An American Family History

The Miller Family


Brockville, Ontario was called Elizabethtown. The area was first settled by English speakers in 1785, when Americans who had remained loyal to the crown fled to Canada after the American Revolution.

  James, Hugh, John, Robert and Samuel appeared on the census lists of Yonge Township, Leeds County Ontario in the 1840s.  

1797 census of Elizabethtown

Henry and Sarah
James and Eleanor


Henry Miller was born about 1775 in Prussia.

Henry and his brother, Samuel, were taken prisoner of war by General Washington at Christmas, 1776. Samuel died later in December.
1780, and Henrich went out to work with a Lancaster
farmer by the name of William Bowman, Esq.

He married Sally Robbins in Leeds County, Ontario. The ceremony was performed by Colonel David Breakenridge.

Their son Samuel was born in Elizabethtown (now Brockville), Leeds County, Ontario on January 11, 1797.

Henry was listed in the 1805 assessment of Yonge.

The united counties of Leeds and Grenville are in southern Ontario, Canada on the border with the United States.The county seat is Brockville.

Samuel Miller and Melita Hays married in 1819.

Samuel Miller was born in Elizabethtown (now Brockville) on January 11th, 1797. He was the son of Henry Miller and Sally Robbins.

He was a volunteer in the War of 1812 and served in Prescott and Kingston.

Melita Hays was born in 1802 in New York. She was the daughter of Asahel Hays and Anna Clausen.

Samuel and Melita's children included:
Annis Miller (1820, married John Thompson),
Matilda Miller (1824, married William Purvis),
Martha Miller (1826, married John Huntley),
Henry K. Miller (1828, married Rosina Deborah Bennett),
Samuel Miller, Jr. (1830),
Melita Miller (1832, married John J. Dickey),
John Classon Miller (1836, married Adalaide Augusta Chamberlain), and
and Sarah Miller (1838)

They adopted or fostered:
Zelina Wickware (1844),
Alphema J. Wickware Mallory (1845)

Zelina and Alphema were the daughters of Alpheus Wickware and Florentine Lapoint.

Michael James Connolly (1847), and
and Maria Connolly Dwinnell (1848).

At the time of the 1833 census Samuel Miller's household consisted of: 2 men, 2 boys, 1 woman and 4 girls.

Michael and Maria were the children of Christopher Connolly and Anne Jane Byrne.

Melita died on February 10, 1881 and Samuel died on October 21, 1882.

The Battle of the Windmill was in November, 1838. Loyalists defeated an invasion attempt by Hunter Patriots, led by  Nils von Schoultz, who were attempting to overthrow British rule. The battle was at a windmill two miles east of Prescott.


Yonge Mills, Ontario was in Front of Yonge Township near Brockville. It is north east of Kingston and north of Watertown, New York. It is now a ghost town. In the mid 19th century, Yonge Mills, was a busy and prosperous village with a population of about 175. It had a sawmill and a fulling mill. There were hotels with taverns and a general store. The village also included two blacksmiths and a church.

In the War of 1812 (1812-1815) the United States declared war on England because of trade restrictions, impressment, and British support for Indian attacks. They signed the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814 after reaching a stalemate.




The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.

Henry Miller was born in Prussia Proper, and as a soldier was sent to America during the revolution, by the Prince of Hesse Cassel. At the close of the war, he removed to Canada, settling in Elizabethtown [now Brockville], where he married Sally Robbins, the ceremony being performed by Colonel Breakenridge, then widely known as the Duke of Leeds.

Samuel Miller was born in Elizabethtown [now Brockville], January 11th, 1797. In 1798, he moved to the Township of Yonge, where he has since resided. He was a volunteer in the War of 1812-15, serving at Prescott and Kingston.

He married in 1819, Melita Hayes, by whom he had the following children:
Samuel, Jr.,
Anise, who married John Thompson;
Melita, who married John Dickey;
Martha, who married John Huntley;
Matilda, who married William Purvis;
and Sarah, unmarried.


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