HENRY MILLER
REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIER
1759 Ė 1846


 
 
There are 20 Revolutionary War Soldiers buried in Tippecanoe County. The Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution honor one of these men every May with a graveside memorial service. It is truly remarkable that there are so many here when one considers that they probably walked here from as far away as New England, New Jersey, Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina. Most of them were in their 70ís and 80ís when they came and that this region was a forested wilderness at that time.

One such man was Henry Miller. Henry was born December 6, 1759 in Augusta County Virginia. Henry was of German decent and his father is no known at this point. There is speculation by the family that William was the father and others have noted Ernest Miller as the father. He courted Sarah Pearcy of English decent, who was born September 13, 1763 in Virginia and they were married on December 4, 1780 in Bedford County, Virginia.

Prior to his marriage to Sarah, Henry saw service as a Private, from March 1776 to July 1776, while enrolled in Captain Henry Burfordís Company, under Colonel William Christe, fighting against the Cherokee Indians.

From February 18, 1778 he was in Captain Jacob Ellis and Robertís Company, under Colonel William Davis Virginia Regiment. He and the Company marched to Monmouth, New Jersey and later on to West Point, and into winter quarters near Bound Brook, New Jersey. Henry was discharged from service February 20, 1779.
Prior to his final service in the cause of Freedom, Henry and Sarah were married, and then he was off to serve his country again. He served under Captain David Beardís Company, in Colonal Lynchís Regiment. They fought in the battle of the Guilford Court House in 1781.

Henry and Sarah had two children born in Virginia, Nancy who was born February 8, 1782 and Jacob born Jan16th 1783. Henry and Sarah then moved to Anderson County Kentucky where 11 more children were born.  They are Kathrine born January 7 1785, John born 8 May 1787, George born 5 December 1789, Mary Polly born 19 December 1791, William born 23 January 1794, James born 19 February 1796, Elizabeth born 16 July 1798, Patsy born 7 March 1801, Henry born 5 December 1802, Sally 1 May 1805, and Andrew born 26 January 1808. Henry and Sarah come to Tippecanoe County in 1829. They lived in Perry Township. Henry served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

The oldest daughter Nancy married into the Robinson family in Kentucky and she moved to Indiana with her family in 1829 and purchased timberland in Tippecanoe and Clinton Counties. A child moving to a new territory was often why the parents moved also. Henry was 70 when they moved to Indiana and his children had married in Kentucky and most lived there. He had a grandson Andrew J Miller who died also in Tippecanoe County in 1832.

Henry applied for a pension as a Revolutionary Patriot and he received it, #S16481. Henry was a farmer.  Sarah departed this world on February 1, 1838 having attained the age of 74 years, 4 months and 21 days.  Henry died at age 87 on January 18, 1846.  Both Sarah and Henry are buried at the Oxford Church Cemetery in Perry Township, Tippecanoe County.

Source of Material was from The DAR Application and research at the DAR Library in Washington DC and the Tippecanoe County Genealogy Library and a visit to the Cemetery to take pictures of the graves. The Author of this article did the research. General De Lafayette Chapter DAR and the William Henry Harrison Chapter of the SAR placed a SAR marker on the grave.

Researched and Written by Peggy Reen

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