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Thomas Miller (1650) / Isabel (unknown surname) Miller

Name: Thomas Miller

Birth: November 7, 1609, England, perhaps in Birmingham, England (Coe-Ward Memorial/Coe, 1897), or Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire (Joseph Miller of Newton, Mass./Miller, 1942). Another alternative is a birth date of October 1609, Ashford, Kent, England (F.F. Starr Research, MCHS).

Emigration: To Rowley, Mass. by 1643; to Middletown about 1651. (Rowley, Mass. Town Records)

Death: August 14, 1680, Middletown, Conn.(MVR, BCVR)

Occupation & Public Service: Carpenter, grist mill operator. “At the annual town meeting of that year (1652) he was appointed Surveyor of Highways and later Townsman.”(FFS)

Marriage: m.(1) Isabel (Unknown Surname) Miller, about 1633, England (perhaps Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire) (b. about 1607, England; d. before May 9, 1666, Middletown, Conn.; m.(2) Sarah Nettleton, June 6, 1666, Middletown, Conn. (b. about 1644, Branford, Conn.; d. March 20, 1727, Middletown, Conn.)(MVR, BCVR) (See in-depth profile in Member Area for details of the death of his 1st wife, the birth of his child with his young household servant, the court & church trials, and his eventual marriage to 2nd wife Sarah Nettleton.)

Children: 1 child b. 1633 with 1st wife Isabel; 8 children with 2nd wife Sarah Nettleton between 1666-1681.(MVR, BCVR) (See in-depth profile in Member Area for details.)


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The First Meeting House, Middletown, Conn. The engraving below by W.C. Butler was a fanciful illustration for David Field's Centennial Address published in 1853. In 1939 the image was used on the title page of The Log Cabin Myth by Harold R. Shurtleff. Surrounding the engraving are signatures of some of the first settlers as found on wills and deeds by Charles C. Adams in preparation of Middletown Upper Houses (1908).