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Pvt Jacob Miller

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Death: October 8, 1861 (66)
Darke County, Ohio, United States
Place of Burial: Miller Cemetery, Darke County, Ohio USA
Immediate Family:

Son of David Miller and Magdalena Abigail Miller
Husband of Mary "Polly" Miller
Father of John Jacob Miller
Brother of Lydia Shively; Michael Miller; Esther L. Miller; Catherine Overholser; Susannah Martin and 2 others

Occupation: farmer
Managed by: Lisa Marie Willis
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About Pvt Jacob Miller

Jacob Miller served in the War of 1812, in Captain William Van Cleve's Company of Riflemen from Montgomery County, from 21 May, 1812 to 24 July, 1812 (view Roster of Capt. William Van Cleve's Company). He was stationed on the "Ohio Frontier" for 1812 - Greenville, Ohio.


Jacob Miller was born on March 17, 1796, in Pennsylvania or Kentucky. Unlike his non-associator Miller forebearers, he served in the War of 1812, in Captain William Van Cleve's Company of Riflemen from Montgomery County, Ohio, from May 21 to July 24, 1812. He was stationed on the "Ohio Frontier," which for 1812 was Greenville, Darke County, Ohio.

He married seventeen-year old Mary "Polly" Michael, daughter of Jacob Michael and Mary Mayer, on September 29, 1816, in Montgomery County, Ohio. She was born on April 18, 1799. Jacob, Polly, and their two oldest sons David C. and Michael moved from Montgomery County, Ohio, to Darke County, Ohio, in the wagon pictured sometime before 1819 and located on Harris Creek, Adams Township, Darke County, Ohio. It is said that Jacob Miller left Montgomery County with 15 cents in his pocket, which he spent for help in crossing the Stillwater River. He cut his own road most of the way from Covington and finally settled on the north side of the Harris Creek Road, east of Oakland Church. They were among the earliest settlers of Adams Township—the Census of 1820 reporting Jacob Miller, with a family of five then living in that township. After building a cabin in 1820, Jacob cut down 22 big oak trees to prevent them from falling on his rude structure in case of a storm. This shows the density of the primeval forest. Between 1823 and 1837, Jacob and Mary had eight more children: John Jacob, Mary, Sarah, Emanuel Charles, Henry, Esther, Susan, and Martin.

Mary died on March 27, 1842, in Adams Township, Darke County, Ohio. After her death, Jacob married Mary Rohrer, daughter of Jacob Rohrer and Susannah Butterbaugh, and widow of James Waggoner, on January 5, 1843, in Montgomery County, Ohio. Jacob died on October 8, 1861.

Info from: Index to the grave records of Soldiers of the War of 1812 buried in Ohio, Miller, Jacob b. 1796 d. 1861 buried in Miller cemetery, Adams Twp. Darke Co. WPA Survey P.47 in 1943.

Also listed in Cemetery readings of 1966 completed by Lois Ann Baker.

In 2014 cemetery has been cleaned and 2 stones are standing. Inscription: WAR 1812 aged 65y.7m.21d.

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Pvt Jacob Miller's Timeline

February 17, 1795
Pennsylvania, United States
February 2, 1823
Age 27
Montgomery, OH, USA
October 8, 1861
Age 66
Darke County, Ohio, United States
October 8, 1861
Age 66
Miller Cemetery, Darke County, Ohio USA