Pleasant Miller b. 1835

Pleasant Miller, 2nd great uncle to Faber Miller who married Gladys Cable, on RootsMagic tree

Pleasant, born September of 1835 in Indiana, was the second child of Jacob and Sarah Davis Miller probably both of Virginia. Pleasant was named after his mom’s dad: Pleasant Davis. In 1850 Pleasant was 15 and attending school with his 4 brothers and 2 sisters. By 1860, age 25 Pleasant was in northern California and almost surely part of the Gold Rush. By 1870 he was in Montana: Cedar Junction, Deer Lodge, then finally Butte, Silver Bow, Montana. Butte was a boom town and long ago known as ‘the richest hill in the world’ because of it’s minerals, especially copper in the 1880s. An 1884 map at Library of Congress shows the mining town on one of the cutest maps ever created.screenshot 2

Pleasant stayed single. He lived to age 75 and was a miner, at the Dakota, Colorado and Ophir Mines of Montana until his death. He lived the longest stretch in a cabin south of the city in Butte. Red Leggat, friend, probably also a miner, is the informant on Pleasant’s death record of September 19, 1910. Pleasant is buried at Moriah Cemetery in Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana.