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James Miller (abt. 1609 - 1657)

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James Miller
Born about in Glenorchy, Argyllshire, Scotland, United Kingdommap [uncertain]
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in York, Virginia, United Statesmap
Miller-13689 created 5 Mar 2013 | Last modified | Last edit: 6 Oct 2017
01:41: Mikaela (Gober) Renz-Whitmore edited the Biography for James Miller. [Thank Mikaela for this]
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James Miller likely had a first son he named John (his father's name) from a first wife. This is likely for several reasons. 1. He would have married at about 21 (so around 1630), but his 1st child noted in his will was not born in Virginia until about 1638 (8 year gap). 2. He would have named his 1st born son John. 3. James Miller notes in his will that a debt was to be paid to a William Shortwright "living in New-Poquoson" which would be close to Eliz. City Co. (Could be a debt due to the purchase of land for his son John and John's now young family after they arrived from the UK). John Miller's brother Robert also left a will that noted he lived on the Back River. The Back River is close to New-Poquoson.

The John Miller who died in Elizabeth City Co., Virginia - 6 miles from James Miller's land (will probated 11/18/1689) named his first born son "James" (father's father) and his second born son "John" (father). So this John Miller likely was James Miller of York Co.'s first son from a previous marriage while James Miller was still in the UK (prior to his and likely 2nd wife Mary's immigration to Virginia). Scottish naming patterns would be for James Miller to name his first born son after his father (John) and his second born son after himself (James). James Miller named his 1st son born in Virginia James (so likely a John had been born earlier in the UK and later immigrated to VA near his father).

James Miller was in the water powered saw mill business based on a statement in a land purchase by James Miller noting the future site of a mill on that land as well; as a comment in his will about profit from timber cut to lumber at his specifications to be given to his wife and to pay off debt. Using Google Maps, I have also noticed old mill ponds at the likely locations of 5 properties owned by the Miller family in the 1600's and 1700's. Also several roads near these properties have modern time names such as Miller Road; Miller Landing Rd., etc.

Another theory I have is that James Miller was involved as a very early Virginia Scottish Resident Factor, working for a Scottish company involved with the Virginia tobacco trade which was all done through Glasgow, Scotland. Scottish men with the following surnames were all key players of the Scottish tobacco trade: Anderson, Miller, Donaldson, Campbell, etc. in Glasgow. This Scottish influence in the American tobacco trade to Europe was thought to have started around 1707 if I recall the date correctly when Scotland was granted the same trade rights as England (pushed by English King James, who was Scottish born). However I think the Scots were involved in the Virginia tobacco trade 70 years earlier. James Miller likely had connections to English royals through his mother who was the daughter of Sir Duncan Campbell of Scotland. The Campbell Clan had overpowered the MacFarlane Clan (Miller's were likely members of MacFarlane Clan) in the 16th century; so the Campbell's would have had influence over James Miller.

I also have noticed that James Miller; John Miller (believe James' son); and my more documented family members in the 18th century tended to own small/medium sized plantations at the navigable ends of tributary's off the major colonial shipping rivers such as the York River until the 1700's when my Miller family moved inland in Virginia to Nottoway County and continued with their plantations (and at least one retail store/tavern).

Of course all this was lost to time after ten generations.

Anyway some theories of mine; would welcome any comments.

James Miller


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Thank you to Hope Moore for creating WikiTree profile Miller-13689 through the import of Moore _ Grant Family Tree.ged on Mar 3, 2013.

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On 2 Aug 2017 at 00:55 GMT Jim Miller wrote:

Miller-45067 and Miller-13689 appear to represent the same person because: I think these two James Millers are the same. James (Jim) Miller

James is 17 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 16 degrees from Karen Tobo, 13 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor and 11 degrees from Isabella I de Castilla y León on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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