Origin, Meaning, Family History and Miller Coat of Arms and Family Crest
Meaning, Origin, Etymology
The surname of Miller is an occupational surname that has English and Scottish origins. It was used to describe either a miller of corn, or someone who was in charge of a mill. This surname of Miller can be derived from the pre 7th Century Old English word “mylene” which later evolved into “milne” and derived itself from the Latin “molere,” all of which can be translated to mean “to grind.” As with all occupational surnames, Miller was only originally given to the person who actually held the occupation of miller, and was then given to his son if he followed his father’s career path. After the second generation, the surname became hereditary rather than occupational. Those who carried this surname of Miller were in a privileged seat in society due to the notoriety of a mill. Millers were often paid in ground corn by the farmers who used the mill. Another derivative for this surname comes from the Old Gaelic “meillear” which was a nickname given to someone who had large lips. Another possible origin for the surname of Miller was one “malair” which in Old Gaelic can be translated to mean “merchant” or “maillor” which in Old Gaelic can be translated to mean a “soldier” or an “armed man.” Both of these possible origins are also occupational names, which when adapted into a surname were not hereditary until the son followed the father into the same line of work. The surname itself was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where the Miller family held a family seat from ancient times. One line had its ancestral seat at Dalswinton, Dumfriesshire. During the Middle Ages, occupational names were frequently recorded in Latin; thus, one who worked at a mill would have been documented under the name Milendinarius, Le Molendinator, or De Molendino. The modern spellings “Miller” and “Millar” came into general use about 1500; earlier documents usually show the name in Latin. Within England there are three groups of Millers. The Millers of the south, who have their home in Dorset. The Millers of the North, who are found mostly in Lancashire, Durham, and Northumberland. Last but not least the Millers of the East who are in Essex and adjacent counties. The variation of Millar is found in Scotland and they are a large population there but rarely seen north of Aberdeenshire. The most popular Allied band leader during World War II was Glenn Miller (1904—44). The plane carrying him to entertain the troops at Christmas-time vanished over the sea and was never found. The ‘Glenn Miller sound’ goes on to this very day. The United Kingdom has towns named Miller, Mill and Miller’s Dale, South Africa has a Miller and Australia a Millaroo. The United States has 6 name-related towns while the Bahamas has a town called Millars and New Zealand has Miller’s Flat and Millerton. Surprisingly few major rivers bear the name. Australia has a Miller river and a Miller’s creek while the United States has a Millers falls.
Miller, Millar, Myller, Myllar, Mylar, Millare, Myllair, Mellor, Meiller, Millear, Millere, Millery, Millera, Milleri, Muiller, Misler, Mailer, Millar, Miiller
Early Marriage Records for <.u>
Mary Miller married Thomas Peacher September 8, 1690 New Jersey License
Mercy Miller married John Nicols December 18, 1695 in Boston Massachusetts
Jonathan Miller married Sarah Holmes February 25, 1691 in Bedford, New York
Rebecca Miller married Thomas Clark February 12, 1681 in Marshfield, Massachusetts
Daniel Miller married Elizabeth Bucklan December 11, 1699 in East Hampton, New York
Elizabeth Miller married John Park April 5, 1694 in Watertown, Massachusetts
William Miller married Mary Busnell April 19, 1693 in Saybrook, Connecticut
Paul Miller married Antic Van der Heyden January 31, 1695 in New York
Sarah Miller married John Titus July 3, 1677 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts
Apphya Miller married Francis Rogers October 15, 1698 in Elizabeth City Co., Virginia
Benjamin Miller married Mary Johnson September 18, 1695 in Woodstock, Connecticut
Richard Miller married Johan Rawson June 24, 1554 in Saint Pancras Soper Lane, London, England
Joane Miller married John Rickesman January 12, 1548 in Saint Mildred Poultry With Saint Mary Colechurch, London, England
Thomas Miller married Agnes Deane October 22, 1553 in Barkway, Hertford, England
Richard Miller married Margery Baxter April 28, 1560 in Kettering, Norfolk, England
Willu Miller married Joan Ambrose June 20, 1546 in St. Peter, Sandwich, Kent, England
Thomas Miller married Joane Paylie April 23, 1559 in St Botolph Aldgate, London, England
Joane Miller married Edmunde Grige July 10, 1559 in Hadstock, Essex, England
John Miller married Issabel Clitherall February 3, 1553 in Kirkham, Lancashire, England
Thome Miller married Jona Kirkhame September 26, 1545 in Kirkham, Lancashire, England
John Miller married Katheryne Fedmonde April 20, 1553 in Attleborough, Norfolk, England
Jeanna Miller married Robertus Cooke December 16, 1560 in Bacton, Norfolk, England
Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name Miller ranks 279th in popularity worldwide as of the 2014 Census and approximately 1,856,330 people carry the Miller surname worldwide. The name ranks particularly high in the following six states: California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and New York. It ranks highest in the following countries: United States (1,414,878), England (78,710), Canada (63,144), Germany (48,029), Russia (42,181), and Australia (39,430).
Early Bearers of Surname
Antonie Miller, 1539 in IGI (Bridford, Devon)
James Miller (1812 – 1864), born in Scotland, was the surgeon to Queen Victoria.
James Miller, aged 18, was an early emigrant to the new states of America. He embarked from London on the ship “Plaine Joan” bound for Virginia. May 1635.
Johanne Muller 1379 in Poll Tax (Avebury, Wilts)
John Millare 1467 in Black
Maria Muller 1611 in IGI (High Ham, Somerset)
Ralph Muller, 1296 in Subsidy Rolls (Sussex)
Reginald Miller, 1327 in Subsidy Rolls (Sussex)
Simon Myller 1379 in Poll Tax (Sharrington, Norfolk)
Willelmus Miller 1377 in Poll Tax (Banbury, Oxon)
Willm Muller 1573 in IGI (Thornton Curtis, Lincs)
John le Mellere, c. 1300. Writs of Parliament.
Adam le Molendinator, Oxfordshire, 1273. Hundred Rolls.
Achard Molendinarius, Hampshire, ibid.
Wymund Molendinarius, Somerset, 20 Edward I: Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III.
Molendinarius is a very frequent entry in the Hundred Rolls (A.), but, oddly enough, no instance is given in English.
George Miller, Warwickshire: 1572 Register of the University of Oxford.
History, Genealogy & Ancestry
MILLER OF MILFORD
Miller, Croasdaile Charles Bowen, Esq. of Milford co. Mayo, J.P. and D.L., High Sheriff 1870, born 1829. Lineage~ Robert Miller, Esq. of Ballycushion, co. Mayo, born 1618 (stated to have been a younger son of the family of Miller of Chichester, Sussex), having joined the Parliamentary forces, went to Ireland under Cromwell’s command, when he settled at Ballycushion. There is a tradition that Cromwell, on his return to England, sent Mr. Miller an original picture of himself in oil, which is now at Milford. Mr. Miller and his son Robert contributed to the success of William III.’s army at Aughrim, carrying on negotiations with Sir John Bingham, who at the crisis of the battle, deserted James II., and passed over with his regiment of horse to the enemy. Robert Miller, senior, served as High Sheriff of Mayo, 1681, 1693, and 1695. He married Rebecca Gonne, of Farmhill, co. Mayo, and died 1698, leaving by her (who died 1703), 1) Robert of Milford 2) Lettice married James Stirling, Esq. The son, Robert Miller, Esq. of Milford, High Sheriff 1703; married 1697, Sarah, the daughter of John Bingham, Esq. of Newbrook, co. Mayo and had issue, 1) Robert of Milford. 2) James of Ballynew married Anne the daughter and co-heir of Thomas Croasdaile, Esq. of Cloghstoke, co. Galway 3) Gilbert of Dowias, Queen’s Co. 4) Dorothy married 1st Palmer, Esq. of Palmerstown, co. Mayo; and 2nd 1723, Thomas Cox, Esq. 5) A daughter married Major-Gen. Owen Wynne, of Haselwood, co. Sligo, who died without issue 28 February 1737. 6) Sarah married Thomas Lindsey, Esq. He died 1718, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Robert Miller, Esq. of Milford, who married 1710, Jane the 3rd daughter and co-heir of Thomas Croasdaile, ESq., of Cloghstoken, co. Galway, and had issue, 1) Robert of Milford 2) Croasdaile 3) Mercy died unmarried. The elder son, Robert Miller, Esq. of Milford, High Sheriff of co. Mayo 1755, dying unmarried 1747, was succeeded by his brother. Croasdaile Miller, Esq. High Sheriff of co. Mayo 1735, dying unmarried 1747, was succeeded by his brother. Croasdaile Miller, Esq. High Sheriff 1750 ad 1756, who married 28 February 1756, Anne the 5th daughter of Sir John Bingham, Bart., and sister of charles, 1st Earl of Lucan; and died 1783, having by her (who died 1782) had issue, 1) Robert died unmarried 2) George of Milford. 3) Croasdaile Charles subsequently of Milford. 4) Elizabeth married 1800, Christopher Bowen, Esq.; and died 1815, having had issue, i) Christopher (Rev.), married Catherine the daughter of Sir Richard Steele, Bart. ii) Croasdaile of whom presently iii) Charles married Georgina the daughter of Joseph Lambert, Esq. of Brookhill, co. Mayo iv) Robert married Jane the daughter of Courtenay, Esq. of Dromselk, co. Down. v) William vi) Edward vii) Anne viii) Elizabeth 4) Marcia married the Rev. A. Wilson, of Milbrook. The 2nd son, George Miller, Esq. of Milford, Lieut-Col. 7th Dragoon Guards, dying unmarried 1808, was succeeded by his next brother, Croasdaile Charles Miller, Esq. of Milford, Brig. Gen. born 1772; married Anne the daughter of – Jones, Esq., but died without issue in Portugal, 1811 and was succeeded by his nephew, Croasdaile Bowen, Esq., who assumed by royal license, dated 1 February 1812, the additional surname and arms of Miller. He was born 1802 and married Catherine Anne the 2nd daughter of Thomas Ormsby, Esq. of Knockmore, co. Mayo, and had issue, 1) Croasdaile Charles Bowen, now of Milford. 2) Ormsby of Shannon Grove, co. Galway. 3) Anne married John Yeadon Ormsby, Esq. of Castleneynoe, co. Sligo, 2nd son of Anthony Ormsby, Esq. of Ballinamore, co. Mayo 4) Elizabeth married Mark Perrin, Esq. of Knockdromin, co. Dublin, son of the Right Hon. Mr. Justice Perrin. 5) Catherine 6) Croasdailla. Mr. Bowen Miller died 19 April 1837 and was succeeded by his elder son, Croasdaile Charles Bowen Miller, Esq., now of Milford. Arms~ Quarterly; 1st and 4th erm., three wolves’ heads erased az., for MILLER; 2nd and 3rd, gu., a stag trippant arg. pierced in the back with an arrow and attired or, for BOWES. Crests~ 1st A wolf’s head erased as in the arms, for MILLER, 2nd A falcon close ppr., billed or, for BOWEN. Motto~ Nil conscire sibi. Seat~ Milford, Hollymount, co. Mayo.
MILLER OF RADWAY.
Miller, Rev. William Sanderson, of Radway Grange, co. Warwick, M.A., J.P., born 5 January 1822; married 15 June 1848, Henrietta Mary the only daughter and heir of Rev. Thomas Lea, Rector of Tadmarton, Oxon, and Vicar of Bishop’s Itchington, co. Warwick, which lady died 1875. Lineage~ The estate of Radway was purchased by the Miller family 1712. Sanderson Miller, Esq., married Mary the daughter of John Welchman, and niece of Archdeacon John Welchman, left a son, his successor, Sanderson Miller, Esq. of Radway, married Susanna the only daughter of Edward Trotman, Esq. of Shelswell, co. Oxford, by Mary his wife the daughter of Sir Thomas Filmer, by Susanna his wife eldest sister and co-heir of Laurence, 5th Viscount Saye and Sele and had issue, 1) Fiennes Sanderson his heir 2) Charles Sanderson married Charlotte the 3rd daughter of Capt. Joseph Meade, R.N.; and died 21 April 1837, leaving issue. 3) Susanna Maria married Walter Ruding, Esq. 4) Mary married the Rev. Thomas Chambers. 5) Hester married her cousin Fiennes Trotman, Esq. of Shelswell and Siston. 6) Anna married Francis Litchfield, Esq. The elder son and heir, Fiennes Sanderson Miller, Esq. of Badway married June 1782, Henrietta the 2nd daughter of Joseph Meade, Esq., Capt. R.N., and by her (who died 1826) had issue, 1) Fiennes Sanderson his heir. 2) Edward (Rev.), M.A., Vicar of Radway and Ratley, co. Warwick, born 7 October 1784; married 1824, Charlotte the 2nd daughter of Rev. Charles S. Miller, Vicar of Harlow, Essex and by her (who died 1835) had issue, Edward (Rev.), late Fellow of New Coll. Oxon born 1825 married 1856, Emily Ann Walton; Henry (Rev.) vicar of Ashbury, Berks, born 1828; and George (Rev.), born 1832. Mr. Miller died 1818 and was succeeded by his son, Fiennes Sanderson Miller, Esq. of Radway, J.P. and D.L., a Lieut.-Col. in the army, and C.B., born 16 May 1783; married 23 May 1819, Georgiana Sibelia the 5th daughter of the Rev. Philip Story, of Lockington Hall, co. Leicester, and by her (who died 1858) had issue, 1) Fiennes Sanderson, Capt. 68th Bengal Native Infantry born 7 August 1820; married 26 September 1849, Mary Anne Theresa the daughter of Don Mariano Ramos Castilla he died without issue February 1859, in the East Indies. 2) William Sanderson, now of Radway. 3) Phillip Francis, Capt. R.A., born 19 September 1826; died 9 October 1855 in Ceylon. 4) Frederick, Lieut-Col. R.A., C.V., V.C., Chevalier of the Georgiana Sibella married 1860, the Rev. George Miller, Vicar of Radway. 6) Harriet Martha married 23 June 1814, the Rev. Hewett Carey, eldest son of Gen. Peter Curey of Guernsey. 7) Jane Anne married 2 May 1855, Frederick Litchfield Ward, Esq. col. Miller was severely wounded at the battle of Waterlog while commanding the Inniskilling Dragoons. He died September 1862. Arms~ Az., four mascles, two in pale and as many in fess. Crest~ A demi-lion rampant az., a mascle between his paws or. Seat~ Radway Grange, Kincton, co. Warwick.
ARMORIAL FAMILIES: A DIRECTORY OF COAT-ARMOUR
Thomas Horrocks Miller, Esq., J.P. co. Lancs. Born February 19, 1845, being the eldest son of the late Thomas Miller of Preston and Singleton, by Henrietta Sarah, daughter of the Rev. Cornelius Pitt. Clubs~Conservative, Royal Thames Yacht. Livery~Claret. Armorial Bearings~ Per pale or and gules, a fesse dancettee between three wolves’ heads erased counterchanged, Mantling~ gules and or; and for his Crest~ upon a wreath of the colours, a wolf’s head erased bendy or and gules, in the mouth a ragged staff sable. Motto~”Sibimet merces idustria.” Married September 29, 1869, Isabel Arnside, daughter of Thomas Byrne of New Orleans and Liverpool. Seat~ Singleton Park, Poulton-le-Fylde, Preston.
William George Percival Miller, Esquire, J.P. co. of Lancaster, Capt. 3rd (Militia) Batt. Royal North Lancs. Regt. Born 1875, being the eldest son of the late William Pitt Miller, Esq., of Merlewood, Grange-over-Sands, and Thistleton, Kirkham, Lancashire, by Emile Mary, daughter of G. Schultz, Clubs~ Conservative, Wellington. Armorial bearings~ Per pale or and gules, a fesse dancettee between three wolves’ heads erased counterchanged. Mantiling gules and or. Crest~ Upon a wreath of the colours, a wolf’s head erased bendy or and gules, in the mouth a ragged staff sable. Motto~ “Sibimet merces industria.” Married March 3, 1898, Norah Blance, second daughter of Sir W. Cuthbert Quilter, Bart., M.P. Seat~ Thistleton, Kirkham.
THE COUNTY FAMILIES OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, OR, ROYAL MANUAL OF THE TITLED AND UNTITLED ARISTOCRACY OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND
MILLAR, Charles, Esq., of Penrhos, Carnarvonshire. Son of the late- Millar, Esq., of Penrhos; born 18-. Is a J.P. and D.L. vor co. Carnarvon. -Penrhos, near Carnarvon.
MILLER, Sir Thomas McDonald, Bart., of Glenlee, Kircudbrightshire (cr. 1788). Eldest son of the late Sir William Miller, Bart., of Glenlee (who was a J.P. and D.L. for co. Ayr and New Galloway, and formerly an Officer in the 12th Royal Lancers), by Emily, daughter of the late General Sir Thomas McMahon, Bart., G.C.B.; born 1846; succeeded as 4th Bart. 1861. The 1st Bart. was Lord President of the College of Justice; the 2nd Bart. was a Senator of the same, with the title of Lord Glenlee. Barskimming, new Mauchline, Ayrshire, N.B.; Glenlee, Kirkcudbrightshire, N.B. Heir Pres., his brother William Stewart born 1863.
MILLER, Sir Thomas Combe, Bart. of Froyle, Hants (cr. 1705). Eldest son of the late Sir Thomas Miller, Bart., M.P., of Chichester, by Mary, heiress of – Edwards, Esq.; born 1781; succeeded as 6th Bart. 1816; married 1824 Martha, daughter of the Rev. John Holmes, of Bungay, Suffolk. Educated at Eton and St. John’s Coll., Cambridge (LL.B. 1802); in Holy Orders; appointed Vicar of Froye 1803, of which living he is Patron. -Froyle, near Alton Hants. Heir, his son Charles Hayes, educated at Eton; a Magistrate for Hants, and late Cornet 2nd Life Guards; born 1829; married 1856 Katherine Maria, daughter of James Winger Scott, Esq., of Rotherfield Park, Hants, and has, with other issue, Charles Hubert, born 1858.
MILLER, Boyd, Esq., of Collier’s Wood, Surrey. Son of the late Mr. Darby Darby; born 177-; married 18- Miss Montgomerie and has, with other issue, James Boyd, late Capt. 15th Light Dragoons; born 18-; married 1848 Sophia, only daughter of William Harrington, Esq., of the Madras Civil Service. Mr. Miller assumed his present surname by Royal licence in lieu of his patronymic. Colliers Wood, Merton, Surrey.
MILLER, George, Esq., of Wadsley House, Yorkshire. Second son of the late Thomas Miller, Esq. of Ayton, co. Berwick, by Ann, daughter of John Forrester, Esq., of Ayton; born 1802; married 1824 Mary daughter of James Jones, Esq., of Milford Haven, and has, with other issue, Henry born 1827. This family is of Scottish extraction. Wadsley House, near Ecclesfield, Yorkshire.
MILLER, Henry John, Esq., of Anstey Manor, Hampshire. Second son of Sir Thomas Combe Miller, Bart., of Froyle, by Martha, daughter of the Rev. John Holmes, of Bungay, Suffolk; born 1830. Educated at Eton; is Lord of the Anstey. Anstey Manor, near Alton, Hants.
MILLER, James, Esq., of Millport, Buteshire. Son of the late – Miller, Esq. of Millport; born 18-; is married and has issue, James a Magistrate for co. Bute born 18-. Mr. Miller is a J.P. and D.L. for co. Bute and Capt. in the local Militia. Millport, near Greenock, Buteshire
MILLER, Lieut.-Col. James, of Mariemont, Middlesex. Son of the late – Miller, Esq.; born 18-. Is a J.P. and D.L. for Middlesex, and a Lieut.-Col. 11th Hussars, retired – Mariemont, near Eagleston, Middlesex.
MILLER, Rowley, Esq. of Moneymore, co. Londonderry. Sixth son of the late John Miller, Esq., of Moneymore, by Margaret the daughter of P. Oulton, Esq., of Dublin; born 1781; succeeded 1820 married 1806 Margaret the daughter of the Rev. Thomas Torrens, and cousin to the late Major-General Sir Henry Torrens, and has, with other issue, John Rowley, a Magistrate for cos. Londonderry and Tyrone; born 1808; married 1830 Emily Charlotte, daughter of the late Rev. Henry Stewart, D.D., and niece of the late Sir J. Stewart, Bart., of Ballygawly, co. Tyrone. Mr. Miller, who was appointed to the Londonderry Militia in 1798 is Major of that Regt., and Senior Officer of all the Militias of Great Britain and Ireland; he is a Magistrate for cos. Tyrone and Antrim, and a J.P. and D.L. for co. Londonderry. Several of Mr. Miller’s ancestors took an active part during the siege of Londonderry. Moneymore, co. Londonderry.
MILLER, Stearne Ball, Esq., Q.C. Son of the late Rev. George Miller, D.D., of Armagh, by Elizabeth, the daughter of Robert Ball, Esq. of Ballyheury, co. Wicklow; born 1813; married 1856 Sarah, daughter of M.B. Rutherford, Esq., of Dublin. Called to the Irish Bar 1835, became a Q.C. 1852; was M.P. for Armagh 1857-9. 6, Rutland Square, Dublin.
MILLER, Taverner John, Esq. son of Capt. Charles J. Miller, of the Essex Militia; born 1804; married 1838 Marian, daughter of Charles Cheyne, Esq., late of Godalming, Surrey. Is a Merchange in Westminster and a Magistrate for that city, and a J.P. and D.L. for Middlesex; was M.P. for Maldon in 1852; has sat for Colchester since 1857. The Elms, Upper Tooting, Surrey, S.; Carlton and National Clubs, S.W.; 7, Millbank Street, Westminster.
MILLER, William, Esq., of Minderston, Berwickshire. Second son of the late James Miller, Esq., of Leith, N.B., by Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev. William Sutherland, of Wick, co. Caithness; born 1809; married 1858 Mary Anne, daughter of John Farleigh Leith, Esq., Barrister-at-Law, and has issue, a son born 1863. Mr. Miller, who was educated at the University of Edinburgh, was formerly a Merchant and Honorary British Vice-Consul at St. Petersburg; he was elected M.P. for the Leith Burghs 1859. Manderston, near Dunse, Berwickshire, N.B.; Union Club, S.W.; 135, Piccadilly, W.
MILLER, the Rev. William Sanderson, of Radway Grange, Warwickshire. Eldest surviving son of Lieut-Col. Fiennes Sanderson Miller, C.B., of Radway Grange, by Georgiana Sibella, 5th daughter of the Rev. Philip Story, of Lockington, co. Leicester; born 1822; succeeded 1862; married 1848 Henrietta Mary, only daughter of the Rev. Thomas Lea, Rector of Tadmarton, Oxon, and Vicar of Bishops Itchington, co. Warwick. Educated at Winchester and New Coll., Oxford (B.A. 1853, M.A. 1854); is a Magistrate for co. Warwick. Radway Grange, near Kineton, Warwickshire. Heir Pres., his brother Frederick, Capt. R.A., born 1831.
MILLER-CHRISTY, Samuel, Esq., of Britwell Court, Bucks. Second son of the late Thomas Christy, Esq., of Broomfield, Essex, by Rebecca daughter of S. Hewling, Esq.; born 1811; married 1842 Mary, daughter of T. Hardcastle, Esq., and has, with other issue, William Henry born 1850. Mr. Miller-Christy who is a Commissioner of Lieutenancy for London, was M.P. for Newcastle-under-Lyne 1847-59; he took the name of Miller by Royal licence in 1862, upon succeeding to the estates of W.H. Miller, Esq. of Craigentinny, who was M.P. for Newcastle-under-Lyne 1829-41. Britwell Court, near Bucks; Craigentinny, Midlothian, N.B.; Carlton Club, S.W.; 21, St. James’s Place, S.W. 695
THE FAMILY OF MILLERS, FROM 1570 TO 1925.
Were this a history it would fill volumes if collected, but we can only give the reader a few facts worthy of their sincere consideration. Martin Miller, a weaver and his wife, whom we will call Priscilla, with his family lived at Ashford, Kent, England. They were of the Puritan stock and humble lives and are the first to appear in our family records. Up to the present time nothing is known of their ancestors, but an effort is being made. (See letters on following page, Scotch history). They are our oldest ancestors from present research and lived in the year about 1570. Ashford is an inland town at present with a population of about 1,200 not far from the City of London. This family was of goodly parentage and nobility, and as near as we can learn came from good old Bonnie Scotland descent intermingled with English blood. It is supposed they lived there for many generations. The earliest notice of them is found in the records in that section and later in many of the libraries of the New England States, letters, manuscripts, papers, scrap books, tombstones and other places. Records show that Martin Miller and Priscilla Miller, his wife had four and possibly six sons and four daughters. The name of the daughters are not mention in history. The sons are Reverend John, Thomas, Sr., William, Nathan or Simon, George and Joseph. Not long after the Mayflower landed at Plymouth from a home in England, prompted by the spirit of seeking a new country, came six brothers named Miller. Martin and Priscilla an humble Puritan home, consented to say goodbye forever to the boys in their teens and they to four sisters and father and mother to face things in a new world. Of the six boys we only take one, Thomas Sr., and the only one who seems to furnish any great amount of history, so if you wish ou can safely trace your ancestral line back to “auld countrie” (there are letters in this volume bearing out this statement) of the lives of these ancestors we have enjoyed finding out. Lives simple, frugal, happy and from them sprung a people justly worthy of our admiration. While little is known of this family and while the five sons and four daughters are not direct relatives in the ancestral line, yet we give the following history as a matter of interest, only taking up the Thomas Miller Senior branch in our Genealogy. We stop long enough here and pause to offer this tribute to this our first ancestral family. Just why these six boys left home so early in life many never known, but it must be remembered that in the emigration from England to the American colonies occurred during the troublous and unsettled times that immediately preceded the Cromwellian wars between King Charles I and the Parliament, and England then was little better than army life. It was the last great stand of the Royal Prerogative against democracy. It was the Puritan against the King, and it was the Puritan in three aspects that was the soul of the Democratic uprising. The Puritan in politics seeking civil rights. In religion as against the established or any State church, and in morals seeking a higher and purer standard of life; and all their characteristics usually were united in the same person. This may explain briefly the early and quick emigration and loyalty, spirit and sacrifice of our ancestors. It was not an easy task to wake up and roll six boys practically out of bed and give instructions and send them out rather than see them face army life and escape freedom of conscience and liberty. The Pilgrims who came over in the Mayflower and many others who followed later had for many years been cradled in the thought of religious and civil liberty. It was during this period that several of the name of Miller emigrated. The reason and a just one why think our ancestors were of old Puritan Scotch stock was there was never, a far as we can learn, and special rank or distinction conferred upon them, such as Knights, which were many in those days. Earls of Rosse, Baronets and Noblemen, Lords, Dukes or Sirs attached to their name, or coat of arms. Tese families being dissenters in politics and religion, give reason to believe that they were descended from stock holding similar opinions and beliefs in England and it is not unreasonable to suppose that any of the Kings of England and it is not unreasonable to suppose that any of the Kings of England would have bestowed knighthood at that period upon any one holding those views, notwithstanding the fact that it was possible for families to be divided in sentiment…….. 2. Reverend John Miller. 1. Martin, son of Martin Miller, and his wife, Priscilla. Born 1605 at Ashford, Kent, England. Died June 12, 1663 at Groton, Mass. Married unknown. Family not known. Martin Miller and Priscilla must have inculcated into the lives of their children some wonderful truths. Reverend John Miller, the first son of Martin and Priscilla, was a preacher of righteousness. His associations prove he was a man of ability, being a college graduate and prominent in this country when it was new, and if records could be found and we only knew, we would find his sterling qualities and noble principles of old time training and belief was carried out in his life in proclaiming the rigid Puritan Blue Laws and the glorious Gospel. We only need to read between the lines the following: “History states in the records of Reverend John Miller (nephew Governor Benjamin Miller settling in Middlefield, Conn., in 1700), that it was in the Puritan days of New England, nearly 70 years after Roger Williams, with whom Reverend John Miller, uncle of Governor Benjamin Miller, was associated with, had gone to Rhode Island to establish religious liberty.” (This proves the family relationship of John and Thomas as brothers sons of Martin.) Reverend John Miller entered Cains College, Cambridge, England, in 1624. Was an A.B. graduate in 1627. Brother of Thomas at Raleigh together. He was a brother-in-law of John Crow, the elder of Yarmouth maps. He came over in 1634 with Nathan or Simon and George Miller (possibly brothers). He was at Boston in 1634. Came from Roxbury in 1638 and settled in Rowley in 1639-43. Was one of the early New England ministers and assistant of Mr. Rogers about two years. He was a brother of Thomas, Sr., and at Rowley at the same time. He was a free man in 1639 with Thomas Miller, both at Rowley at the same time. He lived at Weathersfield, Conn., and had land recorded there December 11, 1640. (See history of Glastonby). He was at Groton in 1663. Died at Groton June 12, 1663. (We do not record the above as history records it word for word. but simply give a few statements, otherwise the reader would be confused). 4. William Miller, son of Martin and Priscilla. Born about 1612 at Ashford, Kent, England. Place of death unknown. Marriage unknown. Family unknown. The only records we have of William Miller are that he was at Weathersfield, Conn. Had land recorded June 23, 1660. Bought land of James Boswell, a man of business affairs, well qualified to face a new growing country. He was very successful. 5. Nathan or Simon Miller. Son of Martin and his wife Priscilla. born about 1615 at Ashford Kent, England. Marriage Unknown. Family unknown. We have no record of Nathan or Simon Miller except that he came from England in 1630-34 with Rev. John Miller. 6. George Miller. Son of Martin and his wife Priscilla. Born about 1618 at Ashford, Kent, England. Marriage unknown. Family unknown. We have no record of George Miller, except that he came over in 1630-4 with Rev. John Miller. 7. Joseph Miller. Son of Martin and Priscilla. Born about 1620. Ashford, Kent, England. Marriage unknown. Family unknown. Joseph Miller, the sixth son, came from England with John Kirby in the year September 11, 1635. (The same time of Thomas, Sr., but on another boat) on the ship Hopewell, at the age of fifteen. 3. Thomas Miller, Sr. Son of Martin and Priscilla Miller. Born 1609-10, Ashford, Kent, England. Died August 14, 1680. Aged over 70 years. Middletown, Conn. married Ann Maria.. Second wife, Sarah Nettleton, daughter of Samuel and Maria Nettleton. Died March 20, 1728, Middlefield, Conn. Thomas Miller, Sr. was the second son of Martin Miller and Priscilla. In the history of Middlefield and Long Hill, Conn. by Thomas Atkins, a descendant of the early Millers, in the old records in a Bible, in the family of Hezekiah Miller it says that Thomas the first came from Birmingham, County of Worcester, England, giving the list of sons and daughters. The reason for his going to Birmingham before sailing for America is not known. Probably to secure papers for the trip. There were also Millers living there at that time. It may have been the home of his wife’s parents. The records state that he came from Birmingham, England, April 1635, on the ship Elizabeth (a sail vessel probably like the Mayflower). Age about 30, and his wife Ann Maria, age 29. (Thomas Miller, born about 1609 or 1610. Rev. John Miller entered college in 1624, England, brother of Thomas at Rowley together). They had with them a son, Thomas, aged two years. would have been 21 in 1654, probably died young. He came to Springfield, Mass., and Rowley in 1635. (Compare dates with Rev. John Miller). Was a free man in 1639 (same year with John, his brother). There in 1643 he had one acre and a half of land for a home and lot at Rowley. In 1647 he was licensed to draw wine, paying 15 shilling annually. In 1651 he was of Rowley with his wife, Ann Maria, was a carpenter.
Early American Immigration and New World Settlers
Miller Settlers in United States in the 17th, 18th, 19th, & 20th Century
Benjamin Miller, aged 30, who arrived in Bermuda in 1635
Sander Miller, who landed in New England in 1652
Sarah Miller, who arrived in Maryland in 1666
Symon Miller, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
Steve Miller, who arrived in New York in 1709
Joost Miller, who arrived in New York in 1709
Hans Lendert Miller, who settled in Philadelphia in 1728
Anna Miller, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
Alexander Craig Miller, who landed in New York in 1801
Catharina Miller, aged 13, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
Adam Miller, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1809
Ann Miller, aged 55, who arrived in Maryland in 1812
Arthur G Miller, aged 27, who landed in Georgia in 1812
Archie W Miller, who arrived in Mississippi in 1902
Miller Settlers in Canada in the 18th & 19th Century
Stephen Miller, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
Capt. Garrett Miller U.E. (b. 1738) born in Court Matrix, County Limerick, Ireland from Camden Valley, New York, USA who settled in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec c. 1779, then Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario in 1796 he served in the Royal Rangers with Colonel Peters Corps, married twice having 12 children, he died in 1823 Switzerville, Ontario
Mr. James Miller U.E. who settled in Elizabeth Town [Elizabethtown], Leeds County, Ontario c .1780
Mr. Jane Miller U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
Mr. John Miller U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 4 aboard the ship “HMS Clinton”, picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA
James Miller, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship “Favourite” in 1815
Elizabeth Miller, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship “Favourite” in 1815
John Miller, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship “Atlas” in 1815
James Miller, aged 48, a farmer, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship “Dorothy” in 1815
Mary Miller, aged 38, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship “Dorothy” in 1815
Miller Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
George Miller, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the “Asia” on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
James Miller, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the “Albion” on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen’s Land, Australia
Thomas Miller, English convict from Durham, who was transported aboard the “Albion” on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
Mr. George Miller, (b. 1810), aged 23 born in Truro, Cornwall, UK convicted in Middlesex on 11th April 1833, sentenced for 14 years for stealing bedding, transported aboard the ship “Southworth” in 1834 to Van Diemen’s Land, Tasmania, Australia
Miss Elizabeth Miller, (b. 1821), aged 16, English settler, from Instow, Devon, England, UK travelling aboard the ship “Alfred” arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st December 1837
Miller Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
William Miller, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship “Blenheim” in 1840
Maria Miller, aged 27, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship “Blenheim” in 1840
Robert Miller, aged 9, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship “Blenheim” in 1840
Janet Miller, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship “Blenheim” in 1840
Mary Miller, aged 5, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship “Blenheim” in 1840
Manent optima coelo. The best things await us in heaven.
Mea sop est in Deo. My hope is in God.
Non eget Mauri jaculis. (Hor. Car. i. 22. 1.) He needs not the Moorish javelins.
Sibimet merces industria. Industry is a recompense to itself.
Unione augetur. It is increased by union.
Subimet merces industria. Industry is its own reward
MILLER….4 coats(Millor…., Millor of co. Line. or London, Miler of Came, co. Dorset, Richard Myller of Plumpton in Cumberland). Stowe MS. 703, fo. 88.
MILLER, sIR JOHN, of Islington, Middx., Knt., s. of Henry, of Barnstaple, Devon, by Segar. Add. MS. 12,225, fo. 81; C. 28, fo. 36 (Visit. Middx., 1634), 2 Index, Her. Coll.; Guil. 375.
MILLER, MAJOR JOHN, born at Ballienston, co. Armagh (s. of Robert, of Huntingdon), a captain in the “Colestreamers” under Monke, Adjutant-Genl., etc.; 27 May 1672, by Sir E. Bysshe, Gart. Add. MS. 14,293, fo. 67; Harl. MS. 1172, fo. 5; (Guil 69); copy of grant, Harl. MS. 6179, fo. 123.
MYLLER, RYCHARD, of Plompton in Cumberland….by Cooke. Harl. MSS. 1359, fo. 97 and 1422 fo. 85; Add. MS. 4966, fo. 87.
MILLER, THOMAS, May of Chichester and J.P.; 16 February 1681, by Sir W. Dugdale and Clar. Harl. MS. 6834, fo. 178; Grants III., fo. 255; Lansd. MS. 867, fo. 52.
MILLER, PANCEFOOT, of London, merchant, Jan. 1723. Vol. VII, fol. 150; Add. MS. 14,831, fol. 138.
MILLER (THOMPSON), ELIZABETH, 24 Mar. 1724, Vol. VII, fol. 239; Add. MS. 14,830, fol. 20.
MILLER, JOHN of Dunstable (Sheriff), co. Bedf., and Berks., 1765, Vol. XI, fol. 140. (Berry)
MILLER TO CODRINGTON, JAMES of Dodington, co. Glouc., nat. s. of Sir William Codrington of Dodington, (1792) Vol. XVIII, fol. 33.
MILLER, THOMAS, of Whitehaven, co. Cumberland, and Mayor of Preston, co. Lane., 29 Aug. 1821, Vol. XXXII, fol. 347. (Berry)
MILLER, THOMAS, of Winckley Square, Preston, co. Lane., 1848 (1851), Vol. XLIX, fol. 493.
MILLER AFTER CHRISTY, SAMUEL, M.P., of Bucks, co. Essex, and Scotland, 1862, Vol. LIV, fol. 324.
MILLER, WAKEFIELD CHRISTIE, of Bromfield, co. Essex, 1890, vol. LXV, fol. 200.
MILLER, ELIZABETH, d. and h. of Thomas Miller, of Rye, co. Sussex, and relict of Ralph Thompson, 6 April 1734, Vol. VIII, fol. 182.
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Zell Bryan Miller (1932-2018), American author and politician, United States Senator from Georgia (2000-2005), 79th Governor of Georgia (1991-1999), 8th Lieutenant Governor of Georgia (1975-1991)
John Ripin Miller (1938-2017), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington’s 1st district (1985-1993)
Robert “Red” Miller (1927-2017), American football coach with the Denver Broncos
Warren Miller (1924-2018), American ski and snowboarding filmmaker, founder of Warren Miller Entertainment
Eric Miller (1941-2017), American jazz record producer
Foil Allan Miller (1916-2016), American chemist and philatelist
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Stephen Miller, American political operative, Senior Advisor to the President (2017-)
American Revolution Veterans
Abner Miller, Connecticut, Rank of Private
Abner Miller, Connecticut, Rank of Private
Corns Miller, Vermont, Rank of Corporal
Dane Miller, Rhode Island, Rank of Private
David Miller, Virginia, Rank of Lieutenant
Edward Miller, Connecticut, Rank of Sergeant Major
Farror Miller, New Hampshire, Rank of Private
Fort Miller, New Hampshire, Rank of Adjutant
Fredrick Miller, New Jersey, Rank of Private
Hans Miller, New York, Rank of Private
James Miller, Connecticut, Rank of Private
Jauan Miller, Virginia, Rank of Ensign
Javan Miller, Virginia, Rank of Sergeant
Jesse Miller, New York, Rank of Corporal
John Miller, Pennsylvania, Rank of Private
Nathan Miller, Connecticut, Rank of Private
Nathl Miller, Virginia, Rank of Corporal
Noah Miller, Connecticut, Rank of Private
Peter Miller, New York, Rank of Private
Robert Miller, Virginia, Rank of Private
Samuel Miller, Delaware, Rank of Private
William Miller, Virginia, Rank of Private
Civil War Veterans
Albert Miller, 46th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.s Colored Troops
Anthony Miller, 2nd Battaliion, Veteran Reserve Corps, Union, Veteran Reserve Corps
Austin Miller, 75th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Brice Miller, 7th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry, Union, Missouri
Charles Miller, 83rd Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Edeon Miller, 2nd Regiment, New York Cavalry, Union, New York
George Miller, 6th Regiment, Kentucky Mounted Infantry, confederate, Kentucky
Godfried Miller, 2nd Regiment, New York Mounted Rifles, Union, New York
Heath Miller, 22nd Regiment, Virginia Infantry, Confederate, Virginia
Henry Miller, 147th Regiment, New York Infantry, Union, New York
Jerome Miller, 52nd Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Union, Ohio
Jesse Miller, 11th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Union, Wisconsin
John Miller, 2nd Battalion, Veteran Reserve Corps, Union, Veteran Reserve Corps
Joseph Miller, 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Union, Minnesota
Mathias Miller, 4th Regiment, Georgia Reserves, Confederate, Georgia
Napoleon Miller, 105th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Union, Illinois
Robert Miller, 42nd Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Samuel Miller, 29th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Confederate, North Carolina
Thomas Miller, 3rd Battalion, South Carolina Light Artillery, Confederate, South Carolina
Warren Miller, 73rd Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Union, Ohio
William Miller, 8th Regiment, Pennsylvania Cavalry, Union, Pennsylvania