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Randolph County, Indiana
Isaac T. Miller and Fideliah Roadcap
Florence M. and Cecil B. Miller
Job and Isaac Miller
Miller and Ullom Families, 1914
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The organizers are expecting at least one hundred people to attend. Because many of them are from out of town, the local people will be providing food for the others. Cavanaugh said, "This is excellent timing with the opening of the new motel."
One food item is watermelon, a Miller reunion tradition the current crop of Miller relatives wants to continue. Past newspaper accounts of long-ago Miller reunions always mention watermelon.
Cavanaugh said Dennis Miller has gone all-out collecting family history and photos to share with his relatives. He's even talking about creating ahuge backdrop of mountain scenery in honor of the Miller family's roots in West Virginia.
The Millers were among the many West Virginia residents who migrated to Ohio and Indiana after the Civil War. Beginning about 1880, the descendants of John T. and Susannah (Hedrick) Miller began to migrate to Randolph County from their ancestral home in Upper Tract, Pendleton County, West Virginia. According to Cavanaugh, Susannah was a preacher and was half-Seneca Indian.
Apparently the first families to make this journey were: Solomon and Elizabeth (Miller) Carrier and David and Malinda (Miller) Mowery. Then came Job Miller's children, John W. and Mary J. Miller. About 1883, Isaac T. Miller's son, Johnson T. Miller, came to Randolph County. In April 1910, after the death of his wife, Elizabeth in Pendleton County, John W. and Mary J. (Miller) Shaver went back to West Virginia and brought her father, Job Miller, to live with them in Randolph County.
Some unusual names appear in the Miller family tree, for instance Isaac Newton Stonestreet and Fideliah Margaret Roadcap. In July 1998, the family organized a grave dedication for Civil War veteran Isaac T. Miller, who is buried at Maxville.
The first reunion in 1907 was also held on July 14, but that was a Sunday. This century's reunion will be held on July 14, a Saturday. The clan will begin to gather about 10a.m. Anyone who is related is welcome to attend. For more information, call Cavanaugh at 584-0756.
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