Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - February 18, 2014 - Gabriel Miller

Gabriel Miller was the son of John and Hannah (Smith) Miller, born in Darke County Ohio on June 7, 1829.  John Miller and his family immigrated west toward Fort Wayne Indiana with several other families from Darke County, Ohio.  These families included the James Smith Family, Benjamin Davis Family and the Thomas Overly Family.  Eventually these four families and their adult children settled near Nine Mile Indiana where they were instrumental in founding a church which still exist today. It is the Nine Mile United Methodist Church. Gabriel and his wife Anna (Hannah) were among the founding members of this church in 1853. In the same year they had their first daughter named Belle but according to the 1860 Federal Census their second daughter Catherine is born in Iowa in 1857. So they obviously continued their journey west to Iowa. They settled in the township of Hamilton, the county of Webster in Homer, Iowa according to the 1860 Federal Census. By 1870 they had moved to Knoxville, Iowa where they remained the rest of their lives. Gabriel was a carpenter. Gabriel died on February 21, 1918 and was buried in Gracelawn Cemetery in Knoxville, Iowa.

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