An American Family History


The Miller Families


Peter Miller, Sr., was born in Germany.

He married Elizabeth Boone. Elizabeth was the daughter of Johann Diel Bohne.

Peter served in the Revolution in Pennsylvania.

The family migrated from Pennsylvania through Virginia into North Carolina (later Tennessee).

Peter was an elder in the Hebron German Baptist Church on Knob Creek.

Their children included:
Jacob Miller (1779, married Elizabeth Range)
James Miller,
Peter Miller (1792) and
Mary Miller Reeves.


Jacob Miller (1779) married Elizabeth Range:

Mary M. Miller DeWald (1799)
Peter Range Miller (1800)
Abraham Elias Miller (1802)
Catherine Miller Zimmerman (1804)
Jacob Miller (1807, married Hannah Broyles)
Elizabeth Miller Bowman (1809)
Eliza Miller (1811)
Matilda Miller (1813)
John Range Miller (1815)
Chelnissa Miller (1817)


The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.

John Miller married Lydia Royston. He was the son of John Miller and Elizabeth Hicks.

Lydia was the daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Royston of Baltimore County, Maryland

In 1774, a John Miller was in Looney's Company.

The Miller family came to Sullivan County around 1776 from Pennsylvania. The John Miller-Adam Sell house was built in 1788 on Knob Creek in Washington County, Tennessee.

John Miller (1775, married Sarah Pignon, Pigmon),
daughter who married Abraham William Sampson
Catherine Miller (1784, Nathan Webb),
Richard Miller (1785, married Catherine Mottern daughter of John Nicholas Mottern),
Thomas Miller (1788, married Jemima Hicks),
Sarah Miller (1792) married John Wassom)
Daniel Miller (1798, married Mary), and
Mary Miller (married Jacob Hicks).

John Miller signed the 1777 petition of men living on the north Holston River complaining about the division of Fincastle County. They felt the line was not equitable and the court house was too far away.

In 1814 John Miller was a member of the Carter County court which decided to buy salt to resell with the state lottery proceeds.

Sullivan County is in far northeast corner of Tennessee between North Carolina and Virginia and was originally part of those states. It was formed in 1779 when it was divided from Washington County.

Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.


John Miller married Sarah Pignon.

James W. Miller (1813) married Mary Jane Massengill.






from Tennessee Records: Bible Records and Marriage Bonds by Jeannette Tillotson Acklen

The Jacob Miller above was the son of Peter and Elizabeth Boone Miller who were early settlers in East Tennessee. His wife Elizabeth Range, was a daughter of Peter and Susan Range, also early settlers in Washington County. Peter Miller, Sr., and Elizabeth Boone Miller had
Jacob Miller born 1779
James Miller;
Peter Miller, born 1792; and in War of 1812;
and Mary Miller, married a Reeves.

Peter Miller, Sr., was born in Germany, and after coming to Tennessee he was an elder in the Old Hebron German Baptist Church on Knob creek, Washington County, Tennesse. The Miller (Mueller) family migrated from Pennsylvania down through Virginia into North Carolina (later Tennessee). Peter Miller, Sr., is buried at his old home between Johnson City and Jonesboro, close by where now runs the Southern Railway (a flag stop called Miller's Switch). Peter Miller, Sr. served in the Revolution in Pennsylvania.


Ann Miller
Date: March 3, 1795
Source: Washington County Court Records
Executors - Robert Maclin, James Carmichael
Witnesses - Ham Campbell, Mary Campbell

Notes: Also mentions Ann Hunter - 2/3 of estate, Margaret Leach - remainder of estate.


Peter Miller
Date: November 15, 1801
Source: Washington County Court Records
Wife - Mary Children - Jacob, Margaret, Barbara, Mary, Elizabeth
Executor - Michael Broyles, Sr.
Witnesses - F. Earnest, Elizabeth Broyles, Michael Broyles


Benjamin Royston's parents were John Royston and Mary Barrett. Mary later married Henry Cross. Benjamin Royston came to Sullivan County before 1788, purchasing land adjacent to John Miller at Indian Creek where he operated a ferry.

Sullivan Co., TN, DB 3, p. 290: Benjamin Royston to Heirs of Benjamin Royston
Transcribed by Robert Keyes
Feb 26, 2005
Source: LDS FHL film #972706

Know All Men by these presents that I Benjamin Royston Senr of Sullivan County and State of Tennessee for and in Consideration of the Natural Love and affection which I have for my children herein after named and for other good causes me thereunto moving I the said Benjamin Royston have granted & made over in gift and by these presents
do grant and make over in gift unto my children the tract of land whereon I now live Situate lying and being on holston River in Sullivan County afforesaid and the under mentioned Negroes in maner following that is to say to my son Joshua Royston one hundred acres of the said Tract of Land next to adjoining Jacob Boys land and also give unto my son Joshua a negro Boy called Nicholas during the lifetime of the said Nicholas I give unto my son Benjamin Royston two hundred acres part of the said tract being that part whereon I now resid and to contain the Dwelling house outbuilding orchard & spring and I give unto the said Benjamin a Negro woman caled Jan during the natural life of the said Jan I give unto my Daughter Sarah Royston fifty acres of land Next adjoining my said son Benjamins part Lower down on the River I give unto my daughter Susannah Royston fifty acres part of the said tract next adjoining the said Sarahs tract lower down on the River bounded in part by George Little and oposit Shells Mill I also give unto my said Daughter Susannah a certain Negro girl caled Judy to be the property of the said Susannah during the natural Life of the said Judy all which said peices or parcel of land and the negroes herein before mentioned are to be the property of my said children in maner herein before granted and given from and Immediatly after my death as fully to all intents and purposes as I have heretofore held and Injoyed the same Reserving never the less to myself the power of giving the whole or any part of the
said lands and negroes to my said Children or any of at any time during my life time that I may think fit and also Reserving the off laying off the several pieces or parcels of
land herein before mentioned in any maner I please Which Lotts so laid off by marked lines and boundry such lines and boundries shall be finall and Conclusive in Witness
Whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal the Seventeenth Day of February one thousand Eight hundred
Signed and Seald Benjamin Royston (seal)
In presents off Sullivan County February Session 1800 the Execution of the within deed is acknowledg in open Court by Benjamin Royston Senior party there to Let the same Be Registerd { February 28th Registerd 1800 } Mathew Rhea C.S.C Exd W.A.


Carter County, Tennessee was organized from Washington County on April 9, 1796. Elizabethton is the county seat.


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