Biography of Isaac Miller
Crawford County, PA Biographies





ISAAC MILLER, farmer, Bloomfield, was born June 1, 1806, in the Township of Rockdale, this county, in a house which stood near the present residence of Daniel Kelley, a little northwest of the center of the township. He is a son of George and Barbara Anu Miller, the former of whom came to this county in 1792 to explore, and settled here in 1794. He boated provisions in a canoe from Pittsburgh for ten years. The subject of this sketch received such advantages as the schools of that time afforded, and managed to become pretty well acquainted with arithmetic, reading and writing. In the fall of 1827 he was married to Patience Allee, eldest daughter of John Allee, Esq. About this time his father deeded to him, in fee simple, eighty acres of timber land, in consideration of the sum of $160. Aside from being owner of this land, and being possessed with energy and health, he had neither money nor goods movable. He easily obtained credit for such things as were absolutely necessary for housekeeping, erected a log house, into which he moved, and then commenced clearing the land, and engaged in the lumber business. In a few years he was free from debt, had considerable personal property, and owned 400 acres of land. He afterward sold all but 177 acres, 146 of which he put in an arable condition. He erected substantial buildings upon this land, the brick dwelling house now standing a short distance from Miller's Station. Mr. Miller here held several offices of public trust and responsibility, in the administration of the affairs of which offices the strictest integrity always characterized his course. He secured the postoffice at Miller's Station (named in his honor), and was the first Postmaster in the township. He exerted himself in the promotion of every plan calculated to improve his neighborhood, not only substantially in the opening of highways, but in the erection of churches, school houses, etc. In 1865, after living in one place for almost sixty years, Mr. Miller sold his estate and moved to Saegertown, where he purchased a farm and built a fine dwelling house. In 1871 he disposed of this property, and the ensuing year moved to Chautauqua County, N. Y., where he remained until the spring of 1875, when he returned to this county, having previously purchased land and erected handsome buildings. Mr. Miller and his estimable wife, who is now almost seventy five years old, are, at the time of this writing (1884), in the enjoyment of moderately good health. They are both firm believers in the great truths of Christianity from a careful investigation of its evidence. At an early age they united with the Baptist Church from conviction of its excellence. Their principles have been those of its true members enlarged and tolerant. There have been born to them ten children, eight of whom are now living. Their births are as follows: John A., May 19, 1829; Nancy A,, May 30, 1831; William A., November 1, 1833; George W., March 16, 1836; Judson H., August 4. 1838; Harrison C., November 15, 1840; Almira L., August 11, 1843; Parker E., March 3. 1846; Josiah V., June 30, 1848; Sidney R., November 1, 1851.


From:
History of Crewford County, Pennsylvania
Illustrated
Warner, Beers & Co.,
Chicago; 1895

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