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From: Liz Walker <>
Subject: Re: Michael Mueller/Miller
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 23:39:40 -0600
About the religion of Michael Miller-I don't have first hand source
information but here is what the Miller website
Johann Michael Mueller Sr., born 1655, City of Zollikofen (about 10 miles
north of Bern), Canton of Bern, Switzerland. Died 31 January, 1695,
Steinwenden, Germany. Moved to Germany about 1685. He was a member of the
Steinwenden German Reformed church. Married (first wife), Irene Charitas.
Married (second wife), Anna Loysa Regina. Six children. B1 Johann Nicholas
Mueller, B2 Johann Abraham Mueller, B3 Samuel Mueller, B4 Catherine Barbara
Mueller, B5 Eva Catherine Mueller and B6 Johann Michael Mueller, Jr. His
widow, Anna Loysa Regina Mueller, married 29 September, 1695, to Hans Jacob
Stutzman, born 1660, Germany, (his second wife). Son of Hans Jacob Stutzman,
born 1625. One known child. Jacob Stutzman II. Born 1706 Germany, died 1773,
in American Colonies.
Michael Miller (as he will now be called) and his wife Suzanna Agnes
Berchtol, came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Colony, 2 October, 1727, on the
the ship Adventure Galley, with several children and accompanied by Jacob
Berchtol, her brother and Jacob Stutzman, Jr., his step brother. They left
Germany because of their opposition to military conscription's of the times.
There is also another date of arrival which has been found. The second date
is 23 September, 1732, on the "Adventurer". It is thought that perhaps he
returned to his mother country to get settlement of his father's estate and
returned in 1732. No record can be found of the settlement of the estate,
but soon after the date of 1732, Michael and Susanna began to look for land.
He is recorded as paying tax for land in Chester County, Coventry Township,
Pennsylvania, for years 1732-1740. He took out a warrant for 200 acres of
land in 1737 but never obtained a patent for the property.
> From: "Dwayne Wrightsman" <>
> Date: Monday, November 29, 2004 3:25 PM
> Subject: Michael Mueller/Miller (b.c1692)
> MICHAEL MUELLER/MILLER, b.c1692, Progenitor of Brethren Miller Families
> I have a question about the religion of Michael Miller, progenitor of the
> Brethren Miller families, before he arrived in Philadelphia on the Ship
> Adventurer in 1727. It is said by some that he was German Reformed, but I
> cannot locate an actual church record to document this position. Nor can I
> locate church records that any of his German-born children were baptized as
> It is fairly well known that Michael's widowed "mother" married the
> Mennonite Jacob Stutzman (b.c1660) after Michael's father died in c1695.
> This Jacob Stutzman had a son, Jacob Stutzman Jr. (b.1706), who also arrived
> on the Ship Adventurer in 1727. According to Mennonite researcher Richard
> Warren Davis, the Jacob Stutzman on the Adventurer was a Mennonite. This
> Jacob Stutzman (b. 1706) was either a step-brother or a half-brother of
> Michael Miller (b. c1692), depending upon whether Michael was born of his
> father's second wife or his first wife. In c1714, Michael Miller married
> into the Mennonite Bechtel or Berchtold family.
> My question is this: Why is Michael Miller often described as German
> Reformed when the circumstantial evidence points towards his being
> I am speaking only of his life in Germany before emigrating in 1727. In
> this country, his descendants joined up with the German Baptists Brethren.
> Dwayne Wrightsman
> Lee, NH