Descendants of Jacob Miller of
the Duchy of Wurttemburg

Miller

Generation #1

Jacob Miller of the Duchy of Wurttemburg

Jacob Miller was born in about 1730 in the Duchy of Wurttemburg (Germany). And, a Jacob Miller immigrated 9/15/1749 to Philadelphia PA, arriving 9/15/1749 aboard the Phoenix. Jacob was one of the tens of thousands of ethnic Germans who fled the Rhineland because of religious persecution and continual warfare [Palatinate Immigration]. After arriving in Philadelphia, Jacob married Barbara Miller (possibly Barben) b. c. 1732, probably in Pennsylvania.

Jacob probably lived first in Pennsylvania. And along with so many other ethnic German immigrants, he migrated down the Great Wagon Road to the Valley of Virginia. Note, this Jacob Miller is one of the many Jacob Millers who migrated to northern Virginia and is not the Jacob Miller who founded Muellerstadt which is now Woodstock VA.

And by 1752 in Hampshire [now Hardy Co (W) VA], Jacob married Barbara Miller b. c. 1732. Jacob and Barbara settled down to raise a family. Later when the family grew, Jacob is cited purchasing land in 1772 and 1773 along the Lost River in Hampshire (now Hardy) Co VA. Jacob died 1787 in Hardy Co (W) VA.

Continuation of this research thread was prompted by the following records:

Jacob Miller purchased 350 acres of land on Lost River, a tributary of the Great Cacapon, in 1772 from Abraham Fry and 36 acres from Joseph and Abigail Claypoole in 1773. Witness to the second purchase was Benjamin Frye, a land owner on the Cacapon Creek (Sage and Jones, 9, 21), p. 38.

South of Capon Bridge in the territory which was to become Hardy County in 1786, lived the Pecks, Bakers, and several Millers, e.g., George, Isaac, Jacob and Daniel. Jacob Miller is of special interest because he remained in the local area. When Jacob purchased 350 acres of land on Lost River of Cacapon from Abraham Frye in July of 1772, he was identified as being from Augusta County. There were no witnesses to the transaction. He also bought 36 acres of land on May 3, 1773 from Joseph Claypool.

Augusta County lay some distance south of Hardy County, and large areas of it lay to the west before 1776. Early settlers had gone to western Augusta County but had to flee back to the east because of Indian raids. Abraham Frye was likely a son of Henry Frye, Sr. Henry was an early pioneer of Frederick Co.. Va., who had been born in Germany in 1724 (Pugh, Vol. 2, 198), p. 61.

    "Allegheny Passage," Tarvin Family Association <http://www.tarvinfamily.org/AlleghenyPassage.pdf> 14 November 2014.

Phoenix, From: Rotterdam By Way of: Cowes
Captain: John Mason
Arrival: Philadelphia, 15 Sep 1749
Jacob Miller
Jacob Miller purchased 350 acres of land on Lost River, a tributary of the Great Cacapon in 1772 from Abraham Fry and 36 acres from Joseph and Abigail Claypoole in 1773. Witness to the second purchase was Benjamin Frye, a land owner on the Cacapon Creek
The will of Jacob Miller was probated in Hardy County on June 11, 1787. It named sons Jacob and Anthony Miller, and assigned wife Barbara as executor along with son Jacob. Witnesses to this will were Jacob Chrisman, John Naylor, and Charles Cracraft.

    Children

    1. George Miller 

HARDY CO (W) VA WILL BOOK , VOL 3 (1819-1824), p. 143:
Estate Sale for George Wilkins, 12 Feb 1822 . Buyers include Abraham Barb, Abraham Fravel, Benjamin Fravel, Reuben Fravel, William Fravel, Anthony Miller, George Miller Sr., Jacob Miller, Jacob Miller of Shenandoah, John Miller, William Miller, Michael Trumbo, Caty Wilkins, Lydia Wilkins and others. Adms: George Wilkins and Jacob Wilkins.

    2. Anthony Miller b. 11/9/1755 Hampshire Co VA

    3. Elizabeth Miller

THIS INDENTURE made this twentieth Day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven thousands and ninety four Between Jesse Claypool and Elizabeth his wife of the County of Hardy and state of Virginia of the one Part and Lional Branson of the County and state aforesaide of the other Part.
Witness: Anthony Miller, David Wilson, Jacob Miller

    4. Jacob Miller

10/28/1790 Hardy & Hampshire Co VA Religious Petition:
"All People that is for the Sale of the Gleeb are Desired to set their names down for ______ to be seal'd to ___tion:
ANTHONY MILLER, JACOB MILLER, JACOB CHRISMAN, MATTHIES WILKIN
THIS INDENTURE made this twentieth Day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven thousands and ninety four Between Jesse Claypool and Elizabeth his wife of the County of Hardy and state of Virginia of the one Part and Lional Branson of the County and state aforesaide of the other Part.
Witness: Anthony Miller, David Wilson, Jacob Miller
HARDY CO (W) VA WILL BOOK , VOL 3 (1819-1824), p. 143:
Estate Sale for George Wilkins, 12 Feb 1822 . Buyers include Abraham Barb, Abraham Fravel, Benjamin Fravel, Reuben Fravel, William Fravel, Anthony Miller, George Miller Sr., Jacob Miller, Jacob Miller of Shenandoah, John Miller, William Miller, Michael Trumbo, Caty Wilkins, Lydia Wilkins and others. Adms: George Wilkins and Jacob Wilkins.

    5. Mary Barbara Miller

Generation #2

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