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Friday, March 29, 2013
If you review the two posts previous to the Roots Tech blog,
you will remember that we are trying so solve the puzzle of whether or not our
Scots-Irish ancestor, Abraham Miller (our William’s father), or perhaps
Abraham’s father or grandfather, left their Northern Ireland home near the
village of Ballindrait, County Donegal, and fled religious persecution of the
Presbyterian Covenanters by going to Holland for a period of time as did quite
a number of the Scots-Irish, including
the father and grandfather of their pastor, William Traill (see [see previous
posts about Traill to establish the connection between him and our Miller’s).
John Miller-----> David Miller-----> Abraham Miller----->
born about 1660born
about 1685 born about 1710 born 1732 in America
The above diagram shows our William's descent from his great
grandfather John Miller1. To date, we have written very little about
William's father, Abraham. Even where and when he was born continues to be a
puzzle of many ill-fitting pieces that leads us to ask: Was he born in Ireland, America
or Holland?! We
are certain that his son William was born in 1732 in America, but our knowledge ends
there and surmise begins.
Following is a summary of the conflicting information that
is contained in each of three documents (see images below):
PUZZLE PIECE ONE
is a document known as The Allen Family Record which claims
that Abraham Miller was born in Holland,
"his ancestry having fled from England during a violent
persecution of Protestants." (footnote ?).
PUZZLE PIECE TWO
is a page from an 1820 publication called The Christian Herald, gives a brief
history of Abraham's son, Alexander. It includes a note about Alexander’s
parents, listing Abraham and wife "Susannah" [footnote] nee Roddy as
"both originally from the north of Ireland,"
but there is no mention of birth dates and no mention of Holland.
PUZZLE PIECE THREE
is the transcript of a land record from Somerset
County, Maryland, indicates that
Abraham's grandfather, John, was already in America
by 1684, lending credence to the theory that Abraham was born in America.
Here are the supporting documents:
1. ALLEN FAMILY RECORD
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1. CHRISTIAN HERALD ARTICLE:
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3. LAND RECORDS:
Transcript of a land record from Somerset
County, Maryland showing that
Abraham’s grandfather was in America
18 Sep 1684 [date is difficult to
make out, but it is thought this is correct], John Miller acquires
300 acres known as “Enlargement” from John Emmett and his wife Hanna.
John and his wife Isabell sell part of this land to Samuel Taylor on 5 Feb
1697/8. On 24 Mar 1697/8, John Miller sells another 100 acres of
Enlargement to Samuel Davis. “Enlargement” is situated on the east side of
Chesapeake Bay about 1 ½ mile south of the PokomokeRiver." (Source: Somerset Co. Deeds, Liber L 1, p. 442)
Other land records clearly show how parcels in Somerset
County, Maryland, Newcastle County, Delaware, and Cecil County Maryland, were
handed from John to David to Abraham and finally to William (see previous posts
using “land record, Miller” as your search terms).
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So according to these three sources, Abraham was either born
in Holland, Northern
Ireland or America. Did I mention this was an
Next time: We will continue exploring whether the
Miller's really went to Holland
or not, and where Abraham was born. Your theories are welcome! Just write to me
in the comments section below, or email them to me, so I can enter them into
the mix of ideas!
1: Birth years of all except
William Miller are approximated from William’s known birth year of 1732.
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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!