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William Miller, SV/PROG

Death: Died
Cause of death: Dropsy
Place of Burial: Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Husband of Elizabeth Miller, SM/PROG and Ann Watson
Father of Elizabeth Miller; Mary-Ann Miller, b4; John Miller and James Miller, b5
Brother of John Miller, SM/PROG

Occupation: Reverend
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About Rev. William Miller, SV/PROG

1820 British Settler

William Miller 40 Husbandman, together with his wife Elizabeth Dennison 42, and their 3 children, were members of Gush's Party on the Brilliant.

Party originated from London.

Departed Gravesend 15 February 1820. Arrived Simon's Bay 30 April 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth on 15 May 1820.

Area Allocated to the Party Assegai Bush River - Salem

Children :

  • Elizabeth Miller 8
  • Mary Ann Miller 6
  • John Miller 2


William Miller was the founder of the Baptist Church in Grahamstown



  • Tuesday 2 December 1856*

DIED on Friday last at his residence, Thorn Cottage, in this City, at the age of 77 years and 6 months, Mr. William MILLER, well known as the Founder (in conjunction with Messrs. TEMLETT, SHEPHERD and PRIOR) of the Baptist Church in this Colony. Deceased was one of the "British Settlers" of 1820, having come hither at that date with the Salem party under the pastoral charge of the Revd. W. SHAW. He arrived in this country an assuredly pious man, and during a long, arduous and chequered career he maintained unsullied that high character. He stood out as a fair example of an English Puritan. Bold, sturdy and uncompromising, he never failed to declare the truth that was in him, and to maintain unflinchingly the position which in the order of Providence he had been impelled to assume. Called in the early days of the Settlement to take upon himself the Pastoral oversight of the few members of the Baptist Church, he discharged that duty with a ? and an efficiency that showed the native force of a hand of no ordinary capacity. This was also seen in his secular employment, his indomitable industry and perseverance being conspicuous in all his engagements. As an honest man and a good and independent citizen his name is unblemished, while his memory will long be cherished among the most sterling of the Founders of the British Settlement of Albany in South Africa.


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Rev. William Miller, SV/PROG's Timeline

May 1779
Age 31
Northumberland, England UK
Age 34
Age 37
Age 40
Age 41
November 29, 1856
Age 77
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa