Thursday, September 13, 2012

From One of Our Followers!


I am so excited that some of you are submitting information to the blog.

Thanks to one of our blog followers, Wendell, for the following information. He mentions two William Millers. It would be wonderful if the first one mentioned were our ancestor. That William served at Valley Forge. He died in 1793 and is buried in Essex County, Virginia. As far I can ascertain, this William is not related to us [if you Google "William Miller, Valley Forge," you can probably confirm this].

However, the second William mentioned in this request below is our William Miller. Thanks for sending in this information, Wendell! We will answer your questions in the next post.

Keep the information coming! Email me or use the Comments section below.
Thanks! - Donna

(p.s. I don't know if you have watched the counter to the right, but there have been over 78,500 hits to this blog, so it is a good place to post your genealogy questions!)

From Wendell:

William Miller of Fayette County – I am trying to research my Miller ancestors. I recently discovered that Abraham Miller, b. abt 1787 in Fayette county PA. is my 3rd great grandfather. According to some information I have, which was taken from a page from a book History of Descendants of the William Miller Families, his father was William Miller, who was a Revolutionary War soldier, who served at Valley Forge. His wife supposedly molded bullets and carried them to the soldiers. [note from Donna: Again, research indicates that this William Miller is not related to us].

I, also found another query concerning a William Miller, who also was in the Revolutionary War, was also a large landowner and was from Fayette County. His wife was Rebecca Bradford.

Abraham b. abt 1787 married Nancy Blackburn b. abt. 1795   who was born in Salem, Columbiana county, Ohio. Their Children
Sally Miller m. George Slavih –                      8 children
Jane Miller m. Joseph Gilmer –                       8 children
John Blackburn Miller m, Sarah Shaffer  -   12 children
Stephen Miller m. Nancy Hartzel -                  7 children
Jessie Miller   - Died in school while studying for the ministry in 1840
William Armstrong Miller m. Rebecca Cecelia Pow
Bradford Miller – Died in 1824 at age 5
Nancy Ann Miller b. 19 Oct. 1826 d. 2 Apr. 1904 m. Samuel Little  b. 28 Apr. 1824 d. 5 Jan. 1914.  They had  7 children   Nancy is my 2nd great grandmother. I, have several
pictures of their children.

NOTE: Could Abraham and Nancy’s son BRADFORD be named after Abraham’s mother’s maiden name?

I would like any information that would confirm that William is the father of Abraham and any documentation that William was in the Revolutionary War. (My sister, at one time was interested in joining the DAR. 


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks so much for your wonderful service Jim. I'm proud to be "on board"!

  2. Donna, I found your blog today, courtesy of GeneaBloggers. How wonderful that you have such a beneficial dialog unfolding with your readers! The Internet is such a great resource for the continuing conversations in genealogy.

    I loved your "about me" statement, which I definitely relate to. I think I was born with a fascination of family history! So glad to have found your site.

    1. Jacqui,

      What a kind comment! I agree with you wholeheartedly--some of us do seem to be born "infected" with the genealogy! But what a way to go! I only wish I could do it full time. Ah well...someday. Take care and thanks again.



  3. Welcome to the GeneaBloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories" and family saga novels:
    "Back to the Homeplace" and "The Homeplace Revisited"
    The Heritage Tourist at In-Depth Genealogist:

    1. Thank you so very much, Bill! I already feel like it is a "family." I wish would have joined sooner. How wonderful that people not even related show so much kindness to the new kid on the block! I'm impressed.

      Thanks again and good luck in your research,

  4. Hi Donna! Welcome to GeneaBloggers! I just found your blog. I love your "About Me" statement. It's so sweet that your dad spent the time to share stories of your ancestors with you.

    1. Thanks Jana! What a wonderful group to have joined. Everyone is so kind and welcoming. Thanks a million! donna


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