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.
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“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/

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.

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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. 

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.

William L Miller b. 1852

William L Miller was born August 1852 in Stark Ohio, his middle name may be Louis. In 1870 William was 18, the oldest of 7 children of Peter and Esther. The Miller family had moved to Bremer County, Iowa. William  was a farm laborer and attended school. He kept in touch with Fianna Druckenbrod of Stark Ohio, returned to her and they married on September 5, 1875 in Stark, Ohio.  The newlyweds settled in Bremer County, Iowa, had 7 children and farmed. Their youngest daughter Clara died in 1902 age 16. By 1905 William and Fiana were in Amery Wisconsin. William was a teamster and truck gardener. When Fiana died in 1923 William lived with his son Frank and family. William, Clara and Fiana are all buried in Andrews Cemetery near Waverly. Mary Roose Miller and I visited  summer 2017. William and Fiana’s headstone is surrounded by 5’ day lilies. Headstone without the 5′ day lilies at Find A Grave
Headstone Miller, William and Fiana Druckenbrod
Ohio, County Marriages 1789-2013 Database with images. FamilySearch.org : 7 March 2017. County courthouses, Ohio. William and Fiana’s certificate.

Great grandfather of Faber Miller b. 1905 who married Gladys Cable b. 1913
William L Miller (1852 – 1933) > Lola M Miller (1880 – 1951) > Faber W Miller (1905 – 1957) m. Gladys Cable (1913 – 1991)

Lewis and Clark Expo James Davis and Mary Ella Gaines Miller 1905

Portland Fair 1905James Davis Miller and Mary Ella Gaines Miller (2nd great grandparents) , in 1905 left Butler County, Iowa for the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, Oregon. Mary Ella’s sisters Florence and Jeanette and maybe a brother were living in Oregon at that time.

PDX History documents the Exposition with photos, postcards, links. The Lewis and Clark Expo on Flickr contains 26 photos one of them the Agricultural Palace which I’m sure JD and Mary Ella visited.

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Agricultural Palace 1905 Lewis and Clark Expo in Portland.

 

In June of 1922, Mary Ella and James’s son William with wife Lola (great grandparents), son Faber (grandfather) and daughter Florence (great aunt)  took an auto vacation to Northern Wisconsin. In the 1920s auto travel for the common man was just beginning so this auto trip was pretty big news.

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