Submitted By: Fran Cutrell Rutkovsky
George S. Miller, War of 1812 Pension File
America A. MILLER Widow Pension, Davidson Co., TN,
9 May 1878. America A. MILLER, aged 70 years, a resident of Nashville,
Tenn, widow of George S. MILLER, dec'd. George S. MILLER was a soldier
in the Ky. Vols. commanded by Col. HARRISON (she thinks) in the War of
1812. He volunteered at or near Stanton, Ky in 1812, and she doesn't
remember the discharge date. He was out twice and served both times 6
months. He was about 5 ft. 10 in high, dark hair, blue eyes, sallow
complexion. She married George S. MILLER near the town of Winchester in
the county of Franklin, and State of Tennessee on 14th January 1831 by
Rev. Wm. SIMMONS who was a Minister of the Gospel and her name before
marriage was America A. HILL and that she has not remarried. The
Soldier's first wife Parmelia WADE died in Dec. 1828 at or near
Winchester, Tenn. Claimant was not previously married. Her husband died
at Nashville, Tenn. on 16 Jan. 1865. They resided since the date of his
discharge from the army in Franklin, Rutherford and Davidson Co. Tenn.
A.W. WILLS of Nashville Tenn was her attorney. She thinks her husband
had a Land Warrant. Her residence is 103 Carroll Street, Nashville,
Davidson Co., Tenn. /S/ America A. MILLER. Attest: C.C. OVERMAN; Frank
Witnesses: W.B.H. CLEMENTS aged 68 years, residing
at 176 Fillmore Street in Nashville, Tenn and J.M. MILLER aged 42 years
residing at Cor. Fillmore & Maury Street in Nashville Tenn has known
America A. MILLER for 27 years and 40 years respectively and knew she
was married to George S. MILLER a soldier in Ky Vols. We knew both
parties intimately and often heard the soldier speak of his service in
the War of 1812. /S/ W.B.H. CLEMENTS; J.M. MILLER. 9 May 1878. James T.
BELL Clerk, Davidson Co., Tenn.
Application states George died 16 Jan. 1865.
Davidson Co., Tenn. America A. MILLER aged 70
years, a resident of No 103 Carroll St. Sth [South?] Nashville Tenn and
applicant for Pension under Act of Mch 9, 1878 as widow of George S.
MILLER being duly sworn states as follows, vis reply of letter of Hon.
Commissioner of Pensions dated Feb. 1st & 17th 1879 respectively and
herewith respectfully returned. "I have made every known effort
both by correspondence & by inquirying of those who probably might
know to learn of the name of the Captain under whom my husband served in
the War of 1812 and I have been unable to get the information. I do not
know the number of the Land Warrant that might have been drawn by my
husband nor the name of the attorney that might have prosecuted the
case. I have consulted Hon. Mr. TURNEY of our Supreme Court, Col. A.S.
COLYER and other prominent attorneys who knew my husband well, but they
cannot inform me. In fact as stated in my original application for
pension 'I think my husband drew a Land Warrant'. I do not know
positively that he did. I never heard him say that I recollect of that
he drew a Land Warrant. My husband moved about considerably - as I best
recollect, he lived in Franklin Co., Tenn. near Winchester from 1849 to
1854. In 1854 and 1855 we lived near Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., Tenn.
In Dec. 1855 we moved to Nashville Tenn. My husband continued to live
here with me until his death and I still live here. In further answer
report of letter of Hon Coms dated Feb. 17th 1879, I would state that my
husband was always known by the name of George S. MILLER, it so appears
in the Family record written by himself. The omission of the letter
"S" in those Auditors reports must be an oversight or error. I
cannot otherwise explain it. My husband was a school Teacher and a good
scribe. We were married near Winchester Franklin Co., Tenn. Jan. 17th
1832. I was in error in my original declaration. I gave the date from
memory without reference to the Family record. My husband procured his
marriage license in Franklin Co., Tenn and it appears that all of the
records of the Franklin Co. Court previous to 1838 were destroyed by
fire. We were married by the Rev. Wm. SIMMONS who is long since dead. I
know of but one living person who was present at our wedding. Henry HILL
of Nashville Tenn. I do remember one other, George HOCKERSMITH who last
fall was living in Texas. I have not heard from him since. I am the
custodian of our Family record contained in our Family bible which is
dated Philadelphia Pa. 1856. The following are true copies of extracts
Geo. S. MILLER married the 2nd time on Tuesday Jan.
17 A.D. 1832. Sally Ann MILLER born 31st Oct. 1832. Thos. H. MILLER born
Jany 18th 1834. James M. MILLER born Oct. 7th 1835. Robert F. MILLER
born Sept. 18th 1837. Edward H. MILLER born Jany 25th 1842. Joseph
MILLER born Sept. 18th 1844. All of the above entries are in the
original and genuine handwriting of my late husband. /S/ America A.
MILLER. 1 Mar. 1879. J.R. MCCANN Clerk Davidson County court by G.W.
EASTMAN Dep Clerk (the Clerk being absent)
[note: Frances E. Miller, the youngest daughter
born about 1841, was left off this list by America A. Miller]
Davidson Co., Tenn.: M.C. COTTON aged 50 years and
M.S. MARSHALL aged 69 years both residents of Nashville Tenn. being
sworn: I, M.C. COTTON first met George S. MILLER late of Nashville Tenn
& formerly a Soldier in the War of 1812 in the yr. 1838. I, M.S.
MARSHALL first knew him about the year 1848. From the time of our first
acquaintance with him until his death we knew him intimintely. We did
not live far from him. He was a school Teacher. I, M.S. MARSHALL sent my
children to his school. He died in Nashville Tenn Jan. 16th 1865. We
both remember distinctly of his death and of his burial. We both first
met his wife America A. MILLER now his widow about the same time that we
first made his acquaintance and have known her ever since. We lived near
them. They lived in Davidson Co. Tenn. from the time we first knew them
until his death with the exception of a few years that they lived in
Franklin & Rutherford Counties Tenn returning to Davidson Co., Tenn
where they continued to live until his death as aforesaid and where the
Widow still resides. During our entire acquaintance with them they lived
together as man and wife, were so known and recognized. Since the death
of the husband as aforesaid the widow America A. MILLER has remained in
continuous widowhood. They were highly respected people. We have no
interest in the Claim. /S/ M.C. COTTON; E.S. MARSHALL. 3 Oct.1878. J.R.
MCCANN Clerk, Davidson Co., Tenn.
Winchester, Tenn June 18th 1878. Letter to A.W.
WILLS Esqr. Dear Sir I received yours of 10th inst requesting a marriage
Certificate of George S. MILLER to America A. HILL. We have no marriage
record of an older date than 1838. The records previous to that time
having been destroyed by Fire. Consequently I Cannot furnish you the
desired Certificate. Very Respf. Clem ARLEDGE Clk Per Deputy.
George S. MILLER. Widow America A. MILLER. wid.
Orig. 23,048 Wid. Ctf. 21,333. Service Pvt. Capt. George MURRELL'S Co.,
KY Mil. Pvt. Capt. John L. FINK'S Co., 13th Regt. U.S. Inft. Enl. Sept.
18, 1812. Dis. Oct. 30, 1812. Enl. Sept. 23, 1814, Dis. May 15, 1815.
Bounty 5589-40-50 Cancelled Land Warrants 12031-160-55.
Residence of Soldier 1850 Franklin Co., Tenn, 1855
Rutherford Co., Tenn. Residence of Widow 1878, Nashville, Davidson Co.,
Tenn. Soldier's 1st wife Parmelia WADE. Maiden Name of Widow America A.
HILL. Marriage of Soldier and Widow Jan. 14, 1831, Franklin Co., Tenn.
Death of Soldier Jan. 16, 1865, Nashville, Tenn. Death of Widow About
1882. Soldiers discharge certificate filed in the brief Cancelled B.L.W.
#5,589-40-50 filed in the brief.
Rutherford Co., Tenn. 2 Apr. 1855 personally
appeared George MILLER aged sixty six years, a resident of Rutherford
County in Tenn. who declares he is the identical George MILLER who was a
private in the Company commanded by Captain MURRELL in the Regiment of
Tennessee Mounted Volunteers in the war with Great Britain, he
volunteered in Lincoln County Kentucky September 1812 for three months
and continued three months and was honorably discharged at Slaker/Koker?
Tenn December 1812 that he made application for Bounty land under the
act of September 23, 1849 and received a Land Warrant No 5589 for 40
acres which is herewith returned. He made application for purpose of
obtaining additional Bounty Land. /S/ Geo. MILLER. Witnesses were
William WILSON and J.M. LEATHERMAN residents of Rutherford County Tenn.
James KELLOGH Justice of the Peace. 2 Apr. 1855.
Note from George MURREL Captn. states that George
MILLER served as Private in his company of Mounted Volunteers Commanded
by Majr. Genl. Saml. HOPKINS, in the Months of Sept. & October last
and was legally Mustered and Discharged. 24 Feb. 1813. 53.786
Franklin Co., Tenn. 9 Nov. 1850 personally appeared
George MILLER aged 62 years, a resident of Franklin County Tenn.
declares he is the identical George MILLER who was a private in the
Company commanded by Captain George MURREL in Company of Mounted
Volunteers Commanded by Major General Samuel HOPKINS in a Tour of
Service against the Indians in the North West, that he volunteered in
Lincoln County Kentucky, on or about the 15 of August 1812 for the term
of three months and continued for term of two months and was discharged
at Shaker Town in Kentucky on the last day of October 1812. /S/ Geo.
MILLER. John T. SLATTER, J.P. for Franklin Co., Tenn. William E. TAYLOR
Clerk. 9 Nov. 1850.
Discharge within George MILLER Bounty Land Claim No
18228 Nov. 18/50 George MILLER Ky Vol. Act Sep 28/50. 1812. Land. Hu
Francis Winchester Tenn. 18,228 Nov. 18/50 George MILLER Private. Capt.
MURREL Tenn Mtd Vols. Genl HOPKINS. War 1812 Discharge within. Warrant
5389 Isd. April 29 1851 & Sent to Hu FRANCIS Winchester , Tenn. Vol?
60 Page 52. 1812 Pension Wid 23048. H. FRANCIS (Clms no inc) Sepr 16
53.786} Act Mar. 3 53 18.228} April 9 /53
George MILLER Pvt. Capt. MURREL. Enl Sept. 1812 Dis Decr
1812. Wart. No 12031 is Dec. 8/53. 160 acres Nov 30/55. Vol.m 2 page 35.
James M. AVERET Murfreesboro Tenn.
State of Massachusetts County of Suffolk. I George
MILLER do declare that I was late a private in the company commanded by
Capt. Harry FINK of the 13th Regiment of Infantry that I was enlisted at
Albany N.Y. by officer not remembered about Aug. or Sept. 1814 for the
term of During the War and served faithfully until April or May 1815
when I was Honorably discharged at Sacketts Harbor by Capt. FINK on
account of close of the war and was last paid by unremembered. My
discharge, which duly testified all these particulars, was lost by
losing pocket book containing it in Hudson River on passage from Albany
to New York. /S/ George MILLER. 2 October 1852, William ROGERS, Justice
of the Peace.
[Notes: The document included from the
state of Massachusetts could have been a mistake.
America Ann Hill Miller died in Nashville, TN,