Biography of Aaron Miller of Byron, NY










Aaron Miller about 1759 moved from Weathersfield, Conn., to Pittsfield, Mass. He had a son, Aaron, who fought at Bunker Hill, German Flats, and Stiliwater, and was at the siege of Yorktown. After leaving the army he became a Methodist preacher, a blacksmith, and an edgetool maker. He was the father of Dewey Miller, whose narrative of his life, in his own words, is as follows:

“I was born October 8, 1787, at Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Mass. My father was born in Connecticut and was brought up in Pittsfield when there were no schools. His mother taught him to read in words of two syllables, which was his only schooling. He was a blacksmith by trade and a maker of edge tools. I helped him when quite young, and we made the hoes and some other tools which I afterwards used on my farm here in Byron. When I was between five and six years of age we came to Burlington, Otsego County, and after eight years removed to Brookfield. Madison County. It was from there, in 1811, that I started with an ox-team and sled, and after a two weeks’ journey reached this town. I purched from a man named Gillam land, which is now a part of the Warhoys farm, for $50. While grinding my axe at Asa Merrill’s a young man named Sanford. from Vermont, came along and I sold him my land for $50. I sold because when I bought it. In March. 1812, I took up the land upon which I am now living.

"There are many things that occurred at about that time which I well remember. A man tiamed Shepherd, living about where James Mills does now, wished me to go in with him and build a new mill. I refused, as I did not think it would pay. He built it himself, and the mill cleared expenses and paid for itself the first year. Our nearest grist-mill then was Churchville. and the nearest market Rochester, where we had to take two shillings sixpence per bushel for our wheat and $2.50 per hundred for pork. The cotton cloth which we brought home cost us 50 cents per yard. cotton yarn a dollar a pound. salt $5 a barrel, and other things in proportion. When I came here there were no roads marked out; only paths here and there. There was no church service about here. When I went back to Brookfield I attended the Methodist Conference, about 20 miles from father’s. There I fell in with a circuit preacher named Loren Grant, who came here to preach for us. The first store that I can remember was in the building which Mr. Knapp now uses for a barn. In 1813 I fenced off a piece of land and planted a peach pit in every corner of the fence. I recollect a scare which we had here during the War of 1812. A neighbor who came from Batavia brought home the report that 1,500 Indians were at Black Rock, and would come down through here to butcher us alL The people gathered and took measures for defense. It was afterwards found that the 1,500 Indians were awaiting their revenue from the British government and had no intention of coming this way. I was married, August 1, 1813, to Miss Electa Sanford. of Pownell, Vt. I lived with her, with never a cross word, for seven years, seven months, and seven days. I had two children by this wife—Aaron, now a machinist in Brockport, and Lucy. One year after the death of my first wife I married her sister, Mrs. Merrill. by whom 1 had four children, three of whom—Albert, John, and Emily—are now living. The fourth, Electa, is dead. I lived four years with my daughter Electa, who married Benjamin Squires, of Wyoming County. My daughter Emily married Mr. Agard, who was then a clerk in Rochester, but removed soon after marriage to Rockford. Ill., where they now live. I was converted 90 years ago, and four years later joined the Methodist Church. After marrying my second wife I became a Freewill Baptist, in which church I have since remained. I have always been a Republican.”


FROM:
Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890

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