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||John Miller migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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John Miller was baptised on 21 October 1604 in Ashford, Kent, England, the son of a weaver, Martin Miller, and his wife Susan Hicks.
At age 18, he matriculated at Caius College, Cambridge University in 1624, receiving financial help from the college, and earning a B.A. in 1627-8.
John married Lydia Combs, in England about 1630, as their first child was baptised in March 1631.
John emigrated to New England by 1634 with his wife and son John. He was Elder in the church at Roxbury, 1634, and made freeman in 1639. He preached in Rowley 1639-41. He was a proprietor and had a grant of land in Sandwich, 1641, and in Newbury, 1642. In 1642 he was asked to go as a missionary to Virginia, but declined "because of bodily weakness." He preached in Yarmouth, 1646 to 1662. "Lydia, wife of Mr. John Miller of Yarmouth," died in Boston, Aug. 7, 1658. In 1662 or 1663 he was called to Groton and preached there until his death: Mr. Jno. Miller, minister of Gods holy word died. June 12th 1663. He was succeeded there by Samuel Willard (son of Simon), who was the seventh president of Harvard College. It was said of him, "He was a man of low stature but high literary attainments."He was one of the few University graduates among the early settlers.
The earliest documents relating to any inhabitant of Groton, found among the files of the Middlesex County Probate Office, are those belonging to the estate of the Reverend John Miller, the first minister of the town. Power of administration was granted to his son John Miller, on July 3, 1663; and his library was appraised at £6 5s 7d.
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Robert Charles Anderson profiled a John Miller in his Great Migration series. He was an immigrant to Dorchester who was granted 2 acres of meadow on 18 Feb 1635/6 [DTR 15] and then 2 acres and 20 rods in the Neck on 18 March 1637/8 [DTR 31]. On 26 Aug 1639, William Read sold Dorchester properties including those "which were anciently John Miller's," 3 acres at the six-acre lots, and "all the commons which belong to John Miller's lots being 6 acres and 46 rods of both in every division and two acres of meadow in the second fresh marsh." Some have taken the disappearance of this John Miller from Dorchester and the simultaneous appearance of Rev. John Miller in Rowley as evidence they were the same man.
Anderson concludes that there are "serious doubts" this John Miller was identical with Rev. John Miller of Roxbury, Rowley and Yarmouth. Anderson discusses the evidence, noting that the man at Dorchester was never "accorded the title of respect, 'Mr,' that the minister receives immediately upon his appearance at Roxbury and at all later residences" Also, if the minister were at Dorchester, we would expect that he would have joined the church there and that he would also have been admitted to freemanship at Dorchester. In addition, another man named John Miller took the oath of fidelity in 1639 at Yarmouth [PCR 8:185] and was granted one acre at Sandwich on 16 Apr 1640 [PCR 1:150]. He may have been the Dorchester man or a third man. "Curiously, these records are in Yarmouth and vicinity, where the minister did reside many years later."
John Miller's Dorchester record is confounded with the Rev. John Miller by Pope and others [Pope 314]. Savage 3:209 included the Dorchester records, but was not convinced they were the same man [Savage 3:209]. Others who covered the Rev John Miller do not include the Dorchester records at all [Wyman 673 and Rowley Families 242]. John Miller and his wife, Lydia (Lidea), joined the Roxbury church in early 1638 (members #180 and 181), and on 22 May 1639, John Miller was made a freeman at Roxbury. He then removed to Rowley where he was town clerk and recorded the town's first birth on 28, 8 mo. [October], 1639.
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