For many years, I pondered who the father of Martin Miller of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky was. Finally, I was able to prove that he was the son of Revolutionary War soldier Jacob Miller who died in Franklin County, Tennessee.
What made proving his parentage so difficult was that Martin chose to migrate with his in-laws, the Whitmers, to western Kentucky. However, once there, the family stayed put. Martin Miller has hundreds of descendants today and he was kind enough to leave a will naming his children so they could be sorted out from the other Miller families in the area.
Martin Miller Will, WB 3:205
Muhlenberg County, Kentucky
I, Martin Miller of the County of Muhlenberg and State of Kentucky, do hereby make my last Will and testament in the form and manner following viz:
First it is my will an desire that my funeral expenses and all just debts be faithfully paid.
Secondly, I will my Son John Miller One dollar.
3rdly I will my Son Jacob Miller One dollar.
4thly I will my Son Michael Miller One dollar.
5thly I will my Daughter Rebecca Phillips One dollar.
6thly I will my son David Miller One dollar.
7thly I will my son Martin Miller One dollar.
8thly I will my grand daughter Mary Catherine Stewart two beds well furnished, a spinning wheel, and household and kitchen furniture to commence house keeping with and one Cow
9thly I will my Daughter Sarah Miller all the remaining of my property, money and promissory notes that are and is in my possession at my death.
Lastly I hereby appoint my Daughter Sarah Miller my executrix of this my last Will and testament, hereby revoking all former Wills. In witnesseth whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 13th day of October 1862.
Martin Miller (seal)
signed sealed & acknowledged
in presence of
John M. Shaver
William H. Sparks
State of Kentucky
Muhlenberg County SCT
June County Court 1863
The foregoing last will and testament of Martin Miller deceased was produced to court and proven to be the act and deed of said Martin Miller decd by the oaths of William H. Sparks and Peter Shaver two of the subscribing witnesses thereto.
and ordered to be recorded.
Att: Tho. J. Jones Clk.
My husband’s line is:
1. Martin Miller and Catherine Whitmer
2. Michael Miller and Elizabeth Hendricks
3. Louisa Miller and John Christopher Williams
4. Minnie Mae Williams and Joseph Henry Brasher
5. Pearl Lillian Brasher and Earl Marcus Stufflebean
6. Edward Earl Stufflebean and Ruby Jewel Sturgell
7. David Lee Stufflebean
I’d love to meet some Miller cousins, so please leave a comment.