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DNA Results are in

In General on March 4, 2011 at 10:19 pm

At least the first 12 markers are. I’m identified as a 12 for 12 match with several hundred others who’ve taken the test, but only one with the last name Miller. According to Family Tree DNA, that means there’s a 50-50 chance that our recent common ancestor lived the last seven generations.

There is still so much for me to learn about this new tool.

Tests at 25 and 37 markers are due soon. We’ll see how that affects things.


My direct line from Barney

In General on February 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Barney Miller was born about 1764.

Matthias Miller, the son of Barney and Mary, was born 11 January 1790 in Tazewell County Virginia. Matthias married Isabel Howard on 7 January 1822. He died 12 October 1876 in Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

Charles Miller, the son of Matthias and Isabel, was born 29 August 1825 in Breckinridge County, Kentucky. He married Ailsey (“Alice,” Elsie”) Dehaven on 7 December 1848. He died 29 May 1898 in Breckinridge County, Kentucky.

James W. Miller, the son of Charles and Ailsey, was born 6 April 1856 in Breckinridge County, Kentucky. He married Minnie (Allie) Robbins Walker about 1900. He died 24 December 1934 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Charles R. Miller, the son of James W. and Minnie, was born 14 August 1903, in Breckinridge County, Kentucky. He died  28 July 1980 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The reason for this blog

In General on February 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Like all family researchers, I hit roadblocks. This blog is to help organize my attempts to resolve one particular roadblock named Barney (or “Barnett,” or “Barnard”) Miller.

This is not the BarneyMiller of TV fame. This Barney was a revolutionary war soldier, who joined the army in Virginia (where he had moved from Pennsylvania); lived in Breckinridge County, Kentucky in the 1790s; then moved to Spencer County, Indiana, where he died sometime after 1835.

That’s what I know about him. Here’s what I don’t know, and the questions I am trying to answer:

  • Who was Barney’s wife? Did he have more than one? He had at least one wife named Mary, but varying information lists her surname as Keysacker (Keesecker, Kiesecher), or Houston.
  • Who were Barney’s parents?
  • Where was Barney born. Contradictory information again. Some researchers are convinced he was born in Josephstown, Pennsylvania. Others are convinced that he was a German emigrant.

I hope other Miller researchers find this blog helpful, or at least interesting. And if anyone can supply information on Barney I’ll certainly be happy to receive it.