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, married Daniel Bowman),
Eliza Miller Bowman (1811, married John Bowman),
Matilda Miller (1813),
John Range Miller (1815), and
Chelnissa Miller (1817).


The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.
The Holston River flows from Kingsport to Knoxville.
map by Kmusser

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

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),
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 1784, John received a warrant for land in Sullivan County, Tennessee. At that time it was in North Carolina.

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.

Fincastle County, Virginia was created in 1772 from Botetourt County and abolished in 1776. It was divided into Montgomery, Washington and Kentucky Counties.


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.

Johnson City, Tennessee is in Washington, Carter and Sullivan Counties. It was known as Brush Creek for the Creek than runs through it.


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

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