Miller Family History

 

The Paper Trail leading to Robert Miller and Ruth Haines as the Paternal Grandparents of Abraham Miller
(DNA testing has shown that they are not but one can forgive early researchers for the error as the paper trail sure pointed in that direction)

 

Irish/English DNA Origins

 

1736-1777 Warwick Miller son of Robert Miller and Ruth Haines living (the only Warwick Miller known to have lived in the United States prior to 1811.)  Like this Warwick Miller, Abraham Miller was also an innkeeper who traded farm goods for dry goods in Philadelphia.

 

1782 Abraham Miller marries Phebe Webb, an Irish Quaker from Exeter Twp. Berks County.  5 townships north of where Robert Miller and Ruth Haines Miller were living at the time (East Caln, Chester County).

 

1811 Abraham Millerís son Warrick Miller is born  This is an extremely uncommon name that seems to only be found in the early 1800ís in the United States in families descended from Robert Miller and Ruth Haines.  (1811 Warwick Miller great grandson of Solomon Miller  is born [Robert & Ruth Miller>Solomon>Robert>Wm.> Warwick])

 

Warwick Miller: East Caln, Chester Co., PA: born 1736                                                                                 (Robert - Gayen)
Warrick Miller: VA and Jefferson Co., KY: born 1793                                                     (Isaac - Warwick - Robert - Gayen)
Warwick Nicholas Miller: born 1822                                                                 (Warrick - Isaac - Warwick - Robert - Gayen)
Warwick P Miller: Virginia: born 1796                                                                         (Mordecai - Warwick - Robert - Gayen)
Warwick Price Miller: Virginia: born 1824                             (Robert Hartshorene - Mordecai - Warwick - Robert - Gayen)
Warrick P Miller: Maryland: born 1860     (Warwick Price - Robert Hartshorene - Mordecai - Warwick - Robert - Gayen)
Warwick Miller: Kentucky: born 1863                             (Isaac Price - Robert Nicholas - Isaac - Warwick - Robert - Gayen)
Warwick Miller: Chester county: born 1783                                                                     (Robert - Warwick - Robert - Gayen)
Warwick Miller: Menallen, Fayette, PA: born 1811                                         (William - Robert - Solomon - Robert - Gayen)
Warwick Miller: Sadsbury, Chester County, PA: born 1785                                                                 (James - James - Gayen)
Warwick Guyon Miller:                                             (Francis - Robert Hartshorene - Mordecai - Warwick - Robert - Gayen)

Elmer Kenneth Miller: Ralph Edwin - Joseph Hollingsworth - Lewis Neil - Solomon - Robert - Solomon - Robert - Gayen)

Warwick W. Miller: PA and Michigan: born 1811                                                         (Abraham)
Warrick William Miller: Michigan and Winona Co., MN: born 1845         (Elisha B. - Abraham)
Warrick William Miller: Michigan and Wash D.C.: born 1843             (Warwick W. - Abraham)
Washington Warrick Miller: Allen County, OH: born 1829                          (William - Abraham)

 

In the 1810 U.S. census there were:

0 Warwick Millerís

0 Warric Millerís

0 Warrick Millerís

and zero of any other similar spelling (same for 1790 and 1800)

That doesnít mean there were zero in the country as one or more Warrick Millerís may have lived in the United States during those censuses and had their names mis-spelled or mis-transcribed (though I tried about 10 variant spellings).  They also may have used a nickname or middle name or been children or for some other reason not the head of household.  What can be said is that, if any, there were extremely few as to not show up on any of U.S. Census for 3 decades.

 

In the 1820 US Census there were:

1 Warwick Miller -- West Marlborough,Chester,PA   (descendant of Gayen)

1 Warrick Miller -- Jeffersontown,Jefferson,KY  (descendant of Gayen)

1 Warrick Miller -- Franklin,Ross,OH  (near where William Miller settled in 1816)

 

In the 1830 US Census there were:

1 Warwick Miller -- Jefferson, Kentucky  (descendant of Gayen)

1 Warrick Miller -- Crawford, Crawford, Ohio

 

1831 August 14  Warrick W. Miller is born

He dies Nov 21, 1852 and is burried next to Wm Miller Sr. in Row 7 on a small farm cemetery.

 

1835 Chester County Poor School Children:    Ogelsby Jonah      East Caln Warrick Miller (8), Mary Butler (6)

            So Jonah Ogelsby was caring for a Warrick Miller (b. 1827) in East Caln.   This is where Robert Miller and presumably Jacob Miller was living.

 

1850 Census

There are 3 Warwick Miller (and Warrick Miller)ís born in  Pennsylvania (2 others were born in VA, no others anywhere).    Of the 3 born in PA one is Abraham Millerís son the other Solomon Millerís g-grandson.   The 3rd I donít know but he is living in West Bradford, Chester County (home of Robert and Ruth Miller, next to E. Caln)

 

1880 Elisha B. Miller lists his father as born in Deleware

 

1880 United States Federal Census > Minnesota > Winona > Winona > District 291

(Robert Miller was born 1702 in Kennett Twp., Chester County, PA which borders the state of Deleware.)

 

 

 

1880 Abraham Miller Jr. lists his father as born in Pennsylvania

 

1880 United States Federal Census > Pennsylvania > Columbia > Berwick > District 164

 

1887 Isaac Lowe biography says Abraham is from Chester County

 

ďÖ.He married, in this county, in 1823, Miss Maria MILLER, a native of this county and daughter of Abraham MILLER, Her parents came from Chester County, Penn., to this county and lived in Briarcreek Township until their death. They are buried in BloomsburgÖ..Ē

History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, Centre Twp. pg. 423

At the time this was written, 2 of Abraham Millerís sons (Elisha B. and Abraham Jr.) were still living in Columbia County. 

 

1905 DAR Application by Alice Low Low  (through Maria Lowe) (living in Lime Ridge)

Abraham Miller born in Chester County.  Note: she originally lists him as serving from a company from Northampton County but that is later crossed out and the Chester County service in written instead.

 

1905 DAR Application by Helen May Low  (through Maria Lowe) (living in Lime Ridge)

Abraham Miller born in Chester County.  Note: she originally lists him as serving from a company from Northampton County but that is later crossed out and the Chester County service in written instead.


1907 DAR Application by Ella Miller Searle  (through Thomas Miller)

Abraham Miller born in Chester County and later removed to Columbia County.

 

1912 DAR Application by Dr. Edith Barton  (through Maria Lowe) (she was living in Scranton)

Abraham Miller born in Chester County.  Served as a Private in West Bradford, Chester County Militia.  

 

1915 DAR Application by Anna Elizabeth Lowe  (through Maria Lowe)  (she was living in Lime Ridge)

Abraham Miller born in Chester County.  Served as a Private in West Bradford, Chester County Militia.   Says he married Phebe Webb in 1782 in Kennett Square.   (marriage record shows the marriage in Exeter Twp., Berks County)

 

1921 DAR Application by Laura Barton Aikman  (through Maria Lowe) (she was living in Lime Ridge)

Abraham Miller born in Chester County.  Served as a Private in West Bradford, Chester County Militia.  

 

 

 

1924 DAR Application by Ruth Hughes Kirkendall Thompson  (through Abraham Miller Jr.) (in Berwick)

Abraham Miller born in Chester County.  Served as a Private in West Bradford, Chester County Militia.   Says he married Phebe Webb in 1782 in Kennett Square.   (marriage record shows the marriage in Exeter Twp., Berks County)

 

1924 DAR Application by Millenie Miller Rogers (through Elisha Barton Miller)

Abraham Miller lived in Chester County during the Revolutionary War.  Served as a Private in West Bradford, Chester County Militia.  (West Bradford is the adjoining township south of East Caln Ė city is Coatesville).

 

1931 DAR Application by Anna Bushnell Feustermacher Billmyer (through Abraham Miller Jr.)

Abraham Miller lived in Chester County during the Revolutionary War.   Says he married Phebe Webb in 1782 in Kennett Square.   (marriage record shows the marriage in Exeter Twp., Berks County)

 

 

1948 Hartford Conneticut Times

 

 

--A million bucks says that G.W.R. is Mrs. George Wilder Rogers (aka Millennnie Miller Rogers)

 

1961 Richard Haines and His Descendents

 

Jacob, under children of Robert Miller (son of Gayen Miller) and Ruth Haines:

 

 

Abraham Miller is not a descendent or paternal relation of any kind to Gayen Miller.    Abraham Miller did not serve in the Chester County Militia (though another Abraham Miller did).   

 

Regarding Gayen Miller's ancestry, my take on the DNA results is that:

Gayen Miller (b. 1674), Samuel Miller (b. 1680) and James Miller (b. 1669) were cousins or brothers.    Gayen Miller arriving first from Ireland, with his cousins following in the 1720's..

Two descendants of Gayen Miller have taken DNA tests, each descending from different sons of Gayen's son Robert Miller (wife of Ruth Haines).    Their paper trails to Gayen are extremely well documented.    They both match each other but do not match Abraham Miller's descendants or descendants of John Miller and Mary Ignew.   

John Miller and Mary Ignew of New Garden, Chester County (originally Manor of Stenning), were most certainly the parents of James Miller (born 1692, h/o Ann Cain).    James inherited his parents land, with the New Garden Monthly Meeting being on South East corner of that property.     James Miller (b. 1692) and Ann Cain are most likely the parents of James Miller (born 1745, h/o Jane Elliott), though I've not yet confirmed that.     Descendants of James Miller b. 1745, from 2 of his sons, have tested.    Their DNA matches each other but not descendants of Gayen Miller or Abraham Miller.     Those descendants still live in the Avondale are of Pennsylvania.

Based on the most recent testing Gayen Miller is likely descended from John Miller (b. 1555 Glenorchy, Lorn, Scotland) and Barbara Mackay (1555-1580), parents of John Miller who married Agnes Campbell, grandparents of John Miller who married Alice Porter, great grandparents of Isaac Miller, whose grandsom Samuel Miller was born abt 1700 and died in Chester County PA in 1771.

 

That John Miller (h/o of Mary Ignew) is the son of John Miller and Ann Clibborn seems to based on nothing other than a shared name, birth country and general date.    

 

Living on land next to land owned by John Miller in New Garden, Chester County, in the the 1720's was Simon Hadley.    Early Irish letters suggest that Simon's wife was Ruth Miller, who married a Keren, was widowed early and married Simon Hadley.    She is said to be the daughter of Robert Miller b. 1651 of West Meath, Ireland, the same place Simon Hadley was from.    This is also the same place, Moate, and county that John Miller and Ann Clibborn were from.      One hypothesis I have is that there were 3 distinct Miller families living in New Garden in the 1720's.    1.  Gayen, Samuel and James Miller, cousins.   2.  John and Mary (Ignew) Miller.  3.  Robert Miller descendants.

 

Based on their location in Ireland, John Miller and Ann Clibborn would more likely be ancestors of Robert Miller than of the first 2 groups (if related to anyone in Chester County at all).     Note the given names of John and Ann (Clibborn) Miller match exactly with the names of Abraham's children.     Note also that Abraham Miller, based on new DNA FamilyFinder results at www.familytreedna.com suggest he may be related to Ruth Miller, wife of Simon Hadley and supposed daughter of Robert Miller.    That she is the daughter of Robert appears to be undocumented speculation but that she was a Miller from West Meath, Ireland is based on research done in Irelnad by Eneclann, though still circumstantial, ie not birth record is known.

 

Research to Conduct:

  1. A consultation of Irish Friends Records, at Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin, Ireland, might possibly yield more details on the Miller's from West Meath, Ireland.    

  2. New Castle, DE, Meeting Records might also yield more information on the early Miller's in Chester County (in addition to the New Garden records which have already been thoroughly reviewed).

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