Miller's First Cabin

posted Sep 13, 2011, 11:00 AM by James Wise   [ updated Sep 13, 2011, 11:04 AM ]

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By June 1814, he set about his task with muscles of strong German sons to erect the first cabin. There was just one problem, The family stories relate that for those first days it rained a gentle constant rain. The Miller women and Elizabeth Fouse Miller tied sheets together to spread over bushes and small trees so they could cook without being hit directly by constant spray and droplets - it was depressing especially when the wolves howled. It did nothing but rain day after day for three days before the cabin was completed. When the roof was on, the women rushed into the house before the walls were even daubed and sealed. Abe promised Savilla he would build a real house for them - just give him two more years. He did. Abe Jr. and Elizabeth lived in the original cabin until their own house was completed. Abe Sr. had made a good trade. Now he had 1280 acres pus $4,500 in coin pieces.

The Miller Family Move to Ohio

posted Sep 13, 2011, 10:57 AM by James Wise   [ updated Sep 13, 2011, 11:04 AM ]

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Before they left, Abraham Jr. married Elizabeth Fouse in the Union Church on Clover Creek in 1814. The bride and groom had their own wagon covered with heavy Osnaburg cloth. Abe's was a larger Conestoga Freight-type wagon covered with the same cover, over the looped hickory rods. Other wagons accompanied them with their furniture and household needs and made shelters for their many children. This was a slower trip over a trail filled with tree stumps, rocks and on stormy days, the ruts and mud made traveling impossible for the wagons. The jolting and squeaking wheels accompanied the sounds of his stock being driven by his sons to their new home.

Miller's Purchase the Land in Ohio

posted Sep 13, 2011, 10:52 AM by James Wise   [ updated Sep 13, 2011, 11:04 AM ]

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On June 13, 1813, Abe and his son rode once to the land office in Steubenville, Ohio and purchased the two sections of land they had earlier requested. Each section was 640 acres and Abe paid $1,344.48 for both of them. Before they journeyed back over the mountain path, they felled more trees so there would be a field for their grain, and logs for a barn. During the War of 1812, they chose to remain in Pennsylvania until they found their sons were not called for service. They were far from news of strife between the United States and Britain, but the local militia made up of the Miller sons and neighbors still drilled. Michael Bosler started to press for his farm. He was anxious to move in and Abe decided the time had come to migrate to his Ohio acres. Should his sons be called to duty, they could ride to the lakes to the north for militia duty.

Abraham Miller Sells Clover Creek Farm

posted Sep 13, 2011, 10:50 AM by James Wise   [ updated Sep 13, 2011, 11:05 AM ]

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Back in Huntingdon Co., Abraham was offered top price of $5,850 for his farm of 216 acres by Michael Bosler. It was in a perfect spot, fields were cleared, buildings were expertly fashioned, the barn, the house, the spring, the workshop cabin and orchards, formed what was most certainly called - an improved farm.  Abe signed his document April 13, 1812 and the Clover Creek farm belonged to Michael Bosler, but he would not move until the Miller family left it. 

Abraham Miller Urge to Migrate Yet Again

posted Sep 13, 2011, 10:41 AM by James Wise   [ updated Sep 13, 2011, 11:05 AM ]

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Neighbors in Morrison's Cove were beginning to look to the West for cheaper land. This time it was in eastern Ohio. Around the year 1812, Abraham Miller and his son Abe Jr. rode their horses over the mountains and visited Stark Co. - they liked what they saw. Even at the age of 63, Abe was in prime condition and the urge to migrate was still in his mind. It was the lure of the land. Abe and his son felled some trees on a section they liked with the thought that these would hurry the building on a section they liked with the thought that these would hurry the building of a cabin one day when they came back to stay, They had some talking to do to convince Sevilla and the girls. 

Miller Farm on Clover Creek

posted Sep 13, 2011, 10:31 AM by James Wise   [ updated Sep 13, 2011, 10:35 AM ]

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When Abe migrated to Pennsylvania, he purchased 170 acres in Huntingdon Co. (October 27, 1796 - Book E, No. 1, Huntingdon Co., PA, Page 428). He paid 200 pounds to William Phillipa. He also bought 50 acres from Phillip Hartman (Book G, No 1, Page 511, October 3, 1799). This tract was 4 miles north of Nicholas Fouse's farm and along Clover Creek. Later Abraham sold a parcel of 4 acres from his land to Adam Sorrick. When this deed was filed (June 27, 1798), we find that he was a Widower as the deed has only one signature. Elizabeth Miller died in 1796 and her grave is in the cemetery of the church in what is now Blair County in Pennsylvania's Morrison's Cove.

Along the Clover Creek in Pennsylvania, Abe built along the creek in a beautiful valley near a spring and again, he improved his farm with well-built cabins, barn, and cleared fields for grain and cattle. The farm was situated on both sides of the creek. The Clover Creek public road, leading to Williamsburg, passes near the spring and the buildings, which are 3 miles south of the town and one mile north from the Union Church and graveyard.

Building a Church in Morrison's Cove

posted Sep 13, 2011, 10:11 AM by James Wise   [ updated Sep 13, 2011, 10:38 AM ]

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They had everything they needed - except a church. In 1806 Nicholas Fouse, the Brumbaughs, the Nicodemis families and Abraham Miller started planning for such a building. They discussed this among the other Germans and settlers and formed a committee to supply this need. Young Abe Miller Jr. was already "eyeing" Elizabeth Fouse and the day would be coming when there would be a marriage for all these youngsters growing up and German Lutherans thought that a church was the only place for a "joining" and Baptisms of their children was their duty. Here we can conclude that these two families were friends for many years. Three of the Miller children - Abe Jr., Elizabeth, and Christina all married Fouse children. The Millers were taking root along Clover Creek. One mile from Abe's farm rose the new Union German Reformed Church. It was completed in 1810.


Abraham Miller Life in Morrison's Cove, Pa

posted Sep 13, 2011, 10:06 AM by James Wise

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His little family ranging in ages from 12 years old Susannah to the baby Lewis, not yet 2 years old, eight in all, tried to manage for two years without a mother. Abe continued to teach them their bible stories, but it was difficult for young Catherine and Susannah to try and mother the younger children. Abe was in his prime years at 49 years old and needed a wife. With his children's approval, Abe married neighbor Sabilla Lauer. Some sources have her name as Savilla. It was a complete home once more and he could offer her a comfortable house filled with pieces of walnut furniture he had fashioned. Abe was an expert cabinet maker and his son John was adept at it in later years. The third wife and Abe had one offspring born in 1801, Christena. Their Clover Creek farm was to become one of the best on the charming valley of Clover Creek. 

In the cabin along Clover Creek, strict attention was placed on keeping fires going at all times in the huge fire places in each cabin. There were no matches and if one fire did go out, the children had to run to the neighbor's place and request a burning ember to bring home, rain or shine. There were no schools and parents, after evening prayers, would teach their off-spring simple numbers and reading and writing.

While the family lived on the farm, their records show that the Wm. Penn family paid Abraham for clearing a right-of-way for construction of the "Horseshoe Curve" portion of a proposed railroad north-west from their property.

Abe's Clover Creek farm, nested in the fertile Huntingdon Valley, was becoming the best, most improved place among these clearings; the spring flowed constantly with fresh water and his barns were filled with excellent stock and grains, Sabilla hoped they would never have to leave it.

Abraham Miller from Maryland to Pennsylvania

posted Sep 13, 2011, 9:38 AM by James Wise   [ updated Sep 13, 2011, 11:03 AM ]

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Abraham and Elizabeth now began preparing for the move to Morrison's Cove.

During this period they had two more children, Henry and Mary. Elizabeth's first wedding had apparently been performed simply and quietly by a Justice of the Peace. Unlike her older sister, Elizabeth wanted a church wedding and especially a wedding read by a Lutheran ordained minister. If she was going to move with seven children to the Clover Creek wilderness, with no church, she insisted on being married in a church. Abe obliged and they were married in the German Reformed Church in Hagerstown by the minister Rev. Jacob Weimer on April 28, 1793. 

Now Elizabeth felt married spiritually as will as legally. All the Clapper-Miller children knew only Elizabeth as their mother. Catherine lay buried behind Stoney Ridge cabin, deceased in 1787. Elizabeth's last child, Lewis, was born in 1794. The location of his birth is not known - whether at Washington Co., Maryland or Clover Creek in Pennsylvania.

Abraham Miller Settles into Home Life after Revolutionary War

posted Sep 13, 2011, 7:32 AM by James Wise   [ updated Sep 13, 2011, 9:52 AM ]

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Abraham Miller returned from the Revolutionary War, married his sweetheart Catherine Clapper and settled into their farm, Stony Ridge, in western Maryland's Washington County.

Their first child, Susannah Miller, born 1784, was soon followed by another daughter, Catherine born 1785. Then John Miller was born 1786 and Abraham, Jr., was born 1787. Records are sketchy during this period, but Catherine died and her younger sister Elizabeth Clapper came to take care of the children. Between 1787 and 1788, Elizabeth Clapper became the wife of Abe Miller and their first child was born in 1789, Elizabeth Miller, Abe's fifth child. The family days were spent at beautiful Stony Ridge and their days were filled with chores, babies, religion, fun while attending other weddings and funerals.

In 1790, Abe decided to ride northward to visit Huntingdom Co. in Pennsylvania for their Sharpsburg friends, the Fouse and Brumbaugh families had migrated into the valley of Morrison's Cove along Clover Creek. Both Fouse and Brumbaughs, were former neighbors of Abe's Uncle David Miller. Grandpa Brumbaugh left first with sons in 1788 to seek a less expensive section, for by 1788 tracts were already settled in Washington Co. MD. The pioneer wanted to buy up a larger piece of virgin land for less and then he would be able to leave more acres for his sons - land was the gold they were after. 

Abe road past Chambersburg on into the mountain valley where his uncle's friends resided and he was persuaded to join them. When he returned to his farm, Elizabeth wasn't ready to move to a strange place without some deep thinking and it would take time to find a buyer for Stony Ridge. Abe became more interested in migrating when he saw more and more of their friends leaving to go west to "Caintuck" or into the Shenandoah Valley or into the northwest of Pennsylvania. Fouse and Brumbaugh had sold him on the north. 

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