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James Miller
1753 1828

                                                                               James Miller was born in 1753 in Scotland.  James was a weaver from Pailsey, Scotland.  Paisley is the largest town in the historic county of Renfrewshire in west central lowland of Scotland and serves as the administrative center for the Renfrewshire council area.  James and his brother William came to America in Feb. 1774 from Greenock Scotland to New York on the ship Commerce.
The names of James parents are not known today.  Gladys Maly's DAR member  notes tells us that James lives with his father on the Maryland/Pennsylvania border at the beginning of the war.  Hartford County Maryland does connect to Pennsylvania.  James served as a private in the war whose residence was from Hartford County Maryland and he served under Captain Robert Harris and in Colonel Charles Armand's Legion during the Revolutionary War.
He returned home after Cornwallis's surrender and married Mary Martin on 30th October 1781 in Hartford County Maryland.  He then returned to his regiment.  He was discharged sometime later.  He was entitled to bounty land and a pension but did no ask for one.  Mary, his wife, did apply after James died when she was living in Illinois with a daughter.  The family lived in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.

James Miller died on 4 April, 1828 in Randolph Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana.  His burial is unknown today, but his memorial tombstone is at Greenbush Cemetery in Lafayette, Indiana.  His wife Mary lived in Tippecanoe County for a while and then went on to live with her daughter Nancy in Fulton County, Illinois, where she died in 1851 age 100 years.

James left his Will in Tippecanoe County which names some of his children and they are as follows: 

Martha born 1783 Maryland, married to Samuel Holmes
Mary born 1786 Pennsylvania, married to John Cromwell
Margaret born 1787 Pennsylvania, married to Thomas Bull
Nancy born 1797 Kentucky, married to John Knott
Samuel born 1798-1800 Ohio, married Margaretta Scott

Documents used:
DAR applications(#603734) Glady's Elizabeth Lyons Maly
Notes of Glady's Maly
Marriage Record
Pension Records
Immigration records from David Dobson's book "Scotts in Mid Atlantic Colonia 1600-1793"

Wikipedia page showing ships of that period

Written by Peggy Reen DAR PresidentTombstone photo courtesy of Arlan Stavnheim May 10, 2014.

A service to honor Pvt. James Miller was held May 10, 2014 at Greenbush Cemetery.


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