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Cornelius Miller

Birthdate: (42)
Birthplace: of, Washington County, Pennsylvania, Colonial America
Death: between circa 1792 and 1793 (32-51)
near Fort Couvert, Cumberland County, Northwest Territory (Killed by the Indians )
Immediate Family:

Son of John Miller and Hannah Miller
Husband of Tabitha Ellen Applegate
Father of Cornelius W. Miller; Hannah Miller; Hamilton Carr Miller; Mary Thompson and Arminella Talman
Brother of John Miller and Arminella Cook

Managed by: Faustine Darsey
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About Cornelius Miller

Cornelius Miller was born 1754 in Colonial Virginia. He was killed by the Indian, Com or Cum??, O., 1792 or 1793

A Patriot of the American Revolution for PENNSYLVANIA with the rank of LIEUTENANT. DAR Ancestor # A078691



He was the son of John Miller and Hannah Ross.

He married Tabitha Ellen Carr, daughter of Wasslea Carr, widow of Corneliis Covalt; she married again 3rd to Benjamin Preston and 4th to Zebulon Applegate, and she died BEF 30 DEC 1813 in Ohio.

Their children

  1. Hamilton Carr Miller b: 10 DEC 1783
  2. Mary Miller
  3. Arminella Miller
  4. Cornelius W Miller b: 1790 in ,Hamilton,OH
  5. Hannah Miller b: 1791 in ,Hamilton,OH



Cornelius his brother John and mother Hanna Ross Miller along with the Ross family moved to Washington County, Pa. to escape Indian problems. Cornelius served in his uncle (Major Henry Enoch)company along with his brother Captain John Miller. Cornelius was commissioned a First Lt. on Feb. 4, 1782 in Eight Co. First Battalion Washington County, Pa. (From Pa. archives Battalion report.) In 1783 Cornelius and family floated down the Ohio River to Fort Washington (now Cincinnati) where he acted as Indian scout. In 1788 he is listed in the Draper Papers as a founding member of the first Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati. He was captured, killed, and scalped by Indians while going for supplies this was about 1790. The obituary of his grandson states that as the Indians attacked the fort they bragged and shouted "Big Miller killed by us, we got big Miller."


From page 932 of The Past and Present of Vermilion County, Illinois


Living on section 16, Ross township, George W. Miller owns and operates a farm of four hundred acres. Almost six decades have passed since he came to this county and the changes which have occurred during this period are well known to him for he has been a witness of the growth and improvement of this section of the state. He claims Indiana as the state of his nativity, his birth having occurred in Vermilion county, there, November 26, 1841. He represents an old family that has been prominent in the development of districts in Ohio and Mississippi river valleys through many years. His great-grandfather became an early settler of Ohio and was captured and killed by the Indians during the warfare with the red men. Cornelius Miller, the grandfather of our subject, was said to be the first male child born in Hamilton county, Ohio, where the city of Cincinnati now stands. He became one of the pioneer settlers of Kentucky and afterward removed to Indiana, casting in his lot with the early settlers of Vermilion county, that state. ...


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His sister Arminella Miller married Noah Cook (brother of Abel)

COOK, ABEL (Hamilton County) [39.167015 -84.302528] He was Br in Pennsylvania in 1755. He was a Pvt. in Pennsylvania and Mar Catherine Bailey. They came to Covalt Station, Hamilton County, Ohio, with the Covalts in January of 1789. He was killed in an Indian attack while hunting in the Narrows between Columbia and Big Bottom in February 1791. No stone. Bur Covalt Station Cemetery [At where St. Thomas Episcopal Church of Terrace Park stands today.] SAR Ancestor # P-137822


Joseph Hinkle married Lidia Cook, sister of Abel and Noah Cook

White settlers came here in January of 1789, a band of 45 men, women and children led by Captain Abraham Covalt, a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Most of them established Covalt Station, a fortification at the end of what is now Miami Avenue. Marauding Indians were a constant menace as the settlers strove to establish homes and farms. Records indicate that nine men were killed as they worked in the fields or went hunting in the woods. Four other men were carried off as prisoners and only one was ever heard of again. Covalt Station had to be abandoned one winter because of Indian raids. It took three military expeditions to end the menace and bring peace in 1795. The settlers then scattered and the forts faded away. 4

Research Notes: Joseph Hinkle (H#623) Page 902 Hinkle book born about 1761 at Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; died March 17, 1793, Covalt Station, now included in the city limits of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio; married about 1777 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Lydia Cook, daughter of Abel Cook, Sr., born prior to 1761 in Lancaster County; died in Franklin County, Indiana. Six (6) children have been partially identified.

Will of William Ross of Frederick, VA (later Hampshire, WVA) d between 1754 - 1759 is stored on

Names wife Arminella and 8 children

  1. John
  2. Lawrence
  3. Robert
  4. William
  5. Taverner
  6. Hanna
  7. Elizabeth
  8. Arminella

And two grandchildren, John and Cornelius Miller (minors)

Security: Thomas McQuire, Hugh Murphy

Witnesses: John Hammer, Jr., and John J. Ross, George Hog

William Ross Will was written Frederick Co., VA March 11, 1754. Probate was in Hamsphire Co., W. Va. (State lines changed) September 11, 1759.

Note from publisher of record

  • Hannah m. Miller: sons: John and Cornelius. Cornelius Miller killed by Indian, Com or Cum??, O., 1792 or 1793

Item, I leave to my Grandchildren John and Cornelius Miller, two mares and two cows of the Value of Twelve Pounds, cash money, and I allow their mothers to have the use of them till they are of Age.


William Ross' will transcript notes a Cornelius Miller was killed by Indians in 1792/1793; I assume this was Cornelius Miller's father , also Cornelius Miller at about age 48. HOWEVER it could be this younger Cornelius Miller at about age 21.

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Cornelius Miller's Timeline

Washington County, Pennsylvania, Colonial America
October 1790
Age 40
Age 42
Cumberland County, Northwest Territory