1788 – 1861
Benjamin Miller was born November 11, 1788 in York County,
Pennsylvania and appears to be the second child born to Johann
Ludwig and Katherine Rothenberger Miller.
Benjamin was first married
to Elizabeth Hibner, on October 28, 1811. Harrietta appears to be
the only child born to this marriage. Elizabeth probably died prior
to 1818 since Benjamin and Sarah Black, the daughter of Alexander Black,
were married on March 14, 1818, as recorded in Book 1 Page 4 of marriages
in Lewis County, Virginia.
Benjamin and Sarah were listed in the
Lewis County, Virginia Census as follows:
1840 Lewis County Census
1 male under 5, 2 males 5-10, 4 males 10-15, 1 male 20-30, 1 male 40-50,
1 female under 5, 2 females 5-10, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 30-40
1850 Upshur County Census:
Benjamin Miller age 62, Sarah Miller age 50, Minter Miller age 17
1860 Upshur County Census:
Benjamin Miller age 73, Sarah Miller age 61
Benjamin and Sarah had 8 children, Lewis, Elizabeth,
Mary, Catherine, Rachel, Sarah, Minter¹.
Benjamin and Sarah appear to either being tenant farmer or
rented land from Henry Jackson as noted in the Will of Henry
Jackson dated November 20, 1848. The Jackson families owned a
large parcel of land stretching from Turkey Run located on the
Buckhannon River to Hacker’s Creek located on the West Fork River,
approximately a distance of 20 miles. Benjamin and Sarah later
moved to Upshur County Virginia either
very near or with son, Minter. This probably occurred when Minter’s
wife Frances died
in 1858/59 leaving him with a small child. Benjamin died on January 1,
1861 and is buried in the Kesling Mills Cemetery. His grave is the oldest
marked grave in the cemetery. There are no further official records of
where Sarah lived until she moves to
Washington in 1869 and was listed living with her son Lewis in the 1870
¹ Minter later in 1871 changes his name to Thomas E. Johnson upon his
arrival in Reno County, Kansas
Lewis Miller Jr.
1796 – 1882
Lewis Miller was born in York, Pennsylvania on May 3, 1796
to Johann Ludwig (Lewis) and Katarina Rothenberger Miller. He grew up in York, the eighth son and
tenth child in his family. As a young boy he was educated in the German Lutheran Parochial School.
He was a very bright and talented young man, absorbing everything around him, which became apparent
in his later sketches and chronicles of life in York. He was apprenticed to his older brother,
John, to learn the trade of carpentry. He grew up under the watchful eye of his parents and older
siblings. At a very young age he was amazing in both sketches and keeping records in his journals.
He completed over 2000 sketches during his lifetime.
Several of his sketch books are in the safe keeping of the York County Historical Society and
Virginia Historical Society at Williamsburg, Virginia.
Your attention is directed to the following Web Site.
One sketch depicts he and his brothers punishing another youth for stealing apples. In the caption
on the page Lewis names his brothers as, Philip Miller, Joseph Miller, Benjamin Miller, John and
little Lewis Miller. He also signed several of his sketches as Lewis jr.
In another sketch was a description of a tragic accident when his brother, David, lost his hand
in an apple press accident on October 13, 1800 from which David died on October 21, 1800. He ends
the chronicle on this sketch writing “Struck with compassion of sad a state”.
He also sketched scenes of the Militia in the second War of the Revolution, The War of 1812.
The sketch is of the 1st Company 113 Regiment of the Pennsylvania Militia under the command of
Captain William Rease consisting of 132 men. He lists the names of every member of the Company
including his brothers, John Miller and Benjamin MIller.
Lewis also made trips to other places in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
His earliest recorded visit to Christianburg, Virginia was in 1831 to visit his brother, Dr.
Joseph Miller. His nephew Rev. Charles A. Miller, a minister in the Christ Lutheran Church was
In 1832 Lewis and George Small left on a tour from York, Pennsylvania to Baltimore, Maryland
through Delaware to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Jersey and onto New York City, traveling
by stage, coach, and then by Steamboat.
On June 25, 1840, accompanied by Alexander Small and Henry Hertzog, he departed on
the Ship Garrick, Captain A.S. Palmer, bounded for Liverpool, England arriving safely
on July 16th.
London, Scotland, Paris, Frankfurt, Damstadt, Heidelberg, and Worms were but a few of the
places Lewis toured while in Europe while making sketches and writing descriptions of
One of his trips was made to observe the newest railroad bridge across the Susquenhanna
River at Wrightsville in October 1868. Written across the bottom of the sketch he states
that he was accompanied by his nephew, Lewis Miller visiting from Pekin, Clark County,
Washington Territory and they were there to make sketches of the bridge. This Lewis Miller
was the son of Benjamin, his brother who had gone west on the Oregon Trail to settle in the
North West Territory.
Lewis left on October 4, 1842 accompanied by Rev. Charles A. Miller his nephew to sketch
and tour New York, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Hoboken, a mile up the Hudson River.
He later made a trip to West Virginia going to Buckhannon where he visited another
Minter Miller, staying from May 6 to May 24, 1869. This was another son of Benjamin his
Lewis spent considerable time in Christianburg, Virginia with relatives. Many of his
sketches of the Christianburg area were drawn in 1856 through 1857.
He also lived the last twenty years of his life in Christianburg where he died in 1882 at
the age of 86. He is buried in the Craig Cemetery in Christianburg, Virginia.
Lewis never married but appears to have lived a long and fruitful life.
Sketches of Lewis Miller
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