Sunday, July 29, 2012
Many thanks to member Chalmers Williams for doing this wonderful write-up for today's post.
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DAVID MILLER, GRANDFATHER OF WILLIAM MILLER
By Chalmers Williams
Thus far we do not know where or when David Miller was born, but a good guess might be in Ulster Ireland or perhaps
about 1665. Ninian Dunlap, David’s father-in-law, was from the Dunlap
(sometimes spelled Delap or Dunlap) family that settled in Scotland ,
in the early 1600's. The Dunlaps were originally from Sligo, Ireland .
Ayrshire, Scotland Ayr, part of the Scottish Lowlands, distinguished
itself, in part, as a “hotbed” of Scottish Presbyterianism. John Knox lived in
Ayr in the 1500's and, a Dunlap from Ayr was
one of the martyred Covenanter leaders. David appears to have been part of the
early protestant Scotch migration to this county that occurred in the late
1600's when the Stuarts returned to the throne. And, as we shall see, David and
his descendants played a roll in the early development of the Presbyterian
Church in this country.
One of the first conclusive records we have found of David Miller occurs 30 July 1689 when he, John Steel and Abraham, John and Josias Emmett are granted cattle marks in
David’s brother Andrew Miller and father-in-law Ninian Delap [Dunlap] are
issued cattle marks on 3 February 1690 and 21 September 1690,
respectively. However, other evidence
suggests that David had immigrated to Somerset County, Maryland
before this date. A deed record indicates that David signed an indenture
to Edmund Howard in 1688 when he purchased Spalding. Moreover, John Emmett,
with whom the Millers shared a relationship, had numerous land transactions in Somerset beginning as early as 1671. Somerset County
On 25 Nov 1693, David Miller and his wife Jane (or perhaps Janet) of Somerset Co. sell by receipt of an indenture land to John Steel. This land is 100 acres out of a 600 acres tract called "Spalding" that David Miller acquired from Edmund Howard. Howard acquired Spalding in 1682, and though it is difficult to read, it appears that David Miller entered into an indenture with Howard in May 1688. David Miller paid him 18,000 pounds of tobacco for Spalding completing his required payments on 9 Jan 1692. (Somerset Co. Deeds, Liber L 1, p.78, and Liber L 1, p144.) Spalding is located "between Bogerternorton and
Assateague Bay, Maryland
*The days of Makemie: or The vine planted. A.D. 1680-1708, by Littleton Purnell Bowen, explains the family relationships between John White, Edmund Howard, William and Richard Stevens and Rev. Makemie, an early Presbyterian minister.
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org My love of genealogy started when I was a child. I remember spending hours looking through my parents' bottom dresser drawer filled with old family photos. Dad would come in and sit down on the floor with me. He would tell me of the people and places, stories of his childhood in New Braunfels, Texas, and memories of his parents and grandparents. I felt so close to these people, and this naturally flowed into a love of genealogy in later years. Thanks Dad!