Biography of Daniel J. Miller
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


The fine farm of the subject of these lines is situated in Section 3, Range 7 W., Town 6 S., York township, Fulton county, and he is one of the most successful of the many prosperous farmers of this section of the State.

Born April 21, 1837, in Cambria county, Pennsylvania, he is a son of John and Saloma (Yoder) Miller, and a grandson of _____ Miller, and John Yoder, the former of whom was born in Germany, and never came to America. John Miller, father of our subject, came to Pennsylvania from his native Germany, and was married in Somerset county, Virginia, to Saloma Yoder, by whom he had a family of nine children: Tobias; Moses; Barbary; and John, all now deceased except Barbary; David, living in Hickory county, Missouri; Elizabeth (deceased) ; Magdalena, wife of John Shetler, formerly of Coshocton county, Ohio; Samuel, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, who was a soldier in the Civil war; Daniel J. (our subject) being the youngest.

Daniel J. Miller was born on the land at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, now occupied by the Grand View Cemetery, and has plowed the very ground wherein lie the remains of eight hundred unidentified victims of the Johnstown flood disaster, May 31, 1889. In the district schools of his boyhood days he received his education, which was limited to three months each year, the rest of his time being occupied partly in flailing out rye and tramping out wheat with the horses. He also learned carpentry, at which he worked as a journeyman some five years, commencing at the age of twenty two.

On December 13, 1861, Mr. Miller was married to Miss Lydia Jane Stutzman, a native of Pennsylvania, born near Johnstown, and they commenced their domestic life on a farm close by there, which property he had purchased that year. Six children were born to this union, five of whom are living, a brief record of them being as follows: (1) Abraham L. is married, but still lives with his father; (2) Sadie is the wife of Abraham Pifer, of Lenawee county, Michigan, and they have three children - Lydia; Alden, and an infant unnamed; (3) William T. S. married Libbie Dunn, of Butler, Indiana, and they have one child; (4) Lomie wedded Martin Gray, and they live in York township, Fulton county (they have two children - Vernus and an infant unnamed); (5) Charles married Nettie Pifer, of Lenawee county, Michigan, and they had one child (now deceased). The mother of this family died September 27, 1892, and is buried in Union Cemetery, York township.

On October 16, 1862, Mr. Miller enlisted in Company K, Eighteenth Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, for three years or during the war, and participated in the following engagements: Gettysburg, 1-3 July, 1863; Spottsylvania Court House; Strawberry Hill; seven days' fight in front of Richmond; second Bull Run; Cold Harbor; Wilderness; and was present at Lee's surrender at Appomattox. On January 22, 1863, Mr. Miller was taken prisoner, and was confined in Libby Prison ten days, thence taken to Castle Thunder dungeon, where he remained in utter darkness for fifty two days, during which time he was tried on the charge of being a spy, but was proven innocent and paroled; on account of sickness, however, he had to be sent to the hospital at Annapolis, Maryland, where he remained some six weeks before he was able to again proceed to the front. On August 22, 1864, he was wounded at Charleston, West Virginia, being shot in the right shoulder, On November 7, 1865, he was honorably discharged at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was mustered out at Cumberländ, Maryland, and then returned to the pursuits of peace.

Entering the Cambria (Pennsylvania) Iron Works, he remained there eight years lacking two weeks, at the end of which time he came to York township, Fulton county, Ohio, and located on his present farm of seventynine acres, which was partly cleared, but he put up all the buildings thereon the barn in 1884 and the house in 1885. Politically he is a Republican, his first Presidential vote being cast for Abraham Lincoln, and he has ever been as true and loyal to his party as he was to his country in her dark hours of need.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
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Chicago, Illinois

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