller, 44, farmer, b. KY

    Mrs. S. Miller, 44, b. KY

    A. E. Miller (f), 13, b. IL (Amanda)

    M. A. Miller (f), 11, b. IL (presumably Mary, but is it an E. or A. middle name?)

    C. T. Miller (m), 9, b. IL (unknown)

    J. L. Miller (m), 5, b. IL (probably Leander - see 1880)

    J. T. Miller (m) 1, b. IL (probably James - see 1880)

    Samuel Thomas, 20, miller, b. OH

 

1870 Census (unable to locate the family anywhere in the US in this census)

 

    A great many families were uprooted during the civil war, for various reasons, and some failed to return to their home of origin in time to be included in the 1870 census. 

 

1880 Census, Illinois, Brown Co, Lee Township

199/211

    John Miller, 63, farmer, b. KY (both parents b. KY)

    Susan Miller, 63, wife, b. KY (both parents b. KY)

    Mary Miller, 28, single, dau, b. IL, (both parents b. KY)

    Leander Miller, 24, single, son, miller, b. IL (both parents b. KY)

    James Miller, 20, single, son, "miller", b. IL (both parents b. KY)

    Isadora Wisecup, 10, rel. not given, b. IL, parents b. US

 

Census Listings for Stephen Miller (1821-1900) & Tabitha Fry 1820-1885)

   

1850 Census (see household of John Miller)   

 

1860 Census, Illinois, Brown Co, Lee Township

1374/1312

    Stephen Miller, 39, farmer, b. KY

    Mrs. T. Miller, 39, b. KY

    Sarah Miller, 16, b. IL

    W. H. Miller (m), 13, b. IL

    Elizabeth Miller, 10, b. IL

    Anzeriah Miller, 8, b. IL (your Annie)

 

1870 Census, Illinois, Brown Co, Lee Township

129/129

    Stephen Miller, 49, farmer, b. KY

    Tabitha Miller, 49, b. KY

    William Miller, 22, b. IL

    Ann M. Miller, 18, b. IL

    Arthur Miller, 9, b. IL

    Carry Miller (f), 7, b. IL

    Elmore Miller 5, b. IL

 

1880 Census, Illinois, Brown Co, Lee Township

137/144

     Stephen Miller, 59, farmer, b. KY (both parents b. KY)

    Tabitha Miller, 59, wife, b. KY (both parents b. KY)

    William Miller, 32, single, farmer, b. IL (both parents b. KY)

    Arthur Miller, 19, b. IL (both parents b. KY)

    Carrie Miller, 16, b. IL (both parents b. KY)

    Elmer Miller, 15, b. IL (both parents b. KY)  

 

1880 Census, Illinois, Brown Co, Lee Township

 

    Samuel and Anzeriah (Miller) Miller - see listings for Samuel & Cynthia

 

Cemeteries of Brown County, IL 1825-1972

Howe Cemetery, Lee Township, p. 100 (all Millers extracted):

 

    Samuel Miller (d. 17 May 1875 aged 68-7-5) PAF Calc. birth date: 13 Oct 1806.

    Cynthia, w/o Samuel Miller (d. 28 May 1873, aged 56-7-6) PAF Calc birth date: 22 Aug 1816

    Willie, s/o W. M. & E. Miller (d. 2 Jan 1873 aged 0-1-18) Connection to family unknown.

 

Mt. Pleasant (Fargo) Cemetery, Lee Township, p. 106, 108:

 

    Samuel Miller (3 Feb 1854-10 Mar 1927)

    Annie Miller, w/o Samuel Miller (13 Mar 1853-28 Nov 1905) d/o Stephen & Tabitha Miller

    John W. Miller (d. 4 Dec 1889 aged 73-7-0) PAF Calc. birth date: 4 May 1816

    Susannah, w/o John W. Miller (d. 20 Dec 1891 aged 75 yrs) Cal. birth year 1816

    Stephen Miller (20 May 1821-12 Jul 1900)

    Tabitha, w/o Stephen Miller (1 Sep 1820-27 Oct 1885)

    Mary M. Miller (15 Apr 1855-8 Sep 1898) d/o Stephen & Tabitha Miller

    Elizabeth M. Miller (10 Jun 1850-27 Oct 1885) d/o Stephen & Tabitha Miller (she d. same day as her

         mother)

    Carrie B. Miller (1863-1919) d/o Stephen & Tabitha Miller

   

Orton (or Baptist) Cemetery, Lee Township, p. 109:

 

    Elizabeth, d/o Samuel & Cynthia Miller (d. 13 Apr 1841, aged 5-4-26)

    Cordella, d/o Samuel & Cynthia Miller (d. 19 Oct 1853, aged 1-5-18)

 

Mounds Cemetery, TimewellPea Ridge Township, p.295, 302: 

   

    Cynthia Miller, w/o John W. Chapman (6 May 1850-17 Nov 1914) May be d/o Samuel & Cynthia Miller

    John W. Chapman (21 Jun 1848-23 Sep 1911) Co B 14th Ill Inf.

 

History of Brown County, IL 1880-1970

 

Lee Township, Lee Presbyterian Church, p. 364:

 

    "On January 31, 1851, seven members withdrew from the First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Sterling to be organized into a Presbyterian Church at Walker's Neck, subsequently known as the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian church. They were Mr. and Mrs. John Jennings, Mr. and Mrs. John Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Miller, and Henry Miller." 

 

The church was disbanded in 1872, and efforts to again organize were held on July 29, 1877 at the Methodist Church in Mounds Station (Timewell, Pea Ridge twp). 

 

"After the Rev. Tanner made a few remarks concerning the situation, the following persons signified their intentions to enter into the said organization: Stephen Miller, Tabitha Miller . . ." (list continued). 

 

In 1882, Stephen Miller was an Elder and a trustee of Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church.

 

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End of Report 

 

From: Roger Deem [mailto:[email protected]]

Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 11:00 PM

To: Laurie Huffman

Subject: Re: Millers of KY & IL

 

 

A bit of an update.  Versailles came up with an obit for Samuel Thomas Miller that reports his daughter's name as Anjuriah.

 

Their son, Samuel Leslie Miller is buried in Diamond Grove Cemetery in Jacksonville in a family plot that includes wife Gail Miller Gllbert and sons John William Miller and Samuel Langdon Miller.  A photo of the four stones is attached.

 

I would love any census records you have after 1880.  Thanks.

 

 

 

Miller Family – 1894 (Photo donated by Roger Deem)

Not sure if you wanted this but my brother just turned it up in his files out in Oregon.  The following photo ID was written on the back of the photo, by our mother, Elizabeth Ann Miller, daughter of Leslie Miller.

 

Taken about 1894.  Samuel Miller, his wife, Rose (Anzeriah), three daughters, from left - Mertie, Rose, Edith,  son, Samuel Leslie.


Miller Graves (Photo donated by Roger Deem)