Will Miller b. 1850

Will Miller 3rd great uncle on RootsMagic tree

Miller, William

Will Miller, a public photo shared on Ancestry

Will was born February 2, 1850 in Elkhart, Indiana, the 8th of 10 children of Jacob and Sarah Davis Miller. On the 1850 census, the Miller family was living on a farm, Will was just born. The 1860 census shows Sarah as a widow with her youngest 6 children living with her, an older daughter has married and moved to Iowa. By 1870 William was in Black Hawk County, Iowa with his mom and siblings. Will worked on a farm, was 20 years old and attended school sometime during the year. In 1880 Will lived with his mom age 66 and his niece Ellen Mitchell age 21. The next record for Will is not until 1920 when he was in Seattle Washington, 70 years old, a night watchman.

This move across the country seems a stretch but a residence source and then a death record in Seattle in 1930 confirm his move to the west coast. Will was born during the creation of the western states. When he lived in Iowa in 1870 the state was 20 years old. When he was in Seattle, Washington the state was about 20 years old with a population of 300,000. If his missing years 30 from 1890 to 1920 were spent moving west, he saw the country created and maybe lived in new states and kept moving further west.

Will didn’t marry and lived to age 80, he died in 1930. He died of heart disease his parent’s names are on his death record and he was cremated.


Adam Miller b. 1863

Adam Miller 3rd great uncle on RootsMagic tree

Adam was born in Indiana in 1863. In 1870 he was living on a farm in Bremer County, Iowa with his parents Peter and Esther, 5 brothers and a sister. Adam and his brother William were named after their uncles.

In 1887 Adam was in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri where on December 22 1887 he married Bridget McKeown. From 1889-1909 Kansas City phone books show Adam was a tailor, Bridget on a census form is also a tailor. Adam and Bridget had 2 daughters both born in Kansas City.

Miller, Adam 1909 tailor

They moved to California and on the 11920 census this Miller family is in Los Angeles. Adam is a proprietor of a tailor shop. their neighbors are local and international born in Japan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Syria, Mexico, California, New York, Germany. Adam’s youngest daughter Jaquetta is 17 and at home, older daughter Mary is probably married. Adam lived until at least age 70, Bridget is a widow on the 1940 census living in Santa Monica with her daughter and granddaughter both named Jacquetta.

Missouri, Jackson County Marriage Records, 1840-1985
U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
1920 US Census

Good deeds

Both my grandfathers, Stanley Roose and Faber Miller, show up (at least once) in the Greene, Iowa newspaper for their good deeds.

Stanley Roose: Good Neighbor Deed in Greene Recorder 1961 August 16, page 1of 10 column 3 midway.

A group of neighbors and friends gathered at the farm of Mr and Mrs William Kline on Friday afternoon and baled 1300 bales of hay. Town extra balers, wagons and tractors were provided to do the work. Those helping were Walt Wilkie, John Schwennen, Duane Miller, David Rotting, Myron Beguelin, Leonard Wiegman and son Gordon Cassman, Stan Roose, Galen Miller, Oscar Chaman and grandson, Dennis McWilliams, Gary McWilliams and Frances Beguelin. The neighbor ladies furnished lunch.

Faber Miller: Good Samaritan to Half Frozen Pheasant in Iowa Recorder 1942 Jan 7 page 1 column 5.
A half frozen hen pheasant picked up this morning by Faber Miller Greene rural mail carrier on his route was brought to the local post office this morning. The bird apparently recovered from the warmth of the postoffice, was given food and released again. Local sportsmen are asking all who can to leave a little grain or crumbs where they can be picked up by the hungry pheasants. The heavy snow prevents the birds from securing food as well as having normal shelter.


Jake Miller b. 1841

Jake Miller 3rd great uncle,  on RootsMagic tree

Jacob Miller was born August 6, 1841 in Elkhart, Indiana the 3rd child of 9. The family farmed, the kids went to school. Jake’s dad died when he was 13 and soon after the family moved to Iowa close to where his older sister, now married, was living near Nashua, Iowa.

Jake stayed single. In his later years he lived with his bother Jame’s family, then with his nephew James Archard Miller and family. When his brother James D married Mary Ella Gaines, Jake is on the marriage record testifying to the bride and groom’s ‘competent age and condition’. On census records Jake is a farmer, a horse breeder and a horse trainer. He lived in Janesville, Bristow and Greene, Iowa and was a welcome guest in the Janesville Waverly area. On the 4th of July 1885. “Mr Jacob Miller was down from near Bristow to spend the 4th with his friends around Janesville. Jake is always a welcome guest in these parts.”

Miller, Jake obituary


Henry Miller b. 1789

Henry Miller b. 1789 4th great grandfather Henry Miller in RootsMagic tree

Henry was born in 1789 in Pennsylvania and is newly added as the father of Peter Miller b. 1827. Researching Peter in Waverly newspapers, he visited Canton, Stark County, Ohio a lot and in June of 1898 he visited with daughter in law Fiana Druckenbrod Miller, both were attending family reunions. It turned out the Stark, Ohio newspaper actually recorded Peter Miller’s visit and featured a full page article about the famous Miller family reunion with perhaps 500+ Millers attending.Miller family reunion 1898

The article is in the Stark County (Ohio) Democrat newspaper of 1898 June 30, provided by Stark Library. https://starklibrary.org/home/genealogy/digital-archives/

Henry Miller was born about 1782 in Pennsylvania, probably Berks County and probably descended from parents or grandparents who arrived from Germany.  He married Elizabeth Fryberger, they moved to Ohio around 1810 and were pioneers in the area. Henry was a widow around 1834 and married again, he may have had 12 children total. An 1830 census shows him and his family in Stark, Ohio. Before 1850 only the heads of homes names were recorded so the 1830 census has Henry Miller and 9 other people identified by tick marks in an age and gender category. Henry is second from bottom on this list. There also an Ohio marriage record for Henry and Julia Essig Troxel, both widowed, they married October 4, 1835 in Stark, Ohio.

James Davis Miller b. 1845

James Davis Miller b. 1845 2nd grandfather.

James Miller was born June 27, 1845 in Indiana. In 1850 the US census has James in Elkhart, Indiana with 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. 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. 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 inclduing gradnson 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.

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

Sam Miller b. 1883

Sam Miller great uncle of Faber Miller who married Gladys Cable.

Sam Miller was born February 20, 1883 in Lafayette, Bremer County, Iowa. This person is new  to the Miller side of the family tree, just recently added when he was mentioned in his sister Lola’s obituary. He doesn’t have a lot of records and went by both Sam and Ira, his name may have benn Ira Samuel Miller. On the 1885 Iowa census he is Ira age 12 living with his family the 5th of 7 kids. Next record is the 1900 US census he is Samuel Miller, a boarder in the home of Avery and Maude Chambers. His next record is the 1930 US Census, he is Sam, married to Gladys living in Amery Wisconsin (same place his parents and brother Frank had lived). Sam is a barber and Gladys is a telephone operator and like most of their city neighbors they own a radio set. In the WW 2 draft registration April 27, 1942, his name is Ira Sam, a barber, living in Amery, Wisconsin, his wife Gladys is next of kin.

draft 1

The Old Man’s Draft required all US men between 45 to 64 to register not for a military draft but to get information on labor skills of the workforce in 1942. A long questionnaire was part of the registration but wasn’t kept, only the cards. More info here.