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From: "Vivian Markley" <>
Subject: RE: [BRE] Re: Elder Jacob Miller
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2005 00:02:18 -0500
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I do have a little more info on Dr Peter Smith. Dr Smith always lived just
north of Donnelsville and was definitely a devout Baptist. I am not sure
where the date came from but his original land purchase was 1804 and he was
already living at Duck Creek. Land records can be confusing as these
counties have changed names a good bit.

"In the maternal line the subject of this sketch derives his descent from
the Rev. Peter Smith, who was born in Wales in 1753, and in early life came
to America, settling in New Jersey, where he married Catherine Stout, whence
he afterward removed to Georgia. In one of these states his son Samuel,
grandfather of our subject, was born. Peter Smith practiced medicine and
preached the Gospel, leaving his Southern home on account of his dislike to
the institution of slavery. Turning his footsteps northward he located in
Kentucky, the removal being made with pack horses. Mrs. Smith had three
small children, the youngest of whom she carried in her arms, the others
(twins) traveling in baskets tied together and placed before her. After
spending a short time in Kentucky they came into the Northwest Territory, in
1794-95, locating in Hamilton County. The records of the old Baptist Church
at Duck Creek, Columbia Station, near Cincinnati, show that the Rev. Peter
Smith and his wife Catherine united with that church by letter in 1795, and
that the husband was ordained minister in 1801. In an account of the
Centennial Celebration held June 21, 1890, of this the first Baptist Church
in the Northwest Territory, the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette says, "In
1801, under Elder Peter Smith's preaching, a great revival came, and in a
few months over one hundred and fifty members were added to the church". In
1805 they came to Clark County, and near the present site of Donnelsville
bought nine hundred and sixty acres of land, which Mr. Smith afterward
divided among his children. He was one of the early ministers of the county,
and at his home, where religious meetings were frequently held, he organized
a society of Christian believers. There he died in 1816, his remains being
buried on his own farm, the place afterward becoming Donnelsville Cemetery."
The last line is incorrect, the Donnelsville Cemetery is across the road. The dates are correct on the
land deeds because that was how I first discoved Dr. Smith, he was the first
'white man' to own live on this land.

Peter Smith's daughter Joanna Smith, granddaughter of Peter married John
Miller son of Frederick Miller of from Augusta Va. Somehow I have escaped
Miller in my lines so I know there are others who will know a lot more than
I. Both being men of the Gospel, I would say most likely southern Ohio and
since Smith was here from 1795 forward, the timespan was much greater for
their paths to cross.

In everything I have read, he seems to have passed through the Carolinas
rather quickly and settled in Georgia, but have not seen a lot of facts. He
traveled constantly, even making trips back to New Jersey to tend a sick
friend. His father Hezekiah was a doctor in Massachuttes.


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Sent: Saturday, December 17, 2005 9:36 PM
Subject: [BRE] Re: Elder Jacob Miller

In a message dated 12/15/2005 8:03:59 PM Pacific Standard Time,
Thank you so much for posting this. How interesting, especially given that
we don't have an anecdote for Rabies even yet today, except the shots. I
wonder what the root was.

Does anyone know which Jacob Miller this was? The one most likely based on
age would be the one who married Elizabeth Metzger and Catherine Zimmerman.
Was he a preacher?
Roberta, Vivian and others,
The Jacob Miller referred to by Dr. Peter Smith could only have been
Elder Jacob Miller of what is now Franklin county, Pennsylvania, later of
county, Virginia, later possibly of Kentucky[for a short period], before
finally settling in what is today Jefferson township, Montgomery county,
where he died in 1815.
What intrigues me as a journeyman researcher into the early German
Baptist settlers of the Miami Valley of Ohio, is the reference to Elder
Jacob having
been somewhat interested in herbal remedies. Is this a reference to the
"non-Annual Meeting Brethren" thought processes, or could it be just a
reference to the standards of the day whereby each household held to what
would be today "folk-remedies"? I would have to assume that it was the
latter of
the two.
It is interesting to note that though Peter Smith is reported to have
entered land in Clark county, Ohio in 1813 this is shortly before the death
Elder Jacob Miller in 1815. Did they know each other prior to 1813? I could
see Dr. Smith having heard of Elder Miller while living way up in Clark
and making a trip through the wilds of the wilderness to where Elder Miller
lived. There is something more to this than meets the eye. Does Dr. Peter
perhaps have a travel itinerary from the lower Sheneandoah Valley or North
Carolina where perhaps he met Elder Miller. Or did Dr. Smith at one time
nearer to Elder Miller in southwestern Montgomery county, Ohio?
I would be interested in this as I am still looking for the ancestors of
my David S. Smith of the Old German Church in western German township,
Montgomery county. All that is known is that he hails from North Carolina
and was
born in 1804. As an attendeee, presumably, at the Old German, or more
the Old Dutch, he would have known, and perhaps attended church, with
Arnold who would later become Elder at the Wolf Creek church.
For those of you who may perhaps descend from Elder Christian Arnold
recent research has shown that he is indeed the same Chrisitan Arnold who
was a
Justice of the Peace in western German township of the aforementined county.
detailed examination of the marriages performed by JP Christian Arnold and
Elder Christian Arnold demonstrates the approximate year in which Christian
changed his allegiance from the possible denomination of Mennonite or
religion held at the Old Dutch to that of the German Baptists. A study of
available land records is also helpful in this.

Wayne Webb
Brethren Roots Newsletter Editor
Fellowship of Brethren Genealogists: Homepage
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Montgomery County, Ohio Research Services

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