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  • ID: I166843
  • Name: Adam Miller
  • Given Name: Adam
  • Surname: Miller 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 17 Nov 1703 in Schresheim, Baden, Germany 1
  • Death: Abt 1783 in Lithia Springs, Elkton, Rockingham County, Virginia 1
  • _UID: 6AF89BB0D1794523A16A36C8AABC0A6941F1
  • Change Date: 21 Jan 2011 at 18:22
  • Note:
    A History of Rockingham County
    John W. Wayland Ph.D.



    1727 - 1738

    "We are now coming to the time of permanent settlement, which we are able to fix some five years earlier than 1732, the date so long accepted as marking the beginnings in the Valley. In 1732 Jost Hite, with a number of other Germans, settled in the section now marked by Winchester; and in the same year John Lewis, with a number of other Scotch-Irish, located at or near the place where Staunton now stands; but it appears that as early as 1727 Adam Miller, a German, perhaps with a few others of his own nationality, was staking out claims on the south fork of the Shenandoah River, on or near the line that now divides Rockingham County from Page.

    On March 13, 1741-2, Adam Miller received from Governor William Gooch a certificate of naturalization, which recites that the said Miller had been a resident on the Shenandoah for the past fifteen years. This fixes the date of his first settlement in 1726-27. (4) In 1733, eight men, Adam Miller being one, addressed Governor Gooch in a petition, praying him to confirm their title to 5000 acres of land in Massanutting, purchased about four years past for more than 400 pounds from Jacob Stover, reciting that they had moved up on the said land from Pennsylvania immediately after the purchase, and that they had located thereon at the time of the petition nine plantations and 51 people. (5) This would fix the date of settlement of the Massanutting colony in 1729 or 1730."



    1738 - 1777.

    "Towards evening a man from another district, Adam Mueller, (7) passed. I told him that I would like to come to his house and preach there. He asked me if I were sent by God. I answered, yes. He said, if I were sent by God I would be welcome, but he said, there are at present so many kinds of people, that often one does not know where they come from. I requested him to notify his neighbors that I would preach on the 5th, which he did.

    On December 4th we left Schaub's house, commending the whole family to God. We traveled through the rain across the South Shenandoah to Adam Mueller, who received us with much love. We staid over night with him.

    On December 5th I preached at Adam Mueller's house on John 7: “Whosoever thirsteth let him come to the water and drink.” A number of thirsty souls were present. Especially Adam Mueller took in every word, and after the sermon declared himself well pleased. In the afternoon we traveled a short distance, staying over night with a Swiss. (8) The conversation was very dry, and the word of Christ's sufferings found no hearing."

    Adam Miller (Muller) was born at Schresheim, Baden, Palatinate, Germany about 1703. The family name was spelled Muller in Baden, Germany. His father lived and grew up in Lamsheim. Adam came to America in 1704 to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was naturalized March 13, 1741 by Governor Gooch of Virginia. He and his wife, and an unmarried sister (Catrina Miller) moved to Williamsburg, Virginia in 1724. In 1726 -1727, he visited the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and settled there with his family at Hawksbill Creek in present day Page County. They were the first settlers in the valley. Settled in what would be Rockingham County. In 1742, he purchased 820 acres including Bear Lithia Springs near Elkton, Virginia, (from Joseph Bloodsworth) where he built his first cabin. He later built a house near Elkton, Virginia. The house still stands. He served in the French and Indian War. Adam was baptized the same day he was born by the protestant Evangelical Minister adjacent Palatinate, in or near that place Adam grew to manhood. He was a member of Saint Peter Reformed Church. He was a soldier in the French and Indian War. Temple record submitted by the Great Grandson of Anna Barbara Miller (Everett Allen Trumbo, 107 Virginia Avenue, Rockville, Michigan). Temple record- P Logan 7. 4 #79270 Book 57250. Source "Journal of Casper Stover," Augusta Count y Court Records" Volume I, II, and III, Virginia Valley Records", "Virginia Magazine" Volume VIII No.2 an d Vol. X No.I, "West Virginia Historical Magazine" Volume 4, and "History of Shenandoah Valley". Adam Miller was the first white settler in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He came from Germany in about 1726. 88

    Father: John Peter Mueller b: Bef 1681 in Germany
    Mother: Ann Margaretha b: in Germany

    Marriage 1 Anna Maria Barbara Koger b: Abt 1709 in Augen, Baden-Durlach, Germany
    • Married: in Lamsheim Palatinate, Germany 1
    • Change Date: 25 Sep 2005
    1. Has No Children Adam Miller b: Abt 1730 in Orange County, Virginia
    2. Has Children Catherine Elizabeth Miller b: 20 Dec 1734 in Orange County, Virginia
    3. Has Children Henry Miller b: 16 Jul 1736 in Orange County, Virginia
    4. Has Children Ann Barbara Miller b: Abt 1740 in Elkton, Augusta County, Virginia

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