Michael Miller III (1763-1839)

LINE: A1 Johann Michael (Mueller) Miller | B6 Johann Michael Miller, Jr. | C8 Hans Michael Miller II

D5 Michael Miller III, born 7 June 1763, Frederick County, Maryland; died 27 August, 1839, Cumberland Twp., Adams County, PA. Married about 1785 Maria Magdalena Bushman, daughter of Heinrich Bussman and Magndalena. Eleven children.

He acquired land from his father (the tract called "Exchange," and possible more), and lived in northern Frederick County, northeast of Taneytown (in what is now Carroll County) until about 1795, when he sold "Exchange" to his brother-in-law Andrew Bushman. He moved into what is now Adams County, PA, and settled "south of Round Top." A stone house presumed to have been built by Michael Miller is still standing on what was his land. In a memoir dated 1886, Emmanuel Bushman says, "80 years ago the following owned land bordering on [Big Round Top]: Commencing on the South side, a great-uncle (of Emmanuel's), Michael Miller, and a little west of south was grandfather Jacob Bushman, and a little more west was great uncle Andrew Bushman."

Michael and his family were Lutheran. The baptisms of his five older children can be found in the records of St. john's Lutheran Church, Littlestown, PA. When the records of St. James Lutheran Church, Gettysburg, begin in 1819, Michael and his whole family are listed as communicants.

On the 1799 census of taxpayers for Cumberland Twp., Michael is listed as owning $514 worth of property; in 1803, he subscribed to the building fund for the "New German Church" (St. James Lutheran) in Gettysburg, and in 1804 he "sent his men" to assist in the repair of the Old Baltimore Road.

Michael's will is dated 5 February 1831 and is signed in his own hand. It mentions all his children, some by their nicknames (Polly for Anna Maria; Catty for Catherine; and Hetty for Hester). It provides for grandchildren, children of the children (Michael, Jr. and Hester) who predeceased him.

From an old report. The heading says "Last of Family."

"A very old woman died at Keefauver's, was to have been buried on Sunday. Snow storm lasted all day. A hurricane .... Roads east and west filled up. No funeral Monday or Tuesday. Wednesday 4 horses and 4 men put coffin on sleds, went through fields, trying for the Emmitsburg Road. This way they buried her, with no minister, no undertaker. Buried in Gettysburg. She was a Miller. She was the mother of J. H. Miller and Betsy Miller....'

Eleven children:

The Miller Family Tree is a collection of information gathered over the past 50+ years by:
Karleen & Tom Miller of Morrisville Pennsylvania, and Gale Honeyman of the Brethren Heritage Center.
This html version was created & is currently maintained by Eric Davis.
Tree Outline of Miller Generations