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Miller's Purchase the Land in Ohio

posted Sep 13, 2011, 10:52 AM by James Wise   [ updated Sep 13, 2011, 11:04 AM ]
Continuing story of 4th Great Grandfather.

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.