Henry Powell Miller

Retyped from Beers "History of Greene County" by Annette Campbell



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Henry Powell Miller married Lydia, daughter of Jesse Miller, March 2nd 1842. Their children are: Valentine J., born September 13th 1843; James K., born June 29th 1845; Margaret P., born May 28th 1847, died November 16th 1860; Abby Ann, born November 26 1855, died October 18th 1860; Annie S., born December 27th 1861; Abbie, born April 4th 1864; and Jessie, born October 21st 1869.
 
Mr. Miller lives on the homestead of his grandfather, but the original log house is replaced by one more elegant and convenient. Mr. Miller is a member of the democratic party, and has filled the offices of town clerk and superintendent of schools. His extensive farm shows thrift and a comfortable independence. When his grandfather, Jonathan Miller, came to this county, December 15th 1791, he purchased of Isaac D. Verplanck a tract of land containing 67 3/4 acres.  It is described in the deed as "situated in the west corner of Lot 1, in the 10th allotment of Coeyman's Patent, bounded on the north by the north line of the lot, and on the south by the Diep Kill or Houghtaling Patent."  Near the east end of this tract he located his log house, which stood on the south side of the road near the Diep Kill, and a little southeast of the present family burying ground. A few years later, a young man rode up to the house one day, and requested permission to hold a religious meeting. The young man was in after years well known as Rev. Jasper Hazen. The meeting was held in the barn, and this was the origin of the Christian church, to which all the Miller family are warmly attached. Jesse Miller and his wife were active workers in establishing the church at Medway.

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