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Jacob Miller

 
 

Born: 1798, Rowan County, NC
Died:  16 Jan 1885, Iredell County, NC

 

Jacob Miller was born about 1798 in Rowan County, NC to John Miller and Barbara Bobst. 

 

Jacob married Elizabeth Fulbright on 08 Aug 1826 in Lincoln County, NC.  The bondsman listed was George Yount and their witness was M. W. Abernethy, JP.  Jacob and Elizabeth had eleven children.

 
The Children of Jacob Miller & Elizabeth Fulbright
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Franklin M Miller 02 Sep 1828 09 Apr 1906 Martha Ann Elliott
Mahala Catherine Miller 06 Apr 1830 09 Jan 1901 J. Walter Douglas
Henry Adolphus Miller 30 Oct 1832 10 Jul 1904 Harriet Rheua Deal
William Isaiah Miller 1834    
Sarah Louise Miller Jan 1836   Julius Douglas
Levan M. Miller 14 Oct 1836 27 Apr 1920 Mary Elizabeth Sipes
Peter T. Miller 1838   Abigail Miller
Joshua Burton Miller 1844 1899 Adeline (Unknown)
Jacob Wiley Miller 1846 Dec 1887 Mattie Sherrill
Nancy Ametta Miller 1849 01 Jul 1926 Emanuel Goble
Barbara Ann Miller 14 Nov 1851 12 Jan 1927  

J. Walter Douglas was Julius Douglas' father

 
 

(Below) Three and Jacob and Elizabeth Fulbright Miller's children,
Mahala Catherine Miller, Joshua Burton Miller and Barbara Ann Miller

   

Thanks to Allen Miller for these photographs

 
 

On 21 May 1841, Jacob purchased a tract of land in Lincoln County from George Harbinson, bounding on the Catawba River, containing 250 acres and formerly belonging to John Miller, Jacob's father.

 
 

According to the 1850 Census, Jacob and Elizabeth were living on the family farm with eleven children.

 
 
1850 Catawba County Census

                             
First Name Last Name Age Sex Occupation Real Estate
Value
Birth
County
Attended
School
> 20
Can't Read
Or Write
Jacob Miller 50 M Farmer $400 Rowan   X
Elizabeth " 42 F     Catawba   X
Franklin " 22 M Farmer   "    
Mahala " 20 F     "    
Dolphus " 18 M Farmer   " X  
Isah
(Isaiah)
" 16 M Farmer   " X  
Louize " 14 F     "    
Peter " 12 M     "    
Levan " 10 M     "    
Joshua " 6 M     "    
Wiley " 4 M     "    
Barbary " 3 F     "    
Nancy " 1 F     "    
 
 

On 09 Nov 1850 Jacob purchased 400 acres of land in Iredell County from John Delp and moved his family soon after.  By this time, several of his 11 known children were grown and research shows that some lived, at least for periods in Catawba County, NC.

 
 

Evidence suggests that Jacob and Elizabeth's home (a small frame or log home) was located at the site of the present residence of Harold Stewart.  Their property extended from their house south along present Sharon School Road in Iredell County, NC.

 
 

Jacob & Elizabeth, as well as their families, were members at Sharon Lutheran Church until an odd incident happened in late 1859.  The story is told that Jacob and Elizabeth were having domestic problems.  Elizabeth, in Iredell County Equity Court (in the Fall Term 1859), filed for divorce on the grounds that Jacob was a drunken and abusive husband who had left her and threatened to sell his farm and possessions and leave her destitute.  She accused Jacob of threatening her with a knife a year before that, and more recently taking her by the hair with one hand and beating her with the other.

 
 

Jacob filed an answer to her petition in the Spring Term of 1860, denying that he was a drunkard, although he did partake of "spirits" occasionally, but had never spent more than $5 a year for liquor in his entire life.  He also denied any abuse, but maintained any force or violence by himself toward Elizabeth was to defend himself from "brutal and unnatural attacks" by her and "those she would procure to assist her."  He stated that he had left home and was staying at the home of his son in Catawba County to allow her to become more reasonable and quiet.  He said that he returned home several days before being served by her process.  Jacob denied he ever intended to sell his property, but only threatened to do so, on his neighbor's advise, in order to cause Elizabeth to be less "unkind" to him.

 
 

On 08 May 1860 Jacob, according to two deeds in Iredell County, gave his son Henry Adolphus Miller his 300 acre plantation and his personal property of wagon, mules, cows, hogs, sheep, bees, wheat, corn and bacon - a gift for his "preferment of marriage".  On 12 Oct 1861 Jacob is expelled from Sharon Church and his name never again is entered on a communion list, although nearly his entire family continues to appear there.

 
 

The evidence appears to favor Elizabeth, except for a few oddities.  Henry Adolphus never takes possession of his father's farm.  The deed of 1860 is recorded again in 1882, but the land is later divided by Jacob's will in 1885 and several tracts are sold by Jacob and Elizabeth to Franklin Miller, Thomas Stewart and J. F. Stewart prior to Jacob's death.  To compound matters, Henry is sued by Jacob for unknown damages in 1884.

 
 

According to the 1860 Census, Jacob and Elizabeth were living in Iredell County, North Carolina.  Jacob's Real Estate in Catawba County in 1850 was valued at $400.  His Real Estate in Iredell County in 1860 was valued at $2000.  His Personal Estate was valued at $600.

 

Four of their children were still living on the family farm.  They were Joshua Burton, Jacob Wiley, Barbara Ann and Nancy Ametta.

 

Grandson David James Fulbright was living with Jacob and Elizabeth in 1860.  David was the illegitimate son of eldest daughter Mahala Catherine Miller.  He was born 12 Aug 1855.  Mahala had married widower J. Walter Douglas in 1859.  It is not certain who David James Fulbright’s father was.  Mahala said that it was David F. Fulbright, her first cousin.

 
  Jacob's daughter, Sarah Louise Miller, married Julius Douglas on 21 Jul 1867 in Iredell County.  Julius was the son of J. Walter Douglas and Susan Stewart.  Sarah had a son, Joseph N. Deal, born out of wedlock before she married Julius.  According to Ernest Stewart, Sarah went insane.  She remained at home and prepared meals for her family while being shackled to the kitchen floor to prevent her from running away.  Thomas Avery Stewart made the shackles used to restrain her.  It is also noted that Sarah's illegitimate son, Joseph Deal, committed suicide.  
                             
  Another daughter of Jacob's, Nancy Almetta "Mittie" Miller married Emanuel Goble, son of Lewis and Evi Goble - the uncle of Jacob Hedrick Goble.  After Emanuel died she married Cane Fox.  
 
 

1860 Iredell County Census

 
First Name Last name Age Sex Occupation Real
Estate
Personal
Estate
Birth Attended
School
this Year
Jacob Miller 60 M Farmer $2000 $600 NC  
Elizabeth " 57 F Wife     "  
Joshua B. (Burton) " 16 M       "  
Jacob W. (Wiley) " 14 M       "  
Anna B. (Barbara) " 12 F       "  
Nancy A. (Ametta) Miller 11 F       NC X
David Fulbright 7 M       " X
                             
 

According to the 1870 Census, Jacob and Elizabeth were living on the family farm in Iredell County, Shiloh Township - New Sterling Post Office.  Jacob's Real Estate value had decreased from $2000 to $800 - indicating that he has sold part of his land, quite possibly to some of his children.  Daughters Barbara and Nancy were still living on the family farm and grandson, David Fulbright, age 17, was still living with his grandparents - although the Census listed him as David Miller instead of David Fulbright.  There was also 9-year-old Joseph Miller living with Jacob & Elizabeth.

 
  Second eldest son Henry Adolphus Miller was living on a nearby farm with his wife, Harriet, and children, John Martha, William, Sarah and Thomas.  Henry Adolphus worked at the local Blacksmith Shop.  David Douglas, age 15, was also living with the family.  
 

1870 Iredell County Census

 
Last Name First name Age Sex Race Occupation Real
Estate
Personal
Estate
Birth Male
Age 21+
Miller Jacob 70 M W Farmer $800 $300 NC X
------- Elizabeth 65 F W Keeping House     ---  
------- Barbara 22 F W -------     ---  
------- Nancy 20 F W -------     ---  
------- David 17 M W Works on Farm     ---  
------- Joseph 9 M W       ---  
                   
Miller H. A. 38 M W Works in Blacksmith $400 $400 --- X
------- Harriet 34 F W Keeping House     ---  
------- John H. 10 M W At Home     ---  
------- Martha 8 F W       ---  
------- William 6 M W       ---  
------- Sarah 4 F W       ---  
------- Thos. A. 1 M W       ---  
Douglas David 15 M W Works on Farm     ---  
 
 
 

In 1880, Jacob and Elizabeth were still living on the family farm in Shiloh Township, Iredell County.  Jacob's age was listed as 85, but he was probably closer to 80 or 81.  There daughter Barbara Ann, age 33, was still living with them.  There were also three grandsons living on the farm - children of Barbara Ann who had never married.  Elizabeth, age 71, was listed as being disabled because of having Rheumatism.

 
Nancy Ametta Miller had married Emanuel Goble.  Because of his premature death, she and her 9-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, were living with her parents.
 
Son Henry Adolphus Miller and his wife Harriet were still living nearby.  They had 7 children still living with them.  Eldest daughter Martha is not listed, indicating that she had probably married.
 

1880 Iredell County Census

 
Last Name First Name Race Sex Age Relation S/M Occupation Disabled Crippled School Birth
Miller Jacob W M 85   M Farmer       NC
------- Elizabeth W F 71 Wife M   Rheumatism X   "
------- Anna B. W F 33 Daughter S Keeping House     X "
------- James E. W M 8 Gr. Son           "
------- Henry W M 5 Gr. Son           "
------- John G. W M 1 Gr. Son     Flux     "
Goble N. A. W F 31 Daughter M         "
------- Elizabeth W F 9 Gr. Daug           "
                       
Miller H. A. W M 47   M Blacksmith   X   "
------- R. H. W F 43 Wife M Keeping House       "
------- John H. W M 19 Son S Farmer   X   "
------- Wm. S. W M 16 Son S "     X "
------- Sarah C. W F 14 Daughter S At Home     X "
------- Thos. A. W M 11 Son   Farm Laborer     X "
------- James E. W. M 9 Son         X "
------- Robt. B. W M 6 Son         X "
------- Mary R. W F 2 Daughter           "
                             
 

It is unclear if Jacob and Elizabeth were ever divorced.  They continued to live together until Jacob's death on 16 Jan 1885.  Elizabeth is mentioned in Jacob's Will in 1883 and living along with their daughter, Barbara Ann Miller, in there home until her death.

 
To complicate things even more, daughter Barbara Anna Miller's mother is listed as Lizzie Woodring on her death certificate instead of Elizabeth Fulbright.
 
Jacob is buried in the Sharon Lutheran Church cemetery in Iredell County, NC.
 
 

 

Several of Jacob and Elizabeth's children and their spouses are also buried in the cemetery at Sharon Lutheran Church.

 
(Left to Right) Barbara A. Miller, H. A. (Henry Adolphus) Miller, J. B. (Joshua Burton) Miller

              

 
Harriet Rheua Deal, wife of Henry Adolphus Miller, was born 22 Aug 1836, Alexander Co, NC and died 18 Nov 1907, Iredell Co, NC.
 

(Left to Right) Rheua Deal Miller (wife of Henry Adolphus Miller)
Martha Elliott Miller (wife of Franklin M. Miller)

 

 
 
 
 
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