An American Family History


Jacob Miller

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.

Jacob Miller was born about 1779 in Virginia. He was the son of Peter Miller and Elizabeth Boone.

He married Elizabeth Range. Elizabeth was the daughter of Peter Range.

Mary M. Miller (1799, married Daniel Devault),
Peter Range Miller (1800),
Abraham Elias Miller (1802, married Elizabeth Bacon),
Catherine Miller (1804, married Daniel Zimmerman),
Jacob Miller (1807, married Hannah Broyles),
Elizabeth Miller (1809, married Daniel Bowman, son of Jacob Bowman),
Eliza Miller (1811, married John Bowman, son of Jacob Bowman),
Matilda Miller (1813, married John Campbell),
John Range Miller (1815, married Elizabeth Clark), and
Chelnissa Miller (1817, married Washington Fain Reser).

Elizabeth died in 1843.

Jacob died in 1858 in Washington County, Tennessee.







from A Stitch in Time: The Needlework of Aging Women in Antebellum America by Aimee E. Newell

Dowry items (such as textiles, silver, and furniture) whether functional or decorative, often retained the mark of the woman's maiden, or birth name. ...

Elizabeth Range Miller (1777-1743) bequeathed a set of household itmes to her granddaughter, which may have become part of the girl's dowry. Elizabeth Range was born in 1777 in Berkeley, Virginia. In 1798 she married Jacob Miller (1779-1858) in Washington, Tennessee.

The couple had nine children. Mary Devault (1825-1899) was the oldest daughter, [of] Mary Miller (1799-1859), who had married Daniel Devault (or DeWald) (1800-1886) in 1825. In her will Elizabeth left her "granddaughter who now lives with [her] Mary Devault," her "Side Board, Desk, One half of [her] kitchen Furniture or kitchen utensils, one feather and one straw bed, bed stead, and well furnished with suitable bed clothing for same, also [her] quilted quilt of the pattern known and called 'Rose of Sharon.'" To outsiders these items demonstrated the family's full web of kin relationships. For the bride, they allowed her to remember her birth family's history and to preserve her personal identity.

A Dower is a provision for a wife's support should her husband die before her. Her dower right was the use of ⅓ of her husband's estate. The dower was settled on the bride at the time of the wedding. A drowry was the property a bride brought to her marriage.

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