|The countryside near Lifford, Ireland|
I am quite certain that had the Minute Book survived, we would have found the names of our Miller ancestors in it, as well as that of Ninian Dunlap, David Miller's father-in-law. Remember, David Miller was the grandfather of our William Miller and father of Abraham Miller (use search box to the right to find other posts about David Miller and Ninian Dunlap).
So, escaping religious persecution could have been a leading cause for so much migration to America from this area and during this time period. In fact, this is precisely why the Rev. Traill left Ireland:
" It is probable that upon his release from prison [in Lifford near Ballindrait] in 1682 Traill went directly to
Other historical records bear out that Somerset County was a popular location for the Rev. Traill's congregation to settle: "
In previous posts we learned that this is where our Miller's immigrated, and that David Miller and Ninian Dunlap were part of the above-mentioned twenty petitioners. From the excellent research done by fellow family historian Chalmers Williams, we know that the earliest date we have thus far of David Miller living in Somerset County, Maryland is 1688, and that Ninian Dunlap was also living in Somerset County, Maryland, at least by 1689.
It seems very obvious that the Miller's and their in-laws followed their spiritual leader to America. They were probably very sad when, in 1690, Rev. Trail returned to his native Scotland, no doubt prompting the petition of 1706 mentioned above wherein these settlers, including David Miller, sent out a plea for a new pastor (see: http://www.ulsterancestry.com/newsletter-content.php?id=227).
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