Emanuel B Miller was born on October 22, 1856, the oldest child of Christian Miller (1833-1909) and Margaret Smith (1833–1870). He married Ludovicus Morse in 1880. Over the course of the next 24 years, they would have ten children. They are the following in order of birth: Mary Ellen (1880-1897); Martha Ann ( 1883-1916); John Phillip (1886-1965); Florence Savannah (1889-1891); William Christian (1891-1922); Dorothea Olive (1894-1922); Roy Cecil (1896-1978); Nellie Rebecca (1899-1980); Edna Hazel (1902-1992); George Lester (1904-1978).
From the US Census reports we can learn the following things about Emanuel Miller. In 1880, the earliest census that I have, he was 23 and married to Ludovicus Morse. They do not have any children at the time of the census. He is living in Mann Twp, Bedford County, PA.
Twenty years later in 1900, Emanuel and Ludovicus are still living in Mann Twp. Emanuel is still a farmer. They report that they have six children but there were nine births. In comparing the 1880 and 1900 Census reports we can see that their first born child Mary Ellen died in 1897 at the age of 17 and Florence Savannah died in 1891 at the age of two. I only count two deaths, but perhaps there was a stillbirth that is not listed. According to other ancestry trees, there was an infant born in 1882 who died in 1882...most likely a stillbirth.
At the age of 53, Emanuel is working as a carpenter building houses and he is working for himself. His oldest son William Christian is also working as a house carpenter. We see that he and his family have moved from Mann Twp, PA to Gross, Allegany, Maryland along the Baltimore Pike. He lives on a farm and has a mortgage. There are seven children living in the household.
In 1920, 63-year old Emanuel is again working as a farmer. Besides his wife, the following people live with him: daughter Nellie Rebecca, Edna Hazel, George Lester and two grandchildren--Walter, age 11, and Mabel, age 9. These are the two children of their son John Phillip and his first wife Estella Mountain. Estella died in 1918, so perhaps the children are living with their grandparents for that reason.
In the 1930 Census, Emanuel is 73 and has retired. Although he still lives in the same location, the land is not an active farm. The land's value is estimated as $3000. His son Roy Cecil and Roy's wife Ella Grace James is living with them. Also living there is a toddler, Doris L Barnes, age 2, listed as a boarder.
At the time of the 1940 census, both Emanuel and his wife Ludovicus are living with Roy and Grace Miller, their son and daughter=in=law. The young child Doris, that was listed in the previous census as a boarder, is now listed as the adopted daughter of Roy and Grace. The address is RFD #2 Cumberland, MD.
In his older age, Emanuel turned his energy into recording the descendants of his grandfather, Christian Miller (Mueller). Many of his descendants, including this writer, have used his work to trace their ancestors. I remember the first time I discovered his work. I had just begun my genealogy work and started with my grandmother's side of the family. I held little hope of getting very far because the two surnames were Smith and Miller. With such common surnames, I figured it would be like hunting for a needle in a haystack. But, I was in luck, because when I contacted the Pioneer Library in Bedford, PA, I received in the mail a copy of Emanuel's Genealogy of Christian Miller. As I write this, I am still referring to it. I can remember how I felt when I saw my grandmother's name in print on page 24. Thank you Emanuel!
On 21 March, 1941 Emanuel passed away. He is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Allegany County, MD.
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