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  • Suffix  1871 
    Birth  28 Feb 1871  Evans, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  26 Mar 1940  Evans, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The Mountaineer (Thursday, March 28, 1940)

      John M. Miller Dies Tuesday

      While standing in front of the fireplace at his home on Evans, Route 1, about eight oíclock Tuesday morning John M. Miller, 69 year old farmer, slumped to the floor and when members of his family reached him he was dead.

      A heart attack was given as the cause of his death. He was a well known citizen of that section of the county and was also well known in Ripley and vicinity.

      According to an announcement the funeral service was to be held at the Creston Church today (Thursday) at 1:30 oíclock and the Mays Mortuary of Ripley was to have charge.

      Mr. Miller had long been a resident of that community. His wife died four years ago, members of the family said.

      He is survived by the following children. Elsa Miller of Leon, Effa Sayre of Fostoria, Ohio, Otho Miller of Cottageville, Flayo Miller of Evans, Amy Sission of Columbus, Merlia Herdman of Mason County, Dollie Nichols of Columbus, Alta Cossin of Columbus, Lydia Cossin of Columbus, Ohio, Otis Miller of Evans, Alma McCloud of Columbus and Flossie Adkins of Columbus.
    • Elijah Casto, a neighboor, often told the story of standing on his front porch the morning John Miller died. He always told us that as he looked across toward the Miller Place, early the morning of John Miller's death, he saw what seemed to be a glowing light reflecting from The Miller house at about the time of John Miller's death.
    Buried  Creston Cemetery, Mason County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I61  WV Route 87 Family Tree | Decendents John Maranda Miller, Sr
    Last Modified  21 Jun 2015 20:40:22 
     
    Father  John Maranda Miller, 1833, b. 17 Mar 1833, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA  
    Mother  Delila Anderson, b. 21 Oct 1837, Meigs County, Ohio, USA  
    Photos John Maranda MillerJohn Maranda Miller
    John Maranda Miller - My grandfather Otis Miller, his brothers, Odus, and Elza (Ace) bear striking resemblances to this photo. I can not, for a fact, confirm that this is My G G Grandfather John Maranda Miller (1833-1906)
    Family ID  F24  Group Sheet
     
    Family  Elzina Catherine Barr, b. 13 Oct 1871, Mason County, West Virginia, USA   [1
    Married  28 Mar 1890  Mason County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • John M. Miller and Elzina Catherine Barr were married in the bride's home.
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    • United States Census, 1920," John M Miller, , Jackson, West Virginia

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      Name: John M Miller
      Residence: , Jackson, West Virginia
      Estimated Birth Year: 1872
      Age: 48
      Birthplace: West Virginia
      Relationship to Head of Household: Self
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Marital Status: Married
      Father's Birthplace: West Virginia
      Mother's Birthplace: West Virginia
      Film Number: 1821954
      Digital Folder Number: 4392033
      Image Number: 00741
      Sheet Number: 7
      Household Gender Age Birthplace
      SELF John M Miller M 48y West Virginia
      WIFE Elrina Miller F 48y West Virginia
      SON Elza Miller M 28y West Virginia
      SON Flayo Miller M 23y West Virginia
      DAU Dollie Miller F 18y West Virginia
      DAU Alta Miller F 15y West Virginia
      DAU Lida Miller F 13y West Virginia
      SON Odna Miller M 9y West Virginia
      DAU Alma Miller F 9y West Virginia
      DAU Flossie Miller F 4y West Virginia
      Herdman Wall M 23y West Virginia
      DAU Mirla M Wall F 19y West Virginia
      Clarence R Wall M 1y West Virginia
      Source Citation

      "United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MNLS-BG6 : accessed 31 July 2012), John M Miller, , Jackson, West Virginia.
    • Most of the children's names are spelled wrong on this census.


      1900 United States Federal Census
      about John M Miller Jr
      Name: John M Miller Jr
      Home in 1900: Union, Mason, West Virginia
      Age: 29
      Birth Date: Feb 1871
      Birthplace: West Virginia
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relationship to Head of House: Head
      Father's Birthplace: West Virginia
      Mother's Birthplace: West Virginia
      Spouse's name: Elzina
      Marriage Year: 1890
      Marital Status: Married
      Years Married: 10
      Occupation: View on Image
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      Household Members: Name Age
      John M Miller 29
      Elzina Miller 28
      Eliza Miller 9
      Effa Miller 8
      Otto Miller 6
      Tolvo Miller 4
      Annie B Miller 1


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      Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Union, Mason, West Virginia; Roll T623_1765; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 62.
    • This is the correct John Miller the names of the children have been mis-spelled.

      1900 United States Federal Census
      about John M Miller Jr
      Name: John M Miller Jr
      Home in 1900: Union, Mason, West Virginia
      Age: 29
      Birth Date: Feb 1871
      Birthplace: West Virginia
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relationship to Head of House: Head
      Father's Birthplace: West Virginia
      Mother's Birthplace: West Virginia
      Spouse's name: Elzina
      Marriage Year: 1890
      Marital Status: Married
      Years Married: 10
      Occupation: View on Image
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Household Members: Name Age
      John M Miller 29
      Elzina Miller 28
      Eliza Miller 9
      Effa Miller 8
      Otto Miller 6
      Tolvo Miller 4
      Annie B Miller 1


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      Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Union, Mason, West Virginia; Roll T623_1765; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 62.
    Children 
    >1. Elza Miller, b. 2 May 1892, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
    >2. Effie Miller, b. 30 Jul 1892, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
    >3. Otho Miller, b. 17 Dec 1892, Mason County, West Virginia, USA
    >4. Flayo Herbert Miller, b. 13 Sep 1895, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
    >5. Mirla Miller, b. 20 Dec 1900, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
    >6. Dollie Miller, b. 20 Dec 1902, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
    >7. Alta Miller, b. 1904, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
    >8. Lydia Miller, b. 1906, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
    >9. Amy Belle Miller, b. 1908, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
    >10. Otis Miller, b. 1 Jun 1910, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
    >11. Alma Susan Miller, b. 27 Feb 1912, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
    >12. Flossie J. Miller, b. 1916, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA
    Photos Miller - Daughters of John and ElZina Barr MillerMiller - Daughters of John and ElZina Barr Miller
    Front Row (L-R) Dollie Miller Nichols, Mirila Miller Herdman, Amy Miller Sisson, Effa Miller Sayre - Back Row (L-R) Alta Miller Cossin, Lydia Miller-Cossin Alexander, Alma Miller McCloud and Flossie Miller Adkins
    Otis (Odus)MillerOtis (Odus)Miller
    Otis Miller
    Flayo Herbert MillerFlayo Herbert Miller
    Flayo Herbert Miller
    Elza (Ace) MillerElza (Ace) Miller
    Elza (Ace) Miller
    Miller, Donald BoydMiller, Donald Boyd
    Tuff is pictured here with one of his many fox hounds. Fox hunting was a sport enjoyed by a lot of the men on WV Route 87. I can remember hearing the dogs run at night. Each hound had a distinctive bark and could be recognized by the owners of the dogs.
    Rail FenceRail Fence
    An example of the Rail Fences that were built by the John Maranda Miller Family. This fence was located on the "Miller Homestead" on the Jackson Mason Counties Line.
    Miller HomesteadMiller Homestead
    Miller Homestead located on the Jackson and Mason County Line on WV Route 87. One of the fireside stories I remember was about John Maranda Miller and the front porch of this house. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the Gold Recall Act in March of 1933. It was rumored that John Miller decided that he was not going to comply with this recall. It was said that he took a lard bucket, lined it with his paper money making a nest, then added all of his gold pieces to the bucket. Several people saw the bucket so there is some truth to it. (Old family saying "where there is smoke, there is fire). He then took the bucket and buried it. He always told everyone that he could set on the front porch of the old home place and keep an eye on his money. This house, barn and out buildings are gone. The barn was struck by lighting in the mid fifties. This happened on a Thursday night. Most of the community were attending prayer meeting at Longview Chuch. There is nothing like the lights going out in the chuch and seeing a big ball of fire hit the big barn on the opposite hill side to put the fear of God in you. Prayer Meetings were very intense and filled with fire and brim stone. Some saw it has a sign that we should change our ways. In a few days things were back to normal. Albert and Amy Miller Sissons owned the farm at that time.
    West Virginia Route 87West Virginia Route 87
    WV Route 87 about quarter of a mile west of Jackson/Mason County Line. This property has been owned by John Miller(my Great Grandfather) and later by my Uncle Cliff and and Aunt Zina Miller Hughes and their heirs for over a hundred years or longer. Aunt Zina's son lives on the property now.

    At one time there was a saw-mill and a threshing machine located on the property.

    This property is often referred to as Gobblers Knob. This was a name my Uncle Samuel Miller gave it when he lived on the property in the sixties and seventies.
    On the back side of the property behind the barn was the pond John Miller II used to run his steam treshing machine. The the threshing machine is now located at the Farm Musem in Point Pleasant, WV.
    The drive way to the property has changed and the old log house was burned to the ground but my memories of the place linger on.
    Garnet Marceline Miller Herdman and Dollie Miller NicholsGarnet Marceline Miller Herdman and Dollie Miller Nichols
    John M Miller - ElZina Barr MillerJohn M Miller - ElZina Barr Miller
    John M. Miller John M, Miller and ElZina Catherine Barr Miller lived in the family homestead at WV Route 87, Evans W.Va. with there 13 children, one of which died in infancy. John had many farms and was a cattle breeder. He also had one of the first Thrashing Machines and Saw Mills in Jackson County W.Va. John sold the Stearn Engine used to power them to the man that donated it to the Farm Museum in Pt. Pleasant W.Va. where it is on display, John and his sons built split tail fences (shown in another photo on Artís List) to surround the fields of the farm, ElZina was a midwife(midwife licence in another photo on Artís List) and delivered many of the babies born in Jackson County at the time.

    Documents Marriage Certificate  - John M. Miller and Elzina Catherine BarrMarriage Certificate - John M. Miller and Elzina Catherine Barr
    John M. Miller and ElZina Catherine Barr
    Histories Murder of Benjamin Anderson
    Account of the Murder of Benjamin Anderson

    There have been many questions and few answers over the murder of Benjamin Anderson by John M. Miller. The only account I can give was stories told by the fireside. I have posted as a separate file what was in the newspaper at the time (which was posted on RootsWeb.com in Oct 2006. I am going to give you my account of what happened on that fateful day. There was a flash flood on Cow Run.
    I can speak from experience about the flash floods on Cow Run. That stream could be as smooth and tranquil as a summer day; but a hard fast ran would send the creek out of banks taking with it every thing in it's path. That is what happened so I was told about the rail fence. A flash flood had come down Cow Run and washed the rail fence from John Miller's property to Ben Anderson's property. John and his wife Elzina Barr Miller drove their team and wagon down Cow Run to reclaim their rail fence. Ben Anderson lived on the other side of Cow Run where the rail fence had landed after the flood. Each man was armed. Both claimed the fence. An disagreement took place about the ownership of the fence. According to the stories I was told John Miller shot Ben Anderson in self-defense. In the end charges against John Miller were dropped in Jackson County Circuit Court.
    Last Modified  31 Jul 2012 14:06:52 
    Family ID  F23  Group Sheet
     
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 28 Feb 1871 - Evans, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Mar 1890 - Mason County, West Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Mar 1940 - Evans, Jackson County, West Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Creston Cemetery, Mason County, West Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos John M Miller - ElZina Barr MillerJohn M Miller - ElZina Barr Miller
    John M. Miller John M, Miller and ElZina Catherine Barr Miller lived in the family homestead at WV Route 87, Evans W.Va. with there 13 children, one of which died in infancy. John had many farms and was a cattle breeder. He also had one of the first Thrashing Machines and Saw Mills in Jackson County W.Va. John sold the Stearn Engine used to power them to the man that donated it to the Farm Museum in Pt. Pleasant W.Va. where it is on display, John and his sons built split tail fences (shown in another photo on Artís List) to surround the fields of the farm, ElZina was a midwife(midwife licence in another photo on Artís List) and delivered many of the babies born in Jackson County at the time.

     
    Documents Birth Record - J. M. MillerBirth Record - J. M. Miller
    John Maranda Miller - I have seen the hand written record of this document, the one we are viewing is a delayed BC. Original record reads same as this one.
     
    Headstones Miller-Barr - Creston CemeteryMiller-Barr - Creston Cemetery
    Status: Located. John M. and ElZina Barr Miller
     
    Histories Murder of Benjamin Anderson
    Account of the Murder of Benjamin Anderson

    There have been many questions and few answers over the murder of Benjamin Anderson by John M. Miller. The only account I can give was stories told by the fireside. I have posted as a separate file what was in the newspaper at the time (which was posted on RootsWeb.com in Oct 2006. I am going to give you my account of what happened on that fateful day. There was a flash flood on Cow Run.
    I can speak from experience about the flash floods on Cow Run. That stream could be as smooth and tranquil as a summer day; but a hard fast ran would send the creek out of banks taking with it every thing in it's path. That is what happened so I was told about the rail fence. A flash flood had come down Cow Run and washed the rail fence from John Miller's property to Ben Anderson's property. John and his wife Elzina Barr Miller drove their team and wagon down Cow Run to reclaim their rail fence. Ben Anderson lived on the other side of Cow Run where the rail fence had landed after the flood. Each man was armed. Both claimed the fence. An disagreement took place about the ownership of the fence. According to the stories I was told John Miller shot Ben Anderson in self-defense. In the end charges against John Miller were dropped in Jackson County Circuit Court.
     
  • Notes 
    • Account of the Murder of Benjamin Anderson There have been many questions and few answers over the murder of Benjamin Anderson by John M. Miller. The only account I can give was stories told by the fireside. I have posted as a separate file what was in the newspaper at the time (which was posted on RootsWeb.com in Oct 2006. I am going to give you my account of what happened on that fateful day. There was a flash flood on Cow Run. I can speak from experience about the flash floods on Cow Run. That stream could be as smooth and tranquil as a summer day; but a hard fast ran would send the creek out of banks taking with it every thing in it's path. That is what happened so I was told about the rail fence. A flash flood had come down Cow Run and washed the rail fence from John Miller's property to Ben Anderson's property. John and his wife Elzina Barr Miller drove their team and wagon down Cow Run to reclaim their rail fence. Ben Anderson lived on the other side of Cow Run where the rail fence had landed after the flood. Each man was armed. Both claimed the fence. An disagreement took place about the ownership of the fence. According to the stories I was told John Miller shot Ben Anderson in self-defense. In the end charges against John Miller were dropped in Jackson County Circuit Court.
    • Benjamin Anderson
      Killied by John Miller


      The Mountaineer Newspaper

      John M. Miller, Jr., resident of the late David Sayre neighborhood on Cow Run, about four miles from Angerona, is in jail charged with the murder of Benj. Anderson, of an adjoining farm.
      Miller is a son of J. Miranda Miller, is [30] years old, has a wife and six children and was a hardworking, thrifty land owner. Anderson was probably fifty [five] years of age, had a family mostly grown, the youngest being nine, and lived on a farm owned by his son Samuel immediately below Miller's. They were related.
      The men had been [can't read about three words] some time over a line. The difficulty that lead to the tragedy of Monday, which occurred about nine in the forenoon was over rails that had been tossed about by the flood. Each claimed the rails and each had gone with his team to haul them. Miller was accompanied by his wife and Anderson by his wife and daughter. The ball, which was shot from a [22 or 32?] caliber pistol, entered an inch over the left nipple and lodged in the right shoulder blade. Anderson died in 15 or 20 minutes after receiving the fatal wound, without making any statement.
      At one o'clock an inquest was held by Squire B. F. Sayre.
      The same Justice held the preliminary examination Monday night in the school house near Anderson's.
      The State was represented at this hearing by Prosecuting Attorney O'Brien and the prisoner by Attorneys W. P. Kerwood and W. O. Parsons. The house was crowded and the examination lasted all
      night, though the only witnesses examined by the State were deceased's wife and daughter and the accused offered no evidence. At the conclusion Miller was remanded in jail. Bail was not asked for.

      In one undated and unnamed paper it says in the "Circuit Court" section,
      under "Indictmens [sic] Presented":
      John M. Miller, murder of Benj. Anderson.

      Next article, from the "Jackson Herald", 12 July 1901:
      Bail Refused

      J. M. Miller, Jr., applied to Judge Miller, Wednesday, to be admitted to bail upon the grounds that the alledged shooting was in self defense and that imprisonment was injurious to prisoner's health. After
      hearing the evidence the court took time to consider until 9 o'clock this morning when bail for the
      present was refused, but the papers retained and no order made.

      The last copy is from the "Jackson Herald", looks like a date of Aug. 16, 1901, but I am not sure about
      the 16. Under the column heading of "Conclusion of Court Proceedings":
      The application of John M. Miller, indicted at this term for murder, for bail was heard Saturday by Special Judge N. C. Prickett, who took till Monday morning to consider, at which time a recognizance was granted in the sum of $10,000, with Miranda Miller, Lewis M. Miller, Chas. A. Miller, George W. Miller, Frederick S. Miller, Francis M. Miller, Elmer L. Stone, Daniel T. Campbell, Isaac Barr, Okey Miller, William A. Parsons, J. O. Shinn, Geo. B. Crow and W. P. Kerwood as sureties.

    • Some people refer to John M. Miller as John Milligan Miller. I can find only one legal reference to the name John Milligan; marriage licence issued by Jackson County, WV. Birth record for him from same county list him as J. M. Miller or John M. Miller. None of the immediate family every referred to him as Milligan only John Maranda. Birth Certificate at Jackson Co WV list his birth name as J. M. Miller.

    Name:
    • John Maranda's birth record list him only as J. M. Miller. Some people have referred to him as John Milligan. Census records, his children's birth records do not support this. I have added the II to his name to make it easier to distinguish him from his father to which I have added the I.
     
  • Sources 
    1. [S24] U.S. Census, U. S. Government, 1920.
      The names are not spelled correctly on this census.

  

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