Michael L. Brown
Married: 1) Barbara Arbaugh. 2) Barbara Rife
Died: c. 1853, Lawrence Co., Ohio.
Buried: Yates Cemetery, Symmes Twp., Lawrence Co., Ohio.
Children: Isaac, Delphia, Elizabeth, Nancy, Michael, John, Adam,
George, Delilah, Rachel, Rhoda and Ellen.
Henry Miller was born in Germany and came to this country
when still a young boy. The account, from a number of sources,
states that Henry's parents died on the ship coming over from
Europe. One record states that cholera struck among the German
emigrants aboard ship. Some survivors later told of English
shipmen yelling in fear, "Let's throw all the Germans overboard!"
Henry and a brother named John and they are said to have been
raised by a Ruffner family in Botetourt Co., Virginia. There is
also a story of a sister to Henry and John, but nothing is known
of her. Henry's brother served in the American Revolution. Henry
reportedly substituted for John for two months, during which time
he lost a finger. John Miller died a bachelor. Henry learned
English, but it is said that whenever excited, he reverted back to
his mother tongue of German. Henry first married to Barbara
Arbaugh on 9 August 1796 in Greenbrier Co., (West) Virginia where
they lived and farmed. Farming was Henry's main life occupation.
In 1797, Henry bought 102 acres of land on Muddy Creek Mountain.
In 1800, he owned 196 acres there. Henry and his sons gathered
stones which they used to build a strong stone house that stood
for a century and a half. About 1815, Barbara died, there in
Greenbrier Co. It is said that Henry told his crying children,
"Never thee worry, for I will get thee another Barbara". On 28
March 1816, he married to Barbara Rife, the ceremony performed by
a Rev. Josiah Osborne. First known record of Barbara Rife is on
27 March 1813 when she was a witness to a land rental agreement
made between Henry Miller and a Henry Stuart. She was born about
1790 in (West) Virginia. Henry and his wife lived there for about
13 years, but then they moved north to Ohio. By tax time 1829,
Henry shows up in Symmes Twp., Lawrence Co., Ohio. They soon
moved over to Gallia Co., Addison Twp. to live there for a time.
It is there that they are listed in the 1830 census. In the
1830's, however, they returned to Lawrence Co., settling for good
along Buffalo Creek in Symmes Twp. Henry built his house, barn
and sheds of hickory wood. Their home once burned there while
they were away. Barbara claimed to recognize a bed cover in the
neighbors wash and so the Bandy family was thus accused of
robbing, then burning, the Miller home! Indications are, however,
that the feud was eventually settled. Henrys last two children
were born in Ohio, the youngest appearing with her parents in the
1850 census, in which Henry is listed as being a farmer. Barbara
is shown to be illiterate. Henrys deathdate is uncertain, but it
is estimated at about 1853/4. Barbara is said to have died about
1) Isaac, born c. 1794 in Greenbrier Co., (West) Virginia. He
married to Catherine Rife and they had ten children. Isaac moved
to Ohio with his parents and there died about 1865. He is buried
along Buck Creek, Lawrence Co., Ohio. Obviously, if the record of
his birthdate is correct, he was born out of wedlock.
a. Lucinda, born 1812 and died 20 October 1886. She
married to John Neal (1808-1895) on 23 June 1828.
b. John, born 18 December 1816 and died 6 May 1873. He
married to Winifred Wray (1819-1890) on 11 January 1836. He moved
to Missouri, where he died.
c. Catherine, born 4 June 1819. She died in Hutchinson,
Kansas in 1896. She married to Walter Wiseman (1813-1891) on 5
d. Mary (Polly), born 23 June 1823 and died 22 June 1869.
She married on 15 November 1840 to Joseph Massie.
e. Nancy, born 1824 and was still living in 1900. On 15
May 1844, she married to Moses L. Massie (1824-1903).
f. Annie, buried near parents in Mason Twp., Lawrence Co.
g. Elizabeth, born 1833 and died 1910. She married two
times, first to George Lewis on 13 August 1854 and then to Rev.
Brooks Hereford on 16 October 1869.
h. Rachel, married to a Noble.
i. George, born 1831 and was alive in 1900. He married on
14 August 1856 to Elizabeth Green.
j. Rebecca, born in 1836, was still living in 1900. She
was married to Jacob W. Markle (1833-1898) on 28 Febraury 1855.
2) Delphia, born c. 1795 and married on 10 January 1809 to
Benjamin Nelson. They moved to Douglas Co., Illinois. She was
also born well before her fathers marriage in 1796!
3) Elizabeth, born 14 October 1796, only a little over 2 months
after her fathers marriage! She married to Francis Cooper on 20
May 1820. They lived their lives in Lawrence Co., Ohio.
Elizabeth died on her birthday, 14 October 1889.
a. David, born c. 1813 and died 27 November 1907. He
married Virginia Asbury on 11 April 1839.
b. Thomas, born 4 May 1821 and died 5 January 1915. On 19
January 1843, he was married to Isabel Boggess.
c. George Washington, born c. 1822 and died c. 1918. He
married Maria Asbury.
d. Mary Ann, born c. 1824 and died 1892. She married
e. Jeremiah, born 11 May 1826 and died 12 March 1911. He
married Polly Ann Miller, a cousin, on 29 December 1849. She was
the daughter of George Miller. They lived by their grandparents,
Henry and Barbara Miller, in 1850.
f. Barbara Rebecca, born c. 1828 and married Morris Bryant
on 13 July 1843.
g. Madison, born 15 March 1828 and died 22 July 1923. He
first married to Mary Levisay on Christmas day, 1854. Mary soon
died, without children, and Madison remarried to Eleanor White on
7 January 1857.
h. Elizabeth Jane, born c. 1833. She married to Nathan
Barnett on 28 April 1853.
i. Nancy, born 21 November 1834 and died 11 June 1907.
She married James W. Slagle on 4 October 1855.
j. Ruth, born c. 1837 and married on 25 March 1855 to
k. William Francis, born 11 March 1840 and died on 26
November 1933. He was a Civil War veteran. He was first married
to Lydia Woolum on 3 February 1859. His second wife was Comfort
Massie Miller, a widow and evidently the widow of his uncle
George! He married to her on Christmas day, 1879. Thirdly, he
married to Missouri Willson Huggins, also a widow, on 20 April
1912. And his fourth wife was Mary Vencil!
4) Nancy, born c. 1798 and never married. It is said that
she "went west" and nothing more is known.
5) Michael, born c. 1800 and lived back of Parkersburg,
6) John, born c. 1802 and married to Anna Mariah Neal. He died
7) Adam, born 10 March 1806 and married first to Elizabeth Hulett
on 24 April 1829. She died about 1838 and Adam remarried to Patsy
Ward on 5 October 1840. In the 1850 census, his wife is named as
Martha, so this may have been a third wife! Adam was a farmer and
his real estate value in 1850 is listed at $300. He lived by his
parents at that time. Adam died on 29 March 1881.
a. James, born c. 1833. He was a farmer.
b. Nancy, born c. 1834 and married to George Ward.
c. Cynthia, born 22 February 1836 and died 6 February
1885. She married to Michael Malone on 23 December 1884. They
had no children. This Michael was the widower of Rhoda, daughter
fo Henry and brother of Adam.
d. George, born c. 1840.
e. Harvey, born c. 1841 and died in the Civil War.
f. Sarah, born c. 1843 and married Joshua Woodruff on 6
November 1863. He was a widower when they married.
g. Robert, born c. 1844 and died 1921. He married to Mary
E. Woodruff (1845-1913) on 13 August 1865.
h. Henry C., born 17 February 1846 and died 14 April 1909.
He was a Civil War veteran who married to Permellia Hysel
(1847-1928) on 11 July 1867.
i. John Leblon, born 3 December 1847 and married first to
Louise Woods on 9 April 1869. On 18 May 1882, he then married to
Melissa McCoy. John died on 19 March 1913.
j. Martha, born c. 1850.
k. Letha Jane, born c. 1854 and married on 2 October 1873
to Seabird Rose.
8) George, born 4 June 1812 and married twice. His first wife
was Sarah Smith, who died in 1861. George married secondly to
Comfort Massie. In all, he fathered a grant total of 19 children!
He died on 18 October 1875. George was Henry Millers last child
by his first wife.
a. Polly Ann, born 1 April 1832 and married to Jeremiah
Cooper (1826-1911) on 29 December 1849. She died on 1 May 1910.
Jeremiah was her cousin, son of Elizabeth (Miller) Cooper.
b. Samuel Sherman, born 16 May 1836 and died on 4 December
1926. He married Elizabeth Woolum (1837-1923) on 30 March 1855.
c. Margaret, married Valentine Wray on 19 November 1854.
She was born c. 1837 and died after 1882.
d. Adelphi Jane, born c. 1839. She married Lafayette
Bandy on 11 June 1861.
e. George Amos, born c. 1840. He married Philena Rayburn
on 11 September 1862. They moved to Kentucky.
f. Henry Wilson, born 14 October 1843 and died on 16
November 1912. He married to Mary Massie (1845-1919) on 12
g. John Bennett, born in 1846 and died in 1907. His wife
was Amanda Lee, whom he married on 31 December 1865.
h. William Francis, born c. 1848. He married Henrietta E.
White on 22 August 1866. They moved to Idaho.
i. Frances, born c. 1849.
j. Thomas, born c. 1851 and never married. He moved to
the state of Idaho and lived there with his brother William.
k. Josephine, born c. 1853. She married Henry P. Depriest.
She moved to Florida.
l. Comfort, born c. 1858 and died umarried 26 August 1885.
m. unnamed child, born 31 August 1861 and died only lived
a few days, until 8 September 1861. Not only did this child die,
but the mother died in childbirth.
n. Logan, born 10 April 1863, the first child of George by
his second wife. Logan married Matilda Wisecup on 3 July 1892 and
died 27 December 1923.
o. James M.C., born 11 January 1867 and died 29 December
1944. He married on 8 April 1893 to Cora O'Neal (1876-1945). He
moved to Marion Co., Ohio.
p. Orlena, died 13 August 1867 at two years of age.
q. Alexander, born 18 September 1868 and he died on his
birthday in 1936. He married 7 November 1886 to the former
Philena Woolum (1870-1936). They lived in Marion Co., Ohio.
r. Martha Ellen, born 18 May 1870 and died in 1923. She
married to Jacob Clarkson (1868-1952) on 15 February 1896.
s. Rachel Ellis, born 1874 and was still alive in 1907.
She married Samuel Donally on 14 September 1897. They moved to
9) Delilah, our ancestor, the first child of Henry Miller
by his wife Barbara Rife. See entry on Joseph Henry Filkins.
10) Rachel, born c. 1824 and married to Absalom Halterman on 7
June 1844. They moved to Flora, Illinois.
a. Joseph H., born 14 April 1845 and died 22 May 1932. He
married Helen M. Riggle on 21 November 1869.
b. Mary E., born c. 1847 and died 1872. She married to
George William Thompson on 10 September 1863 in Clay Co.,
c. Elizabeth Jane, born 20 August 1848 and died on 21
December 1918 in Clay Co., Illinois. She married to James
d. John Wesley, born 30 October 1850 and died on 19 July
1917 at Clay Co., Illinois. He married to Rebecca Ellen Riggle.
e. James Alfred, born 5 April 1853 and died 13 March 1920
in Clay Co., Illinois. He married on Valentines day, 1880 to
Margaret Emily Pruitt.
f. William Siddleton, born 1855 and died after 1880 in
Clay Co., Illinois.
g. Margaret Delilah, born 21 April 1857 in Lawrence Co.
Ohio. She died on 3 June 1940 in Clay Co., Illinois. She married
on 18 October 1877 to James Miller Jenkins.
h. Martha Catherine, born 11 February 1860 in Clay Co.,
Illinois. She died 3 April 1920. On 1 December 1893, she married
to Joseph Halterman.
i. Singleton, died in infancy.
j. Anderson, died in infancy.
11) Rhoda, born 4 January 1828 and married 6 May 1845 to Michael
Malone. They then lived in Lawrence Co., Ohio but around 1857
Michael and Rhoda, along with children Mary Ellen, John Henry,
William Samuel, Alfred and Richard, moved to Clay Co., Illinois,
near the town of Flora. They reported owned 40 acres of land
there, where they farmed, growing corn. Michael joined the Union
Army during the Civil War, serving from February 10, 1865 until
September 11 of that year as a private in the 152nd Regiment of
the Illinois Infantry. In 1869, the family moved back to Ohio,
reportedly due to Rhodas poor health. Rhoda died on 20 June 1884
of "con. of the brian". Michael remarried on 23 December 1884 to
Rhodas niece, Cynthia Miller, daughter of Adam, but she only lived
until the following 6th of February. He then remarried to Wilsina
Prose Campbell Shaw. It was said that Michael was "very proud of
his beard". He was 5'8" tall, with blue eyes and dark hair. In
1898 he was granted a pension due to loss of eyesight and chornic
diarrhea brought about by military service.
a. Mary Ellen, born 26 June 1846 and married Andrew Lee in
Clay Co., Illinois. She died on 26 October 1864 when she was only
18 years old.
b. John Henry, born 9 October 1848 and died 4 November
1922. He married to Purlene Delaney on 8 October 1869.
c. William Samuel, born 4 December 1850 and died in
September of 1940. He married on 28 January 1870 to Sarah Ann
Rice. It appears he was known as "Sam".
d. Alfred Martin, born 24 June 1853 and died on 15 April
1932. He married Helen Woolum on 20 February 1873.
e. Richard Warren, born 2 October 1855 and died on 2
February 1932. He first married to Martha Woolum, sister of his
brother Alfreds wife, on 10 September 1879. His second wife was
Phebe Campbell, whom he married on 8 October 1885.
f. Daniel Ellis, born 8 January 1858 and died 27 March
1935. He married on 10 September 1878 to Fannie Rice, sister of
his brother Williams wife.
g. Martha Levina, born 11 May 1860 and died 4 May 1931.
She married James Sharp on 21 March 1880.
h. Anderson McClelland, born 11 January 1863 and died 2
March 1944. He married Ellen Yates 1 December 1881.
i. Dolly Elizabeth, born 28 January 1865. She married to
j. Mary Jane, born 20 October 1867 and died 8 December
1910. She married Isaiah Oliver on 8 December 1886.
k. James Michael, born 2 April 1871. He married 3 times.
He married his first wife, Annie Hixon, on 19 May 1895. His
second wife was Delphi Depriest. The third was Janey Eakman.
12) Ellen, born c. 1836 and married to Joseph Vickers. She died
on 19 August 1895.
a. Cebina, or Sabrina, born 27 December 1858 and died on
19 December 1919. She married James Donley and had ten children.
b. Jacob, born in February 1861. He did not marry.
c. John, born in February of 1864. He never married
either, and died on 24 March 1928.
d. Theodore, born in September 1867 and died on 13 April
1914. He never married.
e. Perly, born 5 February 1871, and may have died a child.
f. Ithmar Boyd, born 20 December 1872. He was married, to
the former Effie Kiser, but they were later divorced! They had
g. Joseph Belldon, born 5 April 1879. He is said to have