James Davis Miller b. 1845

James Davis Miller b. 1845 2nd grandfather on RootsMagic tree .

James Miller was born June 27, 1845 in Indiana. In 1850 the US census has James in Elkhart, Indiana with his parents and 7 siblings. In 1854 James’s dad Jacob Miller died so his mom Sarah and now 8 kids trekked from Indiana to Nashua, Iowa about 400 miles. An older sister of James’s was living in Nashua. In 1870 James and brothers have a farm, they’re living near Janesville.  In Waverly, Iowa on November 13, 1878 James, sometimes went by JD, married Mary Ella Gaines who sometimes went by Ella.

Agricultural Palace Lewis and Clark Expo 1905

Agricultural Palace 1905 Lewis and Clark Expo in Portland.

JD and Mary Ella farmed, had 2 sons William and James A, and visited the west coast at least once in 1905 for the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. In 1925 James lived with his son William and family including grandson Faber b. 1905. James lived to age 84 he died in 1929. From his obituary, “He has been industrious and has prospered through the years. He was honorable in his dealings with his fellows and is highly respected by those who knew him.” James is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene, Iowa.
Miller, James and Ella snapshot

“Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XJW3-JXK : 25 September 2017), James Miller and Ella Gaines, 13 Nov 1878, Waverly, Bremer, Iowa, United States; citing reference v2 p358, county courthouses, Iowa; FHL microfilm 1,034,275

Some photos of the Expo at Oregon State University Flickr site.https://www.flickr.com/photos/osucommons/sets/72157619653342096/