Biography of Elisha Miller of Byron, NY










Elisha Miller came to Byron (then included in the town of Bergen) on foot, with a knapsack on his back, from Providence, Lucerne County, Pa., in the spring of 1809, and selected a farm about two miles west of Byron Center. He cleared a field, built a log house, and in the fall returned to Pennsylvania. He married Martha Tripp, and in 1810 brought his bride to his cabin in the woods. On this farm these pioneers spent the remainder of their lives. For a long time they were guided in their short and necessary journeys by marked trees. They worked hard, lived prudent, and wore homespun, which Mrs. Miller spun and wove. In addition she wove for her neighbors. They owned a farm of 236 acres, and in 1817 they built a frame house, which is still in good preservation, and occupied. Their children were Hamilton, a farmer, who married Jennette Culver, settled on 50 acres adjoining his father, and died in December, 1885; Nancy, who nrarried Lavinus A. Dibble, settled near her father, and died in November, 1853; and Wheaton S., born December 28, 1817, who was raised on his father's farm, obtained an academic education, and chose the profession of law, and prepared for admission to the bar, but on account of defective eyes declined to be admitted. He was a safe and able adviser in law matters, and often practiced in the lower courts. February 13, 1840, he married Emarett Southworth, of Bergen, daughter of Isaac and Rachel (Tone) Southworth, and settled on the Miller homestead, which is still owned by his heirs. Mr. Miller was a man of comprehensive business ability, and in addition to conducting his farm he was early a large and successful dealer in live stock and farmers' produce. Before the construction of the railroad he drove his cattle and hogs to Albany. He served his town as supervisor and magistrate, and also settled several large estates. He was a peacemaker and advised his neighbors to settle disputes rather than resort to law. At the time of his death he was the largest land owner in Byron. He died May 28, 1864, at the age of 46. In politics he was an old line Whig, and joined the Republican party at its organization. During the war he was enthusiastic in the support of the government. Mr. and Mrs Miller were parents of 10 children, of whom nine are now living, and all reside in Genesee County, viz.: Holden T., cashier of the Bank of Batavia; Elisha H., of the firm of F. T. & E. H. Miller, insurance agents and produce and coal dealers; Edwin S, a farmer, and produce and coal dealer in Bergen; Hon. Francis T., of the firm F. T. & E. H. Miller, and an extensive farmer and member of the State legislature of 1890; Martha N. (Mrs. George W. Prentice), of South Byron; Arietta L. (Mrs. W. H. Adams), of Byron Center; Mary J. (Mrs. George G. Humphrey), of South Byron; Rachel E. (Mrs. Charles H. Coward), whose husband is a successful farmer near Byron Center; and Andrew T., assistant cashier of the Bank, of Batavia. Elisha H. Miller, born January 3, 1844, married Lydia L., daughter of George W. Peckham, of Byron, and they have three children. Mr. Miller has served his town as supervisor four consecutive years, and was chairman of the board two years. He has also officiated as justice of the peace the last seven years. Hon. Francis T. Miller, born October 16, 1847, married Julia A., daughter of James D. Benham, by whom he has seven children, now living. He is deservedly popular with the people of Genesee County. He has been honored with the office of supervisor three terms, assessor three years, and is now the representative of his county in the State legislature. He and his four brothers, and three of his four brothers- in-law, are staunch Republicans, and all are doing their party good and active service.


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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