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William MILLER

William MILLER

Male Abt 1688 - 1768  (~ 80 years)

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  • Name William MILLER  [1, 2
    Born Abt 1688  [2
    Gender Male 
    Will 14 Sep 1768  Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • His will was proved on 21 September 1768, and filed 28 August 1769

      In the Name of God amen the fourteenth day of September one thousand seven hundred and sixty eight I William Miller of Morris town yeoman Being sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to god therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, Do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recomend my soul into the hands of god that gave it and my body I recomend to the earth to be burried in decent and Christian burial at the discretion of my executors-
      Nothing doubting but at the general resurection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of god and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased god to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of in the following manner and form and first that my lawful debts be payed-

      ______ I give and bequeth to my dearly beloved wife Magra seventeen acres of land lying and being in Somerset County adjoining land of Abraham Suthards and lands of Elisha Ayers and so down the brook alongst the plantation I now live on as long as her natural life and next I give and bequeth to my son William the plantation he now lives on to him and his heirs forever it lying and being in a place commonly known by the name of the Clove in York government it containing one hundred and fifty three acres and next I give and bequeth to my son Henry Miller the plantation he now lives on containing one hundred and fifty acres to him and his heirs forever it also lying and being in that place called the Clove in York government and next I give and bequeth to my son John Miller that plantation he now liveth on containing one hundred and fifty acres it also lying and being in a place called the Clove in York government to him and his heirs forever and next I give and bequeth to my son Garret Miller that plantation he now lives on containing one hundred and fifty acres it also lying and being in the Clove in York government to him and his heirs forever and next I give and bequeth to my daughter Sarah fifty acres of land lying and being also in the Clove in York government to her and her heirs for ever all of the above lands purchased of William Earle of Stirling as by a deed will appear refference thereunto being had and next I give and bequeth to my daughter Lisha Ferver the sume of one hundred pounds current and lawful money of New Jersey at eight shills the ounce to be levied out of my estate to be paid one year after my decese by my executor and next I give and bequeth to my daughters Elizabeth and Kattrien the plantation I now live on to be equally divided between them together with the seventy acres that is adjoining this place to them and their heirs for ever It is also my will that my loving wife live on this place as long as she lives and take care of the place and not to wast or destroy the place I also give to my loving wife all the movables on the plantation whom I likewise constitute make and ordain my sole executriux of this my last will and testament one I hearby utterly disallow revoke and disanull all and every other former testaments wills legacys and bequeths and... [unable to decipher last line]

      Signed sealed published pronounced his
      And declared by the said William William X Miller
      Miller as his last will and testament mark
      In the presence of us the subscribers

      Amariah Sutton
      Blackert Whitneck
      Paultus Miller

      William mentioned in his will that the land in "the Clove" in New York that he was giving each of his four sons (153 acres for William, 150 acres each for Garrett, John, and Henry; and 50 acres for daughter Sarah) was purchased from William the Earl of Stirling. I found a (very poor) Xerox copy of the original 1765 land purchase agreement between William Miller and Lord Stirling in the vertical file at the Orange County Genealogical Society Research Room in Goshen, New York. William purchased lots 6, 33, 54, 46 and one-third of lot 75 of the "Cheesecocks Patent."

      William paid 975 pounds in New Jersey proclamation money for the land. That is roughly the equivalent to $203,000 in today's money. So William seems to have been a prosperous farmer.

      His four sons then moved to farm the land William Purchased in Orange County about 1765. William remained in New Jersey. The area the Miller brothers settled in was known popularly as "Smith's Clove" or often "The Clove" (Clove is an old Anglo-Saxon word meaning valley). In the late 1700s it became part of New Cornwall, The area was renamed "Monroe" in the early 1800s in honor of President Monroe and to avoid confusion with the town of Cornwall a few miles away. Henry died in 1769, and Garrett died in 1777, however John and William seem to have continued to live in New Cornwall for some time. Both William and John are mentioned as among the founding members of the first Presbyterian Church of Cheesecocks/New Cornwall/ Monroe.
    William Miller Will.jpg
    William Miller Will.jpg
    Died 17 Sep 1768  Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Probate 20 Sep 1768  Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Inventory of Estate 
    • The inventory of William Miller's personal estate on 20 September 1768, three days after his death, offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of a prosperous New Jersey farmer in the period just before the American Revolution.

      We know from other documents that William owned 200 acres of land in Morris County, New Jersey as well as 17 acres in adjacent Somerset County.

      Like many in eighteenth century America William had relatively little cash, only 36 pounds of cash on hand at the time of his death. Three years before his death William had paid 975 pounds for 650 acres of land in the Cheesecocks Patent in what is today Orange County, New York. The source of that cash is unknown.

      The most valuable item (valued at 80 pounds) in William's estate was "1 negro man named Tom." Many farmers in New Jersey owned one or more slaves in this period. Restrictions were placed on ownership and importation of slaves beginning in the early 1800s, but slavery was not abolished in New Jersey until 1846.

      William's estate contained the usual livestock you would expect to find on a colonial farm:

      9 swine
      2 horses
      1 yoke of oxen
      1 bull
      4 yearlings
      3 calves
      36 sheep
      8 hives with bees

      There are several items that I was unable to decipher. I believe that one of the undecipherable items probably lists one or more milk cows. His estate did contain 4 pails, a churn and 14 cheeses.

      Commodities on hand, in storage, or in the field included:

      200 feet of gum boards
      Indian corn in the field
      4 bushels of buckwheat plus buckwheat in the field
      Oats in the barn
      Flax in the barn
      12 bushels of wheat plus approximately 100 bushels of wheat "in the barrack and stack"
      10 bushels of rye plus some rye "in the stack"
      20 loads of hay

      Cloth, cloth making equipment, and supplies included:

      15 __?__ of woolen yarn
      Great wheel (for spinning yarn)
      Loom
      Hatchel (tool used in making of linen out of flax)
      35 yards of linen

      Farm implements and tools:

      Plows
      Harrows
      Chisels
      Augers
      Horse cart
      Sleigh
      Saw
      Axes
      Rifle
      Side saddle

      Household items:

      Whitening pot«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab» 1 pair hand irons
      2 sad irons«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»tongs
      Wash tub«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»shovel
      Lye tub«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»chest of drawers«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»
      Wearing apparel«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»tea cups
      3 cupboards«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»2 chests
      Brass kettle«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»3 coverlids
      Iron kettle«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»7 blankets
      2 pots«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»3 earthen pots
      Small kettle«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»2 tables
      Tea kettle«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»9 chairs
      3 basins«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»3 beds
      3 platters«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»knives
      12 plates«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»forks
      2 pewter pots«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»«tab»spoons
      3 hammocks
      6 barrels
    Inventory of William Miller's Personal Estate-1.jpg
    Inventory of William Miller's Personal Estate-1.jpg
    Inventory of William Miller's Personal Estate-2.jpg
    Inventory of William Miller's Personal Estate-2.jpg
    _UID 9B5F221E0B834539A6837501A8B797E1BCD7 
    Buried Presbyterian Church burial ground, Basking Ridge, Somerset, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Basking Ridge - Burial Place of William Miller.jpg
    Basking Ridge - Burial Place of William Miller.jpg
    William is buried near a large, very old (about 600 years) Oak tree. The historic old oak is just to the right of the church, William is buried just to the right of the tree.
    Person ID I4049  Ryeland Family Tree
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2017 

    Family Magra,   b. Abt 1695,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1712  [2
    Children 
     1. Henry MILLER,   d. Bef 2 Jun 1769, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. William MILLER,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. John MILLER,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Elizabeth MILLER,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Sarah MILLER,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Katrien MILLER,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Lisa MILLER,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +8. Garret MILLER,   b. Abt 1731, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1777, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2014 
    Family ID F1259  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsWill - 14 Sep 1768 - Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Sep 1768 - Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - Inventory of Estate - 20 Sep 1768 - Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Presbyterian Church burial ground, Basking Ridge, Somerset, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    william miller grave.jpg
    william miller grave.jpg

  • Notes 
    • At this time I have not determined the parents of William. Some sources list William's father as a William born in 1594 in England. This is very unlikely as it would make William's father 94 years old when his son was born and his mother 90!

      There is strong evidence that William was of German origins.

      There is some evidence that William may have come to North America by way of Ireland as part of the Palentine immigration of 1709.

      Palentine immigrants to New York in 1710 included Wilhelm Mueller, wife Margaretha, and one child. [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S197] Glen E. Carter Rootsweb Tree, Gencircles.com Glen E. Carter, (URL: Rootsweb.com).

    2. [S165] Dennis Miller.


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